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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.
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Yeah. With the 3.3 gallon tank I have to fill the Sportster up every second day. I get about 170km to a tank before the 'reserve' light comes on and the service station I use is about 3km away and just at the foot of a very nice bit of bikers road. As I can't make a U-turn (divided main road) to go back home from the servo I always end up going the long way - and get home with about 75km of the fuel gone. On more than a few occasions I've had to return to the servo a few hours later and refill it, never having made it home.
Man, that inconvenience must SUCK!
Pretty quiet - everybody must have been out riding their Sportsters today. I was, first time this cold, snowy year! I think it's the latest first ride yet for me. Sunny, comfortable temp for my gear and light traffic (and more sand on the roads than the Sahara).
Hope everyone had a good ride!
I was, some really good canyon riding today. Azusa Canyon > East Fork > Glendora Mountain Road > Glendora Ridge Road > Mount Baldy > home. Didn't stop to for any pictures just took in the beauty of it all.
So, here's a picture from when I swapped in some new/old shocks from a sport model a few weeks ago.
Great looking 883r! I've got a guy wanting to trade his sportster sport for my road king. I'd love to molest it up with some 883r tank badges.
Nope, not riding, just working on things in preparation for my upcoming suspension upgrades, Phase I...
Ricor intiminators are ordered, longer Roadster damper rods are ordered, Amsoil 5W fork oil (recommended by Ricor) ordered, Roadster side stand bought from ebay, almost new longer Roadster shocks on hand (also from ebay), and the springs and top caps are removed so I can take then to work for sandblasting so I can powder coat them matte black. Roadster sidestand will also get blasted and powder coated once I get it.
Friday I purchased a new lift stand to facilitate this work since my paddock stands don't work on the Sportster. Also picked up an impact wrench to help with damper rod removal. Also picked up a powder coating thingy, specifically for the above mentioned parts, but I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of it since I'm always coming up with things that make me say, "Man, I wish this was powder coated black!"
Then yesterday, I assembled my lift, gathered some misc. supplies, made a fork spring compressor and fork oil level adjusting device.
So, now, I THINK I have everything to make this happen once all the parts arrive and I find the time to dive in.
Phase 2 will include Ohlins, and possibly Works dual rate fork springs if the stock springs aren't up to the task once they have a little help from Ricor... We'll see... But that'll all have to wait until I recuperate from the financial drain of the wedding and my new wife's upcoming move half way across the country,
In the meantime though, I hope to gain some much needed cornering clearance, and do something to alleviate the spine shocking harshness of the stock short travel lowered suspension.
So, I've always been interested in Sportsters, they just weren't practical enough for me as a main bike. I would love to have one to play around with.
I have been considering doing some trading for an 86 Evo 883 turned 1200. The owner says its leaking oil from the shift shaft. He says its got new oil lines, a new tank, new clutch, new rear tire, new chain. He says its got a couple paint defects and the carb needs to be cleaned.
Are these bikes pretty reliable, or am I opening a can of worms? I don't want to invest a ton of money into it. Just something to wrench on and ride for fun. I am thinking I could probably get a historical plate for it.
The apes, tassles, and the highway pegs would have to go, but it looks like it could be a fun project to customize.
from what i understand, its hard to go wrong with an evo. that oil leak sounds like a pain, but they're easy to work on at least.
If the price is right, go for it. you can turn it into anything, and bet your ass somebody'd come buy those apes if they were put on CL.
Go to xlforum and start doing some reading to get a better feel for these bikes. I haven't read much about the older models but there is a wealth of info there...
I can't say for sure, but it seems like I remember a shift shaft seal being a pretty simple job. I think all you really need is to pull the primary cover to replace it. But it's been a while since I read anything about it and I've never actually had to do it yet....
1986 is the BEST year for the 4 speed Evos.
In 1986 heads on both the 883 and 1100 had bigger valves than any other year.
The shift shaft oil leak will be EASY to fix. There is a seal in the primary cover that the shift shaft passes through. Its a $5 part. You may also need a new primary gasket. Even with no experience wrenching on a Harley, its a 20 minute job, tops.
Sportsters are unit construction (primaty, tranny, and crank case are all 1 piece... well, its 2 actually, but they are pressed together). The tranny and primary share the same space and fluid, so the only place the shift shaft can leak from is the primary shift shaft seal. It is a fairly common failure.
Do not let anyone diss the 4 speeds either. The final drive ratio of the 4 speeds and the 5 speeds (with stock gearing) is basically the same... so your highway RPMs are about the same too. I prefer the 4 speed, these bikes have good low down torque (even the 883's) so less shifting is nice, and they really arent any slower for the lack of 1 gear.
Make sure it charges. The 4 speed sportsters had issues with the magnets falling off of the stator (it was not very common, but it happened enough to get a reputation). If that 1986 charges and runs, buy it. They are as close to maintinance free as a bike of that age can be.
It was sold last night....
I'd really like an Iron 883 in 1200. Anybody have left over Nightster?
Pic from a recent ride.
More pics, info, link please...
Yes, AWESOME indeed! More details and pics would be great!
Yeah. Details, details, details. Awesome looking Sportster.