Go Sportsters

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

  1. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    First time I've heard that. Most people replace the cps and are fine. Mine's been flawless after replacement . It is an 05, for whatever that's worth..
  2. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Sorry for posting this here, I'm just kind of excited. Feels like a bigger sportster to me. Bars need to go soon. I was very comfortable on my sportster using stock risers for a 99 883C and stock bars for a 2001 xlh883. Might just do the same thing here. Having my arms up basically turns my body into a kite, I'm not real sure how guys ride like this.

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  3. rudolf35

    rudolf35 Warped & Twisted Mind

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    I was lucky today, scored a 2011 48 for a nice low price. Now that I have the bike, I have planed to raise the suspension to Roadster level. I know that I need to replace the compression damping rod and there is a great post in this thread. Can someone guied me to it? I have searched and Google searched without luck.

    Help please!
    :ear
  4. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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  5. rudolf35

    rudolf35 Warped & Twisted Mind

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  6. Motornoggin

    Motornoggin Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    Yeah. Spoke with another guy today that had to replace his CSP (he rides an '05 Roadster).

    Hard to say which issue came first, but either way it'll be repaired and back on the road soon!
  7. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Yeah, that was one of my posts, but there were quite a few more that gave a little more detail about the parts I used. I think anyway... :confused Maybe it was elsewhere....

    You have a PM and a link to another thread on another forum, that may give you some more info.

    Good luck.

    And don't overlook my posts about my front brake upgrades! Between that and the suspension I've made a huge improvement in the way this bike performs. I'm happy with it now! And I did it all on a budget! :D

    ETA: Yeah, here's a little more info on my suspension upgrades: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21332628&postcount=2467

    And here's some info on the brake upgrade: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20588498&postcount=2092
  8. CLynn85

    CLynn85 Adventurer

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    So, Sportster riders, I have a conundrum. I've been pretty set on picking up an Iron 883 in Amber Whiskey ever since I rode the '11 Super Low last weekend. So I'm coming through Orange yesterday and stop at Waugh HD and they have a '12 Iron with 4,000 miles on it that I take out for a test ride.

    It sucked! (Relatively). It didn't feel anywhere near as smooth as I remember the 883 SL being. It was really buzzy/vibey and hard to find a sweet spot for any given speed. What gives? Did I just have rose colored glasses on for the first one I rode, or is there some other difference between the SL and the Iron?

    To make matters worse, I then stopped by the Yamaha dealer and rode a Bolt, just for grins, and it was phenomenal. The fit/finish/overall appearance is no where near the HD, but the ride was so much better. It was smooth, pulled harder, wasn't as rough on the backroads, etc.

    I really like the look and the pedigree of the HD but the Bolt, which also comes in at $600 less after talking OTD prices, was the more enjoyable ride of the day.
  9. greer

    greer Long timer

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    It doesn't surprise me at all that you preferred the Bolt over the Sportster, seems like most of the magazine testers did, too. Might see if you can ride a few more Sportsters before you make a decision, though.

    Sarah
  10. SpeedTorque

    SpeedTorque Adventurer

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    The super low is set up to be a nice ride, the rest are raw, that's what people buy Harleys for.
    Don't kid yourself about the bolt, it's resale value will be poor and customizing is more difficult. I'm a big fan of the SL, yet most noobs always go Japanese for a few years, then sell it. They never get the biker bug...

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  11. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Firstly, Sportsters seem to vary in ride quality depending upon how everything is set up. I have noticed a big difference in vibes between different belt tension and primary chain tension settings. Also since it was a used bike so it is possible that a motor mount was loose. I rode a bike with that very issue and once we tightened up the mounts the bike was nice and smooth.



    The Bolt suspension is smoother plain and simple. So is the engine. This may sound strange but part of the reason I chose the Sportster is that it isn't refined. It's a machine that lets you know that it is a machine. It has a noisy valve train , it's not buttery smooth , it rides a bit rough, etc...It's the complete opposite of the various Japanese mounts that I have owned but it is very similar to the air cooled dirt bikes that I grew up on. Every time I ride it it's like hopping on a time machine that puts a big grin on my face. Buy the bike that gives you that grin and don't worry about brand. :freaky
  12. gusanito

    gusanito Mindless Wonderer

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    I see a few people in this thread looking at Sportsters, so I thought I'd pass this along. I have no connection to the seller, it's just a smoking deal that if my garage wasn't full and I didn't already have an S, I'd jump on.

    Panama City, Fl Craigslist

    The '98 XL1200S is a Roadster on steroids. This year they went to a double spark and hotter cams, along with the standard S model adjustable forks and rear suspension.
    Only 8k miles on this bike for $2500.

    Someone, scoop this up!!

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  13. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    That's pretty much it.
  14. moment-Chaser

    moment-Chaser n00b

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    My sporty. I love this bike!.:clap

    Pretty much stock.



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  15. andruboz

    andruboz Serial overfiller

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    picked up some tires form the motorcycle superstore and this was in their catalog. sorry if it 205...and larrrrge.


    http://images.motorcycle-usa.com/PhotoGallerys/Burly-Brand-Sportster-Based.jpg

    it made me chuckle-
    in the description it said his favorite thing to do was corner it at WOT. but the back tire is a me880- the hardest friggin touring tire you can buy. if he really likes to corner why not something sticky?
  16. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    It looks to me that there is about 1-3/4" of tire on the edge that has never met the pavement. :lol3
  17. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    It's like all the tourists who come here with their fancy curve machines.
    You can buy or build a cool bike that's very capable, but if you can't even lean it over far enough to get rid of the chicken strips, well...

    However, I would add that running an ME880 in hotter climates works pretty well during the summer on super hot asphalt.
  18. Tom Herold

    Tom Herold Ugh...

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    A quick update on the 02 XL1200C I stole for $1500: I cleaned the carb and put in a rebuild kit, new fuel lines, new spark plugs, fresh oil and filter and a clean gas tank with some fresh premium and Sea Foam mix and primed things the best I could; and it fired right off :clap
    I let it idle and warm up while checking for any leaks, then promptly changed the oil and filter just in case. I cut open the old filter and ran a magnet through the old oil and they came out clean.

    It's mechanically sound, now it's time to start taking care of all the parts like brake lines and caliper seals, wheel and head bearings and get this thing road worthy!

    I'm going to wind up with a lot of parts for sale from the boxes of goodies I received with the bike - already have one PM who's first in line, after I let him see the list I'll start throwing stuff in the flea market....

    More to follow! :D
  19. RicT

    RicT Adventurer

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    Glad to hear you got it running!

    I need to be doing some maintenance on mine here in a month or so. I replaced the rocker box gaskets a couple of weeks ago and need to go through the brakes. I've got a 3.3 tank on the way to replace my 2.2 (I hate stopping for fuel) so I'll replace the fuel lines and run an inline filter when that gets here. The internet has been good so far but I definitely need to pick up a shop manual for the more in-depth projects.
  20. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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