Project: 1977 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster XLH 1000


Some opportunities are too good to pass up. When I saw this 1977 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster, I knew I had to buy it. Fortunately, I just sold the 1984 Honda Shadow VT700C Bobber, so I had the funds.

Mechanically, the Ironhead is in great condition. There’s a minor fuel leak at the petcock, which I plan to fix with a little torque and fuel resistant thread sealant.

When it really heats up, the clutch makes a loud whirring sound when the bike gets really hot. Some have suggested it’s a bad bearing, while others think the primary chain gets some slack as the bike warms up. It’s great under normal riding conditions around the neighborhood, but I’ll need to fix it before any longer rides.

I’ve already purchased forward controls and nine inch throwback risers. I’ll post install photos as the come.

Sparks Will Fly

Every step of this 1984 Honda Shadow VT 700C rebuild has been a battle. Many of these challenges result from the previous owner’s attempt to dress out the bike with some truly hideous bling. Some customizations, like remounting the speedometer and tachometer on the riser bracket are both aesthetically offensive and an obstacle to restoration.

I admit, welding the head of two bolts together to create the instrument mount point on top of the riser bracket was a highly creative solution, but destroying the hard-to-find riser bolts in the process didn’t help me.

SOLD: Honda Bobber – Retro Army Air Core

Built from a 1984 Honda Shadow VT 700C, this Army Air Core inspired bobber is a fun ride and real head turner.The bike has 40,600 plus miles, but the rock-solid, well-maintained Honda V-Twin has another 60,000 miles in it before the next overhaul. It has a new Virginia safety inspection valid until May, 2014, and is registered in Virginia with a clean title. The tires have 10,000 miles or so left in them.Over the last six months, I rebuilt the bike from the ground up. including carbs, clutch master and slave cylinders, front brake calipers, clutch, pulse generators, alternator, ignition system, and more. It has a fresh oil change, and brakes, forks, and cooling system have been recently serviced.In addition to being converted to a bobber, I’ve made the following customizations:

  • Custom leather sprung solo seat
  • Ignitech ignition control unit
  • High performance Keihin carburator modifications and jet
  • High performance air filter and intake modifications
  • Transparent glass/chrome fuel filter
  • LED marker light and turn module (currently wired up only for marker lights)
  • New battery
  • 12vdc accessory / battery tender port
  • New stator/alternator
  • Custom drag pipes with titanium heat wrap, mini baffles (so it’s loud but not obnoxious) and chrome tips
  • Burly Slammer Shocks
  • “Streetfighter” fairing with internal mounts for GPS, iPhone, etc
  • Custom fabricated forward controls and floor boards
  • Aftermarket handgrips
  • High-visibility mirrors
  • 2.5 gallon gas tank
  • Aftermarket clutch hydraulic line
  • Custom fabricated retro-style side-mount tail light and license plate bracket.
  • LED wheel rim lights
  • Cammo Green Plasti Dip paint job (leaves original paint intact)
This bike is ready to ride today.

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Barn Find: 1981 Yamaha Seca 750 – $400

Via Craigslist: 1981 Yamaha Seca 750 – $400 (Beltsville)

This bike is complete (including side covers) but not running. 38k miles, red, and needs work. The motor turns, not seized. Bought this from a dealer as a project, but never started the work. Carbs have been drained, Seafoam added to de-gunk, but my guess is that they would need total rebuild (have not opened them up.) No ignition key, but I had a locksmith make a fuel tank key. Paint faded, some surface rust/pitting on chrome parts. Good project to restore or customize. Cash only, no trades, no exceptions. $400 firm. I have clear Maryland title.

Location: Beltsville

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Posting ID: 3774767076 Posted: 2013-04-29, 7:47PM EDT

Original Post: 1981 Yamaha Seca 750.

Barn Find: 1984 virago 750 – $500

Via Craigslist1984 virago 750 – $500 (Clinton)

OK its old but runs I got this bike as a trade I’ve got no title no keys .I was trying to do a chopper out of it but realized that. Me having no time didn’t work so. If anyone wants come get it. It would make a good parts bike. Only asking for what I’ve got in it

Location: Clinton

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Posting ID: 3773726453 Posted: 2013-04-29, 12:15PM EDT

Original post: 1984 virago 750.

Barn Find: 96 Suzuki Rf600

Via Craigslist – 96 Suzuki Rf600 – $500 (Leesburg)

I got a 96 Suzuki RF 600 with low miles. the bike was sitting for over 6 months and it wont turn over and i’m not good with bikes so id rather get rid of it then spend money trying to fix it myself. the bike pretty much has an brand new engine. the carbs and air filter are new & clean.

The bike cranks with charged battery

most likely its the solenoid or the starter thats not letting the engine turn over

if you know about bikes and need a new project to work on this would be great for you.

Location: Leesburg

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Posting ID: 3774848289 Posted: 2013-04-29, 8:31PM EDT

Original Post: 96 Suzuki Rf600.

Photo Gallery: 1984 Honda VT 700C Bobber Project

This 1984 Honda Shadow VT 700C is being rebuilt from the ground up, and then chopped back down again to create a bobber.

Vote on Your Favorite Color for the Honda Bobber

It’s almost time to start bolting the last pieces back together on the 1984 Honda Shadow VT 700C Bobber Project. The responses from the previous Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Bobber survey were a bit unclear, so I decided to give ya’ll a simple choice: what color should I paint this bike? Here are a few mockups, so let me know what you think. If your preferred color isn’t there, let me know, and I’ll see if i can mock it up, too!

Floor Matte Black

Gunmetal Gray

Lil’ Boy Blue

Fabulous! Pink

You Can Pry My Assault Rifle Out of My Dead, Cold Hands Green

Rusted Red

Barn Find: 1984 Kawasaki 550 LTD – $800 (DC)

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1984 Kawasaki 550 LTD for sale. Only 10,100 miles on this 1-owner bike!! Is in excellent condition, but has not had spring tune-up yet. Accompanying photos were taken last fall just before bike put into winter storage. Has been garaged since purchased, and well taken care of. New tires have less than 400 miles on them; new battery installed this spring. It is a little cold-blooded, but once it warms up it is a sweet ride. All it needs is spring tune up and you’ve got a great, inexpensive ride!

1st at M Street (google map) (yahoo map)

  • Location: 1st Street SE
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Posting ID: 3664936716

Posted: 2013-03-07, 10:37AM EST

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Barn Find: 1978 Honda Hawk – $1000 (Glover Park)

1978 Honda Hawk CB400 for sale. Ran last year, but I let it sit and now it won’t start. It is orange with a windjammer fairing. The seat is original, but it has a split in it. Last year I replaced the chain, got the carbs cleaned, and had the wiring redone. It needs work but is a solid bike. I took it all the way to N. Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway last summer and it ran like a dream.

The pic is from last year, so the muffler has some rust and it needs to be cleaned up. A good project or part bike.

  • Location: Glover Park
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Posting ID: 3675126851

Posted: 2013-03-11, 8:43PM EDT

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