Monday, February 1, 2016

Rode a little today...

Had a little decent weather today, rode the 1999 883 in today. Ill say it again, I love this bike. It runs nice and smooth (thanks to new Progressive fork springs) and looks perfectly classic. In my opinion the sharpest, most classic looking modern Sportster they made. Im still working on the '72, but its gonna be my Evo I take on a long trip this spring.  photo IMG_7094 1_zpshps9sty7.jpeg

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Stroker??

Apparently, the motor in the '72 "project" I just got appears to be a 4 5/8 stroker! Some guys on my XL forum noticed some plates underneath the cylinders, and lo and behold, the flywheel markings indicate 4 5/8 stroker flywheels. Pistons are .40 over which is a bit risky for '72 cylinders and appear stock style, hence the plates. When I get time, Ill get a battery, wire it up (correctly) and try and run it. This may be a good buy after all(:  photo 40C9AA17-3618-4D63-9BAF-232290FDA35C_zpsrppeesh6.jpg  photo 201DF2B4-2792-4D01-A572-6BB41EE24AEF_zpsewbfr7z6.jpg  photo 789798FF-CD29-4E3A-941F-AF81F704CCAC_zpsf9hekgmp.jpg

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What is it about Ironhead Sportsters?

I vowed never to own another one. Ive had 5 of the damn things, A 1970 XLH, a 1976 XLH, a 1963 XLCH, 1972 XLH, and a 1972 XLCH. I took a break for a couple of years and had a '80 Shovel, an assortment of BMW airheads, and now I just got ANOTHER 1972 XLCH. It came with an extra motor, frame, wheels, etc. Basically, a giant assorted pile of shit. Its in rough, beat-up shape. Exactly what I was looking for. I finally accepted the fact that Ironheads are dear to my heart. The first motorcycle I lusted after, due largely to the fact that my Dad rode one for years with his club. Some guys buy a Harley to just have a Harley, I always wanted a Sportster and didn't care too much for the other models. I appreciate Big Twins for what they are, don't get me wrong. Ill more than likely get another Shovel someday, but for now, its this.  photo IMG_0450_zps6fjvcczz.jpg  photo IMG_0395_zpsqrjaszcs.jpg  photo IMG_6822_zpsvfppq5vs.jpg

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Jon's 1967 XLCH

My friend Jon sold his '67 stock XLCH. Ive wanted this bike ever since I first saw it back in the early 2000s, but couldn't come up with the cash. Went to some rich hipster in LA, i believe. Oh well. So many bikes, so little money!