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Old 04-22-2012, 05:16 AM   #1291
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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.
I don't know what kind of aftermarket choices y'all have down in OZ but I loved my Mustang seat. Very well built and more comfy then the stock seat on my Concours. I had the wide sport touring model.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:18 AM   #1292
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My Sportster turned Dual Sportster. Just finished it, so I'll post this update...

The best one I have seen to date. Your creation is what the Sportster could be and is to Dualsports as to what the Storz XR is to Streettrackers.
Nicely done. Details! We need details!

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Old 04-22-2012, 07:13 AM   #1293
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The best one I have seen to date. Your creation is what the Sportster could be and is to Dualsports as to what the Storz XR is to Streettrackers.
Nicely well done. Details! We need details!
Thanks Withiam! I like the comparison quote. All the details are in the link below.

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Old 04-22-2012, 08:41 AM   #1294
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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. 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.)

looking good. does anyone know if the L is just a R with one disc and shorter rear shocks?

when you say the bigger tank, what is that tank and how much bigger is the bigger tank and what model tank would that be?
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:31 AM   #1295
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Peanut tanks for the newer sports are 3.3 gallons. 48s are 2.1 IIRC.
The C and later FI Rs had a 4.5 tank.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:38 PM   #1296
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looking good. does anyone know if the L is just a R with one disc and shorter rear shocks?

when you say the bigger tank, what is that tank and how much bigger is the bigger tank and what model tank would that be?

stupid people might lower an R model, but would they move the pegs forward from mid, and convert dual front disc to single? i probably dont want to hear the answer, but i think thats an L model. most of the roadsters have the swoosh on the gas tank, and most are the smaller peanut style tank
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:35 PM   #1297
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I guess the real question should be. Would taller shocks and putting a second disc up front make an L into an R?
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:50 PM   #1298
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I guess the real question should be. Would taller shocks and putting a second disc up front make an L into an R?

no, the cams on the R are more aggressive, and compression is higher.

this is from a review a while back, its kinda basic,


"XL 1200R Sportster 1200 Roadster features:
Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200 engine
Silver powder-coated engine and covers with black powder-coated cylinders and heads
High-compression, high-flow cylinder heads
High-performance cams
New 1-inch diameter rear axle and stiffer swingarm
Triple-disc brakes
Tachometer
Mid-mount foot controls
13-spoke aluminum wheels
Wide polished handlebars
Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank"


the R is a bit different, although if you leave them stock they are about the same, the R model just responds crazily to the basic mods.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:54 PM   #1299
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The XL883L has shorter shocks and shorter fork tubes I believe. Also the bars on the one in the photo are not the stock bars. They look like the stokers from the standard XL883, or from an XL883R/XL1200R. I believe the only shortened Sportster that came with shorter shocks but had standard length fork tubes were the XL883C and XL1200C....the ones that also had the 4.5 gallon tanks. I don't know about the latest 1200 Custom, but I think both ends are shortened on them.
I just read that HD is dropping the XR1200, which means there is NO Sportster that comes with any kind of decent ground clearance problem. Dam shame. You can still buy an XL883R in England.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:07 PM   #1300
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when you say the bigger tank, what is that tank and how much bigger is the bigger tank and what model tank would that be?
3.3 for the new peanut (12.5L), but 4.5 from the Custom is what I'm after. I do about 200km a day so the small tank is a bit of a pain. I have a 14L tank on the W800 and I generally have to refill every second day.

This is a standard L which has had forward controls and even lower rear shocks fitted. The price was a bargain, came with a pile of original parts and spares etc, it was owned by a Jag restorer and is in mint condition apart from the clear coat peeling on the forks - which doesn't worry me. I had been looking for a 1200 Roadster for preference, but they aren't common here and the only one in good nick I found was asking about $1K more than I was prepared to pay. In the end, this one came in $5K less than the 1200 Roadster, the bigger engine isn't really an issue for me, and the cost savings allow for a lot of add-ons. Which I've already started buying, God help me...
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:35 PM   #1301
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stupid people might lower an R model, but would they move the pegs forward from mid, and convert dual front disc to single? i probably dont want to hear the answer, but i think thats an L model. most of the roadsters have the swoosh on the gas tank, and most are the smaller peanut style tank
If you only knew how many S models I've seen running 11" 412s and forwards...
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:54 AM   #1302
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3.3 for the new peanut (12.5L), but 4.5 from the Custom is what I'm after. I do about 200km a day so the small tank is a bit of a pain. I have a 14L tank on the W800 and I generally have to refill every second day.

This is a standard L which has had forward controls and even lower rear shocks fitted. The price was a bargain, came with a pile of original parts and spares etc, it was owned by a Jag restorer and is in mint condition apart from the clear coat peeling on the forks - which doesn't worry me. I had been looking for a 1200 Roadster for preference, but they aren't common here and the only one in good nick I found was asking about $1K more than I was prepared to pay. In the end, this one came in $5K less than the 1200 Roadster, the bigger engine isn't really an issue for me, and the cost savings allow for a lot of add-ons. Which I've already started buying, God help me...
I heard everything that comes into australia gets slapped with close to %100 tariff. god knows what you guys pay for them used. that bike would be in the 6-7K range here. and thats asking price. the custom tanks are nice but the standard R peanut tanks are what makes those bikes look so good.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:38 AM   #1304
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If you only knew how many S models I've seen running 11" 412s and forwards...
Yeah. When I was looking for a FXDX Superglide Sport I ran into the same thing.
FXDX came with longer, fully adjustable Showa suspsension front and rear.
I'd see ads for them with "lowered" rear shocks.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:56 AM   #1305
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I heard everything that comes into australia gets slapped with close to %100 tariff. god knows what you guys pay for them used. that bike would be in the 6-7K range here. and thats asking price. the custom tanks are nice but the standard R peanut tanks are what makes those bikes look so good.
No tariffs, just huge markups on most of the brands sold here, which naturally keeps the used prices high as well. For Japanese parts the general rule of thumb seems to be to double the US sticker price then add the 10% GST factor, and blame it on high import costs. It is far more expensive to buy a Triumph here - shipped from the close-by Thailand factory - than it is to get one in the UK, and they have a 17.5% VAT. Importers are slowly learning due to the huge increase in lost sales due to private overseas internet purchases. I can get parts landed here in a week from the US, Japan or UK including expensive air shipping at 50-75% of the local cost, and without the three week wait for the supplier to get it from the 'warehouse'. Many excuses are given for the high prices of most things in Australia, but the reality is that it is simple greed on a captive market. The city I live in has the highest electricity cost per kWh in the developed world for example. I have no idea what the current new price on a Harley is, but used 1200s are usually around the $12-14,000 mark, $10-11,000 for an 883. I paid under $8000 for mine.

The peanut tanks look good, but I average about 1000km a week and that's a lot of refills. I prefer function over form in this case.

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