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Old 02-02-2014, 12:57 PM   #3556
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Nice XLX. What seat is that?
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:36 PM   #3557
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Thanks. It's a seat from a 1990's 883 Deluxe. Just picked it up from eBay a few weeks ago...thought it would look kind of retro on the bike. Pretty comfortable, too. I ust put the Progressive shocks on 2 days ago, so this seat pic has the stock shocks on it.

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Old 02-02-2014, 03:18 PM   #3558
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I bought a new 1984 XLX1000 that year. I was 3 and it was my first of two Sportsters (so far). I left mine 100% stock. It was all black. Flat black handlebars, exhaust, etc. I got 66 miles per US gallon easily riding on my 65 mile commute into Seattle. The bike had a few problems. The tank rusted through with a pin hole after a year or two. It could not have been coated inside properly. Something broke in the clutch release under the side cover. That fixed under warranty, and was a rare problem on those. It pinged a bit no matter what gas I used on warm days going up hills. Usually a slight throttle change would fix that. The four speed had a fairly large jump between 3rd and 4th, but no big deal. The big looked great, was a blast to ride, and I loved it. That 4 speed 1000XLX always made me laugh when HD went from the 5 speed to the 6 speed on their Twin Cams. Then HD tried to tell everyone that they just had to upgrade to the new 6 speed on their torque monster Twin Cam bikes. Also, Twin Cam owners are all over themselves going from chain drive cams to having the gear driven cam kits installed. Sporty's come with gear driven cams from the factory.

My wife's great nephew is staying with us for a while. He had just bought a new '14 XL883N (also known as the Iron model). Makes me want to get my 3rd Sportster. Sportsters are hands down my favorite HD. This from a 60 year old rider of fifty two plus years.
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:36 PM   #3559
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No affiliation. Just thought someone might be interested...

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The shocks have been sold in the last half hour. However I have not yet been paid. But that should happen soon.
If it doesn't, They are model 444-4008 13 inch, Black bodies and chrome standard springs (no one has that!) Also included are black heavy duty springs if you are a real big man or woman. 300 bucks plus shipping. About 500 or so miles on the shocks. Used for a part of one season here in ct. These shocks are exactly perfect for a rubbermount sporty and a 185 lb rider. Shipping to US mainland only.
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The shocks are back up for sale. 300 plus shipping. 203 414 six nine 3 eight or PM me. Southern CT
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:38 PM   #3560
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I bought a new 1984 XLX1000 that year. I was 3 and it was my first of two Sportsters (so far). I left mine 100% stock. It was all black. Flat black handlebars, exhaust, etc...
Yeah, I've prettied-up my XLX, but I kept all the stock bits so I can make it original again when I want to. Black exhaust, little solo seat, black bars, stock tank, etc. Here's a pic of it with the original tank and black bars...

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Old 02-02-2014, 04:34 PM   #3561
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Beauty! Mine came with flatter bars and just a speedometer. It was the budget model. No passenger footpegs.
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:42 PM   #3562
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That's exactly the bike I wanted when I was in high school back in the day. I lusted away many an hour looking at pics of that bike. Gorgeous!
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Yeah, I've prettied-up my XLX, but I kept all the stock bits so I can make it original again when I want to. Black exhaust, little solo seat, black bars, stock tank, etc. Here's a pic of it with the original tank and black bars...

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Old 02-02-2014, 05:37 PM   #3563
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Those are the original bars, same ones that came on the XR1000. Maybe the angle of my picture makes them look higher. Mine didn't come with passenger pegs, either. The tach is an optional kit that H-D sold for the XLX. Anyway, here's the original ad...

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Old 02-02-2014, 05:44 PM   #3564
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Yes. That's the one!
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:25 PM   #3565
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I see this posted on various forums all the time. While I understand that certain physical disabilities may prevent it, I'd say that most reasonably fit people can pick up a fallen bike if they use the proper technique.

One problem is that most people aren't too willing to purposely lay their bike over just to practice picking it up so they never feel confident that they could if needed. But watch the videos below so if and when you ever need it you'll at least understand the technique. Hell, I'm not a big guy and it's worked for me with my 1150GS twice so far. Once even with it fully loaded with bags and gear, and on very uneven ground. And the GS is heavier and MUCH taller, so I'd expect the Sportster to be a piece of cake. I had watched a similar video a long time ago so when the day finally came and I needed it, I remembered the technique. It was much easier than I expected.

This first video is with a pretty big gal but she explains some things a little better than the next two videos of smaller women doing the same thing...




Smaller woman doin' it...




And yet another little girl...



It works!
should you really wake a sleeping sportster?


Only if its yours...
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:33 PM   #3566
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I think I need a new pair of shocks,everytime I hit a square edge bump like Rail road tracks,rain ruts or a pothole the back end sharply bottoms out and sends the impact jarring thru the seat directly to my spine.Shocks aren't leaking and I don't have 3 thousand on them yet but they need to go.Any suggestions w out breaking the bank.its a 97 Sporty Xl 883.I don't want shorty 2 inch suspension on it either.I want the most suspension and comfortable est ride I can get.
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:04 PM   #3567
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:47 PM   #3568
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Thanks a million haphazardI was looking at the progressive 997s or 914s me thinks,the ones w built on rezzies till I see the price of them,230 for shocks is even better what Im looking to spend.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:04 AM   #3569
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I felt like the air shocks of a touring bike were a good investment for my sportster. About 100$ or so used. TONS of them around.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:17 PM   #3570
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I saw this in the parking lot of the International Motorcycle Show here in Phoenix a few weeks ago. It even had a puddle of oil under it to keep it real.

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