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Old 11-25-2013, 10:56 AM   #3316
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^^^^Yup, what the other guys are saying. Sportsters will do big miles with little drama. Easy maint. cheap-plentiful parts, cheap/er insurance rates, large after market support, Dealers spread out in every state, 1200"s are faster than any non owner will ever admit. Hell, they even crash well. Whats not to like?
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:45 AM   #3317
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Wow.
Yeah, after seeing a British Customs Triumph Scrambler on display at the IWS, a couple of weeks ago, I've been jonesin' for a scrambler pretty bad again.

In fact, after seeing this video a couple of years ago I had been planning to build something similar. Then I caught the Sporty bug...




Now I'm torn between following through with my original plan of building my own Triumph based version or building a Sporty.

Can't afford a new bike project right now anyway so I have time to consider...

While I like some aspects of the Burly build, this one from Wrench Monkees has an overall more balanced look, IMO...



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Old 11-27-2013, 09:25 AM   #3318
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While I like some aspects of the Burly build, this one from Wrench Monkees has an overall more balanced look, IMO...



That's such a great looking bike. Wouldn't change a thing. Wow, who was reading my mind? Was really torn between a Triumph scrambler when I bought my Sporty...

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Old 11-27-2013, 10:12 AM   #3319
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That's such a great looking bike. Wouldn't change a thing. Wow, who was reading my mind? Was really torn between a Triumph scrambler when I bought my Sporty...
Yeah, for the most part me neither... At least not much... from that side...

But from the right?



Might have to go a different route on the tank to avoid the need for the cut-outs... and then, I'm not so sure about the exhaust.

But, overall, I LOVE the way it looks...

This one is built on a rubber mount, but I'm still leaning toward a rigid mount. Just need to actually sample one to see if I find the vibes objectionable. Then maybe sell off a couple of bikes, stick the money in a jar, and start cruising Craigslist regularly....
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:41 PM   #3320
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Yeah, for the most part me neither... At least not much... from that side...

But from the right?



Might have to go a different route on the tank to avoid the need for the cut-outs... and them, I'm not so sure about the exhaust.

But, overall, I LOVE the way it looks...

This one is built on a rubber mount, but I'm still leaning toward a rigid mount. Just need to actually sample one to see if I find the vibes objectionable. Then maybe sell off a couple of bikes, stick the money in a jar, and start cruising Craigslist regularly....
+1 on the tank cutouts & pipe.
If rubber mount, the RSD Tracker would be good.


The question of vibration on a rigid mount is personal. My 883 passes through rpm bands of more and less vibes, but they're always there.
Only you can tell if you can live with them.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:00 PM   #3321
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Every year I get the urge to buy a Sporster and start tinkering.
I love the look of the 883 Iron, and the Forty-Eight,

I wish they put the 1200 in the Iron,

These pictures aren't helping,

I had this for a while, but I left it stock,
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:05 PM   #3322
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I don't really see the need for the cutouts, at least from that angle. It's probably just for looks (at least from this angle) but you would clear the heads with a straight line, unless it has something to do with the fuel injection.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:28 PM   #3323
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+1 on the tank cutouts & pipe.
If rubber mount, the RSD Tracker would be good.


The question of vibration on a rigid mount is personal. My 883 passes through rpm bands of more and less vibes, but they're always there.
Only you can tell if you can live with them.
Yeah, I considered the RSD as a possibility even though I'm not sure how it'd work with rearsets. But, there's plenty of options as far as the exhaust goes. For a rubber mount, although pricey, I sorta like the BuB one from Storz...





About the vibration... yeah, I just need to ride one myself to see how I feel about it. I've read everything from, "it'll shake your teeth out!" to "it's not bad at all." My KTM makes my damn EYEBALLS vibrate at certain RPM! But, the frequency is different and vibes can be a pretty subjective thing, so there's only one way for me to know if it'll bother me or not... Guess I need to stop by my local dealer every now and then and maybe I'll get lucky and find them with a used one someday so I can blag a ride...
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:14 PM   #3324
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I don't really see the need for the cutouts, at least from that angle. It's probably just for looks (at least from this angle) but you would clear the heads with a straight line, unless it has something to do with the fuel injection.

