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Forum: Road warriors 04-29-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
Too much. My '06 883 (not an R) cost less than...

Too much. My '06 883 (not an R) cost less than that when it was new.

As for the power... Yes, it's slower than most bikes. It's also still faster than most cars. The pipes and air cleaner...
Forum: Face plant 08-12-2011, 09:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,671
Posted By Crack Monkey
Yeah. I'd be a total basket-case. But, that's...

Yeah. I'd be a total basket-case. But, that's probably a large part of why I enjoy trip reports, but never actually go on crazy trips myself.
Forum: Road warriors 08-02-2011, 12:53 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 29,380
Posted By Crack Monkey
Trunk should be easy with all the sissy bar mount...

Trunk should be easy with all the sissy bar mount kits and various styles of trunks/TourPaks available. Might not be factory, but probably easier than fitting a trunk to a random sport-bike.

And...
Forum: Road warriors 07-21-2011, 06:42 AM
Replies: 169
Views: 21,005
Posted By Crack Monkey
Looks like the FLD has rear cylinder deactivation...

Looks like the FLD has rear cylinder deactivation at idle. No idea how much that helps.

I like the red. Maybe in a few years when I'm sick of my Sportster.
Forum: Road warriors 07-21-2011, 06:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,951
Posted By Crack Monkey
Looks like a normal Sportster headlight?

Looks like a normal Sportster headlight?
Forum: Road warriors 07-19-2011, 08:58 AM
Replies: 169
Views: 21,005
Posted By Crack Monkey
Agreed. I hope they sell a bunch, so I can pick...

Agreed. I hope they sell a bunch, so I can pick one up used in 4-5 years.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-14-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 9,344
Posted By Crack Monkey
Shop should have stopped and called as soon as...

Shop should have stopped and called as soon as the bolt broke. Let the owner decide whether to trash the fork leg or try another option.

Stuff breaks, especially on old bikes. Calling the owner...
Forum: Road warriors 06-11-2011, 12:27 PM
Replies: 433
Views: 48,152
Posted By Crack Monkey
No apology needed. The Cross Country is a...

No apology needed.

The Cross Country is a nice looking bike. Much closer to something I'd buy in the future. The Vision is just too big and the styling isn't my thing. I also like the looks of...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-09-2011, 07:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,131
Posted By Crack Monkey
The Ruckus is probably better for what you...

The Ruckus is probably better for what you describe. It's known to work well in light offroad/dirtroad use.

The Zuma can be made to accelerate a bit faster, if you want to tweak the drivetrain a...
Forum: Road warriors 06-09-2011, 06:16 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,842
Posted By Crack Monkey
TU250? Maybe smaller than you want, but seems...

TU250? Maybe smaller than you want, but seems like a more minimalist option than a Bonneville.
Forum: Road warriors 06-08-2011, 06:44 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,185
Posted By Crack Monkey
Lightweight wheels w/ radial tires. And, H-D...

Lightweight wheels w/ radial tires.

And, H-D revised the rear shock to give more travel. Not sure if it's just the shock/spring, or if the rear suspension geometry changed.
Forum: Road warriors 06-07-2011, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
On cold mornings, will the bike start and idle...

On cold mornings, will the bike start and idle without the choke? That's usually a sign that the jetting is rich.

I imagine the bike would run, but down on power, if it was an 883 and jetted for...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2011, 09:35 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,185
Posted By Crack Monkey
There are a few things that might make this...

There are a few things that might make this true...
- the 883 is geared lower from the factory, so a 883/1200 conversion will turn a higher RPM at a given speed than a factory 1200. Should make for...
Forum: Road warriors 06-04-2011, 06:19 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,185
Posted By Crack Monkey
The Roadster versions are probably the best bet. ...

The Roadster versions are probably the best bet. Twin discs, flatter bars. And maybe a tachometer.

The standard XL883 was taller as well. Not sure if it's the same suspension as the...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-01-2011, 12:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,355
Posted By Crack Monkey
We definitely will test sit/ride as many as...

We definitely will test sit/ride as many as possible. But, with limited stock at most local dealers, it's good to build a list of what will (or won't) meet our needs. Seems like most local shops...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-01-2011, 10:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,355
Posted By Crack Monkey
Just looked up the Helix - good god that thing is...

Just looked up the Helix - good god that thing is ugly. :) Looks like it's straight out of a low-budget 1980s sci-fi.
Forum: Battle scooters 06-01-2011, 10:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,355
Posted By Crack Monkey
ABS and injection probably aren't required. ...

ABS and injection probably aren't required.

My wife is a new rider and, knowing her, this needs to be an "easy button" affair. If she has to fart about with choke knobs and reserve tanks, she'll...
Forum: Battle scooters 06-01-2011, 10:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,355
Posted By Crack Monkey
Quite true, thus the desire to stick to a smaller...

Quite true, thus the desire to stick to a smaller scoot. The one thing a scooter (or motorcycle) gets is an HOV lane exemption, which are faster, at least in theory.
Forum: Battle scooters 06-01-2011, 09:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,355
Posted By Crack Monkey
Yet another "which scooter" thread...

It looks like my wife will be commuting downtown (into DC from the NoVA suburbs) for her next job. She's thinking about a scooter for commuting.

Needs:
- decent or good wind/weather protection...
Forum: Road warriors 06-01-2011, 05:37 AM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
Ha Ha! I noticed that problem the first time...

Ha Ha!

