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Old 10-01-2007, 04:33 PM   #11
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We sat down just now on his computer and looked at Ebay (he's not a big internet guy) and he was amazed and is all stuck on finding a mid 80s sporty. I actually might look at doing the same.

We live in a quiet neighborhood, we would be satan if either of us did that!
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Old 10-01-2007, 04:49 PM   #12
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He wants an old Ironhead for his first bike? That shold give him an education real quick!
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Old 10-01-2007, 05:05 PM   #13
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He wants an old Ironhead for his first bike? That shold give him an education real quick!
Ironhead Sporsters are the shiznitz dude! You can still get those 74" stroker kits for them. If they did that then they would be worse than Satan. Worse then 9-11. They'd be like 100 times 9-11. That's be 91,100! Cool.

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any suggestions about the years to look at then? and he wants to know if theres anything to watch out for in used sporty.
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:50 PM   #15
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Personally like this one:

eBay Motors: Harley-Davidson : Sportster (item 120167517453 end time Oct-07-07 17:27:35 PDT)

Personally, I really like kick starts (grew up with them and all)

Random question, is it possible to put in a reverse pattern shifter on any bike?
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Old 10-02-2007, 04:57 AM   #16
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any suggestions about the years to look at then? and he wants to know if theres anything to watch out for in used sporty.
Well, there are so many things to watch out for, I am not sure where to start. I suppose the first thing is to make sure it doesn't smoke on acceleration, or deceleration. Next would be to make sure the gearbox works correctly all the way up and down. If that stuff is in good shape, the rest can be fixed pretty easy. It will probably leak oil in places that shouldn't have oil, but that isn't fatal. They aren't bad bikes if you keep up on the maintenance.I had an 80 Sporty and put about 40,000 on that bike and it never left me on the side of the road.
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My preference is post '88. '86 was the first year Evo engine, and in '88 it got larger diameter fork tubes. Later years got belt drive and 5 speed transmissions.

They're going for about $3k around here right now.

Personally, I recommend a dual sport for first bike. You can drop them and you won't care.
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We sat down just now on his computer and looked at Ebay (he's not a big internet guy) and he was amazed and is all stuck on finding a mid 80s sporty. I actually might look at doing the same.

We live in a quiet neighborhood, we would be satan if either of us did that!
The big question is: are you going for a real live Ironhead Sportster with the Shovelhead based engine or the next generation Evo based engine? The Shovel has a lot more panache, which in motorcycle means it leaks more and is harder to get parts for. But, the damn things are bricks, with a good rebuild and basic maintenance they will run forever. The Evos aren't bad, but they're a dime a dozen. Many 80's Sporsters have been hacked beyond recognition. If it were me, I'd be looking for the bike with the fewest "customizations," preferably bone stock.
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