Go Sportsters

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

  1. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    So the interweb experts are wrong? Welcome to the dark side. Enjoy riding the most disrespected, misunderstood motorcycle ever made.
    :freaky
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  2. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

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    :nod Spot on. There will always be a Sporty in my garage for this exact reason. they are just a joy to ride.
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  3. aplaceinspace

    aplaceinspace Misanthropologist

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    Nope. Didn't respect him afterwards, either.
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  4. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    Yup. I've never kept a motorcycle this long before. Several times in the past, I've tried to list mine for sale. Then I ride it again, walk around it and look at it, then check to see what it's worth on the current market. It all adds up to the decision that there is no effin way I'll ever sell this bike.
    Maintenance? I can have the carb, air filter, spark plugs, and battery laying on the garage floor as fast as it takes to select the tools to do it with. Can't do that with any other bike ever made. Oil/filter change is a half a beer. Parts and service? The aftermarket is chukkabutt full of reasonably priced goodies to the point that a guy could build an entire Sportster without using one OEM part from the MoCo. There is value here that most people fail to see.
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  5. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    How uncouth. Do you like to camp?
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  6. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    That’s my buddy bobs old ironhead. Been parked since 94, he asked me to keep it safe for him, so I got it chillin in the corner. Needs a couple things to get back on the road, we’ll get to it when he’s ready.
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  7. mikeysduck

    mikeysduck Slow Ride to Nowhere

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    I describe my sporty as "unpasteurized" It feels good using all the torque.

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  8. 83XLX

    83XLX Long timer

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    Out for a ride Saturday before the temps got too hot. Ran out most of a tank of gas out in the country, just cruising at 55-60 mph and enjoying the scenery.

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  9. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    That's been the funniest thing I've found with my Sportster, I'm consistently riding slower (55-60) and loving it. I laugh at myself often when I'm just 'cruising the countryside's and I look down and I'm running 45mph. :lol2 My sportbikes we're always 60-100mph on the exact same roads.
    With my sportbikes I enjoyed the thrill of the performance and the rush of acceleration, with the Sporty I just enjoy the simple pleasure of being on a motorcycle. :ricky
  10. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    I've always used the term 'distilled'. Seemed appropriate somehow. :D
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  11. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    I'd hesitate to buy a Franken-bike. You have no dea what was done, if it was done right, or whether there's internal engine butchery.
  12. kemorobbie

    kemorobbie Adventurer

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    Well.......I went and did it finally.......It rides rough drags in corners and i cant stop smiling the hole time! IMG_20190817_122919.jpg
  13. Backlund

    Backlund Been here awhile Supporter

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    Ok, it's done!

    My mid-controls arrived at the door at about 10:30 this morning, and I wasted little time in yanking off the stock forwards and getting this bike 'right with the world' by installing the mids.

    At about the time I was finished with that, the Harley dealer called and said that the piece of chrome tank trim I had ordered last week had come in, so off I went to fetch my new 'chunk-o'-useless-bling', and within fifteen minutes of getting back home, it too was installed.

    I can now officially declare my 2015 XL1200C a finished project. It is now the Sportster I wanted to own and ride...
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    The mids are a vast improvement over the ridiculous forwards (to me), but they should be positioned closer in to the bike, they really stick out there (as did the forwards), and will certainly catch some pavement in any aggressive cornering, but, they're still a big step in the right direction.
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  14. Traxx

    Traxx Been here awhile

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    So, if I go with the Harley Stage I or II within the first 60 days of ownership it will be covered under warranty.
    Would it be worth it?
  15. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    Sportys pick up a not insignificant amount of power from the ubiquitous intake/exhaust/tuner mod. Whether it's worth it is completely up to you.
    Me personally, I'd never own a bike without flipping the perverbial bird at the EPA. :D
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  16. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    I'm the opposite.

    I sold my Buell because with the full race kit (k&n, race ECM and supertrap and about 100 rwhp) it was too damn loud.

    Sometimes the high flow AC on the Sportys just makes too much intake noise.

    So I'm Kev... We've currently got 5 bikes (including two Harleys) with stock exhausts.

    I'll add that the more stock a Harley is, the more reliable it is.
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  17. Traxx

    Traxx Been here awhile

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    I think what it involves are the AC, slip ons and a tuner. I don’t want it any louder and am happy with the power. The dealer was telling me that if I was to do the screaming eagle upgrades that they would be covered under warranty.
    If it gets louder like Kev says then that would be a no go.
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  18. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    It probably wouldn't be as bad as the Supertrap that I opened up, repacked, and removed a few discs from.... But it's a danger.
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  19. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    I have the HD SE Stage 1 setup on my bike, works fine without excessive exhaust or intake racket and FWIW is EPA and even CARB (California) legal. From what I've read power increase is about 10% / 7HP or so for maybe 75HP on a 1200 (which is plenty for how I ride). As was said the noise level will vary greatly depending on who you buy the intake and exhaust components from.
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  20. Traxx

    Traxx Been here awhile

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    I think I will wait until the warranty expires and do what I want. Thanks all for the input. 10% for $1200 just doesn’t seem like a good deal.
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