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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by sfarson, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Seriously, if Harley was to market this (don't know if they are that forward thinking?) would it sell? Base it on the 883, go a little more road orientated. Less extreme tyres, etc. Or, just the way it is. Problem is, once the 100 or so of us who think it's really cool, buy one, they could fold their tents and go home? H-D could market a whole new line of "Bush Pirate" clothing. Hey MOCO, there's some merit to the idea.
    Lyle
  2. Bevelheadmhr

    Bevelheadmhr Been here awhile

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    Built this in 2003/4, German HPU frame, Merch 131 evo, 6 speed box, lots of one off parts, over the years its gone from 16 to 17 inch wheels to make it handle, 3 different seats, different exhaust, brakes, belt to chain drive, it never ends..

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  3. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Ok, here's an updated version of mine... Lifted ~ 2" front and rear...

    Longer damper rods from the roadster in the forks, along with Ricor Iniminators for more travel, more cornering clearance, and improved damping. Longer (13.25") shocks, also from a Roadster (Ebay, $41 shipped), with the shock caps removed and the springs powder coated black. Also added a newly black powder coated sidestand, also from a Roadster ($21 shipped from ebay). to adjust for the longer suspension.

    HUGELY improved ride quality, as well as cornering ability! Took it down a local curvy road at a fairly spirited pace and never even drug the peg feelers! Actually handles pretty damn good too! :clap And NO more spine jarring and kidney pounding shocks over even fairly significant surface irregularities, unlike the stock suspension on these factory lowered models like the 48 have over every small pebble in the road. Pretty damn happy with it now, although I do plan to upgrade the cheapo shocks to Ohlins once funds allow. These seem to work fairly well with my little skinny ass for now though. :D

    I was a little concerned about how the longer suspension might affect the "look" since it was designed to have that long and low look. But now that I've done it, I find that I actually prefer the way it looks now... Kinda "chunkier" and more muscular maybe, IDK, but I love it! And it's SO much more fun to ride now that it's almost unbelievable! :clap

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    So, to date, I've done the above noted suspension mods, Cycle Shack slip-ons, Sick Saddles custom brown leather seat, and a 4 pot front caliper upgrade from an XR1200. Much better comfort. Much better handling. Much better braking. And, a much better sound from stock. And none of this has been hugely complicated or expensive. Just low budget mods that made a very favorable impact on my enjoyment of my ride.:D

    And here's the other side to show the brake caliper upgrade:

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  4. vicster

    vicster Long timer

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    MUCH prefer this look, Randy. Looks much more potent, capable. IMHO, the stock looks just look like it's trying too hard.
  5. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I like this look a lot better than stock too. I don't like my butt close to the ground, and I don't like parts dragging in turns. That looks like a fun bike!

    Cakeeater
  6. vicster

    vicster Long timer

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    I don't see Harley ever making anything remotely like this, but I personally find it very hard to believe no one is offering a kit to make this happen.
  7. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Ummm...

    Might want to check out Jimmythehog's site...HERE. :D
  8. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Well, here's a more or less direct comparison. A little different angle and from different ranges, but cropped and resized to approximate dimensions...

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    And after:

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    Not only am I digging the ride, feel, and handling WAY more, the more I look at it the more I'm diggin' the looks now too. :clap


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  9. TINGLER

    TINGLER Swamp lips

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    I believe that is the first time I've seen someone raise a '48.

    It doesn't look bad. I could see it with some knobby-ish fat tires and a vintage scrambler type rear fender. Throw on a set of Biltwell moto bars and it'd look the part.
  10. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Yep! Seems most people want to take it even further to the opposite extreme. I wanted to make it a "real" motorcycle. :evil One that was comfortable and fun to ride. I succeeded in doing what I set out to do, for me anyway. :clap

    It's all about making a bike what YOU want it to be of course. That's one of the things that I find that I'm enjoying about the Sportsters, actually. They're so adaptable to suit your own personal taste. I enjoy back road blasting and wanted a bike that was capable of some twisty road fun in between the "smell the roses" cruisin' part of the ride. I have bikes better suited for the twisties but I didn't like the limitations of the stock 48 and figured I could make it suit my personal riding needs better while staying within its design limitations as a cruiser. "Bar hoppin" just ain't my bag, and neither are bruised kidneys! :eek1



    Thanks, I like its new look. I was hoping for a better ride and more cornering clearance, and got both, but was a little surprised at the different way it "feels" now. Hard to describe, but from the saddle, it just feels "better" and more like a motorcycle to me.

    As far as the scrambler part... Nah, I wanna stick with the look it has now and not venture too far from its beginning as a cruiser. BUT, I have strongly considered making my next project something like this:

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    Really dig that bike! If you like it you can check out the build thread HERE.



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  11. TINGLER

    TINGLER Swamp lips

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    I like that Burly bike as well. Seeing your's raised brought that one and Billdozer's EZXL (from chop cult) to mind. Pics of the EZXL have been posted in the Go sportster thread I believe.

    Your bike has an interesting look being raised and sporting the fat tires. I like it.
  12. vicster

    vicster Long timer

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    Niiiice! Not quite a kit, but close. Love to try one out to test center of gravity and vibes.
  13. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    '99 Sportster 883. Ran about 550 miles this weekend. A surprisingly capable road runner. Cruises 70+ all day quite easily with little vibration. Who says 883's aren't big enough? :D
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  14. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    Six months 7k miles, Stage 1 Kit from Fuelmoto and the the bike is running strong. 2011 Electra Glide Ultra Limited.

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  15. Daniii

    Daniii geezer

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    Here is the Geezer-Rod in Daytona in March.
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    I got willy G to autograph the airbox! We've had a V-rod meet-n-greet in Daytona for the past 9 years, and I've only missed one. I believe Willy G only missed one as well.

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    I removed the tourpak to do some maintenance.Sucker weighs 40# empty. With the aux tank inside, and 3 gallons of fuel, It must weigh close to 80. No wonder it seems so heavy.

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  16. Miltonkid

    Miltonkid Been here awhile

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  17. freud

    freud Adventurer

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    Well, here's mine

    the list of mods:

    Hardig iM2370 cases mounted with easy brackets.
    Fix Backrest and rack
    Hella Micro DE auxiliary lights
    Sport windshield
    Biltwell chumps
    Large inverted black tappered mirrors
    Arlen Ness big sucker Air filter
    D and D bobcat with carbon fiber sleeve
    Ricor shocks IAS 13.5" rear shocks (had to loosen a bit the belt)
    Ricor Intiminators up front
    Works performance dual rate front springs
    Super brace stabilizer
    Sundowner seat
    Engine guard
    Precison machine grips.


    on the whishlist:

    Bashguard/skid plate
    Dual sport tires (maybe new wheels)
    Longer suspension
    Beefed up frame for added cargo capacity.
    Chain drive

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  18. pvt joker

    pvt joker Latebird

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    nice roadster man
  19. freud

    freud Adventurer

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    thanks a lot
  20. ikonoklass

    ikonoklass Kountersteering Krew

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