Go Sportsters

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

  1. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Check out the "National Windshields Deflector" products. I had an original HD windshield, and had no end of buffeting.
    Both my wife and I have had the Deflector on a number of bikes. They look good, keep a fair bit of wind/rain off, and do not buffet! (Once you have set them up correctly)
    Rob
  2. turnitonagain

    turnitonagain Been here awhile

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    [​IMG]my sporty!
  3. turnitonagain

    turnitonagain Been here awhile

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    I need saddlebags or panniers, windshield, sissy-bar, luggage rack, auxillary lights, and thats about what i'll need for my cross country adventure!
  4. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    Optioned-out 2013 Sportster...

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  5. Glenngineer

    Glenngineer Scooty Puff Sr.

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    The big 2013 Sportster news is the lack of an XR model in the US, a big bummer, and the missing Nightster. Between the Iron, the 48 and the 72, the Nightster may have just gotten crowded out. Too bad...the XR and the Nightster were my favorite Sportsters, and two of my favorite HDs.

    No new mainline models means HD is probably going to roll out a few mid year bikes, like the Slim, 72, 48 rolls outs we've seen in the last couple of years.
  6. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    Do that with the Roadster version. Hmmmmmm

    Yes OldRoadToad I'll keep the twin discs up front.
  7. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    That there is a great looking motorcycle. My back hurts just looking at it though.
  8. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    I was a lot disappointed when I saw the 2013 model line. There isn't anything remotely sporty left. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
  9. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    I really like the optioned out '13 pictured above.

    I think it would be neat for HD to offer an entire rolling chassis for a cafe racer, complete with a 60's style fairing, but as a catalog only purchase. Something CAD designed and for reals at the track, and with good binders, suspenders, etc.
    That'd be a neat mid year roll out.
    :norton
  10. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    They certainly have the platform for it with the discon XR. But it will never happen. The MoCo has made their choice. Twisty road performance oriented HD customers are too few and far between to warrant their attention. It's just numbers.

    I will likely buy another XR and cafe it.
  11. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    I'd agree with you...but for one odd thing: The XR1200 AMA series has been extended for another two years. Strange to keep sponsoring a race series and you're not selling the bike. So mayb a mid-year Cafe racer isn't out of the question (okay, it would seem extremely unlikely...but who knows)

    Caakeeater
  12. drhach

    drhach gorillamanufacturing.com

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    Another Eric Buell will rise.........The Sportster just has too much potential as a sporty bike. Maybe Storz will pick up more of the slack.
  13. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Hell, I'd love to be wrong. ;) They were really moving in the right direction with the XR. The XRX doesn't take all that much to get it kitted up right. Keep all the good performance things from the XRX and make the style more like that modded '13. I think the more traditional sporty style coupled with XRX performance would sell but wtf do I know.
  14. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    Nice!!
  15. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    So I'm starting to eyeball some Sportsters, just sort of idle window shopping. If I were to pull the trigger my idea would be to slowly build something of a streettracker. I raced flattrack way back when and the style just appeals to me. Anyway, I know the easy way is to get the Storz catalog and go nuts, but it looks like their stuff only fits bikes back to 1986, and to get into a price range that I'd want to swing for the initial purchase I'd probably be looking at something older that that. Are the differences between pre- and post-1986 that significant? Any huge red flags with a '70s era Sportster in general?
  16. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    you can buy a titled evo frame for a couple hundred, if you look carefully and buy decisively. Good place to start for a build.
    Lots of Buell engines being sold in lumps and parts too.

    A guy could cobble together a hell of a street tracker, if he took his time and started with a late model frame.
  17. Berto

    Berto Inherently Floridian

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    You really want to get a 1991 and up.They have 5 speed and a belt.Stay far away from any Ironheads complete junk.Take your time and look around should have no problem getting one for $2500
  18. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    Not a bad idea...I prefer projects that I can ride while I tinker though if you know what I mean. But something to think about.

    If I got something with a belt I'd want a chain conversion. Not to sound like a total poser but it just wouldn't be a streettracker with a belt. So getting something that didn't have a belt would be a good thing. Could you be more specific about the ironheads? Complete junk in what way? Unreliable? Known issues? I know nothing about the various iterations or their quirks.
  19. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    The problem with most Ironheads is their owners. When sorted out they aren't too bad, but no where as maintenance free as an Evo. That being said, if I didn't have so much money tied up into my Ironheads, I would go home and douse them in gasoline and torch them...
  20. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    :rofl

    Now there's a ringing endorsement! What kind of maintenance/problems are we talking about here? Like frequent tinkering required or frequent calls for the sag wagon required?