Go Sportsters

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

  1. lawyer1219

    lawyer1219 Pair-a-Dice

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    Thoughts and impressions are welcome, good, bad or indifferent! 20191008_175808.jpg
  2. shreksbrother

    shreksbrother Been here awhile Supporter

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    What tire did you end up with on the rear? I'm having a heck of a time finding a dual purpose 16" that'll last more than 4-5k miles.
  3. Traxx

    Traxx Long timer Supporter

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    Looking good.
  4. lawyer1219

    lawyer1219 Pair-a-Dice

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    Duro HF904. Rear tires on front and rear.
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  5. TurkeyRun

    TurkeyRun Long timer Supporter

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    I like it!

    One thing kinda looks a bit odd, the front fender being so close to the tire. Granted, yer probably not gonna ride The Road of Bones in the winter...(or are you? Never know around here)

    Seems to me that might be a “mud problem”

    That’s my only “nit”. You asked so....

    Please! More pics!
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  6. shreksbrother

    shreksbrother Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks a lot! I just watched a YouTube a guy did on that tire, as well. I just ordered one to give it a whirl.

    Bike looks great, btw!
  7. lawyer1219

    lawyer1219 Pair-a-Dice

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    I couldn't agree more. Already thinking about mounting it about an inch higher. No Road of bones for me or this bike but there are about 500 miles of smoothly graded forest roads in the ANF that I ride with regularity. A poorly placed rock or clod of mud could be problematic......
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  8. iron2439

    iron2439 Adventurer

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    For the right price that would make an awesome project bike!
  9. Backlund

    Backlund Long timer

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    $2100, maybe a bit less.
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  10. Backlund

    Backlund Long timer

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    We have some 'weather' heading in over the next several days, so riding it will have to wait until after the weekend, but if it seems to have an ounce of 'fun' in it, I will probably try to make some kind of deal on it.

    Of course, 'Trixie' might have a fit if I do snag it, but on the surface anyway, what it needs is mostly just cosmetic spiffing up, and I can polish aluminum and clean things as well as anyone.....almost.

    I very much like that it has tubeless tires on cast wheels.
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  11. GotDammitDave

    GotDammitDave Been here awhile

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    If Im not mistaken the stator an rotor are in the clutch hub. Its hard to keep the magnets attatched onto the rotor and those things regularly eat themselves because of it. Im not real sure if there is any difference between those on late 84 ironheads and 89 evo sportys. Replacement stator and rotor from harley is right around 600 bucks.
  12. SportsterTom

    SportsterTom Been here awhile

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    Looks like it may've been converted to a 1200, the cylinders are nice and shiny ditto the head bolts that we all know start to look corroded in no time and never clean up like new. I'll second the warning on the alternator magnets behind the clutch basket being a weak point of the 4 speed bikes. I've had both 4 speed Evo Sportsters and 5 speeds and like the 5 speed much better. that's my 2 cents.
  13. TurkeyRun

    TurkeyRun Long timer Supporter

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    Yea, I’d be in for $2K out the door.

    Wish I could find something in that price range around NorCal. Seems here, every old Sporty is a “classic” and starts at $5K for something left out in the rain for 10+ years.

    “Ran when parked”
    “Could use some TLC”
    “Original tires like new”
    “Cheap to fix”
    I could go on and on....


    Guess I’m just bike-jealous.
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  14. Webman

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    I agree, similar situation in AZ. Everyone seems to think their 30-year old bike is made of gold, and that you should pay list price for their skull and “live to ride” encrustations.
  15. relayer4u

    relayer4u Been here awhile

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    Having owned an early evo chain drive in the past, and seeing the condition of the engine cases, I would run away from that bike no matter the price. For a tiny bit more money you should be able to find a newer 883 in much better shape.
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  16. relayer4u

    relayer4u Been here awhile

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    This is what a new 883 standard looked like in 1987 - 1991:

    1987 Sportster.jpg

    Mine had the CV carb, added a dynojet kit. Just cant remember the model year for sure...
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  17. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    Yep, very much true a bit north in the wine country, took me several months to find the right Sportster and didn't buy it until the seller dropped the price on Craigslist twice....but 1.75 years later (and a good bit of $$$ for modifications) am entirely happy with it, FWIW a 2008 Roadster and it did in fact have the original tires with only 5K miles last year but bargained the price of a new set into the final price.

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  18. Backlund

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    It's not like I don't already have a very nice Sportster, so that particular itch is well scratched. My 2015 XL1200C. Maybe I should leave the 883 where it is.
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  19. iron2439

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    I’ve not found a Harley for 2k that wasn’t a pile of crap that either is rotted away or chopped to pieces. I’d buy that bike all day.
  20. iron2439

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    Granted that’s assuming I already had a reliable bike to ride every day already. If it were my only bike I’d probably add 1500 and get a newer sporty. But as a project bike to tinker with I’d love to find one like that and super cheap. If it broke it would give me a reason to wrench and tinker.
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