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!

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat...

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...