Go Sportsters

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

  1. Shooter1

    Shooter1 Been here awhile

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    Nice Ironhead, I wouldn't sell it either.
  2. r1oors

    r1oors Adventurer

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    How do like that Biltwell seat? I'm tempted to get one for its looks but afraid they'd be a buckboard for comfort.
  3. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    This bike is just pure fun, Its a kick to drive , handles excellent and is just a nimble toy. Retro happiness.
  4. r1oors

    r1oors Adventurer

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    Here's the latest on my 883R. I changed the bars for some OE "L" bars off eBay. No risers. They're a little shorter than the stock R bars and lean me a bit more forward. Still a "standard" riding position, but more comfortable than the wide stock bars.
    A different seat, a different slip-on for the 2 into 1 and maybe a 1200 kit down the road. Otherwise, I love the bike as a mid-size roadster and a good alternative to the R100RS.
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  5. rodteague

    rodteague Enjoying the ride

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    Love the Roadsters; nice bike.

    Rod
  6. mysticbus

    mysticbus Mysticbus

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    Not mine, but one of the guys from my Sunday ride. If your eyes are sharp, you might notice some triumph bits.

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  7. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Holy crap, that's beautiful. :clap
  8. toomuchstuff

    toomuchstuff Adventurer

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    Great Bike

    Here is mine. It received a new seat and shocks from a sportster sport since this photo

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  9. sjc56

    sjc56 Long timer

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    Best looking Sportster they made.
  10. r1oors

    r1oors Adventurer

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    Yep. I was *this* close to buying an Anniversary 883C, but something warned me off of it. The R caught my eye, for less money and less miles than the C, and I'm glad I got it instead. I'm not really a cruiser type.
    I'm an old Brit bike guy (I'd rather have got a BSA twin but impractical at this time), so I hope to give the R a bit of a Brit, clubman-roadster feel. Not quite cafe but something for a bit of casual backroad burning.
  11. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    NOT a Sportster... its a 45'' Flathead.

    That looks like a Triumph 4 speed gearbox. I have a Triumph 4 speed in my Flathead. It was a common upgrade back in the day since it was much cheaper than the Harley 4 speed tranny. The hardest part of the swap is moving the final drive chain and related parts to the left side. The Triumph 4 speed trannys had left side drive, but the OEM HD 3 speed was a right side drive...
  12. RebelYell

    RebelYell Been here awhile

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    I agree the 883 R is the best looking sporty to boot.How much is that supertrap exhaust?Can you bolt the twin disc on a regular 883 or do I need to change the forks and the whole Shebang?
  13. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    It depends on the wheel. Some hubs are set up to accept the right side disc and some aren't. Other than that all you would need to mount up the system is the right side fork lower since it has the caliper lugs. Then of course there's the brake lines. And then I'm not sure about the master cylinder. Will the stock non-Roadster M/C push enough fluid to actuate two calipers?

    I've seen bikes converted to the dual disc setup but can't remember the details...
  14. s&s

    s&s Been here awhile

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    I did the conversion to my '97, it was quite simple:
    -got the hub drilled and tapped (stock hub for spoked wheel is not dual-disk ready, I think most cast wheel hubs are)
    -replaced right lower leg
    -got right side brake caliper
    -got new floating brake disks
    -also new braided hoses + tee piece
    -and master cylinder (11/16 if I remember correctly)

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    I was a bit surprised how good the results are, even the old single pot calipers stop the bike with 2 fingers.
  15. CoughinNails

    CoughinNails n00b

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    Man I don't know what constitutes as a "Real Motorcycle" anymore!!! I appreciate the comment. I will try to put some pictures of it with its original tins on it.
  16. Bustakneecap

    Bustakneecap Adventurer

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    Not comfortable at all, I can handle about an hour.
  17. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    I have no experience with the Biltwell seat but mine has a similar profile and look. I had it custom built to my specs in brown leather by Ed of Sick Saddles. I did a few rough sketches overlaying pics of his stock offerings to illustrate what I wanted, and also sent him a pic of the Biltwell seat as part of my description. Ed was easy to work with and has very reasonable rates. Especially when considering that he will modify his standard stitching pattern, shape the foam to your requirements, and offers quite a few covering choices for a true custom seat. It turned out exactly how I wanted and I couldn't be happier with it. :D

    While it's no touring seat, and everyone's ass is different, I've not had any issues with comfort on somewhat longer rides. In fact, while it's not really saying much, I find it more comfortable than the stocker.

    Here's some pics....

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  18. SpikeC

    SpikeC Been here awhile

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    That is a very nice looking seat! The bike looks good as well......
  19. greer

    greer Long timer

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    $3.99 each at O'Reilly Auto Parts; Rancho RS1952

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    I hate to change fork seals so I look to put fork boots on my bikes first thing. I'd read about these on the XL forum and decided to hunt up a pair. You can order from Amazon but if you have an O'Reilly's in town you may find they'll be a bit less. I ordered them in the morning and they had them for me the same afternoon. I'd read about drilling vent holes, but Doug (husband) suggested a hot nail to simply punch a couple of holes, worked like a charm.

    Sarah
  20. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer

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    Nicely done... I love these cheap-o mods, especially when they look and function as well or better than the high dollar stuff!