Go Sportsters

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

  1. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    I didn't on my first Sporty or my Suzuki...
  2. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer Supporter

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    You guys are funny :-)

    When I bought my ironhead in '84 it was the first bike I owned with good brakes. Previous to that I had a few dual sports ("enduro" back in the day), a '72 Suzuki GT750 (drums at both ends), a '72 Kawasaki H2, and a '75 Yamaha XS650. The Sportster not only had a disc in front, it had one in back too! It stopped much better than the others. The lever didn't come back to the bar (something wrong with the brakes if that's happening) and either wheel could be locked up. Thinking about it, it had better brakes than my current BMW did out of the factory.

    Its a matter of perspective :D
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  3. anotherguy

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    You sure have picked some real winners if an '84 Sportster had the best brakes.
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  4. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer Supporter

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    I listed them :dunno
  5. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    I had a whole string of sportbikes that would throw you over the bars with 1or2 fingers on the brake lever so yeah, perspective. :lol2
    Still, the brakes were weak on my 97 by any standard since drums in the front were common.
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  6. oldenuf

    oldenuf Long timer

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    Dealer has listed a 2002 XL 883 R. Looks stock and unmolested, 3400 miles on it. Dealer has put new rubber on it, and running it through the shop.
    Anything in particular I should look for and ask about? I had a 2014 883, and loved it except for the limited suspension.

    Art
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  7. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    The 2000-2003 solid mount bikes are very popular here (the XL883R and XL1200S in particular) thanks to the sealed wheel bearings and improved brakes...the big question would be if you are OK with a pre 2004 solid mount, the vibration is an absolute deal breaker for some but no problem for others. Hopefully you can get an extended test ride in...
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  8. TCBronson

    TCBronson Been here awhile

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    Just bought a 1976 XLH that will soon be a Then Came Bronson replica. 20210725_123802.jpg
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  9. SportsterTom

    SportsterTom Been here awhile

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    If you're able to take the R for a test ride and if it's still a 883, that is to say not converted to a 1200, I believe you'll find it to be a very smooth runner. My 883R is the smoothest running XL of the 4 I've had, a real Gem.
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  10. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    I've never ridden a solidmount that I would say that about. But people vary.
  11. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    A good test ride is WELL worth the effort on a solidmount; they definitely aren't for everyone.
    I was really apprehensive about my 97 when I went to check it out as I'd heard all the horror stories and the only other solidmount I'd ridden (many years back) was a not particularly well-built or good running 4sp model. Anyway, the seller was totally cool and allowed a test ride and it didn't take long before I was thinking "this ain't bad at all'". I bought it then and there and haven't regretted it a moment since. I LOVE my solidmount, quite a bit more than thr rubbermount I owned, I might add.The only time the vibes really get intrusive, for me, is at 70+mph and I spend so little time riding on interstates (MUCH prefer 2-lanes) that it's a complete non-issue.
    As with all things, and especially motorcycles, though: individual results WILL vary.
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  12. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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    lever question. my 2006 XL 1200C custom has leavers that have slots cut through them that run horizontal to the bars. is this OEM?
    my problem is they eat up the callas on my hands and become uncomfortable in short order.
  13. trumpet

    trumpet Group W Bench

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    Those are aftermarket. Stock are wide spoon shaped.

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  14. anotherguy

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    I really like the OEM Harley levers. They just work.
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  15. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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    Thanks. I will get around to getting some. maybe heat shrink in the mean time :)
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  16. Oilleaker

    Oilleaker Ne’er do well tinkerer Supporter

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    If you look on J&p or any of those sites you’ll find leather wraps for the levers cheap. They have the added benefit of keeping the cold from really sinking through your gloves if you get caught in traffic in the winter. Trim off the excess lace and they look pretty unobtrusive unless you're into the fringe vibe
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  17. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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    thanks, I will check. I think they the levers for $20 each at J&P. have not priced OEM yet.
    Oh, winter where I live might go into the 50's. I break out the heated jacked around 60 :)
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  18. Scoozi

    Scoozi Long timer

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    That was the first year of left side shifting, damn that's a long gear lever...
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  19. mississippimadman

    mississippimadman Long timer

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    Curious on you good peoples thoughts on the
    New sportsters vs the old sportsters
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  20. Philthy64

    Philthy64 Been here awhile

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    They are chalk and cheese.
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