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1969 XLCH Harley Sportster ironhead

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Uploaded on Aug 16, 2011

This is my new Harley, a '69 XLCH. This is the fourth time I've started it, third time I've ridden it. I've had it for a couple of weeks now & have sold the Ben-Ther Bros./Crazy Frank's rear fender/seat/taillight combo and also plan to get rid of the springer fork. Just got a 2" under narrow glide off ebay. I want the bike to be small, light and tight, like the original CH desert racers.
Before I got the bike, it'd been sitting in the elements for over two years. Two things work against easy starts: the mag is locked into full advance and there is no kill button. No prime procedure, just get on and kick. I kill it by stuffing a rag into the carb. This, to me, is the maximum Harley, you have to prove you're worthy every time you want to ride. 1969 was the last year of the factory magneto-only ignition, next to the last year of the classic Shovel-style Sporty rocker boxes (Sportys were Shovels before there were Shovels), and, of course, the last of the REAL Harley-Davidsons, before the company was acquired by AMF.
BTW, Tokyo's XLCH Mica Rules!

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