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Old 04-19-2012, 03:50 AM   #1261
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what are the supposed handling quirks the rubber mounts have?

i've put close to 21000 miles on my 2005 1200r and really don't have any idea what they may be talking about.
Dunno--long thread on xlf about it. Never paid it much mind because I didn't have a rubber mount.

If it doesn't bother you--great.

They were getting speed wobbles and head shake IIRC.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:42 AM   #1262
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I think so, but adding a disc to any mag-wheel 883 is pretty simple--no need to buy a new wheel like on a bike like the NH750 or Magna.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of lowered Rs out there. However, the Rs have probably been lowered using a lowering kit and not shorter tubes so they would be easy to return to stock height.

All standard 883s and Rs came with the long forks. Dunno if the Hugger model used shorter tubes or not.
I was just thinking from an ID perspective. single disc = shorter forks, if so, then not the bike for me.

I've yet to ride one but my concern is ergo's.

here is another question. I saw some very new as in 2010 883 Roadsters on ebay. are these one gallon larger gas tanks? Bueller says he likes the 2007 bikes with the FI and a better looking tank then the newer ones.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:58 AM   #1263
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There's a billion shapes of people riding sporsters,
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I'm sure you'll find a way to set it up comfortably.

In 2008 the R's got a 4.5 gallon tank,
instead of the 3.3.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:03 AM   #1264
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I was just thinking from an ID perspective. single disc = shorter forks, if so, then not the bike for me.

I've yet to ride one but my concern is ergo's.

here is another question. I saw some very new as in 2010 883 Roadsters on ebay. are these one gallon larger gas tanks? Bueller says he likes the 2007 bikes with the FI and a better looking tank then the newer ones.
Single disc does not necessarily equal shorter forks. I think the Hugger model was the only solid mount from the factory to come with the 1" of travel up front.

My 01 XLH883 had normal length forks and a single disc up front. If the forks are lowered via a lowering kit it's easily reversable.



Just looked up a 2010 883 Roadster--the shape of the tank indicates it's a 3.3. The 4gal tank came stock on the rubber-mount Customs, it looks a lot different.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:14 AM   #1265
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:21 AM   #1266
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would any 2000-2003 883 with dual disc have to be an "R" and would that also mean that it came with the longer forks?

many thanks for the input I do appreciate it.

Yes. Unless, like my friend Dave, the owner installed the second front disk brake parts on his 2006 XL883. But the XL883 had the longer suspension anyway.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:29 AM   #1267
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:09 AM   #1268
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I picked up a C because of the larger tank ,longer forks and I kinda fancy the 21" front wheel. I switched to mids and added 13.25 Works Performance shocks. With almost 7 inches of ground clearance it now and handles more like a bike should handle. Tours pretty darn nicely even with a bag full of apples and avocados bungee netted to it.

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Old 04-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #1269
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I just picked up my custom seat made by a local shop. I'm thinking of a mild scramblerizing of my '07 Roadster, but I'm just getting started. I already replaced the stock handlebars with 2.5" narrower ones from an 883N Nightster. Next will be mid-height tracker-style side mount pipes, fork gaiters, longer shocks, and then tires. I also bought a used 4.4 gallon tank, but it needs a fuel pump and painting. I had the seat made for the longer tank, and I'll live with the gap between the seat and tank for now.

The seat came out too bulky in appearance. Kind of ugly, but it works well. The "standard" seating position totally changes the character of the ride! My ass is no longer locked in one place.

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I was going for this look, the seat off a Bonneville T100. It didn't come out exactly as I wanted, but it's damn functional and comfortable.

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Old 04-19-2012, 11:01 AM   #1270
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #1271
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I have got to ride one of those R models. The only Sportster I've ridden was a Low. I liked the motor but hated the suspension.
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:34 PM   #1272
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I have got to ride one of those R models. The only Sportster I've ridden was a Low. I liked the motor but hated the suspension.
It's the only Sportster model I'd consider. I demo-rode the new XR1200R a couple times. It's a great bike, but I can't past the looks, and I can't avoid comparing it to Japanese bikes. It's like its trying too hard, or something!

The R's look the part, in my mind, and I'm quite satisfied with the cornering clearance. I think the stock shock length is 13.25" or 13.5". I want some nice Progressives or others in the 14.0 - 14.5"" range.
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:12 PM   #1273
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Everyone's different. Some people can't stand mids. Personally I like them.

I disagree about the vibration difference between rigid and rubber mount systems. I've owned three sportsters and have ridden literally hundreds of them from iron heads to the latest injected models during the decade I worked for the MoCo. From one to the next they can be worse or better. But for sure there was a noted difference, though admittedly I found it most annoying at highway speeds and higher revs. Otherwise it isn't so bad, but it is enough overall that my next sportster will once again be a rubber mount. Ideally I'd love to have a 2007 injected 883R in black, just like the '06 I had that someone rear-ended and totaled with the exception of the fuel injection upgrade. If not that bike, then I'd like to have an 883 Iron.
I didn't put that very well, I ride with mids too. have long legs and look pretty folded up on it but it's the only way to go as far as I'm concerned. I'll be doing some seat work on mine soon too, damn those short people saddles anyway...
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:02 PM   #1274
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Dunno--long thread on xlf about it. Never paid it much mind because I didn't have a rubber mount.

If it doesn't bother you--great.

They were getting speed wobbles and head shake IIRC.

gotcha,

my bike doesnt do that so i guess im good :)
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:53 PM   #1275
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my bike doesnt do that so i guess im good :)
Iirc the wobbles started to happen when the rear suspension was raised too high somewhere around 14.5" shock length I believe. Also when raising rear suspension since the swing arm pivots on a different axis than the drive pully the belt tension changes with swing arm movement and since everything is rubber mounted too much belt tension will cause some weired handling issues.
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