Go Sportsters

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

  1. ReCycled

    ReCycled Been here awhile

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    I picked up the <400 mile '96 xlh yesterday. :D

    The 17 year old tires have to go before I can start having fun. The 16" wheels limit options but does anyone have any recommendations for something maybe a tad bit more grip than the standard HD/Dunlop offerings?




    OOPS, I meant advice...
  2. Bluebone

    Bluebone straight to hell

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    i dont know what it is but something about being out on a bike makes you want to stop and smell the roses much more than being in a cage. its fun to stop in places that you would fly on by if you were stuck in a car.
  3. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Hell. Giving a choice of I-10 and 20 there and back on a Sportster in July, I might have rather been shot up with Dilaudid and stuffed in the trunk of a Crown Vic. But that's just me. ;)
  4. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Hell, I'd rather be stuffed in the trunk without the Dilaudid even...

    Droning along the interstate has never been my idea of riding though. The only times I even do it is to make the mad dash up to the mountains so I can have some fun. I think the longest I have EVER ridden a bike on the interstate was probably around 2-3 hours... ONCE. Just not my cup of tea at all... :puke1 Pure torture on any bike I've ever ridden.
  5. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    I put a set of Pirelli MT66 Route tires on my Sportster after reading a lot of positive reviews. I like how they ride and handle, even in the wet. My HD Dunlops were old and bad, too (I don't care for the Dunlops even when they are new).
    I put a set on my BIL's Softail, and they work well there, too.
    Also, they are reasonably priced.:D
    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/31/401/6239/ITEM/Pirelli-MT66-Route-Cruiser-Rear-Tire.aspx

    Congratulations on your "time capsule"!
  6. Nadgett

    Nadgett Been here awhile

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  7. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    NICE! Details?
  8. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    I'm running Michelin Commander II's and have had great luck so far. here's a quick review I posted a while back. Link
    Congratulations on the new sled!!
  9. Nadgett

    Nadgett Been here awhile

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    This is my garage last summer when my friend Bill dropped by for a visit on the black Sportster. The Guzzi is my old bike; my friend Simon bought it from me when I got the XR1200, and he keeps it in the garage since he lives in a flat without parking.

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    We took a short trip through the vineyards of southern Austria:

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    Then west to the Julian Alps in Northern Slovenia:

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    It was about a 500 km day.

    We switched bikes so we all got to compare notes. The Guzzi 750 is very similar in performance and handling to the 883 Sportster.
  10. zilla

    zilla Long timer

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    Waiting to hear back on a 93 I found for 1600 bucks. I'm thinking poor mans scrambler if I can get it.

    Gone already. Big surprise.
  11. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Oooh. I have the same idea. But I might stretch for a lower middle class scrambler.
  12. Witness

    Witness Me

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    We had around 30 sportys, stayed at the Boyer Motel

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  13. jnor

    jnor Been here awhile

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    Awsome !!!! I knew I shoulda gone :(:

    How about the front wheel drive steam engine...I was there a while back...
  14. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    Can you guys tell me if the 16" and 19" mags from an '88 sportster will bolt up to a '99 custom? I found a set, but I was wondering if they were pretty "plug and play"? For example, would I be able to use the existing brake disc and caliper, etc.

    Mike
  15. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Unless someone can give you a definitive answer, you might be able to make an educated guess with a detailed comparison of parts commonality here:

    http://partsfinder.onlinemicrofiche.com/ronnies/showmodel.asp?make=hdmc

    I've used that method before when I was trying to find parts from one model to fit another. Like for example, a quick check appears to show that the calipers are the same, and the disc appears to be as well.

    Wish I had more to offer.
  16. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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    Spent less than $90.00 U.S. and made my own intake for my XR1200. No more taking the tank off to clean the K+N filter. Freespirits sells one for $400.00 U.S. Think I will take the savings and buy more beer. :rofl




    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/71524539" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/71524539">Homemade Air Intake H-D XR1200</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user8889988">harvie woolley</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
  17. SpeedTorque

    SpeedTorque Adventurer

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    That's aneat job! If you have any more info on that I would greatly appreciate it!

    - John M
  18. SLOco.moto

    SLOco.moto dos ruedas adicto

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    Not "plug n play" as the hub widths will be different. You'll need to do different axle spacers and possibly brake disc and pulley spacers. This place has spacers http://vulcanworks.net/store_4/home.php?cat=2. Disc and pulley (or sprocket) bolt pattern are the same. Axle size is the same.
    Probably easier to just find something closer in year, they are not that rare.
    If you stay with the Timken bearings used in pre-'00 wheels the axle spacers need to be precise so you get the proper load on the bearings after torquing the axle.
  19. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Saw these neat old Sporties at the AMCA Yankee Chapter meet at the Hebron CT Fairgrounds today.
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    The meet is going on tomorrow, too. Lots of interesting stuff to look at.
  20. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    dig those iron heads