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Old 10-04-2013, 08:19 AM   #3151
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So, Sportster riders, I have a conundrum. I've been pretty set on picking up an Iron 883 in Amber Whiskey ever since I rode the '11 Super Low last weekend. So I'm coming through Orange yesterday and stop at Waugh HD and they have a '12 Iron with 4,000 miles on it that I take out for a test ride.

It sucked! (Relatively). It didn't feel anywhere near as smooth as I remember the 883 SL being. It was really buzzy/vibey and hard to find a sweet spot for any given speed. What gives? Did I just have rose colored glasses on for the first one I rode, or is there some other difference between the SL and the Iron?

To make matters worse, I then stopped by the Yamaha dealer and rode a Bolt, just for grins, and it was phenomenal. The fit/finish/overall appearance is no where near the HD, but the ride was so much better. It was smooth, pulled harder, wasn't as rough on the backroads, etc.

I really like the look and the pedigree of the HD but the Bolt, which also comes in at $600 less after talking OTD prices, was the more enjoyable ride of the day.

Firstly, Sportsters seem to vary in ride quality depending upon how everything is set up. I have noticed a big difference in vibes between different belt tension and primary chain tension settings. Also since it was a used bike so it is possible that a motor mount was loose. I rode a bike with that very issue and once we tightened up the mounts the bike was nice and smooth.



The Bolt suspension is smoother plain and simple. So is the engine. This may sound strange but part of the reason I chose the Sportster is that it isn't refined. It's a machine that lets you know that it is a machine. It has a noisy valve train , it's not buttery smooth , it rides a bit rough, etc...It's the complete opposite of the various Japanese mounts that I have owned but it is very similar to the air cooled dirt bikes that I grew up on. Every time I ride it it's like hopping on a time machine that puts a big grin on my face. Buy the bike that gives you that grin and don't worry about brand.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:22 AM   #3152
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Fyi

I see a few people in this thread looking at Sportsters, so I thought I'd pass this along. I have no connection to the seller, it's just a smoking deal that if my garage wasn't full and I didn't already have an S, I'd jump on.

Panama City, Fl Craigslist

The '98 XL1200S is a Roadster on steroids. This year they went to a double spark and hotter cams, along with the standard S model adjustable forks and rear suspension.
Only 8k miles on this bike for $2500.

Someone, scoop this up!!

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Old 10-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #3153
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Buy the bike that gives you that grin and don't worry about brand.
That's pretty much it.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:45 PM   #3154
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My sporty. I love this bike!.

Pretty much stock.





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Old 10-05-2013, 08:46 AM   #3155
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picked up some tires form the motorcycle superstore and this was in their catalog. sorry if it 205...and larrrrge.


http://images.motorcycle-usa.com/Pho...ster-Based.jpg

it made me chuckle-
in the description it said his favorite thing to do was corner it at WOT. but the back tire is a me880- the hardest friggin touring tire you can buy. if he really likes to corner why not something sticky?
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:43 PM   #3156
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http://images.motorcycle-usa.com/Pho...ster-Based.jpg

it made me chuckle-
in the description it said his favorite thing to do was corner it at WOT. but the back tire is a me880- the hardest friggin touring tire you can buy. if he really likes to corner why not something sticky?
It looks to me that there is about 1-3/4" of tire on the edge that has never met the pavement.
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:06 AM   #3157
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picked up some tires form the motorcycle superstore and this was in their catalog. sorry if it 205...and larrrrge.


http://images.motorcycle-usa.com/Pho...ster-Based.jpg

it made me chuckle-
in the description it said his favorite thing to do was corner it at WOT. but the back tire is a me880- the hardest friggin touring tire you can buy. if he really likes to corner why not something sticky?
It's like all the tourists who come here with their fancy curve machines.
You can buy or build a cool bike that's very capable, but if you can't even lean it over far enough to get rid of the chicken strips, well...

However, I would add that running an ME880 in hotter climates works pretty well during the summer on super hot asphalt.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:07 PM   #3158
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It's ALIVE!!!!

A quick update on the 02 XL1200C I stole for $1500: I cleaned the carb and put in a rebuild kit, new fuel lines, new spark plugs, fresh oil and filter and a clean gas tank with some fresh premium and Sea Foam mix and primed things the best I could; and it fired right off
I let it idle and warm up while checking for any leaks, then promptly changed the oil and filter just in case. I cut open the old filter and ran a magnet through the old oil and they came out clean.

It's mechanically sound, now it's time to start taking care of all the parts like brake lines and caliper seals, wheel and head bearings and get this thing road worthy!

I'm going to wind up with a lot of parts for sale from the boxes of goodies I received with the bike - already have one PM who's first in line, after I let him see the list I'll start throwing stuff in the flea market....

More to follow!
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:52 PM   #3159
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Glad to hear you got it running!

I need to be doing some maintenance on mine here in a month or so. I replaced the rocker box gaskets a couple of weeks ago and need to go through the brakes. I've got a 3.3 tank on the way to replace my 2.2 (I hate stopping for fuel) so I'll replace the fuel lines and run an inline filter when that gets here. The internet has been good so far but I definitely need to pick up a shop manual for the more in-depth projects.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:38 PM   #3160
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have any of you guys tried these tires on your bikes?

http://www.shinkotireusa.com/product/product.php?id=54

http://www.shinkotireusa.com/img/pro...33-and-734.jpg
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:26 AM   #3161
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Similar, but not the same. I did the Kenda Kruz and was happy with it. Performance was far better than what the price had me expecting. I think I had the pair for about $150.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:23 AM   #3162
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Similar, but not the same. I did the Kenda Kruz and was happy with it. Performance was far better than what the price had me expecting. I think I had the pair for about $150.
I tried those and found them dangerously slick. I used em up in the 7k miles they were on my bike and never considered them again.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:54 AM   #3163
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My sporty. I love this bike!.

Pretty much stock.





My wife loves that bike, she already has two bikes, but I just can't get past the peanut gas tank. I could see it if you lived in an urban area, but in the sticks it's a lot of trips to the gas station.

Am trying to get her to look at a Street Bob. No denying it's a great looking bike though.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:09 AM   #3164
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Yeah i started calling it the gas station hopper. But it's really not a issue for where i ride.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:27 AM   #3165
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My wife loves that bike, she already has two bikes, but I just can't get past the peanut gas tank. I could see it if you lived in an urban area, but in the sticks it's a lot of trips to the gas station.

Am trying to get her to look at a Street Bob. No denying it's a great looking bike though.
Granted, a tourer it's not. I guess that's why I find it "necessary" to have more than one bike... like golf clubs, different types for different circumstances and needs. Mine generally gets into the upper 70's on the odo before the low fuel light comes on. This is my "pretty Sunday afternoon" bike, and living in the SE, gas stations aren't really a problem. While a larger tank would be nice for the sake of convenience, this is my "pretty bike" and I do really like the way the 2.2 gal tank looks for this style. Like most things in motorcycledom, it's a compromise. And one I'm pretty happy to make since I have other more practical machines for those longer distances where range is a little more important. If it were my only bike, it might get a little old sometimes, but probably still not a deal breaker.
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