Go Sportsters

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

  1. bravada

    bravada Been here awhile

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    Love the R!

    Why doesn't the motor co make a xl with a 29"- 30" seat height( for me would be ideal at 31"), real swing arm travel, and some great front forks. This low stuff is great for the market it is intended for but I am not that market.

    I don't want one of the bigger bikes that they offer as I tend towards the smaller displacement size stuff. I like nimble point and squirt stuff. Can you think of a nimble fat ballerina?

    Now I know that are many other brands out there that would make a better choice. Here are my secondary considerations that are very important to me: 15 min away is a great well known Harley Dealer I am not interested in driving 90 miles for parts or mail order . Service is big in my book next as is parts availability and interchangeability. A few years after the purchase I have confidence that I will be able to keep my wheels on the road. Been there/here done that. My current brand/ dealer will still service my bike and started selling lawn equipment any way i need a second bike.
  2. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    That's the issue is that bikes like the R don't sell well in the USA. Most HD customers either want a one of the touring bikes for the long haul stuff or they want a bike that is lowered with a particular sound and look. Guys like "us" that want a Sportster standard are a small part of their current market. Honestly though , the parts interchange so easily and are so readily available that making one of their current bikes into what you are describing is simple and inexpensive.
  3. cybrdyke

    cybrdyke In the Dark

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  4. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    Get thyself to the XLForum. There you will see a bunch of posts by people who ride Sportsters with mid controls and wear full face helmets. It's like a weird alternate universe. :lol3
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  5. hhkiwi

    hhkiwi Been here awhile

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    Yep, that would be me. It may be a weird universe but it's not bad. In fact it is very enjoyable - and not incompatible with yours!
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  6. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    I had quite a few posts over there when I had mine--I was one of the weirdos with a mid-control XL with scratches and dirt all over it.
  7. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    The 883 to 1200 is cheap, around $500 to $750 like was posted above. A lot of people have had good luck with the NHRS 1250 kit. Stock 883 heads can be used, you could have them re-worked, or you can go with thunderstorm heads. Up to you and your wallet.

    When I bought my 883 a few months ago I was planning on a 1200 kit. I actually thought the bike was a 1200 until the test ride, I assumed 1200 and he thought I knew what it was. After riding the 883 I changed my mind. No climbing mountain passes at 12,000 feet with a passenger and camping gear, but otherwise I'm fine with it.
  8. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    I can't get past the 72! I LOVE that thing!
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  9. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    anyone interested in an 06 1200r?
    Might be selling.

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  10. eliotsajerkface

    eliotsajerkface Been here awhile

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    Just picked mine up today:

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  11. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    eliot,
    Nice looking 2013 Sportster 48. Does the tag swing out automatically? Can you ride with it tucked in?
    Are the mirrors in a stock position? They are neat and out of the way.
  12. EetsOK

    EetsOK Been here awhile

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    Oh wait, those aren't Sportsters, sorry. Mods feel free to delete this post.
  13. eliotsajerkface

    eliotsajerkface Been here awhile

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    Yeah, you can swing the plate out of the way. The wind is really strong around open road tolling so I can see it folding in on itself from time to time.

    The mirrors are in stock position.

    There isn't a lot I'm going to be doing, mainly repainting the tank so it doesn't say Harley on it (to hide my shame) and maybe raise the bars up just an inch or so.
  14. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Yep, I was thinking the same way that it doesn't need much. Nice and simple old school looking bike. I would just need some luggage capacity.
  15. eliotsajerkface

    eliotsajerkface Been here awhile

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    I have a chrome Metropolis bag which fits a weeks worth of clothes pretty easy. I may pick up a sissy bar to strap stuff too.
  16. bravada

    bravada Been here awhile

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    Love the pics; please give us the details on the frame forks and swing arm.
  17. EetsOK

    EetsOK Been here awhile

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    I have no idea other than they are street legal XR750's.
  18. bfd70

    bfd70 Long timer

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    I have the quick detach sissy bar from hd. I was hesitant at first because it's a little pricey. Turned out to be well worth it, and about the cheapest luggage option out there. Just need a backpack and a bungee.
  19. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    If you're ashamed of it, why did you buy it? Taking the name off it won't fool anyone except the ignorant. I'm happy to ride a Sportster, and don't mind the tank advertising it...

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  20. eliotsajerkface

    eliotsajerkface Been here awhile

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    That was a more of a joke, I've been so against Harley until riding the 48. Turns out I really don't much care for the Harley culture, and not against the company.
    I'm getting the tank painted because I hate the way the lettering is on the side. I want drab green with a pinup.