Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My '75 XLH

I think the '75 ironhead is looking pretty nice. I had a cobra seat on it but the solo seat just looks so right to me. My friend Hansen did an excellent job painting the tank.  photo IMG_0191_zpsxw5lumkg.jpg  photo IMG_0083_zpsf4e5v1mi.jpg

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Comin' along...

Been trying to squeeze in time here and there to get this shovel in shape. Gonna go full on Super Glide this time. Put the original frontend back on and the tank. Looking pretty good so far.  photo IMG_0129_zpslgln67jv.jpg

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shovelhead: The Sequel

I came across a 1977 Shovelhead FXE on Craigslist last week for a great price. I had to dip into our meager savings but decided I absolutely needed it. I sold my '80 Shovel a year or so ago and regretted that decision greatly, so now I have my second chance! The blurry picture in the ad showed a dirty FXE with flamed out Fat Bob tanks and FXWG wide glide front-end but otherwise stock. The ad had very little info but said it "needed some work"and had been up for over a month, so I figured since no-one has snatched it up, it must be a dog, but I called the guy and went to see it anyway. I get there the next morning to see a pretty damn nice FX that started up and ran smoothly. I asked the guy what "needed work" and he said the rear caliper needed bleeding and one turn signal didn't work. That was it. Then as an after thought, he said he had the complete original narrow glide front end AND original paint superglide he'd throw-in! I couldn't load it up into my trailer fast enough(:  photo IMG_8195_zpsy5srynok.jpg  photo 50689236135__CB7EB597-6FD2-438F-99F7-E4F2A27A69FA_zpsz0kgup38.jpg  photo 50689239358__0D43EBEB-3BD7-45BC-9454-5C950F3E2C0F_zps7dpwfqic.jpg I found out the bike belonged to this guys brother who died two years earlier of alcoholic hepatitis. Both he and the brother were Navy Viet Nam vets and the father was a WWII Navy flier. It was a bit of an emotional sale, but I promised to take care of his brothers prized possession, and I meant it.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

I can't seem to stay away.

I just got this 1975 Sportster XLH. Traded a 2002 1200C for it. I don't regret it, yet.  photo IMG_0035_zpsu0binqov.jpg  photo IMG_0033_zpscymecqpj.jpg

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Old Headbangers...

Im feeling my age this week. Top Eleven Records Im playing in my garage this month: 1. Riot-Fire Down Under (Underrated ass kicking hard rock) 2. Krokus-Head Hunter 3. Accept-Restless And Wild 4. W.A.S.P.-First one 5. ZZ Top-Tejas 6. The Dictators-Blood Brothers 7. Judas Priest-Sad Wings Of Destiny 8. Rough Cut-Self-titled 9. Masters Of Reality-The first one. Amazing. 10.Melvins-Stoner Witch 11.Bob Seger-Stranger In Town (fuck you, Bob rocked)

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 IMG_6822_zpsvfppq5vs.jpg