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Don's 1983 Ironhead Project Bike

Don sent us a bunch of very interesting photographs of his 1983 Ironhead Project Bike. On this page we show you the first couple of stages that this Harley XLX Sportster went through.


Part 1 - Original 1983 1000cc Ironhead XLX Sportster

(November 2008)

Don: "Here's my newly aquired 1983 Ironhead Sporty. I intend to make a 50's style bobber out of it... and will definitely paint it a different color. It's an XLX, mileage unknown, and in a little rough shape. But it only cost me $1200.00. I'll send future pics as the re-build progresses."


Photo of 1983 Sportster XLX 1000 Ironhead Project Motorbike by Don.

Photo of 1983 Sportster XLX 1000 Ironhead Project Motorbike by Don.


Part 2 - Initial Stripping / Try Outs

(November 2008)

Don: "I will keep you guys posted. The holidays will slow me down a little as I don't have a garage. I have to move the bike outside for holiday dinners and then back in... and so on and so on. But I'll keep ya informed. I'm researching a jockey shift. And a hardtail frame is definitely on the horizon. That is if the little woman can take the shake... (lol)"


Photo of 1983 Sportster XLX 1000 Ironhead Project Motorbike by Don.

Photo of 1983 Ironhead 1000cc XLX Sportster Project Bike by Don.

Photo of 1983 Ironhead 1000cc XLX Sportster Project Bike by Don.

Photo of 1983 Sportster XLX 1000 Ironhead Project Motorbike by Don.

Photo of 1983 Ironhead 1000cc XLX Sportster Project Bike by Don.

Photo of 1983 Sportster XLX 1000 Ironhead Project Motorbike by Don.

Photo of 1983 Ironhead 1000cc XLX Sportster Project Bike by Don.


Part 3 - Mock Up Phase

(December 2008)

Don: "I am enclosing some pics of my mock-up before I started the complete tear down. Sorry the couch got in the way. But I've been pretty lucky so far. I have two new rear shocks, thanks DJ and new mini-apes and hand controls, Thanks Chris. However, my tank is full of un-repairable holes and my rear brake rotor is cracked clear thru to the first vent hole... But I'll keep ya posted."


Photo of 1983 Sportster XLX 1000 Ironhead Project Motorbike by Don.

Photo of 1983 Ironhead 1000cc XLX Sportster Project Bike by Don.

To be continued !


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