Go Sportsters

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. gusanito

    gusanito Mindless Wonderer

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    You gotta love the Sporty, they're so versatile.

    I've been riding my '96 1200S like this for a couple of years.

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    Finally I got tired of burning my pant legs and not being able to carry anything, so.....
    I put the pipes it had when I got it and the mid contols back on, bought a set of gun cases at the local sporting goods shop for $30 and welded up a set of brackets.

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    At least I can carry a flat tire kit, some tools and have space for a few more things.
    Weather's going to be crappy for the next few days, so I'll be making a fender rack for it, too.
  2. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Those cases are really sharp. I always liked the Dyna cases. I believe they were on police bikes too, with the bar around them.
  3. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    any pics of the brackets? looks good with little hard panniers on it
  4. Ratchdaddy

    Ratchdaddy Been here awhile

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    gusanito, what tank is that on there? I want a larger capacity tank and that looks good.
  5. Randy

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    Yeah, it looks clean and functional. I'd also like a peek at the brackets and your mounting method. I'll probably use the GS when I need luggage, but ya never know, so I may knock out a set similar to yours for the 48, if I can figure out a clean attachment method that installs and removes easily enough.
  6. novaboy

    novaboy Been here awhile

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    Last week, while away on a work trip with a fellow riding buddy we dropped into a Harley dealer in Glenns Falls, NY. My buddy Scott is Harley rider, loves his Street Glide, and has it customized really nice. I on the other hand have been a sport bike, dirt bike guy all my life. I appreciate Harleys for what they are, but never pictured myself on one. We spent about 30mins at this dealer, looked at a couple of Sporty's, the 48 is really nice, and then I grab a brochure on the way out.

    Thumbing through the brochure I come across this......

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    and fall in love. That is the coolest Harley......coolest bike I have ever seen. Within 30sec of seeing this, I have already made up my mind that I'm getting it. I just have to figure out how to turn an 883 Iron into it. The crazy thing is, I know the suspension sucks, and the gas tank is too small, and it shakes and shudders, and probably handles like sh#t compared to my Ninja, but I don't care I have to have it. So once all the snow goes away in the spring I'm hitting the local Harley dealer here and getting an 883 Iron and starting the slow, expensive mods to make it into that.
  7. gusanito

    gusanito Mindless Wonderer

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    The gas tank is a Paughco 4.2 gallon, part # 832C on this page. I found it on the Dennis Kirk scratch and dent site for less than 1/2 off list.

    I didn't need to carry a lot in the bags, so I built the lightest system I could. I have other bikes for heavy duty and long trips. That being said, the front upper mount hangs on the shock stud with a 3/8"x16x1 1/8" coupling nut and the rear just uses a longer 5/16" bolt with a 3 3/4" spacer. The bags are attached to the brackets with 5/16" hardware. Lateral vibration is minimal, but just to be on the safe side, I'll be adding a support rod from the bottom of the bracket to the second from the last bolt on the fender rail for triangulation.

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  8. Nadgett

    Nadgett Been here awhile

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    This is a myth perpetuated by people who want a Harley but can't afford one. The rubber-engine mounts make them as smooth as just about any other bike. The engine shakes and shudders at idle, but once you're under way you can hardly feel it.

    The suspension, on the other hand, could be improved. The rear shocks on my XR1200 feel like they have about half an inch of travel.
  9. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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    Just my opinion but I would not start with a Iron unless you want that exact same tank. I would not buy new myself. To get the handling you want this might be a better starting point;
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    Harley no longer sells them but they can be found with low miles in the 7-8k range. Get one with the "X" suspension. (Big piston fork, fully adjustable rears.) Be sure you like the shape of the tank. The tank on the XR and the tanks on the other sporties will not swap out easily. ( XR has a down draft fuel injection, the other sporties have side draft. You can swap to the side draft but it could be a pain. The XR has oil cooled heads, other Sportsters do not. The oil lines to the heads on a XR is the problem) If the tank shape works for you, just paint the tank cover and body piece. (The XR has a plastic tank with a plastic cover, the other Sportsters are metal. The body piece is plastic too.)
    The suspension is easily upgraded through the usual aftermarket suppliers, including Ohlins.
  10. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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    Better picture, no Wolfman bag;
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  11. Tepi

    Tepi Been here awhile

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    Thats my saddle bag project. Using two army issued gasmask bags.
  12. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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    Yep, looks like a paint shaker at idle, pretty smooth once you get under way.
    Nadgett, looks like you have the non-X suspension. Lots of options are out there, at all price ranges.
  13. Nadgett

    Nadgett Been here awhile

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    I figure cheap shocks don't last that long anyway, so I'll replace them with something better after a couple of years' riding. Nothing too fancy.
  14. Randy

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    Yep. I always believed it too, until I actually rode one. I prefer to think of it as a "throb". It's not objectionable at all. After riding other bikes that had no character I actually enjoy an engine that feels "alive".

    Now, on the other hand, if you want to feel a bike that VIBRATES, you should take a spin on my KTM LC4! :eek1
  15. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Great idea......BUT.......the bike needs to be "ratted" up a bit.
    Lyle
  16. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Pscylone, ironhead based custom going under the hammer in Vegas this Saturday.
    Maybe my favorite custom.
  17. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    ^A couple more - very nicely done bike.

    (note the "pedals")


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  18. Nadgett

    Nadgett Been here awhile

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    One of the things I liked about the XR1200 the first time I rode it was the way the engine flopped around at idle but smoothed out when you start moving. That, plus the sound and the torque, reminded me of my old Norton Commando, which also had a rubber-mounted engine.

    Low-frequency vibration doesn't bother me; my second bike was a BSA single, and my third a Ducati single. If you don't keep a death-grip on the bars, your hands won't start to tingle, and good old Loctite keeps the parts from falling off. :D
  19. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer

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    This. ^^^ I don't mind the vibes from a rigid mounted sportster, in fact I kinda like the sensation when you're getting on it on a nice winding road. The rubbermounts have zero issues with vibration IMO..
  20. eliotsajerkface

    eliotsajerkface Been here awhile

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    My 48 is smoother than my BMW at 70-80. The GS has a strange resonating vibration that after a few hours makes my hand numb. The valves are correct, and the bodies are tuned. It's just always bothered me. A lot of people talk about it and it bothers some more than others.