Dave owned the bike for about 10years in that time he rebuilt the top end and did the clutch, but apart from that it stayed as he got it.
He had many a happy ride and also many a disapointment (all suited and booted for a night out, the fucker wouldn't start, then he had a limp for the rest of the week). some bikes just have a "mood" and if they aint in "the mood" TUFF.
After loosing the bike, years later he picked up a copy of IRON HORSE and saw a nice sportster in the pages. "Same cromed swingarm as my old one, same fender-struts as my old one, shit it is my old one." seems as Genghis used to own this bike before Dave.
he has wanted to get in touch with Genghis ever since, because it's great to let him know how the story continues.
DAVES BIKE ABOVE
GENGHIS'S BIKE BELLOW.
Younger bikers of today, don't have a clue about how fearfully regarded the Sportsters of 40 years were. Since the days of magneto-equipped, kick-only Sportsters, the image of the Sportster model has undergone a revision of its manly genetic makeup in its public image. Previously, the Sporty had the macho one X and one Y chromosome. Today, the Sportster's genetic signature has morphed into two X chromosomes, a more effete image for sure. This is because of the way that bikers in the culture, have treated this once proud warrior of a Harley. The Sporty has been relegated to the second class, seen now as a stepping stone to perhaps "something better." The transitional nature of the Sportster's image, is similar to the way that Britbikes were perceived decades ago. Back in the day, Britbikes were seen by many as a stopgap measure, before moving up to a Harley-Davidson. Elements in the biker subculture have a habit of savaging the image of certain motorcycles. I believe that the demonizing of some models of bikes in the culture, is a pure political act, done for self-aggrandizement. Look at what the so-called "hardcores" did to the poor Softail in the '90s. The Softail suffered the unfortunate rep of being a Yuppie Cycle. Similarly, since the days of the tough XLCHs of the 1960s, the Harley Sportster has suffered ignominous put downs within the culture.
THIS IS PART OF THE ARTICLE TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM GENGHIS'S SITE.CHECK OUT THE PROPER ARTICLE ON GENGHIS'S SPORTSTER @ http://bik45.tripod.com/index71.html