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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.
I didn't on my first Sporty or my Suzuki...
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
You sure have picked some real winners if an '84 Sportster had the best brakes.
I listed them
I had a whole string of sportbikes that would throw you over the bars with 1or2 fingers on the brake lever so yeah, perspective.
Still, the brakes were weak on my 97 by any standard since drums in the front were common.
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.
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...
Just bought a 1976 XLH that will soon be a Then Came Bronson replica.
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.
I've never ridden a solidmount that I would say that about. But people vary.
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.
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.
Those are aftermarket. Stock are wide spoon shaped.
I really like the OEM Harley levers. They just work.
Thanks. I will get around to getting some. maybe heat shrink in the mean time :)
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
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 :)
That was the first year of left side shifting, damn that's a long gear lever...
Curious on you good peoples thoughts on the
New sportsters vs the old sportsters
They are chalk and cheese.