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1976 Sportster Bicentennial edition

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Old 09-03-2009, 07:43 AM
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I bought a 76 sporty with a hardtail frame, and a Smith & Federow girder. Guessing that wasn't stock. The only thing I didn't like was it had a right hand shift. The bike ran great.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:42 AM
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I've got an original 1976 Liberty Edition Sportster. Bought it brand new July 1976. I'm new to this forum, so not sure how to post a photo.

Send an email to: jodipurdy@mac.com and I can send a photo.

I took the tank and fenders off my bike and put them away and added new tank and fenders....quick fix to your problem. Store yours or sell them to someone interested in having these rare items.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:07 AM
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I feel the same way about any of the "anniversary" or "special" edition bikes. If I ever paint my bike (which I may do) then I will be keeping the original tins in tact and having another set painted up. I know that some don't feel that way about the '03's or '08's but that '76 was new at one point. NOW it is a classic. I would keep it original (or as original as possible).

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Old 09-25-2009, 03:33 AM
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Yup....got an 84 FLH Shovelhead - Stock and an 03 Road King Gunmetal with Gold Key Package - no plans to change anything. Changed the Sporty when I let a friend ride it till he got an 03 Lowrider....didn't want to take any chances on damaging original tank and fenders...so removed them and added the new tin....still have the tank and fenders safely stored away....plan on putting them back eventually....maybe for the 40th Anniversary in 2016...about the time my oldest turns 17....it'll be nice for photo ops....!!
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:04 AM
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Default keep it org.

Hey bros i had a bicentennial sportster and it is a very rare bike i read in a book that there were two types of bikes built
that year and were brought to daytona fl. And ran on the race track during bike week amf made lots of sportsters that year but very few of those so keep it org or sell it to someone that will .
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:59 AM
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Cool torn

reading all these forums has me torn a bit... i have a rare 1976 liberty edition sporster in very very good condition (profile pic), and a 1966 sporster xlch with no motor thats chopped raked so-on&so-forth - what i wanted to do is take the longer front end of the 66 and put it on the liberty edition with vance and heins exhaust and a cone fliter with a sissy bar and bags. just to make it appear a little longer being im not a litle guy at 285lbs - 6'1", i was thinking i would look more to fit if it appeared longer - BUT keeping all original parts in bubble wrap for the collector in me AND having a "Custom" 1976 liberty edition sporster to ride. i dont believe it would take from the bike at all. motorcycles and people are all a shared passion with individual styles.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:14 PM
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I bought a 76 Liberty Edition Sportster when it was new. It was an XLH model. Cost was $2,800. It didn't seem all that rare then. All you had to do was order one. Really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I don't have it anymore. I did want to make a comment about the paint. Yes, it was black, but it also had silver metalflakes in it.


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Old 03-03-2011, 04:40 AM
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:34 AM
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It's your bike! Do what you want with it and enjoy yourself. BFD, a couple of stickers. I'm willing to bet all these guys saying you have to keep it original wouldn't step up with the cash to save it from being hacked. You're the one who spent the money on it so it's yours to with as you please.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:48 PM
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Hi. My boyfriend has a 1976 bicentennial superglide. I will take a pic of the tank for you and post it here, as soon as I make it over to his house. Either tonite or tomorrow. Take care and good luck with your bike.
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