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Old 05-01-2014, 08:49 AM   #4066
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Here's the latest on my 883R. I changed the bars for some OE "L" bars off eBay. No risers. They're a little shorter than the stock R bars and lean me a bit more forward. Still a "standard" riding position, but more comfortable than the wide stock bars.
A different seat, a different slip-on for the 2 into 1 and maybe a 1200 kit down the road. Otherwise, I love the bike as a mid-size roadster and a good alternative to the R100RS.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:20 AM   #4067
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Here's the latest on my 883R. I changed the bars for some OE "L" bars off eBay. No risers. They're a little shorter than the stock R bars and lean me a bit more forward. Still a "standard" riding position, but more comfortable than the wide stock bars.
A different seat, a different slip-on for the 2 into 1 and maybe a 1200 kit down the road. Otherwise, I love the bike as a mid-size roadster and a good alternative to the R100RS.
Love the Roadsters; nice bike.

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Old 05-01-2014, 05:17 PM   #4068
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Laugh

Not mine, but one of the guys from my Sunday ride. If your eyes are sharp, you might notice some triumph bits.

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Old 05-01-2014, 05:22 PM   #4069
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Holy crap, that's beautiful.
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Old 05-02-2014, 03:19 AM   #4070
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Here's the latest on my 883R. I changed the bars for some OE "L" bars off eBay. No risers. They're a little shorter than the stock R bars and lean me a bit more forward. Still a "standard" riding position, but more comfortable than the wide stock bars.
A different seat, a different slip-on for the 2 into 1 and maybe a 1200 kit down the road. Otherwise, I love the bike as a mid-size roadster and a good alternative to the R100RS.
Great Bike

Here is mine. It received a new seat and shocks from a sportster sport since this photo

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Old 05-02-2014, 09:21 AM   #4071
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Best looking Sportster they made.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:12 AM   #4072
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Yep. I was *this* close to buying an Anniversary 883C, but something warned me off of it. The R caught my eye, for less money and less miles than the C, and I'm glad I got it instead. I'm not really a cruiser type.
I'm an old Brit bike guy (I'd rather have got a BSA twin but impractical at this time), so I hope to give the R a bit of a Brit, clubman-roadster feel. Not quite cafe but something for a bit of casual backroad burning.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:55 AM   #4073
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Not mine, but one of the guys from my Sunday ride. If your eyes are sharp, you might notice some triumph bits.

NOT a Sportster... its a 45'' Flathead.

That looks like a Triumph 4 speed gearbox. I have a Triumph 4 speed in my Flathead. It was a common upgrade back in the day since it was much cheaper than the Harley 4 speed tranny. The hardest part of the swap is moving the final drive chain and related parts to the left side. The Triumph 4 speed trannys had left side drive, but the OEM HD 3 speed was a right side drive...
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:40 PM   #4074
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I agree the 883 R is the best looking sporty to boot.How much is that supertrap exhaust?Can you bolt the twin disc on a regular 883 or do I need to change the forks and the whole Shebang?
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:32 PM   #4075
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It depends on the wheel. Some hubs are set up to accept the right side disc and some aren't. Other than that all you would need to mount up the system is the right side fork lower since it has the caliper lugs. Then of course there's the brake lines. And then I'm not sure about the master cylinder. Will the stock non-Roadster M/C push enough fluid to actuate two calipers?

I've seen bikes converted to the dual disc setup but can't remember the details...
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Old 05-03-2014, 02:12 AM   #4076
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Can you bolt the twin disc on a regular 883 or do I need to change the forks and the whole Shebang?
I did the conversion to my '97, it was quite simple:
-got the hub drilled and tapped (stock hub for spoked wheel is not dual-disk ready, I think most cast wheel hubs are)
-replaced right lower leg
-got right side brake caliper
-got new floating brake disks
-also new braided hoses + tee piece
-and master cylinder (11/16 if I remember correctly)



I was a bit surprised how good the results are, even the old single pot calipers stop the bike with 2 fingers.

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Old 05-04-2014, 08:03 PM   #4077
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Thanks bdonley!

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Looks great! A "real motorcycle"...
Man I don't know what constitutes as a "Real Motorcycle" anymore!!! I appreciate the comment. I will try to put some pictures of it with its original tins on it.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:09 PM   #4078
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How do like that Biltwell seat? I'm tempted to get one for its looks but afraid they'd be a buckboard for comfort.
Not comfortable at all, I can handle about an hour.
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:58 AM   #4079
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I have no experience with the Biltwell seat but mine has a similar profile and look. I had it custom built to my specs in brown leather by Ed of Sick Saddles. I did a few rough sketches overlaying pics of his stock offerings to illustrate what I wanted, and also sent him a pic of the Biltwell seat as part of my description. Ed was easy to work with and has very reasonable rates. Especially when considering that he will modify his standard stitching pattern, shape the foam to your requirements, and offers quite a few covering choices for a true custom seat. It turned out exactly how I wanted and I couldn't be happier with it.

While it's no touring seat, and everyone's ass is different, I've not had any issues with comfort on somewhat longer rides. In fact, while it's not really saying much, I find it more comfortable than the stocker.

Here's some pics....







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Old 05-09-2014, 10:19 AM   #4080
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That is a very nice looking seat! The bike looks good as well......
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