According to their website it's carbureted. Looking at the area above the rocker covers on my FI model there's nothing higher than the inner corners of the rocker boxes. Like you said, from that angle it's hard to say for sure but drawing a quick line along the bottom does appear to interfere with the rocker boxes just a tad on the right side. And on the rubber mounts the engine does move around in relation to the rest of the chassis a bit, but if the tank was raised just a little it'd probably not need the cut-outs even if it does now.

The tank makes a big difference in the way a bike looks, and with the exception of the 2.2 gallon peanut tank I'm not too crazy about any of the stock Sporty tanks, and it's just too small for a bike like this, IMO Wonder what the tank is from... looks sorta like something from some 80's Japanese bike or another. Finding old tanks and adapting them for a project like this isn't too difficult, at least for the carb'd models, but knowing what'll work is another matter... Fab'in up mounts is one thing, but my welding skills aren't good enough to open up a tank to modify the frame tube tunnel, so I'd need something that fits, looks right, with the right scale, lines and all, and just needs mounting, cleaning up and paint. Any ideas?
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:41 PM   #3325
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Every year I get the urge to buy a Sporster and start tinkering.
I love the look of the 883 Iron, and the Forty-Eight,

I wish they put the 1200 in the Iron,

The Iron is their bargain, entry level bike so, it's an 883. But, the Nightster is very similar in overall look, and with the 1200 engine. They're pretty plentiful on the used market. Pick one up and tinker away!
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:33 AM   #3326
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and any 883 Sportster can be converted to a 1200 with kit available from Harley-Davidson ... it's a common mod that has been done by many 883 owners with the benefits of not only more power, but also of maintaining the insurance rate of the original lower-displacement engine while running 1200cc's!
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:58 AM   #3327
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I sold my Sportster a few weeks ago, I still have my Versys, and Vstrom.

I ended up with the Sportster when my wife quit riding.. I changed it around to what I wanted (19" front wheel, mid controls, solo seat, 1200R shocks, progressive fork springs, fork brace..).. It became my "go to" bike when I needed to run a errand etc., because it was easy just to get on it, and go.

I even rode it on a 2000K trip to the mountains, and it performed great..

My riding buddies will puke, but I really miss it, might be one of my favorite bikes, easy to work on, decent handling, easy to ride... Someday I'm gonna have another one....maybe even my only bike...
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:22 AM   #3328
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I sold my Sportster a few weeks ago, I still have my Versys, and Vstrom.

I ended up with the Sportster when my wife quit riding.. I changed it around to what I wanted (19" front wheel, mid controls, solo seat, 1200R shocks, progressive fork springs, fork brace..).. It became my "go to" bike when I needed to run a errand etc., because it was easy just to get on it, and go.

I even rode it on a 2000K trip to the mountains, and it performed great..

My riding buddies will puke, but I really miss it, might be one of my favorite bikes, easy to work on, decent handling, easy to ride... Someday I'm gonna have another one....maybe even my only bike...


It's eerie how your posts seem pulled directly from my brain sometimes.

I've been wondering if putting an aftermarket exhaust on my Strom would give me back some of the sensation that I miss about my Sporty.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:53 AM   #3329
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and any 883 Sportster can be converted to a 1200 with kit available from Harley-Davidson ... it's a common mod that has been done by many 883 owners with the benefits of not only more power, but also of maintaining the insurance rate of the original lower-displacement engine while running 1200cc's!
You don't even need to go that far. A high air flow intake, good set of exhaust and dial it in (remap it) with a SE race tuner and you are within 1-2 hp and 2-3 flbs of torque of a stock 1200 without going inside. (but then again you can do the same to the 1200 and go to the next level)
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:37 AM   #3330
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The new Iron in Amber Whiskey is quite impressive,
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