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    Is this old Sportster worth $4000?

    Saw this old HD on ebay....local to me and was wondering if it was worth the 4K. It dosen't run but I don't know old sportster values. There seems to be a lot of old sportsters or sportster talk going on here and I might want to jump on the band wagon.

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    I would say its questionable. I mean if everything is there and all it takes is a few hours of assembly, then a it might be worth $4k. Well maybe $4k is a bit much for something that is not a sure thing. I'd throw $2k at it, but tha's just me
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    I see how someone could pay $4000 for that.
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    it's a 60's ironhead so right off the bat maybe. For some reason the 60's IHs have been going up in price, esp if they are unique models, moistly complete originals, or really good looking. People just pay more for the magneto models.

    That is the XLH touring model. that Turtle tank? it's almost 4 gallons and by itself it can sell for between $500-$1000 depending on shape (the $1000 one I saw was NOS, the $160 one I own has a badly patched hole in the top).

    Other than the bars and clamp (single piece instead of the stock two piece), the gauges (missing), the pipes (standard sporty chopper garbage), the seat (sportster specialties repop K-model seat on aftermarket springs), the shocks (missing the shrouds), the paint (stock colors for 1965 are really interesting), disc brake front end (off a 1973-75 ironhead sporty) and the carb/aircleaner (S&S) it looks to be a complete stock bike. To be fair some of those things are just upgrades you would make anyway to make the bike more rideable (disc brake, carb, shocks), and some things are easily correctable (stock gauges are cheap and plentiful, progressive sells repop shock shrouds). the hardest part would be the front end headlight shroud since those are NLA and expensive when you find them. The huge tank makes the bike a lot more useable.

    The question is how badly do you want it? If it were me I would try to get it in the $3200-$3500 range and do some of the more interesting mods because I like vintage hot rods. Things like a dual seat, alloy fender braces, speedster bars, etc. Make it look like stock from far away but up close it's a custom. For reference stock looks like this:
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    Assuming the engine is in good shape (and that's a big assumption), yes, it's probably worth $4000. Wrong front end, as Geeto67 said, but other than some aftermarket bolt-on parts, it's close enough to stock to turn it back into a fairly original bike.

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    if you want to see what nostalgic sportster dreams are made of:

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    Some japanese custom house is building these - it's an XR1000 engine punched out to 1300ccs and the bike is dressed like a stock 1960's XLH touring. Damn the Japanese for being better at American culture than Americans sometimes. There is this one and a beige one that have been built but I don't read japanese and that is all I can make out. Too fine!
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    That does not surprise me. 1950's American greaser culture is big over in Japan right now. So why not do a Sportster better than we do one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ews View Post
    That does not surprise me. 1950's American greaser culture is big over in Japan right now. So why not do a Sportster better than we do one?

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    It's been big in japan since the 1980's.

    I used to get japanese custom culture mags from this art shop on long island. If we do it here, there is a japanese shop doing it better over there. Lowriders, choppers, lead sleds, 1960's style show car hot rods, you name it.

    case in point:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    if you want to see what nostalgic sportster dreams are made of:

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    Some japanese custom house is building these - it's an XR1000 engine punched out to 1300ccs and the bike is dressed like a stock 1960's XLH touring. Damn the Japanese for being better at American culture than Americans sometimes. There is this one and a beige one that have been built but I don't read japanese and that is all I can make out. Too fine!
    I'm not sure exactly what that is, but I don't think it's an XR1000 engine. Looks more like an Evo bottom end with modified heads of some sort, maybe Sundance.
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    what makes you say that?

    Looks right to me:
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