1964 XLH

1964 XLH

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1964 XLH

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Hey guys,

I went to look at this bike over the weekend. It's obviously missing the XLH fenders, headlight and correct rocker boxes. Wondering what you guys think this is worth. Bike last ran in the 80's, it was stored inside until a few years ago so the chrome is in good shape. Inside of tank is clean, has compression and seems to shift ok. Anyway, hoping to get a realistic idea of value.
Thanks, Steve
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Re: 1964 XLH

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2800.00-3500.00 seems fair
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Re: 1964 XLH

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Thanks for the reply panheadrider. Owner was looking for more than double that.....
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Re: 1964 XLH

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So around 9 k to find all missing parts to get back as O E you may spend another 3k to source them then 2 k on new matching paint job this would put it out of pocket of over 14 k ….?
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Re: 1964 XLH

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They were looking for 8 to 9k, I told them a restored 64 XLH sold at Mecum earlier this year for $6600. I also looked at sold listings on eBay, and prices for similar "mutts" were in the 2k to 3.5k range for running bikes. Again, this bike hasn't been on the road since the 80's. It may run with little effort, may not. Based on other posts I've read, finding all of the original XLH only parts would be near impossible, so I don't consider this a candidate for restoration. It could be a nice rider for someone.
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Re: 1964 XLH

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I've seen more pictures of this bike and it is even uglier than this looks as far as ever getting it to a stock condition. OK basis for a street racer project but not much more. A friend bought a 65CH in better condition last year for around 2.2K. And CHs generally bring more than H models.
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Re: 1964 XLH

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For me, the important question is not the price.

Is this the bike you really want?
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No, this isn't a bike that I can't live without. So in this case, for me, price was the important question.
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So I got a bit of a surprise, the owner messaged me and said she would accept my original offer. Bike is now tucked away safely in my garage. I'm planning to get it running (after doing all the things that need to be done to a bike that has been sitting for 40 years) before deciding on any cosmetic changes.
Bike currently has an adjustable main Bendix on it, I'm sure it needs to be rebuilt, I also found the original Linkert DC carb in the box of parts I got with it. I'm sure it needs to be rebuilt too.
Question is, what carb would you guys spend the time and money on? Not worried about originality, just want it to run well. I've used Bendix carbs before but have no experience with the Linkert DC.

Thanks, Steve
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Re: 1964 XLH

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1947knucklehead wrote: Fri Nov 17, 2023 1:31 am So I got a bit of a surprise, the owner messaged me and said she would accept my original offer. Bike is now tucked away safely in my garage. I'm planning to get it running (after doing all the things that need to be done to a bike that has been sitting for 40 years) before deciding on any cosmetic changes.
Bike currently has an adjustable main Bendix on it, I'm sure it needs to be rebuilt, I also found the original Linkert DC carb in the box of parts I got with it. I'm sure it needs to be rebuilt too.
Question is, what carb would you guys spend the time and money on? Not worried about originality, just want it to run well. I've used Bendix carbs before but have no experience with the Linkert DC.

Thanks, Steve
If all the nuts & bolts, hardware, and air cleaner are present I would stick with the Bendix since its accelerator pump is immeasurably helpful in starting. One thing to be aware of is the accelerator pump: If it needs replacement, bite the bullet, and get an original Bendix/Zenith kit with the pink leather plunger cup. About $50-60, but most other aftermarket pumps are pure crap, and will cause a great many headaches trying to get one to work. Again: The pink leather pump is the ticket to an easy starting Bendix....
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Re: 1964 XLH

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Thanks RooDog,

I appreciate your thoughts. I was already leaning in the Bendix direction and you've cemented that now.
Seems easier and cheaper (even spending more on the real rebuild kit) to rebuild the Bendix than the DC too.

Steve
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Re: 1964 XLH

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I picked up a Bendix on eBay for less than $100. Installed it on my 1950 Panny project. gasses it up, turned on the key, and while I was slowly kicking through to find the compression stroke it started on me. Holy Shit ! ! !, and I became a believer. If it's warm enough to ride, I simply give it three twists of the throttle, no choke, key on, and kick. Usually would fire in fewer than three kicks. To me, a DC Linkert doesn't even bear consideration....
The OEM rebuild kits come with the above pink pump, throttle bushings & swals, and other parts & pieces that are nice to have....

https://www.ebay.com/itm/196040684737?c ... 81-19255-0

I don't see much point in an adjustable main jet, but that's up to you....
I have sold two other buddies on the Bendix, and they are both happy with them....
Plus, I have an $&$ single cable Super B to sell if someone would be interested....
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Re: 1964 XLH

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1947knucklehead wrote: Fri Nov 17, 2023 6:47 pm Thanks RooDog,

I appreciate your thoughts. I was already leaning in the Bendix direction and you've cemented that now.
Seems easier and cheaper (even spending more on the real rebuild kit) to rebuild the Bendix than the DC too.

Steve
I pieced together a Bendix from a couple of donor carbs and I'm completely satisfied with it. I have the adjustable main jet, but I suspect it would probably work as well with the standard B-size one. I'm running it on a '68 shovel with mild (4-1/2") stroke and it performs very well throughout the rpm range I ride. Easy to tune.
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Re: 1964 XLH

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I'm assuming the bike was running with the adjustable main, so I'll freshen it up and see.
Another question, is there an external difference between 900, 1000 and 1200 cylinders? Bike definitely has later rocker boxes, but curious to know if there is a way to tell if it's been bumped up to 1000 or 1200cc without pulling the heads.
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