Go Sportsters

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

  1. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    I didn't 'gel' with my first Sportster either. Getting a more 'standard' model made all the difference in the world vs my previous 'Custom' model (skinny front-tired cruiser). I genuinely enjoy my old solid-mount XLH1200.
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  2. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer Supporter

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    I'll have to take pictures. Installed by Bob Wark, Warkshop in Ohio. Nice handling rig. Btw, I had a Roadking with Harley sidecar before this one.
  3. BPadge

    BPadge Adventurer

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    Brett, that sounds great. I rode my '02 Sport to the dealership which is 25 miles away. It was a nice ride on a good back road. I needed some turn signal lenses for my '99. It was a Zen kind of ride. So far I've owned thee XLs, a '97 883, and two Sports and I've liked all of them very much.
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  4. Webman

    Webman Long timer

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    I’ve heard of the Warkshop, good reputation. Looks like a rig I’d like to drive!
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  5. Vildgris

    Vildgris Adventurer

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    Early birthday gift from my wife.
    A skidplate made by Mattias on Vargön, LeBeef Kustom.

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  6. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    @nostep
    I was wrong, after som more fiddling and measuring I needed a 1/2" offset of the front sprocket, that is with a 3/4" spacer between the hub and the right side swingarm.
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  7. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    Very nice! :thumb

    Man I wanna make a dual Sport(ster).
    It astounds me that Harley hasn't made one yet. It would be the easiest engineering exercise EVER for them.
  8. nostep

    nostep Been here awhile

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    Thanks @norseXL .
    My plan is to (if possible) make the disc match the caliper first, then space the sprocket and front sprocket to match.

    I still don't know if it will work, but that's the plan. Do you know if Sportster and Dyna rotors are interchangeable?

    My Dyna wheel and sporty swingarm should arrive today or tomorrow, so I can start taking measurements. I don't have a rotor yet.

    I wonder about that.

    Maybe if the panamerica is a success, they'll make a midsize version based on the Sportster. I'm genuinely surprised that they haven't.
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  9. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    They should be, same bolt pattern and dia.
  10. 83XLX

    83XLX Long timer

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    Nothing new to show, just out for a ride this morning before it gets too hot.

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  11. Tritwin

    Tritwin Been here awhile

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    A2379BC8-936A-4C85-98CB-5B51B3D42686.jpeg From todays trip…..Finnskogen ,Norway
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  12. Tritwin

    Tritwin Been here awhile

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  13. vntgmx

    vntgmx Been here awhile

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    From a ride earlier....Just a tick under 10k miles and still runs and rides better then new thanks to the suspension upgrades!

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  14. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF Supporter

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    There’s a used SuperLow T at my local dealer. It’s a beautiful standard Sporty tourer. If I had extra cash and more garage space I’d gobble it up and make it less low.
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  15. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    Holy crap, that's tempting...
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  16. hyena

    hyena Long timer

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    Now that's what I'M talkin' about. Love it!

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  17. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I did over 100 miles again today, very nice.
    No issues with the bike or me.
    The motor sure does blow off some heat though.
    Not like my little bikes....
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  18. SLOco.moto

    SLOco.moto dos ruedas adicto

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    Finding that sweet spot of what your brain and body want does not always come easy. Tiny detail throw it off and it sometimes takes time (and money) to figure it out. I went through that with my current Sportster as my motorcycle taste ,experience, and expectations evolved quite a bit between my first (Sportster XLX)and where I am at now(sport bikes and dual sports). It’s the small details that need to come to consciousness that make it right. What I loved about Sportsters was deeply imbedded but took some searching to come to realization.
    What you wound up with really suites my ideal of what I like Sportsters to be. Great color too.
    My Sportster lust started in NJ (northern, and surrounding areas). Good times, good memories.
    Enjoy and ride safe.
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  19. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    Anyone seen a way to lower mid-mount pegs about an inch?
  20. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I always liked the motors, people beef about the lower power output but the 883 is supposed to have 68 hp and it has good power everywhere in the rev range plus boat loads of torque.
    While it feels and sounds a bit crude, the transmission never misses a shift, the clutch is all I could ask for, the FI system seems to work just fine.

    Here is the last one I had, got it brand new:
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    Could not wait to get rid of it after 5000 miles.
    Bad combo of mid pegs, fat tank, and lower bars, plus I never fixed the forks.
    I bought it because it looks fantastic.
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