Go Sportsters

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

  1. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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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?
  2. BadKarma

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    You also need to loosen two smaller torx bolts holding the switch housings in place.. Good luck.
  3. 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.
  4. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Made in Japan, I think.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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  9. 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.
  10. theKite

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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
  11. 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.
  12. 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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  13. 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.
  14. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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

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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
  16. 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?
  17. theKite

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    Exactly what I do!
  18. 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.
  19. studad

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    I think they would have to sit really far off the bike to clear the shocks.
  20. 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.