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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.
You mean there are rednecks in Finland?
Riding someone elses bike is nothing like living with one for years. Jerry you know nothing about Sportsters other than what you've read.
Randy, (my name is Randy too)
So, I was interjetting some of my attitude which I probably shouldn't have done - I started riding street in 1972, and have owned over 80 street bikes since. Cheap Japanese and Brit back then, many sport and sport tourers, a couple Ducatis, many BMW air and oil heads. As time goes on I'm less interested in the narrow performance aspects and more the overall package. BTW, my Sportster I've had for 8 years which is far and away the record for me.
Since I stepped into this thread without reading all the posts I didn't know that - your reaction is right. Sorry about that.
Back to the handling - if handling is your priority then you go after that aspect. I did with mine - racetech emulators and springs for the forks, and the 1200S shocks for the rear. It was mostly an improvement in comfort though the stock shocks are shockingly bad on rough roads. The next steps are really expensive - reducing unsprung and rotating weight with new wheels and brakes. I feel this would transform the bike but I'm not going there, I could buy a clean used SV650 for that money. What I have noticed is my Sportster likes new tires, especially the rear. The noodlely frame and swingarm just aren't up to keeping things inline once the rear tire profile is wearing in the middle. And just to anticipate the joke, my chicken strips are nothing on the rear and very thin on the front.
The other thing I went after was the engine - 883 to stage 3 1200. I did that for drag racing. A good way to sink a lot of money, it's not that transferable to the street.
Ah, please bear with me here but since you brought it up, again. 38 years of marriage and two adult daughters have probably blunted my appreciation for some of the, cough, theoretical aspects of maledom. I thought the analogy really pretty bad.
After reading your last two posts, I see that maybe we aren't quite so far apart on this as I thought at first. I do understand most of the things you describe that makes the Sportster attractive to you. In fact, most of it is exactly why I wanted one too. Every time I ride an inline four I get off feeling BLAH! While they may perform very well, they are just so bland and devoid of character. I too like a bike that feels "ALIVE". I enjoy the throbbing type of vibes that the H-D engine makes. And, the SOUND!...
Maybe I misinterpreted your statement about not caring about handling. It's been my primary focus, since getting this bike, to improve the suspension and it's handling characteristics. I'm not trying to turn it into a sport bike by any means, but I would like it to handle as well as it can, and I'm investing quite a bit of time and money in my attempt to make it do so. So, I guess that's where I was coming from in my earlier comments.
No offense intended, bro! Peace...
What were we arguing about again??
Hmmm... Sorry to hear that dude... maybe your memory has faded too?
And just because I like to post pictures of my two sweeties... and to show you that I DO actually have a Sportster...
A work in progress...
And as to the analogy...
This chick can cook!
But, then again, so can my future bride! (gettin' married next week! )
Of course, as with motorcycles, tastes in women do vary, but like I enjoy a motorcycle that handles, I also like my "cook" to be pleasing to the eye...
And yeah, she's 44 and just as hot as the day I first met her almost 30 years ago...
Lemme see here, you met her 30 years ago, and your getting married next week? Dont just jump right into it now. Marriage is a big commitment. You might want to take a little time to think this through you know...
Best of luck to you both.
Yep! We dated from '83 to '86 and had planned to marry way back then. But, as often happens at that age, life threw us some curve balls. And while we both had our separate lives, and neither of us ever truly got over the other (unbeknownst to the other), we had no contact for like 26 years. Then, a little over a year ago we reconnected... talked sporadically for a while... and met again for the first time this past September. Then on December 1st I proposed and she said YES!
You mentioned commitment? Now you need to realize that while I've had plenty of women, and a couple of long term relationships, I've never found "the one" that I wanted to marry. Well, except for T that is. I woulda married her then and I'm gonna marry her now. So, the master of escape has finally been caught! All my friends are shocked. :eek1 And to be honest, I'm still a little amazed by it myself. But sometimes you just "know"
More can be found here: A saga of lost love and a Honda CB400F Supersport for those with an appreciation for a tale of love and romance.
