Go Sportsters

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

  1. Aaron from Texas

    Aaron from Texas Been here awhile

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    I just take mine with me. I don't trust people with my helmet...

    When I go on a ride/campout sorta thing, I use a wire bike lock cable with padlock, or keep it in my tent.

    I don't mind carrying my helmet, if anything it's a handy shopping basket.
  2. Ditmo

    Ditmo Adventurer

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    I've just gotten used to carrying my helmet with me if I'm on my sportster or my TU250. If I'm on the Wee I lock it in the top box. I had a friend who had his helmet messed with when he had it locked on his bike. Somebody dumped a coke in his helmet and smeared ketchup in it. I guess I'm in the out of sight out of mind camp. I'm too paranoid to leave my helmet out in the open.
  3. Wanna Ride

    Wanna Ride Adventurer

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    I tried a similar set up on my 2006 Roadster. I tried FXDX shocks, but not sure what year they were. I found the spring to be too stiff, even for my 270 lbs. When leaned over in a turn, the inital rate of the spring would compress, but the final rate was so stiff the rear tire tended to skip over small bumps instead of compressing.

    Even with the compression holes drilled out in the fork damper rods, 15w caused over damping, even without Race Tech Emulators. (This was a few years before Ricor Intiminators came out.)

    However, I would guess your set up would work for riders over 300 lbs.

    Banksy - go to XL Forum and ask your fender question there, more likely to find someone who has tried it.

    Garandman - have you written any ride reports with Ricor Intiminators and shocks?
  4. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    No, I want to get around 1,000 miles on them.

    I'll state right now that if your Sportster rides better than your Ducati, the Ducatis I've ridden are all bad ones. They're a lot better than stock.
  5. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    I'm not quite that heavy...I like stiff suspension, but I found the FXDX shocks behave pretty well if I set the rebound damping on about 8. Lighter settings let the strong springs overpower the shocks. As for the front end, we're talking apples and oranges - I have the old 35mm front end, and 15wt oil works well in it.
  6. BrianK

    BrianK F'in' half ass lookie boy

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    Not just HD owners, although they do take things to new heights.

    The word "invested" should be banned from MC ads. As in "... I've got $XXX invested in this bike...." No, you SPENT $XXX on the bike. That money's up and gone. Mods have NEGATIVE value. If you can get the price of a comparable stock bike, you're doing well. And by the way, your bike lost 40% of its value when you rode it off the lot.

    Excuse the rant, but wading through all these "investment quality" ads pisses me off.
  7. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    I'm not so sure of this blanket statement.
    Although I whole heartily agree about the investment thing.


    If I saw 2 bikes, one had all the shit on it I wanted and the other didn't -
    I'd pay a bit more for it. Mods just limit your target market for resale.


    I guess I look a bikes a bit different than most modern riders.
    I like old bikes, so to me, you know, stock is better.
    But with harley guys - it doesn't seem to matter if it's painted something stupid, or has some shit chopped off, or the wrong headlight -
    you can still sell it for an average price. Now if you took an old guzzi and did the same shit to it - it'd be worth precisely squat.


    Like Kirk's bike - he could get more for his bike than a similar stocker.
    TerriTory's too.
    Do that same shit on a Honda cruiser and it be less.


    Why?
  8. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    and look what's on ebay right now :deal

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    An '09 Nighster.
    Your's for only $29,999
  9. IRideASlowBike

    IRideASlowBike Banned

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  10. hockeygoon

    hockeygoon Been here awhile

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    Like a rhinestone cowboy...
  11. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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  12. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    I've modded every scoot I've ever owned including 3 seriously tricked
    Sportsters. Doing so is the equivalent of putting wings on your money.

    You know it's going to fly the coop and it ain't ever coming back.
  13. spenny

    spenny Adventurer

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    Yup, that's what owning motorcycles does, haha.
  14. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy Sometimes I'm A Jerk

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    Motorcycles, cars, women...


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  15. dhr

    dhr Explorer of suburbs

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    Picked this up on Monday. 2001 883 Custom with 47K, after tax and getting the registration up to date $2400. Going to ride it 2k through Nevada, Oregon over the July 4th weekend. Probably going to sell it once I get back to buy a non custom Sportster as I don't care for the forward controls and the 21 in front.

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  16. pantera1

    pantera1 Adventurer

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    Let me know when you are ready to sell. I've got plans for a 21" Sportster :evil
  17. USGunRunner

    USGunRunner Adventurer

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    Just sold this one. But here is a pic with a Emgo Viper fairing.
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  18. ScottFree

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    The Aerostich catalog shows some very slick (and very pricey) bar-end helmet locks. Don't know if they'll work with 1" bars, though.

    On my old tube-frame Buell, which I think uses the same diameter frame tubing as a Sporty, I just use one of those cheap clamp-to-the-frame-tube helmet-hook locks. Under twenty bucks. You can buy 'em at JC Whitney, Competition Accessories, Dennis Kirk, and most likely your corner aftermarket-doodad shop.
  19. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Nice bike. About the 21 and the forwards, if it's a good runner why not just spend a couple hundred bucks and swap them out for mids and a 19 ? All over Ebay, Craigslist,etc for cheap.
  20. dhr

    dhr Explorer of suburbs

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    I may still do that as I do like the bike more and more:D. Only issue for me is that I ride alot and putting more miles on the bike is not going to help resale. When I bought it the PO said it had 37K, only noticed after I got home it had 47K I think it was an honest mistake but still.

    Besides I want to see if I can get a nice Sportster even cheaper :lol3