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Offline sharkoilfield

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Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« on: June 06, 2021, 09:12:02 AM »
An associate was asking me questions about my 1974 XLCH; claims it was offered to him for X dollars at one time by the former owner and was wondering what it might be worth today. I know heís prepping for an offer Iím not interested in. Iíve looked in Canadian and ebay ads and see nothing but disfigured old stuff for sale. The only ironhead fetching any bids on ebay is a stock survivor. Are there many unmolested ironheads left down there in USA or have they all been shipped to Japan? Prices there seem outta this world...

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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2021, 09:32:37 AM »
It's pretty rare to see an Ironhead pull up anywhere around here. Shovels are not nearly as common as they used to be either.
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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2021, 10:47:21 AM »
There are actually quite a few I/H Sporty's here in My neck of the woods.  Most are "keepers", that the Owner's don't want to part with, and have another Bike, or more.  Myself included...I have a 76'.  Those that are for sale, if it is a decent road-worthy Bike...they are selling for 3 to 5 Thousand US bucks.  You could find some for 1 to 2 Thousand Bucks, or maybe even cheaper; but You'll be laying out some $$$ to get the Bike right.  Some Guys that may have a real "show stopper", in Their opinion...may want 7500 to 10 Thousand US bucks.  If they can get it...good for Them.  I want to kick Myself when talking about Sportster's, for getting rid of a 67' CH, and a 74' XLH.
Shovel's used to be seen a lot.  For some reason, I don't see as many of those around as much as I once did.
Panheads seem to be a lot more visible these days.  Whether it's a "Resto-Mod", Restored, or a "Rat"...they seem to be around a lot more.  Which I'm appreciating.

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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2021, 10:50:57 AM »
I do love seeing the old ones pull in when out and about. I love hearing a Shovel turning over on the starter, just such a great old sound from days gone by.
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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2021, 11:45:08 AM »
I hear You.  But, what I like even better is seeing the Kick Pedal put in place, then the "one to prime" kick, the clickity-clack of the Pedal returning, then the Bike fire right up on the next kick.  Love it...

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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2021, 01:00:26 PM »
I hear You.  But, what I like even better is seeing the Kick Pedal put in place, then the "one to prime" kick, the clickity-clack of the Pedal returning, then the Bike fire right up on the next kick.  Love it...

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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2021, 06:27:02 PM »
I see the reasonably stock 1966 XLCH I was watching on the bay ended; reserve not met at $7100USD. Someone fishing for market value?

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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2021, 08:05:23 AM »
No low ballers, I know what I have!

That's not a 57, but it's not getting any younger.....

But yeah, market test or fishing for a sucker.

The problem with these models is you can easily spend $10k on one to make it right but the market doesn't think they are worth that much.
« Last Edit: June 16, 2021, 08:11:27 AM by Burnout »
They don't call me Ironhead Rick just because I'm "hard headed"

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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2021, 08:43:11 AM »
There are a few that seem to bring a pretty penny at auction ('57-'65, XR1000, XLCR), but in general, the much more common AMF ironheads are only held dear to a small, enthusiastic crowd. Kind of a love 'em, or who cares, situation.

Oh, and I forgot: their a girl's bike. Remember that.
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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2021, 05:56:30 AM »
Ahhh...the old "girls bike" thing. Funny; I never heard that back when I started riding.  In 1968.  Even when I bought my first new BSA.  In 1971.  Wonder where that line actually started?

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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2021, 09:17:36 AM »
"Girls bike"! Girls must like fast bikes.

My girls bike has beaten many big twins stop light to stop light, and in the twisties I'm like "Seeya I'll wait for you at the other end"....

An XL is the perfect hoolgan bike.

XL's have been spanking big twin ass since 1957!!!
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Re: Ironhead prices...where are the bikes?
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2021, 10:34:18 AM »
Who's been saying that? Big Twin riders, of course! Back in the day, Sportster was the original Superbike. Beat anything on two wheels with the exception of a few, very exotic, and expensive, European bikes. But then along came Honda and the CB750 Four. But it was fun while it lasted! And yes, until recently, XL's would run circles around a BT. Other than drag racing (which back in the day, Ironheads were king of), you did not see many BTs on the 1/4 mile. On circle or road course, none. That was exclusive XL territory.

Yep, girls bike. Just smile and wink.
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