Go Sportsters

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

  1. sargev55

    sargev55 Been here awhile

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    here are mine and my buddies 1200r's

    mine is the black one. just about to roll over 20k miles. the bike has been absolutely rock solid as far as maintenance goes.

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  2. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    I don't get your dealer's take on this at all. BTW, she looks pretty much at home on the bike. Your dealer is being a tool. First off, it's going to be worth less than an '11, right out the door as a trade, or for insurance purposes. Secondly, no disrespect intended here, but that bike is a "Her's" not a "His" bike. The paint, while really cool, has severely limited the customer demographic that would buy it. Take what you think is fair, slap it on the table. It's a unique bike....but it's not going to appeal to any guy.
    Lyle
  3. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    my thoughts as well, I gave him a offer he has to talk to the monkey in the cage, just a waiting game they play. He called me back 5minutes before they closed for the day. So I played my game and didn't answer he'll call back Monday as I'm the only person that has been interested in the bike since they painted it. No man would want it and few women. I just happen to have a wife that likes pink and black. They have a used 2009 like this one without the pink for 8,000. I may go used and just have a shop do the pink for the wife:ear
  4. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    And have enough left over for a full set of riding gear and accessories for the bike.
  5. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    :deal

    awesome ride report on the klr :clap
  6. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    That's a thought. Is the paint from H-D as a custom set, or did the dealer do the paint. H-D's own metal work is damn good. If the dealer had it done, you should be able to match it. I'd have thought they'd go for 9K considering the limited market, and the fact you guys are there with cheque book in hand.
    BTW, I had an '05 1200 Custom. Loved it. She doesn't need a second disc up front. Keep us posted.
    Lyle
  7. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    Its a custom hd paint set. It looks awesome, I'll get the details on monday and let you guys know
  8. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    deal fell through they would not come down below 10,190 and I would not give new price for a 2009 model. So they agreed to have a museum piece :rofl

    We'll find another somewhere down the road
  9. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    R's rock!

    Mine is a quite-similar 2005 - with 1,180 miles on it. :D
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  10. blsexton

    blsexton Been here awhile

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    Hey, G-Man, I was going to PM you, but I see there are many others interested in the 'G-Man Seat Mod' (Soon to be as reknown as the 'Gronk Mod' Mufflers?).....

    Anyhow, I bought a stock solo seat and mocked it up to near your seat's specs as by Alans Auto Body? (contact info please?)

    I still have the stock R bars on, and it makes them much more comfortable- but the problem that I see happening is that if I go to the lower 883 bars as you have it will put my feet in a forward/awkward position. Did you experience this- and how did you fix it. It seems by going to lower more forward bars it will put my knees at a stuck forward jutting out position with the stock mids. BUT I like the way it sits you up higher on the bike and gets a riders' weight forward- but I have to put my feet on the passenger pegs to make it all work normally- otherwise it puts you on the bony part of a rider's butt ....j

    Added by EDIT to save another post:
    I have googled, and found, info on 'making' my own seat. I already did that- a 'mock up'...and am using my 'mock up' seat to establish my exact personal relationship to my bars/pegs etc. However- I want to have it professinoally done once I find the right answer, and G-man's guy already showed he does good work at a reasonable cost. What I'm trying to establish is long term comfort on his particular bike so I can relate that to mine. Learning from others....

    http://www.diymotorcycleseat.com/comfort.htm
  11. 30Bones

    30Bones Long timer

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    From another thread here

    Just a simple 08 Nightster with some additions

    Fwd controls
    Powdercoated air cleaner
    Ceramic coated pipes
    2 up saddle
    Haulen Ass backrest
    Choice between stock length 11" Progressives and 13" Road King air shocks (HUGE improvement)
    Progressive from springs and heavier oil (waste of $$, that front end sucks)
    Smoked signals
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  12. Wanna Ride

    Wanna Ride Adventurer

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    Google "Do it yourself motorcycle seat."

    It won't let me copy the link. Lots of other links will also pop up. It is better to make your seat / bars / foot peg relationship to fit you, not necessarily some one else. The hardest thing is finding the right foam combination to support enough but be soft enough, and not break down over time. So do a test ride or two before you staple down the cover.

    I'm 6' 3" with a Roadster. I put two extra inches of foam in a Harley Sundowner seat and then put a Air Hawk air cushion on top of that. It is generally better to go up instead of back with a seat to fit taller people.

    There are companies that specialize in adapting seats, more expensive, but might get it right the first time.
  13. Wanna Ride

    Wanna Ride Adventurer

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    The standard fork spring from Progressive Suspension is for long forks. Bikes with short forks do not have enough travel for the long spring to transition from the light initial rate to the harder final rate to prevent bottoming.

    The other spring is for the "Drop In Fork Spring Kit" which is designed to lower a full length fork.

    I know Progressive recommends their long spring for short forks. But they feel too light for heavier / faster riders with short forks.

    The Works Dual Rate Fork Spring kit (soft version) and Ricor Intiminators, properly set up will transform the forks to equal any thing available, except considering limited travel. Full length forks and shocks, fork brace, better tires are needed for aggressive, heavy, or more demanding riders.
  14. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    Like this? :D

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    Progressive springs up front with 3/4" preload spacers, 15wt fork oil, SE brace, lightweight cafe fender. 13-1/2" Superglide Sport shocks out back, minimum preload, rebound damping set on 8. Drilled rotors, EBC kevlar pads, Continental tires.
  15. Banksy

    Banksy Happy Trails

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    Bump...


    Anyone know if it'll fit? :ear
  16. dhr

    dhr Explorer of suburbs

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    In the used market what kind of price difference does the 883 vs 1200 motor make? Is it harder to sell a 883 vs 1200?

    Thinking of picking up another cheap Sporty and don't have much of a preference but was wondering how it might affect resale value.
  17. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    Ala 05 Roadster with Intiminators, SuperBrace, Metzler ME880's, and Ricor IAS 13.25 shoks with custom spring rate?

    Haven't pushed to hard but haven't dragged anything yet!
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  18. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    I think there's a good market for both.
    I don't think one is easier to sell than the other, although 1200s seem to fetch more.

    Though you can find a lot of 883 to 1200 conversions.
    They seem to go for an average of the two.
    However, I wouldn't touch one. The only person that's allowed to see the inside of a motor is me.
    I really don't care if your dealer did the work. He's probably a moron too.

    And then you'll get guys who think they put gold instead of chrome on their 883 and want something crazy for it.
    And you can find cheaper 1200s.

    I have come to the conclusion that harley owners are straight crazy when it comes to the value of their bikes.

    Sounds like you're in the perfect position to be buying a sportie.
    Just buy whichever one floats your boat, is priced right, and wasn't owned by said moron.
  19. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    Has anyone found a good helmet lock solution?
    I have a bike lock that I use sometimes, but more often then not I carry it with me.
    That's getting old.
  20. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    Haven't tried it on my Sportster but the V-Strom has the same problem and this is the slickest solution I've seen.
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    Ztechnik helmet lock - but may not work on Sportster.

    Lockitt has a lot of choices.

    Also I've heard a number of reports of people who have had FF helmets stolen that are locked via D-Ring. I'm using a bike lock through the shield opening on the V-Strom, Sportster I take it with me.