Go Sportsters

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

  1. Tom Herold

    Tom Herold Ugh...

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    Run a Google search for jiffy stand extenders if you decide you need something longer - the sporty wearing those before yours was okay without one, but just barely

  2. stik__boy

    stik__boy Been here awhile

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    New sportster owner here. I traded a 98 Suzuki bandit 1200 for an 87 sporty 883 with 3800 miles on it. The bandit was a block of soulless alloys. A great engine.....If you like 4 cylinders, which this last attempt at loving them failed for me. I prefer
    v-twins & something mechanical sounding and feeling. Visceral. Think Ducati 900ss, of which I've owned 2 of. So I've never owned a Harley, although I've ridden a handful or so.....& enjoyed them all. I knew 2 blocks into my test ride that the trade for this soulful beast was a go for me!!!
    Oh, the SOUNDS!!!! & The feel!!!!
    Although the bike only has 3800 miles on it, it's not in "spectacular" condition, as it sat unridden for 15 years & everyone knows that's not good. I have mild plans for it, but nothing crazy...... for now I just plan on enjoying the wonderful sensations.

    One thing that is killing me about the breed is the price of a few things. ....exhausts, forward controls, and air cleaners.
    Really??????? $750 for a #! $@£ sportster exhaust?!?! Yeah, there's cheaper. .....but something nice will cost you some TALL coin!
  3. Tom Herold

    Tom Herold Ugh...

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  4. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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  5. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    What exhaust are you looking for/at?
  6. pvt joker

    pvt joker Latebird

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    Not necessarily, one of the great things about the sportster is all the used and take off parts available. My bike was stock when I got it and I've done a crapload of things to it for less than $500. Exhaust, front & rear suspension, intake, running lights, plate holder, sissy bar, windshield and probably some other things I can't remember.

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  7. Randy

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    You may have posted this before so forgive me for not reading it, if so.

    What model is your bike? What exhaust is that, and where did you get it, how much, how does it sound/run, etc?

    I'm currently running slightly modified Cycle Shack slip-ons (cheap and not bad at all IMO) but wouldn't mind a decent 2-1 system if the price was right and it sounded good without being too loud. Being that mine's a 2013 I'm only interested in exhaust designed for rubber mounts.

    Nice looking bike, BTW! :thumb

    TIA

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  8. hhkiwi

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    Randy, that's a XL 883R (Roadster). I had a 2007 XL 1200R and still regret that I sold it.

    If you're interested in a 2 into 1 exhaust have a look at the Patriot Defender - people rave about it on hdforums.com.

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  9. Randy

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    Hey man, thanks for the reply. I guess I should have stated my question a little better since what I meant was what model year was the bike. I'm familiar with the Roadsters in general, just not which years were what. I guess what I was thinking when I asked was in regard to the FI bikes since mine is FI. But looking more closely I see a carb, and come to think of it, I don't even think the 883R was ever offered with FI, where they? What was the last year of the 883R?

    My original train of thought was wondering how the bike ran with the exhaust and filter, and what he had done to correct fueling. But, now that I realize it's a carb'd bike I'd assume it was relatively simple with jetting changes. I do realize that FI offers some advantages and mine runs pretty damn good, IMO, but carbs are so much simpler and cheaper to deal with when doing mods... Call me old school, but I do like the relative simplicity of carbs... :thumbs

    And yeah, I was looking pretty hard at picking up a 1200R back last year. Then I ended up with my 48... which I've been working on slowly turning into my own version of a Roadster, of sorts....:D It's currently got Roadster shocks and damper rods, mid controls, and the four piston caliper from the XR1200, so now it has the ride height and cornering clearance of the Roadster and pretty decent brakes too.

    And thanks for the Defender info. I've read a bit about them a while back but never really investigated too much. I was just curious about joker's because of what he said about getting all his stuff used on the cheap. Just thinking about what take-off/used parts I might consider keeping an eye out for in the future so if a good deal pops up I'll know whats what and can be ready to pounce!

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  10. studad

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    07 was the last year for the 883r in the us. Only year for FI.
  11. Randy

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    Ok, thanks for the info. Couldn't remember the model years for them. I was thinkin' the 1200 lasted just a bit longer than the 883, and was available with FI, but wasn't sure if the 883 hung around long enough.

    I've been kickin' around the idea of eventually picking up another Sporty as a project bike for w hile now. If I do, I'll probably stick with the carb'd bikes for simplicity. Might even go with a late model rigid mount ('02 or '03) just because they offer some advantages for the mods I have in mind, although I've never ridden one to see how I'd deal with the extra vibes. Some people say they're fine, others say otherwise. Guess it's just a personal thing. Just need to find one to test for myself I suppose.
  12. hhkiwi

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    I've been following the work you did on your 48 Randy, great bike!

