Go Sportsters

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

  1. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    What's beating you up?!?

    Before I accidentally bought my RK, I seriously thought of rebuilding the front end rear suspensions on my XL1200Lr to become my comfortable touring Sporty and then I was gonna buy a CX Roadster for playing.
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  2. 83XLX

    83XLX Long timer

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    Breakfast and a ride this morning...

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  3. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    Base of my spine just above my tukhus. An hour has me in absolute agony if I move my legs or hit a hard bump. I damn near dropped the bike at a stop sign today.
  4. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    I'm sorry to hear. What do you think will help?

    You can change ergonomics which can have you lean more forward to take wait off your spine.

    Or you can change suspension to raise and better it to make it less punishing.

    Or both...

    What do you think you need? Other bike or current bike?
  5. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer Supporter

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    Don't remember what your sporty looks like, but mustang vintage wide seat and a good set of shocks make a world of difference! Intiminators in the forks, too.
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  6. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    Not the ride-it happens on a glass-smooth highway. Might be the seat, the position, or both. I'm not eager to pour even more money into a bike I really don't enjoy riding anymore.
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  7. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer Supporter

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    Sounds like time to sell. I just added a Moto Guzzi V85TT to the stable, but will probably keep the Sportster for now. I have some lower back issues also, but a good, straight back riding position helps alot.
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  8. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    Hey, it happens. The most challenging part is making the decision to move on. Then it gets easier to determine what options might work out better.
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  9. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    Have you tried a kidney belt? Easier than thousands of sit ups. Like this....

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  10. choppahead

    choppahead Been here awhile

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    Yes getting old does suck. I still love riding my rigid Shovelhead and a recently aquired Guzzi Stelvio. But having two bikes got old awhile ago and I keep thinking about one bike to do it all. The other day, I was out on the Shovel with a couple of other riders. One guy was on a Sportster "72". Great looking bike! My first brand new HD was a '78 Sportster and I'm starting to wonder if a rubbermount Sporty might be a good all-round choice for the one bike to carry me into dotage. Classic, reliable, relatively comfortable, infinitely modifiable, with reasonable weight and power. Not to mention easy to load in a trailer for winter escapes. Seems like the kind of bike that an old guy could have fun on.
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  11. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    Won't help-it's not a regular back problem.
  12. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    Oh well I tried.
  13. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer Supporter

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    Nice :thumb
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  14. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    i know the feeling, traded an 05 sportster for an 05 fxd. On the ride home I thought”what have I done” it was slower, heavier and didn’t handle as well. I only kept it cause I had a build in mind I wanted to do. I fixed all the short coming but weight. The upgraded suspension really helped with the felt weight in the corners. To date it’s the most powerful Harley I’ve had. Once I started building the motor some I noticed a clogged fuel filter and a fuel pump that wasn’t putting out the right pressure, that really helped with performance. Still would like to own another 2000-2003 sportster though.
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  15. norseXL

    norseXL Northman

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    Rough day out, had to go through Hell...
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  16. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    I will never forget my first ride on a new circa 2006 Super Glide...pulled the front brake lever while rolling up to a red light, & wondered... "when is this thing going to stop"...:D
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  17. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    I had that experience on my second Sportster. :yikes
  18. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    You gotta use ALL your fingers on that brake lever! :lol2
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  19. HapHazard

    HapHazard Be Kind - Rewind

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    And saying, "Whoa, Nellie!" also helps.

    (That an a braided steel line).
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  20. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    I will say, my 04 Sportster was decent, as far as brakes. The pad compound, however, felt like it might have been some kind of hardwood. :lol2
    My 97 was atrocious. All 4 fingers pulled clear to the grip and it wouldn't lock the front tire for nothing. After about 1/2" of pull it was just plain out of power. Braking, ultimately, was more of a suggestion than a command. :lol2
    That 4pot Wilwood upgrade though made it a solid 2-finger stopper. It's still not as good as the Sportbikes I've owned but it's more than good enough that 'brake upgrades' has moved down to the bottom of the list.
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