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Old 08-25-2013, 01:00 PM   #3076
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I also run Road King shocks on my Sportster that I bought on ebay. Just got back from an overnight trip, carrying my wife and a duffle bag on the back, without any bottoming out or handling issues. They're great shocks for the Sportster for not much money.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:15 PM   #3077
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I also run Road King shocks on my Sportster that I bought on ebay. Just got back from an overnight trip, carrying my wife and a duffle bag on the back, without any bottoming out or handling issues. They're great shocks for the Sportster for not much money.
And, BTW, they're Showa!
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:12 PM   #3078
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Good luck with the sale!

I am ready for rear shocks that actually absorb road irregularities instead of poking my spine out the top of my head. My recent purchase of an '07 1200 Low is other wise making me smile but those suspenders have to go.

I have heard that E-Glide air shocks fit and can be found relatively cheap so perhaps that is the way to go for me. That and the drag bars need to come back more and I may add engine guards and pegs out there for my leg, and...

Over all the bike is great except I am only averaging 43 mpg "combined" (I never speed. I am not that great a rider and do not wish to chance any thing) and I suspect that may be due to the stage one air cleaner, pipes and re-map. It is what it is. For the greater part, it is fun.

I like Sporties.

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Sounds like you're getting acquainted well!

The highway pegs are good to stretch out the legs and to vary your riding position after about 30 miles or so.

As others have said, the take-off Road King air shocks work well (the longer 13" variety), but I'm still very pleased with the new Hagons, built to my weight and riding style. Only $220 from Dave Quinn Motorsports.

My carbed 883 varies from 42 to 58mpg. As long as it's doing better than my wife's car (38mpg), I don't sweat it!
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:48 PM   #3079
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Please help me with ideas on how to make my seat more comfortable. 300miles in a day and I was only managing 40mile stints by the end. Would sheepskin help?


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Old 08-26-2013, 12:58 PM   #3080
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Sheepskin helps a little, but bicycle shorts are better.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:10 PM   #3081
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Sheepskin helps a little, but bicycle shorts are better.
On long days, I use both.

Seems to me the seats on those bikes are pretty thin. Might check to see if you can pull the cover off and add a little more/better foam. Of course there's always the options of sending it to a custom seat builder like Rick Mayer, etc., or replacing it with an aftermarket.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:43 PM   #3082
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My good XR friend Habitual Violator has the Corbin and it looks great and feels good. I only have 20-30 miles on it but ...maybe. I am just not that butt-sensitive and hate buying retail.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:44 PM   #3083
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And yeah. Buy a sheepskin from Barb at Alaska Leather. Great quality.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:49 PM   #3084
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There aren't many options for the XR1200. I have a Corbin seat on mine that's better than the original. Saddlemen has a couple too, but I've no experience with them.

If you get the Corbin Gunfighter and Lady seat, the HD luggage rack and backrest won't fit. The pillion on that seat isn't much more comfortable than the original, according to both my wife and daughter, and they like the backrest better, so I sold it and now have the Corbin front saddle.

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Old 08-26-2013, 08:02 PM   #3085
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Of course there's always the options of sending it to a custom seat builder like Rick Mayer, etc., or replacing it with an aftermarket.
That's what I plan on doing for now on. The rick mayer seat is $319 for most bikes if you only do the front portion but have the back recovered to match. That's about on par with most good aftermarket seats and probably much more comfortable.

I put a Russell on my fjr, I'm a believer in custom seats now. I'll likely never buy another aftermarket seat.

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Old 08-26-2013, 08:55 PM   #3086
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I have also heard of riders of bikes like KLR's buy the cheap atv seat covers and then also use a sheepskin pad. I think it is all about finding the right combination if you don't want to spend the big bucks for a seat. I have a sheepskin pad that I use on my FZ1 and I think it makes a huge difference.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:11 AM   #3087
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Thanks for that, I found this company that supplies 16mm medical grade gel pads with straps. I might try one of those and a can always stick a bit of sheep skin on the top too?

If I like it, then I can always get it fitted to a custom seat.

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Old 09-02-2013, 11:03 PM   #3088
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Just did a trip around the Sierras

[IMG]Mono Lake[/IMG]

[IMG]Dual Sportster[/IMG]

[IMG]Dual Sportster [/IMG]

[IMG]Sierras [/IMG]
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:16 AM   #3089
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Bike looks great. Like the Bell with the bubble.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:26 AM   #3090
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Glad to see a Sportster out on a gravel road in an interesting place.
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