Go Sportsters

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

  1. bfd70

    bfd70 Been here awhile

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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.
  2. 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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  3. 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.
  4. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    Funny. Because that paint scheme is very harley culture-esque.
  5. eliotsajerkface

    eliotsajerkface Been here awhile

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    true
  6. cybrdyke

    cybrdyke In the Dark

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    That sounds like a great choice! I'd love to see it!
  7. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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    I don't care for the Harley culture, either, but I like the machines. I hate to tell people I have one, because of the instant "biker" stereotype that pops in their head. Oh well, enjoy yours...they are fun.
  8. marksbonneville

    marksbonneville Been here awhile

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    I use to feel the same way when I had a KLR because of the "homeless duct tape image" and when I had a BMW it was the "yuppy lime green helmet image", my Triumph had the "parts falling off image" now I could give a fuck less what image I have with the Harley as I just like riding it more than any other bike I have owned. :rofl
  9. eliotsajerkface

    eliotsajerkface Been here awhile

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    I've only owned old man bikes (goldwing/GS) so this is by far the most fun I've had on two wheels.
  10. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    Last time I rode my Triumph, the headlight bucket fell off... Currently held on with zip ties. :lol3
  11. marksbonneville

    marksbonneville Been here awhile

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    For me it was foot pegs & mufflers, the Harley its header pipes (loud pipes means the exhaust nuts fell off again).
  12. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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    My 2010 XR1200. Has the upgrade suspension, Anvil exhaust, airbox mod with "dicky" hole, a PCV with autotune, Scotty mod, Blight shifter, H-D quick detachable windshield, H-D tail rack, homemade bungee bars, and Saddleman seat.

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    Last year at the East coast XROG meet up in Tennessee.

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    Packed up n ready to go. That Wolfman Beta bag is awesome.

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    My "other" XR. 2003 Honda XR650L

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  13. Dracothius

    Dracothius Berserker

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    Does the xr suspension fit on the other sportsters without any modification? Also, am I stuck with getting new rims if I want to put any kind of knobbies on the sportster? Thanks.
  14. kojack

    kojack My Hardley Ableson is a POS

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    Everyone's "secret" bikes are nice. You know secret, strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.....ha ha. I'm eyeballing a nightster here now. Love that bike.

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  15. cybrdyke

    cybrdyke In the Dark

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    The rear shocks on the XR1200 are 14 inchers, much longer than other sportster models. The front is also unique.
    The wheels on the front are 18", using 120/70 ZR 18 tires and the rear are 17", using 180/55 ZR17's.
  16. merc16

    merc16 Been here awhile

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    Redclayrider, nice looking XR. Is the exhaust jet-hot coated ?
  17. Redclayrider

    Redclayrider Long time gone

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    The rear shocks will bolt up. The tail end will raise up a bit but you might be able to lower your forks in the trees. I got the upgraded X suspension when I bought my bike. I gave the stock XR1200 rear shocks to a friend of mine who had an XL that he was turning into a dirtster. The front fork tubes are 43 (?) mm and might not fit in your triple trees. You could find a whole stock front end setup (fork tubes and triple trees) and swap the whole front end out. Free Spirits makes a set of triple trees that will take the XR fork tubes. The best "stock" setup is from the 2011 and up XR1200X. The front forks are the "Big Piston" type and are full adjustable and the rear has spring preload and damping adjustability. You will also need a dual disk front tire, new master cylinder, and both brake calipers for the dual front brakes. The front brakes are very good on the XR1200 and the XR1200X.

    Not sure if Jet-Hot did the coating but they are ceramic coated.
  18. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    I gotta set of take-off shocks off my 09 XR with maybe 3,500 miles. No issues. In the barn. Somewhere. :huh pm me if interested.
  19. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Got tired of doing the old "find a log or rock or....." in order to change a front tube. :D

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  20. merc16

    merc16 Been here awhile

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    Nice Sporty Ginger Bread. Got anymore pics ? I think you have the saddlebags I'm thinking of getting.