Go Sportsters

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

  1. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    Upgraded my cap, no more embarrassment. ;)

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    I'm gonna use this today on the maiden voyage.

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    This is pretty much my first major ride on it today. I put plates on it yesterday and swapped insurance with my FZ6. I hope I don't regret that decision today. :)

    Also, Blk Betty, I got the mirrors in yesterday. They look awesome on this bike and I can even see behind me! ;)

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    Real quick, before I head out, this thing is supposed to sound like every bolt is going to rattle off in a matter of seconds, right?
  2. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Yeah they all do that. :lol3


    Sometimes the right front turn signal falls off, keep an eye on that one. Not sure why, I've had it happen a lot. Probably 10+ times on 2 different bikes. Some weird vibration resonance or something hates that turn signal.
  3. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    Hey! Mine fell off too last trip! Snugged up the nut on the side of the road with a drop of loctite and it's been fine since.
  4. norseXL

    norseXL Been here awhile

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    That's brilliant, with a 5% mix you will add a corrosion protective layer to it :D
  5. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    OK, I haven't checked the jets yet, but I did tinker with the Carb settings. I'm getting a pop from the Carb shortly after starting (and on deccelaration) and I had some dieseling after I shut it down today, twice.
  6. Tepi

    Tepi Been here awhile

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    Setting off to North Finland and Norway

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  7. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Mikesova.....glad the mirrors worked out for you. I'm guessing the bars your using puts them up a tad higher and that's why your not seeing much of your shoulders.

    I put a set on a '00 XL1200S and they were almost useless but looked good. Swapped them out for the stockers as I can stand not being to see behind me. Those I sold you came off my '09 XR1200....I put a set of the longer stem mirrors on it for the same reason.

    Enjoy that ride.
  8. s&s

    s&s Been here awhile

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    I mounted a bicycle tool bag on the ignition module cover:
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    Just big enough for basic tool set consisting of multi-bit screwdriver, torx & hex keys, monkey wrench and a multi tool.
  9. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    I think I had a case of bad gas. The tank was basically full when I bought the sporty, so I had to burn through that. On my way home, I stopped when I had probably a little less than a half gallon left and filled up with 93 premium. After I took off, it was like riding a different bike. I didn't have any coughing or popping coming from the carburetor and I didn't have any dieseling after shut down. I also rode it like an asshole to make sure to clean out any carbon that might exist. :)
  10. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    Spoke too soon. :( Still the occasional pop/cough from the carb and it dieseled on me twice today.

    Any advice? I'm going to try and re-tune the carb based on the factory directions. If that doesn't do anything, I guess I'll have to tear it apart and check the jets.


    Do you think there would be a need for a jet change going from the gutted stock pipe to the normal stock pipe?
  11. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    If they rejet for the gutted pipe then yes.
  12. ktrout01

    ktrout01 Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking about adding a Sportster to the garage just because. I'm seeing late 90's to early 20's for $3000 - $5000. I'm looking for a really plain Jane stock bike. I like the look of the fat front tire.
  13. IRideASlowBike

    IRideASlowBike Banned

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    :huh How do you ride with that huge bag on the forks? Doesn't it hit the fender all the time?
  14. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    Went scootin today

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    Picked up a little molle bag to strap to the ignition cover to keep tools in:

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    I replaced the seat screw with a knob that can be removed by hand (I keep the registration/insurance info under the seat):

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  15. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Not even close to enough room. The fender moves up and down with the suspension travel, the bag won't because it's solid on the triple clamps. Basically every time you hit a bump the fender is hitting the bag.

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  16. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Mine just got home from the USGP @ Laguna Seca. Just a few bikes on Cannery Row. Mine's in there somewhere. It's the black Sporty.....[​IMG]
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  17. IRideASlowBike

    IRideASlowBike Banned

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    ^ exactly. Or do you never brake?
  18. SpeedTorque

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    This is my Sportster the weird XR thing that Harley made. I just need to figure out how to attach universal luggage to it...

    John

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  19. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    with my bike. It's amazing that I've been able to ride thousands of miles with such a faulty setup. I guess I'll just PARK it pronto until I get it resolved. Thanks for the EXPERT advice :rofl.

    (Yes it may touch the fender when I hit hard bumps, but it's not a problem.
    Really, guys.)

  20. jnor

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