I noticed that problem the first time I had the cover off. A small drill bit and some bent paper clips (as U shaped pins) were my solution.
Forum: Road warriors 05-31-2011, 06:57 AM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
I just went through looking and didn't find...

I just went through looking and didn't find anything.

Forward? Sure.
Higher? Nope.

I ended up with a RallyRunner (HD accessory seat, ordered from Zanottis). It doesn't really move me forward,...
Forum: Road warriors 05-24-2011, 06:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,019
Posted By Crack Monkey
Most of the 250cc DS bikes have lowering links...

Most of the 250cc DS bikes have lowering links available. They're all highway capable, though maybe not great at it.
Forum: Road warriors 05-23-2011, 07:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,135
Posted By Crack Monkey
They're making it for the Indian market. They...

They're making it for the Indian market. They even hired a subsidiary of Mahindra to design the bike.
Forum: Road warriors 05-19-2011, 07:04 PM
Replies: 572
Views: 124,789
Posted By Crack Monkey
No, F your dealer. What a load of crap.

No, F your dealer. What a load of crap.
Forum: Road warriors 05-19-2011, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
Ack. Just ordered all the parts I "need" to set...

Ack. Just ordered all the parts I "need" to set the bike up for two-up cruising... Seat, pegs, slip-ons, jets, shocks, sissy bar/rack, and some leather saddlebags. Tossed in the black fender strut...
Forum: Road warriors 05-15-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
More pics and details about side-hack please.

More pics and details about side-hack please.
Forum: Road warriors 05-14-2011, 02:05 PM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
2006 XL 883 (plain-jane Sportster). 170lbs,...

2006 XL 883 (plain-jane Sportster).
170lbs, usually don't carry anything but a rain jacket and a water bottle.
Average rider, not aggressive.

Two-up will be rare, and only local.
Forum: Road warriors 05-14-2011, 01:17 PM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
They get a larger commission on bigger ($$$$)...

They get a larger commission on bigger ($$$$) bikes. They did the same to me and I'm 5'7" and 170lbs (so the big bikes are BIG to me). The anti-Sporty vibes from most Harley guys was almost enough...
Forum: Road warriors 05-14-2011, 12:55 PM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
Nope, I think you got them all. I do have...

Nope, I think you got them all.

I do have two additional questions...
How much of an effect does riding two up have on the required fork spring rate? Suppose I'm fine solo with the stock, full...
Forum: Road warriors 05-13-2011, 07:14 AM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
Thus the confusion. :) That was the...

Thus the confusion. :)



That was the way I was leaning, but I thought the Whittlebeast hybrids were for a low set-up? Or, does the recommended spacer bring them back up to 13"?
Forum: Road warriors 05-12-2011, 07:06 AM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
Also, I read through the various suspension...

Also, I read through the various suspension threads over at XLForum. But, came away just as confused. Most of the talk was about either making the low suspension tolerable, or set-ups for heavier...
Forum: Road warriors 05-12-2011, 06:56 AM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
I'm on the stock 2006 XL883 suspension. It's not...

I'm on the stock 2006 XL883 suspension. It's not great, but at least it isn't the low setup. Holding off on upgrading it until I'm sure I'll keep the bike for more than another year or two. If the...
Forum: Road warriors 05-11-2011, 05:49 PM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
New (to me) seat for Sporty: $200 + whatever pegs...

New (to me) seat for Sporty: $200 + whatever pegs cost

New (to me) bike that works better 2-up: $5,000 (or more?) - $3000 (value of 2006 Sporty?)

For farting about the neighborhood, the XL will...
Forum: Road warriors 05-11-2011, 01:17 PM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
Will that move me forward and/or up? I'd like to...

Will that move me forward and/or up? I'd like to get into a slightly sportier position on the bike and swap to bars with a bit less rise (superbike or similar bend, nothing crazy).
Forum: Road warriors 05-11-2011, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4,586
Views: 827,811
Posted By Crack Monkey
Two-up questions...

Does anybody have experience with two-up seats for the Sportster? My wife wants to start riding with me, so I'll need to ditch the stock solo seat.

I'd prefer something that moves me forward and...
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2009, 07:48 AM
Replies: 572
Views: 124,789
Posted By Crack Monkey
Rhino - what's the doodad on the front of the...

Rhino - what's the doodad on the front of the frame, above the front fender?
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2009, 07:40 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,418
Posted By Crack Monkey
H-D FXRG leather jacket and textile pants for...

H-D FXRG leather jacket and textile pants for winter.

The logos are innocuous, unlike most of the motor company's offerings.
Forum: Road warriors 09-01-2009, 01:45 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 13,737
Posted By Crack Monkey
It's a chick bike. Real men ride big twins. Or...

It's a chick bike. Real men ride big twins. Or so a fat, balding pirate once told me.

I went with a Sporty for no particular reason other than the dealer had one discounted. One year and 5k...
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2009, 06:44 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,482
Posted By Crack Monkey
FL is the touring line. XL is the Sportster...

FL is the touring line.
XL is the Sportster line.
FXD is the Dyna line.
FXS is the Softail line.

Within the Touring line, I think they all have a common engine and frame. The difference is in...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 07-20-2009, 01:38 PM
Replies: 12,556
Views: 596,900
Posted By Crack Monkey
Yup, and the last clue was a dead give-away. I...

Yup, and the last clue was a dead give-away. I found it, but drive the car today.
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