Go Sportsters

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

  1. pescatore

    pescatore Wanderer

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    It's a cortech bag. I'm pretty sure it's this one:
    http://www.motorcyclegear.com/parts...master/mini_magnetic_motorcycle_tank_bag.html

    Though mine doesn't have the grommet on the front (unfortunately). Seems to work okay with the taper of the tank, and I have the tiny 2.5 gal tank. It expands to fit a deceptive large amount of stuff, though the slope of the zipper when expanded coupled with the slope of the tank means that I have to be careful stuff doesn't fall out when I open it (go in from the side...)
  2. trashbox

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    I just bought this http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/1/4/71/28884/ITEM/MotoCentric-Mototrek-19-Tank-Bag.aspx about 2 weeks ago. It is about the same size as the gas tank (3.whatever gallon). The pics kind of make it look like it hangs over, but it doesn't really. It's just the pad underneath the bag (I bought the strapped version).

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  3. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    May not be in with the theme of the thread but I have a 1200 sport I chopping in to a adv bike. See the sportster link in my sig line. :evil

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  4. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    awesome sporty john.


    Wobble update: Got new avons installed. Wobble is gone! terribly awesome.

    Now of course there has to be a new issue. I removed the rear caliper to get the wheel out and after it was reinstalled I had no brake pressure at the rear. A little searching around and I discovered I must not have aligned my pads in the retainer clip and the caliper was skewed, allowing the top of the caliper to canter outwards from the wheel. I removed the pads and reinstalled them, and applied brake pressure while tightening the pin bolt. Now I have pressure and a working brake!

    But, after a quick ride, the front rotors are just barely warm and the rear is pretty damn hot. I'm dragging, but I'm not sure what to adjust at this point.

    Anybody out there have any ideas?

    Even now, the caliper moves a bit when pressure is applied. It seems like it would/should, since there's no rear fasteners holding this thing in place, just 2 pins.
  5. bearcat1

    bearcat1 Been here awhile

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    garandman,

    There is a penny tech fix to keep from losing your battery cover. Take a small screw and install it between the plastic tabs on clip that goes throught the frame. The screw forces the plastic tabs apart and effectively locks the clip into the frame. The plastic clip is known to pop out of the frame and you think your battery cover is locked in and it is not, thus the cover flops over. I did this to my Sporty and it works. Supposedly HD has a new improved clip but I'm not so sure it's actually improved and worth the $$. A 2 cent screw solves the problem.
  6. zataomm

    zataomm Been here awhile

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    Or you could do like I did and zip-tie it in place. I get bags of black ones from Ace; looked for black and orange zip-ties from the MoCo but it seems to be the one thing they left out of their accessory catalog.
  7. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    I just zip tied it on the bottom.

    Supposedly 07+ have the improved clip, didn't inquire as to cost.
  8. Wanna Ride

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    You might have bent the pins and now the caliper cannot move as much as needed.

    There is a related problem with not getting the caliper properly positioned on the pins during reassembly and bending the mount or caliper, but I cannot remember the specifics.
  9. zombieKILLER

    zombieKILLER Adventurer

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    Here's my 09 sporster custom.
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    About a month ago did a 2,000km roundtrip thru mindanao. Had to put the bike on 4 boat rides each way. It was really fun. The longest ride we did in a day was 500km, we only stoped for gas.
  10. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    had a 94 fxr new & the rear pads were gone at 4k. i dont use rear brake that much, mainly front. they dragged continually, H-D design flaw? not sure
  11. zombieKILLER

    zombieKILLER Adventurer

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  12. Richy

    Richy Been here awhile

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    I know what you mean. On my '95, I use mine mainly to stop them from squealing.:huh
  13. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    The rear brake is fairly worthless. I use it only as a parking brake when stopped on hills. Even still, just curious about the heat - I'm don't know too much about these new fangled "disc brakes" and consequently don't know how much heat/drag is normal.
  14. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    One way to check the drag is to ride the bike around for about 10 min while not using the brake in question and then pull over and check to see if it is warm or hot to the touch...Just be careful in case it's hot! :lol3 It should not be more than cool to slightly warm if it is working properly.
  15. zombieKILLER

    zombieKILLER Adventurer

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    I agree, rear brake is crap. Not much bite.
  16. Aaron from Texas

    Aaron from Texas Been here awhile

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    For the rear brake, it's not necessarily the caliper itself. I went to the HD Full Floating rotors and Lyndall racing pads... whole new animal now.

    Front went to a floater also with a GSXR 4 pot Tokico with Vesrah Sintered pads.

    The Sportster actually stops now.

    Although I'd still like to try dual Tokico 4 pots up front... Still waiting to find a good deal on a set of dual disk sliders.
  17. Wanna Ride

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    I can make a good argument against that point of view.

    I learned how to use the rear brake in my dirt biking days where using the rear brake to slide the back end around is a vital skill. In street bikes, the same, but less aggressive, technique is normally called trail braking.

    There have been reports in magazines where using the front and back brakes together reduces stopping distance by about 5 to 10 feet. I'll take that any day, and there have been some days when I wish I had it.

    Next, using the rear brake can actually reduce fork dive and reduce risk of locking up the front wheel by taking some of the braking force off the front end.

    If you ever have had the front brakes fail, you had better know where the rear brake is. Yea, I've been there, done that. But if you never use the rear brake, it is not likely you will find it in an emergency.

    Most guys who don't know how to use the rear brake say they don't want the rear to slide out. Using the rear brake only when going straight will fix that problem. If you can't use the rear brake without sliding out the rear, you shouldn't be riding a motorcycle.

    Other guys say the rear brake is too sensitive and locks up. My response to that is fix it so it doesn't. Too much air pressure in the rear tire can cause a small contact patch and cause easy rear wheel lock up. Try to adjust the brake pedal down a bit. Try a different pad compound. On dirt bikes, I have cut off some brake pad area to get a better feel on overly sensitive brakes.
  18. 30Bones

    30Bones Long timer

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    My 08 flops open all the time also. I just zip tie it, but it was at the shop recently and I forgot to redo it. Riding this weekend with a pillion and she said 'something is hitting my leg' while riding down the road. :lol3
  19. Aaron from Texas

    Aaron from Texas Been here awhile

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    Agree with all of that. Also, dragging the rear brake works wonders for low speed maneuvering...
  20. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    Most people who study this shit say that the front brake does between
    80-90% of our braking work for us.

    When confronting something like... oh ... maybe... a drunk stepping off of a curb, I like the idea of having that extra 10-20%.