    The last year for the XL 1200R was 2008 so the 1200 Roadster had two model years with FI as stock (2007 and 2008). In addition, the 2008 got the 4.5 gal tank, all previous years had the 3.3 gal peanut tank.

    I hear what you say about the simplicity of carbs but I personally love FI bikes. Yes, you have to spend a few bucks on an aftermarket FI system but once you're over the investment it is so easy to make changes to the map and tune the bike.

    I had a Zippers Thundermax on my Sportster and now a Dynojet Power Commander on my Guzzi and both systems worked fine.

    By the way, H-D still makes the XL 1200R for other markets such as Europe - see http://www.harley-davidson.com/it_IT/Motorcycles/883-roadster.html
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  13. Randy

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    Yeah, thanks on the compliments.

    And yeah, I also hear what you're sayin' on the FI. I guess I'm just a cheap bastard! :wink: All of my research leads me to the PV for my bike, and I just hate spending $500 to adjust the fueling for simple mods like exhaust and A/F, when a few bucks worth of brass and tinkering gets me what I want with a carb. I mean, for some people that like to constantly tinker and change things around, or if I was doing head work, cams, etc, yeah, but I usually just do a certain plan of mods, rejet to suit and forgetaboutit. FI does offer some advantages though, no question about that. And, like I said, part of it is just my appreciation of simple, old school stuff... Kinda funny too, since it seems the older I get the more the older stuff appeals to me and the less attracted I am to the hi-tech newer bikes. Hell, until a year ago I never even DREAMED of riding a Harley, let alone owning one and wanting another!

    And after meeting RTWDoug last week, and starting to read some of his ride reports, etc, my appreciation of older things has been growing. Not that I ever plan to take an old school Harley around the world, anytime soon, but I do like the fixability of the simpler things.

    And then there's my recent experience with the brake servo pump crapping out on my GS... Only around $2500 to fix! :huh Nah... I don't think so.... but that's another story altogether....

    But, yeah, I'll probably go with a PV on the 48 eventually... Who knows? Maybe I'll become a convert and enjoy not having to get gas on my hands and brass shavings under my fingernails.... :D

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  14. pvt joker

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    Boy, things move fast around here sometimes.

    Its an '06 883R. That's an older Bassani exhaust that I picked up in like new shape from craigslist for cheap. The intake is a Joker Machine that I found new in the box on ebay for even less. I'm cheap too and there's no way I'd run either of these if I had to buy them new. I was patient but it really didn't take very long to find anything for it.

    This setup sounds and runs great. I went up to a 45 pilot and shimmed the needle .025". It came with the stock exhaust but I also ran Screaming Eagle II's that were way too loud. It sounds and runs just as good or better with the 2-1.

    My preference would probably be to go FI but there are a few advantages that carbs have that make it a good choice too.
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  16. Randy

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    Hey man, thanks for the info!
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    Exactly!
  18. JerryH

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    The only advantage I have found to FI over carbs is that it can sit longer without getting plugged up. And the main reason for that is ethanol gas. I NEVER had any issues with carbs until ethanol gas came along. Now I've just learned to drain them if the bike is going to sit for more than a few days. Carbs are much easier to work on and tune, they last forever, and best of all, there are no super expensive electronics involved. Most people that think FI is the greatest thing to ever come along base that opinion on not having to use a choke. Using a choke never bothered me a bit, and I always let my engines warm up before riding off anyway. They last a lot longer that way. That Bronson bike is really cool. I have seen a lot of attempts to duplicate that bike, but I've never seen anyone get it exactly right. Sportsters did look a lot better back then than they do now. Since Harley is in the retro bike business, I wish they would go back to styling from that time period.
  19. hhkiwi

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    Are you kidding, Jerry? Have you ever had a FI bike with an after-market tuner such as a PC? I've worked and tuned both carb and FI bikes and tuning a FI bike is way quicker and easier!

    By the time you've got your carb out to change a jet or shim the needle I've hooked up my laptop, changed or tuned my map, and am on my bike riding... and if I find that the settings are still not quite right it takes another five minutes to change them again. And that's without having a closed-loop auto-tune system.

    Yes, FI is more expensive to start off with but if you like to tinker with your bike it beats carbs hands-down in terms of easily changing settings, e.g. for a new air cleaner or pipe.

    As far as reliability is concerned I never had a problem with my FI bikes - not with the Harley, not with the Guzzi and not with my BMW. Ask me how many times I had to clean gunked-up carbs though...
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  20. DAKEZ

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    Next time try doing that WITHOUT the PC.