Go Sportsters

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

  1. BobPS

    BobPS Been here awhile

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    It was the bike I wanted when I bought my Sportster ... unfortunatelly they didn't sell 1200 S here in Indonesia :fpalm
  2. Eye of the Tiger

    Eye of the Tiger Adventurer

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    I just did a 400 miles highway trip, and had plenty of time to fool around with the thing. I got the hang of it pretty well. I only had a slight issue when a car suddenly decided to merge in front of me, but I forced the throttle closed manually. It definitely saved my hand from getting cramped up. Now I just need something to save my ass. These rear shocks are horrible:D
  3. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    Yeah, you might as well be on a rigid frame. The Nightster is a great looking bike, but you feel every little pebble you run over with it. If you really want to enjoy riding that bike, put some decent shocks on the rear that have a reasonable amount of travel. It'll gain you some cornering clearance as well. Longer suspension is one of several reasons that my preference in Sporters is a Roadster.
  4. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    Ya but don't you folks get all the other great bikes we wish we could have? :lol3:rofl:lol3
  5. Zanotti

    Zanotti Been here awhile

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    I really like this paint color and stripe. It seems to be a European model only? Does anyone know if this available in USA?

    Z
  6. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    If you had to 'force' it closed, it was too tight. Set the tension to where it will slowly vibrate closed on its own.
  7. blackSP

    blackSP 62 6c 61 63 6b 53 50

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    Hi, it is the bike below, the 2013 1200 Custom Special, that you can get anywhere across the world. I just had it painted and powder coated to my liking...

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Same bike!
    But what a bit of paint can do :)
    ...
  8. tree88

    tree88 Adventurer

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    14.25" progressive 412's
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    My day-to-day transportation.
  9. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    ^Welcome tree88! You're fixing the "Super Low"! How's the cornering clearance now? Nice job with the 2-1 exhaust, too. :thumb
  10. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Hmmm... In researching increasing the corner clearance of my new 48 I had read that 13.5" shocks were about the max. or else you'd run into belt/master cylinder interference issues. So, you're running 14.25 inchers with no problems?
  11. sloryder

    sloryder Been here awhile

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    @ DS Hobo: What are the rear shocks you are running, what length are they, and how do you like them?
  12. Eye of the Tiger

    Eye of the Tiger Adventurer

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    But how am I supposed to cruise with no hands? :D
  13. hhkiwi

    hhkiwi Been here awhile

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    I'm running 15" shocks on my 2007 XL 1200R with no issues.
  14. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Hmmm... Interesting... I'm pretty sure that I read over on xlforum that 13.5" was about the longest. Obviously the poster was incorrect.

    What was the stock length on the Roadster? 13.5", right? Did you do anything to the front when you went with the longer shocks? If not, how did the geometry change affect the handling?
  15. BobPS

    BobPS Been here awhile

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    Yes true ... we have every model of scooters made by every brands :D You should see the numbers and models of scooters on the road here.
  16. Eye of the Tiger

    Eye of the Tiger Adventurer

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    Yes, do tell. Is the XL1200R already set a bit higher than a Nightster or 48? If so, it may have some different parts on it, but I don't know.
    I think I am set on a 13" shock for myself. It should about double the current suspension travel, anyway.
    I will enjoy the quicker steering response, increased cornering clearance, and some semblance of ride quality.
  17. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Yes, both the Nightster and the 48 are factory "lowered" models. The Roadster was the last of the normal height Sportsters, although I think the Custom did also have the same suspension height. Either way though, the current lineup is all lowered for the "look".

    I'm already planning to swap out my damper rods and fork springs for the Roadster length items along with Riccor Intimidators, and had been planning on 13.5" (or there abouts) Ohlins (Roadster length suspension), in order to increase the cornering clearance as well as improve the ride quality. But, if I can go a little longer on the shock length that would steepen the rake a little and hopefully quicken the steering just a bit. Motorcyclemental has an Ohlin shock available in a 360mm length, which is just under 14.25", and another. more expensive adjustable model that has a max length of 346mm, which is 13.62" for us yanks. Ideally I'd like to have an adjustable length model that topped out at a bit over 14" but they don't list such an animal. Incidentally, the 360mm model also has the longest stroke length with 105mm, or 4.125".

    Hmmm... Which to get?


    :1drink
  18. Vial Style

    Vial Style PRO ANTI

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    I have the 360mm Ohlins on my 2006 1200R......I'm very happy with them.
  19. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Keep the info coming, Randy. Good stuff!

    Cakeeater
  20. Red eyed and Rollin

    Red eyed and Rollin Been here awhile

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    I have tried this before butnherenwe go again! I am goin to try and buy a new 11 XR today at a local shop. I have read all threads on this bike but any updated info on the bike pros cons would be appreciated. I am a lurker on Xrog forum as well. Thanks! This one may just work.