Go Sportsters

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

  1. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    i wear out the rear brake on the XR. that and lots of clutch slipping is the ONLY way to ride it around in tight spaces. use it with the front for most stops, too ... the twin discs up front are a little clumsy and grab when the bike gets around walking speed. it'll put you on the ground in a big hurry. the rear brake wont stop the thing on its own, but it definitely stabilizes it and helps it stand up when you're going slow or coming to a stop.
  2. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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    You guys should upgrade your Brake Pads to Lyndall Pads. That will add a bunch of stopping power to those sporties.
  3. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy Sometimes I'm A Jerk

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    When I rode choppers and bobbers in the late 70's/early 80's, the front brake was the first thing to go for looks and weight reduction.

    Rear drums provided 100% of the stopping power! :eek1

    I kinda like these newfangled front brake thingies! :rofl
  4. christoz

    christoz Adventurer

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    Hey guys, I have a question about the 96 sportster I just bought not to long ago and I do not know much about them.

    Quick run down:
    I bought the bike from a friend of my dad who said it was a 1200. I know that its registered as and originally was an 883, but how am I to tell if the conversion was actually been done without tearing into it? Is that even possible?

    Also, I had a super e carb installed and it has been jetted as if it was a 1200. Would it even run if it was an 883 with a carb set up like that?

    Thanks fellas.
  5. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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    Look for signs of wrenches on the cylinder bolts. The 883 was way slower than the 1200 so if yours is fairly quick its a good chance it has the 1200 cylinders in it. Snag a ride on a 883 and compare?

    Other than that, you could remove a rocker box and measure one cylinder.
  6. christoz

    christoz Adventurer

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    Thank you. This bike was sitting in a box this time last year. It has been touched by a lot of hands. Lots of tool marks everywhere on it!

    I would say this bike is sluggish. I guess I was expecting this bike to kinda scare me if I really wound it out if it was a 1200. I only have a few hundred miles on the street, might have been expecting a bit much.

    Any idea about my carb comment?
  7. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    If you can see the top of the piston well enough through the spark plug hole, many 883 to 1200 conversions are done with dished pistons (concave). If you see that, it's a 1200. If it has regular flat top pistons, it still could either size.
  8. Wanna Ride

    Wanna Ride Adventurer

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    I don't know the actual dimensions, but I have read that if you put the piston at bottom dead center, then use a straight rod to measure from the spark plug hole to the opposite side at the bottom of the cylinder. That dimension will be different for 883 and 1200.
  9. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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  10. Berto

    Berto Inherently Floridian

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    Thats cool, :evil
  11. Richy

    Richy Been here awhile

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    You guys got me motivated for a tank bag, so I looked at Craigslist today.

    Joe Rocket Manta-$25 It should fit my needs, except my cane doesn't fit in it with the zipper closed all the way.

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  12. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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    No Idea on that carby, The last sportster I jetted was a 1200S with a stock carb. Completely different animal.

    That bike looks very nice. You should committ and cutoff those old fender struts, unless you need them for saddlebags or something else...
  13. Richy

    Richy Been here awhile

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    Nah. You don't see those old Screaming Eagle fenders anymore, I'm not cuttin' it.
  14. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    That velocity stack looks like it would suck the neighbor's cat off it's porch.
  15. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    :photogYou must have a little southern red neck in you man! Thanks for the laugh bro. :lol3
  16. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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    Are you saying that the tailsection thats on that is a HD part that requires the rear struts? Just wondering. I have been thinking of building a Sporty for a while now.
  17. Richy

    Richy Been here awhile

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    Yes, actually. The seat has the Sportster logo branded into it. That isn't the frame struts you see there, it's part of the seat. It could be done differently, sure, but HD designed the part to cover the struts. They don't go for any frame cutting, as a rule.

    Storz and others make different parts that look like this one, but lose the fender struts. If I find a cheap 1200S, I'll be needing them.
  18. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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    Good Luck on finding a S model. Its a great bike for a Cafe style build for sure. Thanks for the info on that tailsection.
  19. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    The updated clips fix the problem. They don't cost but a few bucks.

    Screws? Wire ties? Jesus. What year is your KLR?
  20. Crack Monkey

    Crack Monkey Been here awhile

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    On cold mornings, will the bike start and idle without the choke? That's usually a sign that the jetting is rich.

    I imagine the bike would run, but down on power, if it was an 883 and jetted for 1200. But, the stock jetting (CV carb on the 2006 XL anyway) isn't all that far apart between the two - I think the 1200 is just one size larger on the pilot and main and uses the same needle as the 883. But, I've never played with the super e and don't know anybody who has (the CV seems to work pretty well for mildly modified engines).