Go Sportsters

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

  1. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    It is a Storz conversion done by Team Latus in Portland Oregon in 1995. One owner and she likes to say "NO it is NOT for SALE!!!" (before you even ask) :lol3

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  2. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Hi all- newbie here. Not new to bikes, been riding since '68. Last 20 years or so have been mainly euro bikes, Ducati, Guzzi and the occasional Beemer. Self maintained. I sold my RSL 1100 BMW due to knee replacement issues making it painful to ride. Bought a V Star 1100 Yammie as a replacement. Great bike. Reliable, handles ok for a cruiser. It just doesn't trigger that something in me the Guzzis did. Local shop's had an '05 883. 15k miles. Full service and new tires + battery. Kinda groady, needs the alloy polished. Cleanup's easy, I restore vintage drum sets! I've got this stuff down.
    Well, the HD shop called. Said they had the bike ready, did I want to come ride it? After all the discussion I'd read about vibes, I was almost afraid to. The thing feels great! If you lug it in the wrong range, sure it'll vibrate. At speed, it's smoother then my V Star 1100 was. Really like the lighter, narrower feel. Feels a lot like my SP 1000 Guzzi to ride. Came with Screaming Eagle pipes and jet kit, Corbin seat, leather hard bags, batwing fairing, s/s lines, oil temp gauge, new tires, battery, and tender harness. Was at dealers, so it had full service and CPS replaced! They were about to up the price tag on it, but they honored their original quote! I'm very happy with it. Simple, and real. Already added Street Glide air shocks and Mustang vintage solo seat.......... [​IMG]
  3. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    Thats a slick Sporty!
  4. s&s

    s&s Been here awhile

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    It's more than common, happened to almost every 4 speed evo I know (and to many late 84-85 ironheads, too). The magnets are not falling just for glue letting go, usually they fall off after hitting stator, contact is caused by clutch basket wobbling on the transmission main shaft. Ask me how I know... My advice is to avoid late 84-90 4 speed Sportsters.
  5. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Nice sporty.

    Yeah, I had always heard about the paint shaker vibes too. My '13 has no objectionable vibes at all. Of course they have been rubber mounted since '04 so I'm sure that makes a huge difference. I've yet to sample a pre-'04 solid mount. Wanting to build a project sporty though and for various reason sorta think I wanna base it on a solid mount. Need to check the vibes on one first though...
  6. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Thanks! I'm really diggin' it. Been riding since '68, and it's the first HD I've owned. Just spent too much time at Ascot, I guess. Glide's were what the old guy's rode..........
  7. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    When window shopping the last few bikes I've bought, I've had the rubber mount XL1200C at the top of my "first runner up" list.

    A great looking bike, the 4.5 tank makes it a workable choice for the road trips I like.... and while the prices are all over the place on them, I have seen some excellent low mile examples in the sub-$6k range.
  8. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    I bought a 95 xlh with a blown motor and put a sport motor in it

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  9. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    Nice bike & great pics! :thumb
  10. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Great looking bike! The 2 into 1's real nice...........
  11. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    I like the exhaust it is a thunder header that I cut and welded so it would kick up at the end.
  12. jessemckay

    jessemckay twowheelin

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    Picked up this '06 883C about a month ago from the original owner that just let it sit most of it's life. As the second owner I have been busy doing alot of work to get er back up to par. Forks completely disassembled, cleaned, and fork seals replaced. Painted and flipped the mirrors, New – low rise handlebars & grips, throttle & idle cables, all switch & lighting wiring RE wired, fuel line, vacuum lines, spark plugs, tires (shinko 777′s – theyre nice), carburetor tore apart and cleaned up ( not once but twice ), all fluids changed, and I am sure there is more that I am forgetting. This Black Beauty is running great and ready to hit the road at the end of the month on a 6000+ mile tour around the U.S.
  13. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Sounds like fun! Got a side view? Have a great ride.......
  14. jessemckay

    jessemckay twowheelin

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    Waiting on a new seat & sissy bar .... Ill post pics of side veiw after install and all loaded up with gear :)
  15. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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    bought this last winter, advertised locally as an "883 special edition". in the pics there were some nuances not associated with a stock 883. always thought the 883r was one of the best looking sportsters made, so i had to go check it out.
    guy took it on trade for a concrete job. didn't run, but with a jump everything lit up and the motor turned over. made the seller a fair, yet in his eyes, low offer which was declined. we bullshitted a bit more then i split. he called me when i was almost home with a counter, and i ended up paying $100.00 more than my first offer.
    883 with 1200/1215/1250? kit
    42mm screamin eagle mikuni
    crane ignition, aftermarket coil, wires
    cams, but not sure who's or the duration
    adjustable push rods
    beautiful hand porting in the heads, stainless steel valves, and bronze valve guides
    rinehart exhaust
    oil cooler
    the bad was "C" risers, with drag bars, forward controls. not my thing on an 883r.
    new glass mat battery, sonic cleaned the carb, changed the fluids, air up the tires and took it for a ride. first time i put some serious stick to it from a stop, snapped the belt. now its got a new s&s carbon fiber weave on on it.
    scrounged ebay and internet h-d dealers and got the correct risers, black low rise briefs, oops i mean bars, correct speedo bracket, indicator lights, and a set of mids.
    i've owned six other sporty's and this bike flat rocks. more fun than a whorehouse on dollar day.
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    the emperor's new clothes. looks like a proper 883r
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    i liked the looks of the lepera seat but everytime i nailed it my ass would slide back damn near off it.
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    still have to take the lowering kit off the ass end.
  16. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    i've owned six other sporty's and this bike flat rocks. more fun than a whorehouse on dollar day.
    the emperor's new clothes. looks like a proper 883r

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    Looks a great bike. Nice save! Now, get some decent shocks on it!
  17. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Er yeah, love the expression "More fun than a whorehouse on dollar day" I may steal that one!

    But yeah, again, put some better shocks on, raise the ass end up so it looks decent. and get some better shocks. I got mine - custom made - from YSS, after one of my Progressives blew a seal in the deserts of Central Australia.

    Dump that dumb solo seat. Harley fit them to new Sportsters on the assumption that if you are such a dweeb as to by an 883 you could not possibly attract a female!

    Refit the dual seat and then go out and prove them wrong......

    Last and best: bore it out to 1200. I have a theory that HD make the 883 for the midlife crisis mob. (Yeah! I have a Harley! ....(but it is the smallest one).....)

    Rob
  18. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Nice looking bike, Vernon. :clap

    Another R saved from the ape crowd. :D
  19. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    (Plaintive plea) Wont someone tell me how to post pictures? I do not have a url
    Rob
  20. Shooter1

    Shooter1 Been here awhile

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    Yep, nice R model. Sooner or later I'm gonna wind up with one of those. Perfect color too, orange and black.