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Old 12-02-2007, 02:52 AM   #1
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Default '83 sportster ironhead...yey or ney?

hey, i am looking at a 1983 sportster with an shovlehead..i was told good and bad things abougt the ironhead that it has.not this bike, just in general. the fella wants to sell it to me for a little over 3grand. i know most shovleheads around these early years have been rebiuld, or some type of work done....dose the fack that its an iron head have any thing to do with it?...it has no leaks andruns well. is the ironhead, although not alumminum, agood chioce for my first harley experiance?...
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:05 AM   #2
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People tend to either love or hate the ironhead sportys. If you are good with a wrench you should be fine with it. Remember that like most 70's era bikes a lot of regular maintenance will be required.
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:05 PM   #3
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There is nothing wrong with those early Sportys. Easy to maintain and rebuild if you can wrench a bit. Just remember what the bike can and can't do, and you will be fine. Those bikes will run forever if you take care of it.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:09 AM   #4
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Yup, Sporties are tons of fun. Keep fresh oil in it and check the generator brush's once in awhile and it should run forever
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