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Old 09-06-2012, 04:49 AM   #1681
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As I have both this, and a 250 Ninja , I would advise, if at all possible, hanging on to the wee scooter.

They are pretty much on opposite ends of the spectrum and the Ninja will provide you with joys that can not be duplicated
on the Sporty. Twisty mountain roads come immediately to mind.
I have a Ninja 250 and a Sportster XR1200.

I don't even waste money putting tags on the Ninja anymore.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:56 AM   #1682
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I have a Ninja 250 and a Sportster XR1200.

I don't even waste money putting tags on the Ninja anymore.
I'm sort of in the same boat. once I got the hang of the XR, it's not particularly interesting to ride a smaller machine. that torque and engine noise is addictive.

I don't have any time on the iron, though. I suspect that the XR is a different machine entirely in terms of cornering ability.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:26 PM   #1683
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I have a Ninja 250 and a Sportster XR1200.

I don't even waste money putting tags on the Ninja anymore.

That's 'cause you're not scooting an Iron.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:38 PM   #1684
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No such thing. It's an Iron.
Don't read what I write, read what I mean.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:10 PM   #1685
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:34 PM   #1686
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'07 Sportster

been working on this a while .
new paint , triple trees , wheels , bunch of powdercoating , handlebars , etc etc .
getting geared up for horsepower work , checking my options .
I really enjoy riding this bike, hope the down time is short.


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Old 09-07-2012, 09:37 PM   #1687
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Very nice!
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:41 PM   #1688
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I'd wager that this thing is INFINITELY more fun in all respects than a Ninja 250(?)....

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Old 09-07-2012, 11:02 PM   #1689
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07 Roadster

Picked up this 07 Roadster in April and really like it. It had loud slip ons, and forwards which I put back to stock. Bike is fun, and gets great gas mileage. Nice addition to my GS which is my main ride.
Only had 1357 miles on it when I got it. Seat and HD fairing make it much better. Looking to get a nice tank bag for it. Already have a Giant Loop great basin bag which is why Im keeping the saddlebag mounts on it. This pic is a quick morning ride out to Freedom Rock in July.

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Old 09-08-2012, 06:18 AM   #1690
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Glad to hear your are enjoying your 1200R. IMO HD needs to bring these back. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:35 AM   #1691
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I'd wager that this thing is INFINITELY more fun in all respects than a Ninja 250(?)....

This bike is badass. Love the 'Trapp and flat-track seat/tailsection
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:52 PM   #1692
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I am getting the itch for a Sportster so i thought i would post here. I am 5' 11" and a 31" inseam.

From what i have read here; and taking into consideration how I bend or don't bend any more, I would need to make the following changes. Be mind full I am built for comfort not speed!

Add 2" risers.

Add some height to the seat. Looking for an overall seat height around 30"

Add 13" shocks to the rear for comfort.

Would keep the mid controls.

Planning on some two up riding with the wife.

Want to do away with wrist and shoulder pain.
Broke my tail bone as a kid so I need a more upright position.
Has any one ever lowered the pegs? What I am thinking here is to relax the angle that the knee bends.

From what I see these changes would put me in approx. the same position I am when I ride my Vespa. which i find very comfortable. The other is that I don't have thousands to spend guessing if I could get comfortable on a Sportster as I have heard more than one person say how uncomfortable they are. The other concern is looking like a monkey playing/ riding a football. Then again I am secure in my manhood as I ride a scooter. http://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/ear.gif
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:53 PM   #1693
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I'm about 5'10". I was 5'11", but at almost 59 ydears old now, I think I may have shrunk a bit (that's in height you smart alecs!). My second Sportster was a 2006 XL883. That model came with the standard lengty suspension. It was all stock except I removed the Sundowner seat the previous owner had put on, and put on a seat from a 2003-2006 Custom model. It had the nice flatter short bars and mid controls. I found the bike very comfortable for solo riding. My wife won't ride on the back any more, so I can't speak about two up riding. By the way, on a long cruise on 50-55 mph back highways that 883 got me about 66 mpg. More normal on short hops and colder weather it got about 45-50 mpg. It had decent cornering clearance as a young coworker could attest to when he followed my old geezer self to work one morning on his much shorter-suswpended Nightster. He later told a tech at Destination HD/Buell where I used to work that he couldn't believe how far I leaned it in the corners on the nice windy country road I commuted on. He couldn't keep up with me.
Sadly, I sold that XL when I moved to Hawaii. I wish the hell I would have shipped over now, but $700-$800 for shipping was hard to come up with.
I hear HD has dropped the XR1200?? That makes me sad.




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I am getting the itch for a Sportster so i thought i would post here. I am 5' 11" and a 31" inseam.

From what i have read here; and taking into consideration how I bend or don't bend any more, I would need to make the following changes. Be mind full I am built for comfort not speed!

Add 2" risers.

Add some height to the seat. Looking for an overall seat height around 30"

Add 13" shocks to the rear for comfort.

Would keep the mid controls.

Planning on some two up riding with the wife.

Want to do away with wrist and shoulder pain.
Broke my tail bone as a kid so I need a more upright position.
Has any one ever lowered the pegs? What I am thinking here is to relax the angle that the knee bends.

From what I see these changes would put me in approx. the same position I am when I ride my Vespa. which i find very comfortable. The other is that I don't have thousands to spend guessing if I could get comfortable on a Sportster as I have heard more than one person say how uncomfortable they are. The other concern is looking like a monkey playing/ riding a football. Then again I am secure in my manhood as I ride a scooter. http://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/ear.gif
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:56 PM   #1694
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I am getting the itch for a Sportster so i thought i would post here. I am 5' 11" and a 31" inseam.

From what i have read here; and taking into consideration how I bend or don't bend any more, I would need to make the following changes. Be mind full I am built for comfort not speed!

Add 2" risers.

Add some height to the seat. Looking for an overall seat height around 30"

Add 13" shocks to the rear for comfort.

Would keep the mid controls.

Planning on some two up riding with the wife.

Want to do away with wrist and shoulder pain.
Broke my tail bone as a kid so I need a more upright position.
Has any one ever lowered the pegs? What I am thinking here is to relax the angle that the knee bends.

From what I see these changes would put me in approx. the same position I am when I ride my Vespa. which i find very comfortable. The other is that I don't have thousands to spend guessing if I could get comfortable on a Sportster as I have heard more than one person say how uncomfortable they are. The other concern is looking like a monkey playing/ riding a football. Then again I am secure in my manhood as I ride a scooter. http://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/ear.gif

well, i cant say that my 1200r is uncomfortable. still have the same seat it came with, except now it has 22,000 miles on it. the stock seat does honestly suck though considering what is out there. uncomfortable to me was the 1st gen thruxton, stretch too long, bars too low, but dammit i still want one, i dunno if the seat hurt my ass cause my wrists killed after a 30 min test ride.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:17 PM   #1695
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Out riding the Loess Hills on my 1200R today. On a smooth road this bikes sweet spot is 75-80 mph with the tall 5th gear. Cruises nicely with my feet on passenger pegs running higher speeds.
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