Go Sportsters

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

  1. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Gorgeous bike. I'd LOVE to have one.

    Can you flip the mirrors on that bike? It takes some getting used to, but on my XR1200 the mirror flip turns them from useless to an unobstructed view. It depends on a few factors but if it's doable, give it a try.

    crappy pic but gives you an idea...took about 5 minutes.

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    found this pic on the web:

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  2. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    +1 on flipping the mirrors.
    I did that initially and it was great, took a sec to get used to
    but you wind up with a good FOV.

    I ended up putting superbike bars on my R
    and the flipped mirrors bumped the tank.

    Currently using a bar end.

    Post Script - keep that wife of yours.
  3. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    Way better than I deserve by a mile for sure. :deal

    I'll take a look at flipping the mirrors, thanks both of you for the suggestion!
  4. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Simple process...you're just swapping sides and mounting them upside down. But take your time so you don't scratch anything. DAMHIK

    You'll look for clearance with the tank, of course, and you may need to rotate the turn signals out of the way to make the adjustment (this will make sense once you get started). You can then tweak them back into the proper position after you've done the swap.

    I think it cleans up the look of the bike a bit, too.

    Enjoy your bike! :thumb It looks like a GREAT setup!
  5. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    Thanks Photog, I'll try to tinker with it today. I need to adjust the levers while I'm at it, the PO has them angled way up for some reason.

    Those LeatherneckJim bags look awesome, and seem very reasonably priced for what they are. I just need to convince myself that leather is (or can be made) waterproof enough that I don't have to worry about my laptop in there on the way to work. In the meantime I've thrown on some cheap Chase Harpers that I had laying around the shop collecting dust. Kind of an ugly solution on a beautiful bike, but function over form.
  6. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    Anyone have experience with Cavalry Fiberglass products? They have some Sportster saddlebags that look very attractive (large, completely waterproof), albeit at a hefty price.
  7. s&s

    s&s Been here awhile

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    After getting rid of my xr1200 couple of years ago I thought I'm never gonna buy another sportster... Well, little did I know. Here's the new to me 1997 hugger.

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    And here's the direction it's going:
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    Pipes, air cleaner, new brake disks, probably rearsets and some other stuff coming next winter.

    Seems that rigid mounted engine is my thing...
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  8. MotoRacerGabe

    MotoRacerGabe Adventurer

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    I have a new 2012 72 model. I only have about 1700 miles on it. The sportster is my first NEW bike and my first Harley. I just sold my Blackbird after 5 years with it and 45k miles on it, I just stopped riding it once I got the sporty. I've had many bikes, right now the 72 fits me well.
    I plan to take some trips on it. I have already bought some luggage and bags for it. I have made a fuel container to keep some fuel with me since the gas tank is so small. I'll post some pics later...
  9. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    With almost 150 mi. range, fuel really should not be a problem. Just plan your stops and if going remote, don't pass any opportunity for gas.
  10. MotoRacerGabe

    MotoRacerGabe Adventurer

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    The 72 has the 2.1 gallon tank. At 40-45 mpg, the bike is bone dry around 80miles. I have two containers on the bike.now, one holds a bit more than half a gallon and the other is a liter. So that'll get me an additional 25-28 miles. That makes my range only a bit over 100 miles. I am making a mount so I can hold some more of these fuel bottles.
  11. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    I have crossed all the the long dry roads of Australia, including the Nullabor, on my 2004 1200 using the standard tank. And Sportys are gratifyingly economical. If I slow to 90kph (55mph), I can get a range of 275 km. (170 miles), without refuelling.

    But I have carried a 5ltr oil container in one pannier.
    Problem solved. And after the long stretch, the oil container can be dispensed with.
    Rob
  12. MotoRacerGabe

    MotoRacerGabe Adventurer

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    Go sportsters?

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  13. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Have you done any interstate yet? That bike should get between 50-55 if you are nice to the throttle and keep it under 80mph. Still short range but you will probably want a break after 100 miles anyway.


    By the way, nice scoot.
  14. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Gabe, why not just have a "trip tank" that you can swap for long hauls, and then use the stock tank for daily commuting?
  15. MotoRacerGabe

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    I have considered this. I don't think I will do this any time soon, I haven't done any trips where I'd would NEED a range beyond 100miles. I plan to have the sporty for a long time, I bet I'll swap the tank eventually.

    Here's a pic with my bikers friend:

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    It fits pretty damn good. In this pic I had the sissy bar pad on it. I took it off after riding it around the block and it was just right. I could find any pics with the pad off...


    The sporty does good on dirt. :evil I've been off the road a few times on it so far. Once I go through these tires I plan to go with some dual-sport/adventure tires. The rear tire is a 16", there are only a few adventure tires made for this size. Between now and when I need tires, I'll find a 17" rear wheel to put on it. There are plenty of good 21" tires for the front.

    I love the bike. I like how simple and raw it is. I traded in my 2005 Vulcan 2000 when I got it, and I don't miss that bike one bit. I sold the XX a couple of months ago and don't miss it...well just a little. Whenever I do think about the XX, I just take a ride on the sporty and forget about it.


    Here's another pic. This was when I was mounting up my fuel container (an old fire extinguisher). The tank is skinny, I have order some atv tanks bags that'll give me some more storage. I'll post some pics when I get em in. (you can see the XX in the back and my old CM400)
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  16. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    I love that tank.
  17. Bloodweiser

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  18. TheOtherBart

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    So I tried adjusting the angle of the levers, loosened up the two Torx head bolts holding the clutch perch, but couldn't get it to rotate down. Is there something I'm missing, are those things pinned to the bars or something?
  19. BadKarma

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    You also need to loosen two smaller torx bolts holding the switch housings in place.. Good luck.
  20. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    Yeah, IIRC there's a torx on the top and bottom
    And be careful when tightening them down -
    it's the first fastener I've stripped in 4 years.
    God damn housing is made of cheese.