Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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(:
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Sold the Shovelhead a couple months ago. Honestly, I thought I'd miss it more considering how much work I did to her, but I don't, really. It was a great bike, got lots of positive comments and admiring stares, but honestly, big twins are heavy, cumbersome, and good for straight lines and interstate freeways. Thats not a bad thing, but I guess I like smaller, more nimble bikes. Namely, Sportsters! I love them, always have. My girlfriend said to me as the shovel was riding away "Oh well, you're a Sportster guy anyway." I've owned 5 of them, and regretted selling all of them (except the '72 CH, which gave me a permanent limp, haha!). I love the more "standard" stance and aesthetics of old Ironheads. They look more purposeful to me. So, I sold the Shovel and bought a low miles 1998 Ford Ranger. I don't regret the decision one bit, but my '99 Sporty, although perfectly reliable, doesn't fill the void in my soul like a classic ironhead sportster. Hmmm, a guy emailed me about a trading a '72 XLH with extra parts bike for my old '66 F250...
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Thinkin' about bikes I've owned and my old '63 popped into my head. Traded my super clean restored '76 XLH for it. It wasnt running, a beat up purple painted half ass wanna be chopper. I turned it into a stock style Sporty. She was light and fast! I do have a permanent limp from kicker her with the worn out kicker gear slipping(: Sold it to a Japanese guy from LA who bought it without even starting it up. Shipped to Japan. Man, I wish I never sold her...Sayanora lil' XL!