Go Sportsters

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

  1. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    bingo. or a 12. the problem is that everything that is for sale is a L, a C, a Custom, etc etc etc.
  2. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    Had an R come up locally for sale. It was lowered, owner had switched out the wheels for spoked and got rid of one of the front brake discs. Why the hell didn't he just by the custom originally.
  3. twinpower

    twinpower 1200R Sportster

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    So, just reached a small milestone on my 1200R...

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    Still using the original shocks and seat! :nod Feeling the itch, I've test ridden a couple other bikes recently... but the Sportster still seems to put the smile on my face, and has been reliable and cheap to maintain to boot.
  4. Rabon

    Rabon Been here awhile

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    There are some great motorcycles here and I'm really liking this thread. Can anyone tell me what year the Sportsters received the belt in place of the chain ?
    Thanks.
  5. Red eyed and Rollin

    Red eyed and Rollin Been here awhile

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harley-Davidson_Sportster

    Try Sportster.org also for a ton of info. The prior pic of the grey 883R was amazing would love one of those for city blasting and scaring grandmas.
  6. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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  7. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    ^Shy 1200R? It must be afraid it's butt looks big, er sumthin':lol3
  8. Vial Style

    Vial Style PRO ANTI

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    2006 1200R

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  9. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    There's an orange 05 883R for sale locally. It's beautiful. 19500 miles. Has After market shocks, black Vance & Hines short shot pipes, and Hi-Flo kit. Dealer price is $6995.
    What's the general concesus? I always read the 883 was a dog power wise but that was in regards to the "Iron".

    Looks like itd actually hamdle well, and man, is it good looking....
  10. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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  11. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    Can't give any insight into the displacement thing, but that sounds an awful lot.
    Bought my '06 1200R at a dealer, SEII shit all around with 3,000 miles for less than $6k.
    FWIW.
  12. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Way too expensive for my area, but you live in LA which has an economy all its own.
  13. Crack Monkey

    Crack Monkey Been here awhile

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    Too much. My '06 883 (not an R) cost less than that when it was new.

    As for the power... Yes, it's slower than most bikes. It's also still faster than most cars. The pipes and air cleaner really open up the engine, assuming it was jetted appropriately as well. If you just want to cruise around town, it's fine. If you spend a lot of time on the highway, or are used to 70+hp, then maybe look at a 1200 or a Dyna.
  14. ADK

    ADK master of the casual pace

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    A 1200 kit is about $600 if you find a good deal on an 883. :deal
  15. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Here's my latest addition, traded my GSX-R600 for it this morning, even trade. Planning on a windshield, better seat, and some throw-over bags for now. I might swap the handlebars out soon also, but I'm going to give these ones a chance to grow on me since they're already there.

    It's a 1999 883C. I'm impressed with the power so far. As much as everyone says they are gutless, I put about 100 miles on it today and it had plenty for what I was doing. Cruised a few backroads, plus maybe 15 or 20 highway miles. Uphill on the highway it was working hard, but still holding speed fine.

    Any seat recommendations? Looking for all-day comfort, with a passenger. I know that's a lot to ask out of a sportster. :lol3
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  16. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer

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    Mustang makes a seat called the Wide Vintage Touring. I have one on my FXR and it's really comfortable. I know others that run them on sportsters and like them too. Nice looking sportster, if later on you want more power you can bolt on a 1200 cylinders and dished pistons for a really cheap upgrade.
  17. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Thanks. I just looked at their website, looks good to me. I'll probably go ahead and order that one on payday. The bike needs a good cleaning, but overall it's in pretty good shape for a 99. A few scratches here and there, some chrome pitting in spots. Nothing too major. Only 19,000 miles too, so there's a lot of fun left in her.

    I probably don't see myself going to a 1200 anytime soon, but who knows. I'll have to get the girlfriend and some luggage on the back and see how it does one day.
  18. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    Must say, as I've said in another thread: Don't much care for Harleys and even less for "most" who ride them but some of these Sportsters make my nipples hard LOL! No offense meant to anyone, just think a lot of Harley riders are "posing" and most (not all) couldn't ride their way out of a paper bag!
  19. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    Love those tassles. :rofl
  20. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    I hate a lot of the harley guys, I cringe hearing them talk. My favorite is when someone would look at my GSX-R600 and say something like 'That's only a 600? My 1200 sportster could beat that thing'

    They're already gone. I went straight home and cut them off, then I had to put earplugs in to ride the thing around. I don't know how those guys ride with straight pipes, my ears were ringing by the time I got home.