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Old 12th August 2012
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not yet but i'll get it one day. i'm looking up iron head and shovel head and getting what looks like the same motor which is what i thought. is the motor in the bike you posted not a knuckle?
No, like I said its an Ironhead cut down.
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Sporty motors are easy to tell because the pushrod tubes are parallel. Big twin (Knuckle, Pan, Shovel) pushrods make a Vee shape. Sporty has four cams, big twin has only two. Get it?



Well, that would be right for Twinkies, all other BTs since the Knuckle have one.
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even though i,graduated from high school in the mid 70's,i,don't recall the FU,model shovelhead!
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even though i,graduated from high school in the mid 70's,i,don't recall the FU,model shovelhead!
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I'm confused. Are all bikes with motors before the EVO's called iron heads? Thought that was a knuckle? I thought only shovels were actually called iron heads? I thought the rest just went by how the top looks. Like flat, pan, knuckle...
More confusion, the 1340 where called block head, the twin cams fat head. IronHead is related to the XL.
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That the bike won is a HUGE tribute to the skill of the builder, considering what he started with. This is somewhat illustrated by how much of the original Ironhead he discarded in favor of something better, or at least, different. Like the once-common T-bucket roadster hot rods, and the choppers of the late 60's and early 70's, this type of custom motorcycle construction is all about making something pretty, not making something which actually does anything useful, so the end product is less something to ride, and more something to look at and talk about.
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I really appreciate the time energy and skill of the builder, but my taste r much more simple. I'm the guy that rode the short bus after all.
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thanks Mosey- the shovel head and iron head thing makes sense now. can't say that i see many if any bike pre- EVO where i live out in the sticks and I have the only Nightster and one of only prob 5 Sporties in the county i live in... but live in the most beautiful place to ride in the state...
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