Vintage sportsters

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by clay, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. clay

    clay Member

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    Hello. I'm looking to get myself a vintage sportster. now after looking for Sportsters made from the year 1975-1987 i have noticed that there are 2 kinds of engines the Iron head and the EVO. i was just wondering which engine was better more reliable. and most important easy to fix and to learn how to fix. and just any other knowledge a person could pass on to me about Sportsters in this year range.

    Clay
     
  2. softailsteve

    softailsteve Active Member

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    the ironhead was pre 84 the the evo was used from 85 till present good luck
     
  3. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    Stay away from the AMF years they made me swear I would ride metric forever.I was only lying to myself
     
  4. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Hobbit, if you would keep the wifey out of the dealers, you might get that vintage! :s LOL
     
  5. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    LOL, that's what I figured....:D I was just trying to make it look like she was the one trading bikes. We may have to ground you both!
     
  6. spikegomez

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    Iron head is commonly on model 84 or earlier years...
     
  7. clay

    clay Member

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    well as far as the AMF years im not that scared about them. i was talking to my uncles and all of them are metric riders because of AMF but all the problems they mentioned were all quality control problems. and any AMF harley bought now would have been rebuilt one or two times by now. but im wondering what it takes to keep one of these bikes running an on the road. im kinda lookiung for more of a turn key bike. but moeny prevents me from buying anything new. plus i love vintage bikes. and these bikes are going for arounf 2 grand on ebay for nice ones
     
  8. formike56

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    I had a 77 sporty up till 2 years ago.. It is still in the family. I rode it up till I gave it to a nephew. Bought it in 79 for 1,000.00$ from a friend. It was reliable till I decided to go stump jumping with it. Along with the alchol factor. Was forced to rebuild the uppper & lower ends. Punched out .06 added cams, S&S E shorty, Along with aftermarket exhust. That was in 84 with the rebuild. It is still running today. It was a blast to ride. It would outrun most of the big twins. I was thinking about finding another one just for fun.....:newsmile108:
     
  9. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Gary is correct. During AMF years, do you really think they were immediately able to change the design and everything? HD was going down due to lack of QA/QC and staying with old technology-metallurgy & lethargic mis-manage-ment. Many would disagree, but the fact that AMF infused dollars and established QA-QC Departments, Advanced R & D and HARLEY MARKETING?!! (remember the ill fated 1000/1200 racer, "boat tailed designs" and other attempts to establish new vertical markets?), enabling company to resurrect itself, so that later the same HD management could afford to buy itself back, is actually a testament that AMF did something right! :bigsmiley12:
     
  10. clay

    clay Member

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    anyone else have anything to say about sportsters of this year range?