Go Sportsters

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

  1. 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.
  2. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Made in Japan, I think.
  3. ADpete

    ADpete Been here awhile

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    Thinking about buying an 883 iron but concerned about carrying campping gear on a sportster. Does any one have pics or ideas on carrying campping gear?
  4. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Cheap set of throwovers with homemade supports and a couple of dry bags. Under $200 for enough storage to do a couple of weeks on the road. This setup has worked fine for the last 3 seasons and I can swap from my Sportster (the black one) to my KLX300 in about 15min. It has also worked out fine for my dad (blue bike) even during a month long 7200 mile trip. If hard bags are your thing there are quite a few manufacturers with them but they tend to be spendy.
  5. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    It sounds low-tech, but having a backrest opens up a lot of possibilities, from t-bags to just having another rigid place to strap stuff to.
  6. pvt joker

    pvt joker Latebird

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    Adding a sissybar makes it go from before to after in about 5 minutes max.

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  7. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    What's the torque spec, 7ft/lbs?

    I bought an in/lb torque wrench for working on my XLH.
  8. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Don't forget a tank bag: there is not a speedo or anything dumb like that on the tank, and it makes a handy place for wet weather gear, money and camera.
    Just don't get one that is too big: they bump against the starter switch in low speed turns!
    Rob
  9. ADpete

    ADpete Been here awhile

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    Thank you for ideas. When I go to most rallies I take, a days food, water, billy ( for boiling water ) , tent, sleeping bag and my new down inflable mat. . I have been riding a ktm 6
    40adv and using tank bag, top bag and a pair of soft sadle bag. Will that weight be a problem. I like ralies but the ktm 640 sucks on the highway ( but great on the shorter mor
    e dirt type rilies ) . Time to expand fleet I think.
  10. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    cheap tank bag and a wolfman duffle.
    no bike mods.
    Packed for 5 days camping, could've had room for double easy.

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  11. ADpete

    ADpete Been here awhile

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    5 days camping, spot on. Looks like your sadle bags are shorter and top bag ( dufle bag ) wider than mine. I gess I just have to stop making excusses it only money.
  12. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    And er Bloodster; you could have mentioned drying your wet shirt(?) while riding along!
    Rob
  13. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    And, er, Bloodster, you could point out the clothes-drying facilies, while riding along.
    Versatile bikes, these Sportsters. Moto - Laundries.
    Rob
  14. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    its all one unit back there.
    its a duffle with sides that hang down like saddlebags.
    Inside is my tent, sleeping bag, food, mess kit, booze' an atlas, rain gear
    and maybe a pair of underwear.

    It's a rocking bag, that wolfman.
    Ebay find for $100

    Isn't that how everyone dries their shirts?
  15. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Exactly what I do!
  16. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    I'm slowly working my way through the 50+ page Sportster luggage thread on the XL Forums and I had a thought...is there anything that would stop someone from mounting up aluminum adventure-type panniers using something like the Ghost Bracket or Easy Bracket? This is going to be my everyday bike and I've gotten very spoiled by the toss-in-and-go convenience of the big, waterproof aluminum case I have on the Nighthawk. I know they wouldn't be pretty, but if I want to go impress someone I could just pop them off.
  17. studad

    studad Been here awhile

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    I think they would have to sit really far off the bike to clear the shocks.
  18. Berto

    Berto Inherently Floridian

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    Should be a piece of cake.Remember that you have those really strong fender struts to mount to.
  19. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    I had them on mine and they are not that hard to put on and work well. Still narrower than the handle bars. I used the tallest bags and lower my exhaust to fit. if you used the standard teton bags that is not an issue

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  20. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    Sounds like two for and one against. Any other input? I'm not worried about the width, the soft bags I have on now are 8" wide or so and sit outside the shocks.

    Berto, that's pretty much what I had in mind. It looks like all of the leather bags with the stiffeners in the back just bolt to that seat rail/fender strut.

    John, that's a fantastic looking ride!