Go Sportsters

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

  1. NYP797

    NYP797 Been here awhile

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    Joe Rocket Hammerhead...Great for the short haul; perfect peanut tank fit.
  2. Wanna Ride

    Wanna Ride Adventurer

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    I put blue, light tack, painting tape over the metal tank to prevent scratching the paint when using a tank bag. There are a variety of back racks and back rests that can be added to better support the pack and not risk scratching the tank.
  3. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    tank bag is clutch.

    I use a nelson rigg, $10 on ebay.
  4. zataomm

    zataomm Been here awhile

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    I've had my Sportster for about a month now and have put about 600 miles on it since changing it back to the stock mid-controls, including one 200 mile day. The next order of business will be bags and a seat. I am 5'8", 145; are there any seat options that would sit a little higher and a little more forward? The stock seat is fairly comfortable if I sit all the way back in the bucket, but in that position I have very little bend in my arms, which gets old. The Sundowner or Mustang touring seats look like they would be a big improvement but was hoping somebody would have personal experience with them before I pull the trigger.
  5. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    Check out the bench seat thread on here. I did mine and think it is the best mod you can make. The Sportster seat is just too close to the pegs. With the bench, you add about 3-4" of height and you can slide back and forth and move around instead of being 'seated' in one spot.
  6. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    Go to XLforum: there's an entire seat section.
  7. Crack Monkey

    Crack Monkey Been here awhile

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    I just went through looking and didn't find anything.

    Forward? Sure.
    Higher? Nope.

    I ended up with a RallyRunner (HD accessory seat, ordered from Zanottis). It doesn't really move me forward, but the taller rear edge does keep me from slipping back. It sits a bit lower than the OEM solo seat. Haven't decided if I like it yet. It wasn't immediately comfortable, but not uncomfortable either.
  8. twinpower

    twinpower 1200R Sportster

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    Can any of you post a pic of your tank bag mounted on the bike? I've got a 1200R and have been considering one. Besides the apparent usefulness of a tank bag, hoping it would help reduce the buffeting I get from my small Spitfire windshield (air definitely coming up from underneath). Would really rather not mount a set of lowers. Thanks - Mike
  9. zataomm

    zataomm Been here awhile

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    Wow, you weren't kidding. Looks to be about 100 pages worth :eek1.

    Maybe I can just get a gel pad for long trips.
  10. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    Ricor IAS shocks just arrived! :clap
  11. Lopoetve

    Lopoetve Been here awhile

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    Careful with the magnetic bags - they tend to scratch up the clear pretty easy unless you always keep them clean (or put something between the magnets and the tank.

    Just from experience, at least...
  12. blsexton

    blsexton Been here awhile

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    I'd love to put a tankbag on mine, but the mere act of removing the gas cap when I have gloves on has been leaving scratch marks that show pretty clearly in the clearcoat aroudn the gas cap. I'm too afraid to mount anything at all to the tank---I don't know why, but the clearcoat HD Uses is the thinnest I've ever seen on a bike...
  13. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    and??!?!?!?!?!?!



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    I don't take too many pictures, but here's one with the tank bag.

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  14. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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  15. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    [​IMG]

    Know how people make the joke "Why are all Harley parts chromed?"
    "So you can find them on the side of the road."

    New Ricor IAS shocks - but Battery cover not found.

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    There are two plastic clips that hold it at the top, and the cover sometimes vibrates loose and flies away on the highway. I think it's $80-90. That's why they say HD stands for Hundred Dollar.

    Of course, when I go on XLforum I find this is a very common problem and people zip-tie them, cotter pin, etc. Just wish I'd read them before I took a longer ride!
  16. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    The mustang vintage might be what you want.
    Very well made seat.
    It had me a bit forward over the sundown seat.
    You can also change/adjust the handle bars...




  17. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    anyone else catch the AMA XR sportster race on speed network last night? half the laps of an ama supersport event (8 laps). these were my impressions:

    (1) they sound REAL good;
    (2) dang they're slow compared to the sportbikes; and
    (3) pretty dadgum competitive

    fun to watch
  18. zataomm

    zataomm Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the input. I may end up with a combo of new seat and handlebar risers.
  19. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    And how are they?!?
  20. Crack Monkey

    Crack Monkey Been here awhile

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    [nelson]Ha Ha![/nelson]

    I noticed that problem the first time I had the cover off. A small drill bit and some bent paper clips (as U shaped pins) were my solution.