Thanks! I'm afraid I may have already used up my allotment of good luck so more being sent my way is always appreciated.
And to all those that have followed this thread from the beginning, and have had your fill of Randy and Teresa, I'm sorry it keeps coming up
But, she did buy me my Sportster for x-mas for those that are wondering how this pertains to this thread... Yeah, it's a stretch, but still...
I put a set of mids on the '48 tonight. It feels...strange. I also think the shift peg is too short. I also noticed I have shins while backing up, so we'll see how long I keep them on.
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ANYTHING you want to do to it- make it handle, quicker, a rigid barhopper, one of those jap style customs- the parts exist, or there are a huge number of shops that can fabricate them. Pick the closest to what you want, grab a catalog and have at it. the solid mounts are cheap and plentiful, and the rubbermounts are getting cheaper (and don't vibrate any worse than a bagger or dyna). As for the rear swingarm issues- if it is a rubbermount, take a good look at the mounts. The factory says to check them or replace them at 30k, but some guys have had issues earlier. the best replacement is the drag specialties mounts, though Vance and Hines sell poly mounts (technically for the xr1200, but they will fit all rubbermounts) that will stiffen it up considerably- but at the cost of increased vibration. You can make a sportster an effective backroad tool- but it will take some work, and a bit of cash.
I just started kicking the pegs up and outta my way if i have to do any extensive backing.
That's a fine looking woman you got there Randy - congrats on the marriage!
I've seriously thought about fabbing some "rearsets", which like the commercial sets available, really would just move the pegs to a slightly rear of standard position. But in the end I always just don't think it's worth the trouble.
Now, the seat, that's a different issue altogether. I have the stock seat (junk), a Le Pera Bare Bones (looks tough and good for 30 minutes), a Gray solo (OK), and a Mustang Tour. I usually use the Mustang because it's the highest, it's also very comfy for the pillion. I want to try a "tractor" or "police solo" style at some point. I've padded up my Mustang in static trys and feel I want to be about 4 or 5 inches up from the frame rails. I think the oldtimers had the seat part right.
using a larosa (or similar) spring solo mount and a a crossbones style seat (because they are pretty cheap on ebay). There is a guy on the xl forum with that setup and it doesn't look too bad
Since the new Yamaha garbage can came out (they probably call it a Bolt because it was designed by a NUT) I'm feeling even better about my quest for a Sportster. I found I fit just fine with either forward or mid controls, and decided for my purpose it doesn't matter if it is a 1200 or an 883. Tubeless tires are an absolute necessity though.
How far are you willing to go to find your Sportster? There were two XL1200R Roadsters on the Dallas Craigslist today, both ~13k miles. Asking $5k for one and $5.3k for the other.
Since selling my Goldwing, I now have $8K to spend on one. There are a lot of them for sale here, it's just a matter of narrowing it down. I really want mid controls, and have to have tubeless tires. And it has to be in decent shape, not all chopped up and turned into a bobber. And from page one of this thread, a "grandpa" seat would be nice. I would also "prefer" a carb, and solid mount engine (I am looking for "character") but lack of those would not stop me from buying it. Also no dealers. With the sales tax here, and the dealers doc fees, that would add at least $1000 to the price.
Weren't you already set on an unobtainable Honda, the CTX? It was "the bike for you", what happened? It will start every day and it won't give you enough excuses to stay at home?
I had pretty much narrowed my choices down to a CTX700 or a Yamaha Majesty (both new) as just that. Comfortable, reliable, but bland and boring transportation My Vulcan 750 currently provides that, with some degree of character thrown in, but not nearly enough. The Sportster was an emotional decision. I decided I wanted character, and as much of it as I could get. I am tired of bland souless machines. So I'm scrapping my "responsible" plans, and going after what I really want, not necessarily what I need, but what I want. It's time to stick my neck out and "live a little" while I can still ride.
Admit it! Yamaha did you a tremendous favor by giving you one more thing to complain about via the Bolt(tm). You'd rather complain than eat supper.
maybe off road but not for my cruiser, thank you .