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Old 05-27-2015, 07:19 PM   #1
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Pre rubber-mount Sportsters

How badly do rigid mount Sportsters vibrate? The last ones are pretty nicely priced, but I'd hate to have something I felt was largely unusable at anything over city speeds. The weight advantage would be a nice bonus.


I currently run an XS650 and I don't find the vibes that bad at all. The motor is solid mount, everything else isn't!
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:21 PM   #2
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I love my 91. It is a shaker but only because it's an 89 cu inch beast. lol
We've put a zillion miles on solid mount sporties and kinda like the "connected" feel they have.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:06 PM   #3
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Some people are more sensitive than others. Vibes from any of the various sportsters I've owned never bothered me.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:51 PM   #4
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The solid mount Sportster (in my opinion) is the best motorcycle ever produced by Harley-Davidson. By Japanese standards it's a real paint shaker, having said that it's is no worse than a Yamaha XS650 twin.
A real bargain under 5K, easy and cheap to fix or modify to your tastes.

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Old 05-27-2015, 09:08 PM   #5
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I love mine. A 2002 plain XL1200



It isnt so much that it vibrates, well it does, but the way it sort of jumps up and down when it idles. Like a horny lizard. Never have to check the tach to see if it stalled or not. Not everyones cup of tea, but like I did mention, I love it.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:17 PM   #6
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Interesting that you would refer to "anything over city speeds". I didn't mind the vibration of my '94 1200 around town. It had no windshield, stock grips, and buckhorn bars. At higher speeds, the wind pressure forced me to hold the grips more tightly, which made my hands tingle and sometimes fall asleep.

I suppose I should have invested in a quick disconnect windshield for out of town rides. I miss that bike.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:26 PM   #7
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It isn't so much that it vibrates, well it does, but the way it sort of jumps up and down when it idles. Like a horny lizard.
This may be the greatest description of a Harley-Davidson in all recorded history.

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Old 05-27-2015, 10:35 PM   #8
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I'm afraid I have no idea how a horny lizard behaves but that was a great description and made me smile

I bought a new 1200 sportster in 89. It did vibrate but only in a way that made you know you had a proper engine in there. It wasn't an unpleasant vibe.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:44 PM   #9
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The solid mount Sportster (in my opinion) is the best motorcycle ever produced by Harley-Davidson. By Japanese standards it's a real paint shaker, having said that it's is no worse than a Yamaha XS650 twin.
A real bargain under 5K, easy and cheap to fix or modify to your tastes.

Best Wishes: Mike
I agree, it also compares well to the Triumph Bonneville in the shake rattle and roll dept. The Sportster is hands down the most versatile motorcycle around. I enjoy my pre-rubber sporty and do not find the vibration any bother at all.



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Old 05-28-2015, 03:27 AM   #10
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I'll echo the others - it vibrates, but its not that bad. I put 25000 miles on my 89, including two cross country trips. It needs a good aftermarket seat, but other than that its a solid reliable bike. I wouldn't mind having another one.
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:22 AM   #11
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This is my one owner beauty from '85 :



Sure the newer ones are smoother, cleaner, more powerful, more reliable.......
where was I ?
oh yeah - wouldn't swap it for anything

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Old 05-28-2015, 05:28 AM   #12
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I miss the Sh%t out of mine !
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:10 AM   #13
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I had a new 1986 883 and thought it was very nice at the time.
I had a newer rubber mounted one a few years ago and it was the worst bike I ever owned.
I would love to have a 1991 883 with the 5 speed trans and chain drive.
Put dual sport tires on it and go anyplace.

Use bar end weights and foam grips if vibration bothers you.
After vintage Triumphs, Harley's and singles like my SR400 I like some vibration, I found my new Bonneville very boring.
The DR650 was smooth but fun anyway. Big singles rock.
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:46 AM   #14
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I owned a 2003 for 15K miles. XR883R converted to stage 3 1200 by a good race engine builder. The 883 has a few ponies on the XS650, will cruise highway a little better. Mine was pretty sweet 70-75 mph true from the engine vib standpoint - 3500-3700 RPM. Above that and the vib became apparent. But also too fast for a unfaired bike too.


I think the 883 is OK, if solo. But the straight 9.5-1 883-1200 conversion is just so much stouter. This is just a jug and piston change, no head work or new cams. Performace would be midway between the high 14's 1/4 mile 883 and my mid 12's stage 3, but way cheaper. The factory 1200 are noted as the worst shakers as they have heavy cast pistons that kind of ruined the engine balance. The exception was the XL1200S, a mostly forgotten model from the late 90's that had vastly upgraded suspension and a decent 1200 factory engine with twin plugs, higher compression, forged pistons. Prices for those seem about the same as the regular models.

If you get a regular solid frame count on getting some decent shocks for it. the forks are pretty much what they will be, don't waste money on emulators, brace, etc. Oh, and change the belt as they are all getting old by now.

And dream about somehow getting some decent wheels. This is the one great downfall of the Sportster. The incredibly heavy cast wheels that more than anything else hampers the ultimate handling of the bike. If only the Chicanes were still being made...
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:09 AM   #15
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They shake like crazy, some people like that, I just put the wire wheels on this 01' for a friend.

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