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Author Topic: 1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail  (Read 27210 times)

Offline Hurco550

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1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail
« on: Nov 06, 2015, 10:24:23 »
Welp, until yesterday ive never owned a Harley. Dad never owned a Harley. Grandpa never owned a Harley. We have always had jap bikes, even some of the newer retro styled cruisers. I have always kinda wanted a hardtail and when this CL ad came up, it was to good of a deal to pass up. Swapped the guy some cash for the bike and the title. I don't know how important it is, but the engine and frame are matching numbers. I don't know if that even means anything being as the frame has been cut and hardtailed.

The good.
1.) Its a Harley with a title
2.)The engine was supposedly rebuilt with:
Sifton cams and bearings
.020" over with weisco 10:1 pistons
valves ground and reseated and all new gaskets, besides the primary cover, which leaks (imagine that)
3.) It was Cheap
4.) I live in Mid Ohio, the roads are straight. The only turns to be made are from one straight road to another.

The bad.
1.) Its a Harley   ;)
2.) It needs odds and ends like the right size chain, brake light, seat, ect
3.) I am running out of room to turn around in my garage.

Plan for it is to fix it enough to "own a Harley" for a minute and hopefully sell mid spring/early summer for a profit, or trade it for the next thing. I am going to search out a stock length disc brake front end to get rid of that "lean back" look and get the frame a bit more level. Also, juice brakes are good. Losing the 5 foot tall sissy bar too.

If I had to label a look im going for, it will be closer to a bobber than this which I consider a chopper.

Disclamer: I know that hard tails work less well than stock bike. I know that form follows function, but this is a bobber to be, so your point is invalid here. This is not nor will it be a well handling machine as compared to other bikes, but a round town, stop and talk about it bike. I will take constructive criticism, but any remarks about your opinion on hardtails in general being sub-par or non café bikes will be met with this "disclaimer" copy and pasted as a reply.
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Re: 1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail
« Reply #1 on: Nov 06, 2015, 10:59:53 »
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Offline Erskine

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Re: 1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail
« Reply #2 on: Nov 06, 2015, 15:25:07 »
I'm in. Stock height front end, ditch silly bars/sissy bars/silly tank and double your money in one fell swoop.

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Re: 1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail
« Reply #3 on: Nov 06, 2015, 15:59:40 »
I'm in. Stock height front end, ditch silly bars/sissy bars/silly tank and double your money in one fell swoop.

you pretty much got my exact plan... besides the tank, I kinda like it a bit for some reason...  bars are gone too, cant see in the pic but they are only like a foot and a half wide maybe. I don't see how you can even steer that thing down the road with those bars..
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1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
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Re: 1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail
« Reply #4 on: Nov 06, 2015, 16:42:48 »
I suppose if push comes to shove you could simply shorten those forks and spend the budget elsewhere .

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Re: 1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail
« Reply #5 on: Nov 06, 2015, 16:54:44 »
Okay... now were cookin, The tank needs to go back to where ever came from, I thing the CB forks fit with all balls same as my BSA has, get a long tank and make it dead tail cruiser, ride it for grins then decide.


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I know that hard tails work less well than stock bike. I know that form follows function, but this is a bobber to be, so your point is invalid here. This is not nor will it be a well handling machine as compared to other bikes, but a round town, stop and talk about it bike. I will take constructive criticism, but any remarks about your opinion on hardtails in general being sub-par or non café bikes will be met with this "disclaimer" copy and pasted as a reply.
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Re: 1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail
« Reply #6 on: Nov 06, 2015, 19:20:00 »
Yep.  Proud of ya 
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: 1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail
« Reply #7 on: Nov 06, 2015, 20:56:19 »
Okay... now were cookin, The tank needs to go back to where ever came from, I thing the CB forks fit with all balls same as my BSA has, get a long tank and make it dead tail cruiser, ride it for grins then decide.
Yep, that's what I'm thinking already. I have a rebuilt set of cb forks sitting here that I keep starting at. I'll probably call all balls Monday.
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1973 Ironhead Hardtail: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68135.msg788081#msg788081
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
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Re: 1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail
« Reply #8 on: Nov 06, 2015, 21:33:53 »
I have drag bars I won at last year's Meltdown.  I will never use those kind of handlebars.  Yours if you want.

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Re: 1973 ironhead 1000. "the dark side" dead tail
« Reply #9 on: Nov 06, 2015, 21:55:58 »
I have drag bars I won at last year's Meltdown.  I will never use those kind of handlebars.  Yours if you want.
Awesome! I'd be interested for sure! Are they 1"?
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1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
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1973 Ironhead Hardtail: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68135.msg788081#msg788081
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
"Two strokes are the motorcycle equivalent to Thors chariot. Full of glory and memories of battles victorious" ~ von yinzer