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Old 04-19-2012, 09:16 PM   #1276
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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.

good to know, i shall keep my suspension mods under than height.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:48 AM   #1277
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Added a few things to make a sporty tourer

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Old 04-21-2012, 07:58 AM   #1278
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What fairing is that?
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:14 AM   #1279
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What fairing is that?
Arlen Ness, Direct bolt on, don't be fooled, you need to remove the gas tank in order to replace the headlamp harness with a longer one, as the lamp gets moved forward about six inches.

Works great though
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:24 AM   #1280
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Arlen Ness, Direct bolt on, don't be fooled, you need to remove the gas tank in order to replace the headlamp harness with a longer one, as the lamp gets moved forward about six inches.

Works great though
Looks really good too
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:24 PM   #1281
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Arlen Ness, Direct bolt on, don't be fooled, you need to remove the gas tank in order to replace the headlamp harness with a longer one, as the lamp gets moved forward about six inches.

Works great though
Wow. Arlen Ness made something for a Harley that I actually like. Who'd a thunk
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:41 PM   #1282
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i've always been torn on the quarter fairing for the roadsters. sometimes i think its looks great, other times i dont care for it at all. i have almost bought one several times.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:01 PM   #1283
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I spoke to someone today who's my age that I've known a very long time. been working on Harleys since the 70's. machinist. ex woods rider. a fast one. knows bikes. knows harleys in intimate detail.



built this because someone asked him too.




bikes are his life. harleys are his bikes. claims he'd rather have a carburetor because he knows how to tune one, the FI stuff you need a laptop and different maps and "I ain't into all that shit"

in short when he's talking about bikes, I listen.

annnnyyway.

he says the difference between a rubber mounted 2004 and newer sportster compared to the pre 2004 bikes is.........like night and day with regards to a smoother ride.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:23 PM   #1284
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Sounds like you haven't even ridden one yet. Doesn't your pal Pat Moroney have a few kicking around that you could ride?
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:55 PM   #1285
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Sounds like you haven't even ridden one yet. Doesn't your pal Pat Moroney have a few kicking around that you could ride?
I have not. they've got the usual C's and Low's etc on the floor used but no Roadsters. I could be wrong but you look on ebay and most of the sportsters are C's and L's and the Roadsters are few and far between and either they don't make/sell many Roadsters or the people who buy them aren't as quick to sell them as the ones who bought the C's and L's etc. Or a combination of both.

I've been asking Pat about a FLHS that an old homie of ours had and low and behold this week he's buys a 1982 FLHS. I'm sure he bought it right but I thought it was kind of funny. He's been buying nice Shovels though so I know he didn't buy it with me in mind. Claims he can't be seen on anything "new".

He bought a nice 81? FLHT 5 speed shovel. Very rare. Mechanic there claims its got better suspension than a new HD.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:08 PM   #1286
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I have not. they've got the usual C's and Low's etc on the floor used but no Roadsters. I could be wrong but you look on ebay and most of the sportsters are C's and L's and the Roadsters are few and far between and either they don't make/sell many Roadsters or the people who buy them aren't as quick to sell them as the ones who bought the C's and L's etc. Or a combination of both.

I've been asking Pat about a FLHS that an old homie of ours had and low and behold this week he's buys a 1982 FLHS. I'm sure he bought it right but I thought it was kind of funny. He's been buying nice Shovels though so I know he didn't buy it with me in mind. Claims he can't be seen on anything "new".

He bought a nice 81? FLHT 5 speed shovel. Very rare. Mechanic there claims its got better suspension than a new HD.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTwTt4_aJAg


dear god someone please tell me how to have the vid actually show up without a link. anyways, fun stuff happens at about 50 seconds in, after than bounce to about 3:50 and see my normal riding group.

anyways, perhaps this little vid shows why people tend to hang onto the R models.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:22 PM   #1287
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I have not.

I've been asking Pat about a FLHS that an old homie of ours had and low and behold this week he's buys a 1982 FLHS.
Well, ride what he's got so you have an idea if you even like the size/vibes/performance.
Funny you mention the 82 FLHS, 30 years ago when I said I liked them, my buddies laughed at me and said it was a turd.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:33 PM   #1288
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My Sportster turned Dual Sportster. Just finished it, so I'll post this update...

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Old 04-21-2012, 10:42 PM   #1289
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My Sportster turned Dual Sportster. Just finished it, so I'll post this update...

Wow, that looks proportionally perfect. Well balanced looking and looks like the MoCo built it.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:53 AM   #1290
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Bought a nice low mileage 07 883L today. I decided to pick one up about a year ago and have had my eye out for a good one. It's been fitted with forward controls which aren't my bag, but I picked up a set of mids for $30 and I have a spare set of RK air shocks in the garage to raise the rear up a tad. Interesting riding it as the last Sporty I rode was a chopped ironhead back in the late 70's. The rubber mounts make it incredibly smooth; it feels less vibey than my W800. Nice zingy motor and it feels remarkably light, even compared to the 215kg W800. Should be a lot of fun - has that feel about it. It's had the SE FI dealer tune and comes with the SE pipes, but the PO didn't like the noise so he put the standards back on. This one is for touring so at some stage I'll put the bigger tank and a grandpa seat on it as I often have a pillion. (Pic from ad.)

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