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Old 01-12-2012, 05:24 AM   #16
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I HAVE to ask.......

Do you make Atomic Fireballs?
And if so, do you have enough to share with everyone here?

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Old 01-12-2012, 09:45 AM   #17
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I thought iit was fair enough.



Fortunately your gut has been proven wrong for over 25 years now.

A quick and easy rebuild should be planned at or around 100k miles IMO
That was fair... we used to expect to rebuild ironheads and shovels in general, at least the top end, at around 40,000 depending on use. Evo and twin cams seem to be just warming up... Transmissions, especially on the rigid sportsters and big twins are absolutely reliable. (I don't know enough about rubber mount sportster transmissions to comment). Where guys seem to run into trouble is when they hot rod the motors and ask them to visit high rpms frequently. 7500+ in the case of sportsters and 6000+ for Evo or Twin Cams is just asking for trouble... It's fun, but gets expensive really quick!
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:19 AM   #18
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Running a Sporty on tour is a good way to make one last, imo.
The ones that sit in rally traffic doin' the creep (aaaah...) tend to have more problems with engine wear. Just in my narrow experience.
I saw one with an alleged 140k on it that I felt was pretty true, judging from the suspension wear and whatnot. Aircooled motors like the wind, not traffic.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:47 AM   #19
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Running a Sporty on tour is a good way to make one last, imo.
The ones that sit in rally traffic doin' the creep (aaaah...) tend to have more problems with engine wear. Just in my narrow experience.
I saw one with an alleged 140k on it that I felt was pretty true, judging from the suspension wear and whatnot. Aircooled motors like the wind, not traffic.
Great point, don't buy a used shriner bike...
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:20 PM   #20
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Do you make Atomic Fireballs?
No, sorry....M&Ms...
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:10 AM   #21
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My 2004 883 custom was bone stock except for slip on turn out mufflers. When she was killed by a 1989 chevy truck, she had 92,340 miles on her. That bike ran as good that day as the day she was built. I have never had a more reliable fun machine in my stable. Maintenance consisted of changing oil every 3-5k, and I had the dealership giver her each and every one of her 10k mile tune ups.. Thats it. The bike never failed me. I built a trailer hitch, and small trailer, and towed it for thousands of miles behind that bike. I rode it in every weather, even snow. Coldest I ever rode it was -6 degrees and rode 25 miles to work. I rodeo'd with it, I even once made the trailer Omaha's smallest Parade float. Sportsters can do anything!
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:50 AM   #22
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:06 AM   #23
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Most of the Atomic Fireballs are made in Mexico
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:02 AM   #24
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+1 on xlforum. Cindy Dietz from that forum has well over 100,000 miles on her Sportster.

Yes: xlforum has a specific thread about noting mileage on sportsters. ( http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s...=74436&page=65) One guy is a tad over 190k if I'm reading it correctly.

Wish HD would bring back the XL1200R.
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Wish HD would bring back the XL1200R.
Me too. We got one of those in trade at the Honda shop and I had a lot of fun "keeping the battery charged" until some tool bought it.
Had some ignorant pipes on it, but it was a great sitting/riding bike, unlike all the ones with apes and my little pony streamers.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:31 PM   #26
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Wish HD would bring back the XL1200R.
+1, love those Rs. Although you can take a rubbermount Custom and make a variant Roastum/Custer . I installed mid controls and the Roadster length Progressive shocks and springs. It made a noticable improvement in the parts dragging area. The brakes are still a little weak being mine only has a single disk up front with the original Custom wheel assembly.

I accept the bike for what it is and have fun on it. It is probably one of the easiest to maintain and most durable bikes I've owned. It is pretty much oil changes, air filter cleaning and tires. They are so over built, heavy and understressed they will go the distance mile-wise. They get great mpg, just don't expect them to perform like a sport bike. YMMV.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:39 AM   #27
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I had an old tuber buell that shook like crazy, but my 1200S doesnt shake much at all other than with full choke.
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:39 AM   #28
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There are plenty sportsters with way more milage. As long as it's been properly cared for I don't see any issue with buying a high mileage sportster.
I had one forever now and actually added some bags to it to make it better for a daily commuter. http://www.vikingbags.com/harley-spo...-8215-prd1.htm

I can ride it a lot more often now and leave stuff on it. Basically replacing my car now..
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:15 PM   #29
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64K on my 2005

I bought it new, I put a built 1200 (85 hp at the wheel) top end on it at 27K. It has been down the 1/4 mile 400-500 times. 12.60 @ 106. My rev limiter is set at 7300 and the shift light is set at 7100. It visits the shift light regularly.

It still gets 48 mpg.

Sportsters are the toughest bikes HD builds.

Eventually I'll wear out this motor and do a complete rebuild, I'm going 88 c.i. when I do.

I've got 7 bikes in the garage. When the zombie apocolypse comes I'm riding my 1200 to safety.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:26 PM   #30
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Some readin' material about Sportys....


http://www.jamesrussellpublishing.bi...tster1200.html
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