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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.
Good pics and thanks for sharing.
May I ask about that seat pad on the Roadster?
It's just sheepskin cut from a full sheepskin my wife bought at a yard sale many years ago. Cut to desired shape, attach some straps, voile! You can tape a thin piece of foam to the backside for a little extra cushion and/or lift if you choose, which is what I did for the Sporty seat.
So, I've been using a 140/90-16 now instead of the 130/90.
But when looking around foe a new one I wanted a lower profile, search for 140/80 gave nothing, then I tried 140/70 and a bunch of tires popped up, seems it is a popular size for large scooters.
So I ordered a michelin city grip, just to try, wery cheap it was to, about half the price of what I normaly use, it was ratet for 180 km/h, most of them was 150...
Am I mad for trying it out?
Here's some pic
I've always been on the record for preferring the 130 series tires on these applications, shyte if it was enough for my RK it's more than enough for my Sporty.
On my Rubbermount I hated the way the 150 slowed breakover into turns, so I actually went DOWN to a 140 and it works fine on my stock wheel. I actually think I COULD go to a 130, but the 140 seems to be enough of a difference for me.
I wouldn't want to go from a 130 or 140 up to a 150 though.
But it's a personal thing.
I been to a few Harley dealerships, and most of them did not have any Sportsters in stock. I have never in three years of stopping by random dealership seen a SuperLow 883 in-stock except for one left-over 2018 SuperLow 1200T, which I strongly regret not taking a few minutes to get information about numbers and finance rates on (it was blue, fully set up for light duty touring, and the bike fit me like a glove). But, at the time, I was scared that I was not going to get my promotion because it was delayed a couple of times, and then as soon as I got it a month and a half later, I checked with the dealership and it was already sold. It was north of my price range, but 1200cc and factory set up for the type of riding and style I love, plus in my favorite color -> I would've strongly considered seeing what financing on it would have been. I spent 3 years on 232cc of beginner cruiser and looking up for something that can cruise along at interstate speeds without getting me run over by an 18-wheeler (232cc can barely maintain 65-70 mph and anything larger than an anthill will cause me to drop down to 50-55 mph). 1200cc (heck even 883cc) would be more than enough to add in the interstate riding I been wanting to do to venture further away and something I can hold on to for a very long time.
Is it unusual for HD dealership to carry Sportsters (SuperLow) models? One dealership I went to, the salesperson told me their dealership thinks they're a waste of showroom space and do not bother with stocking them. I would be interested to actually extensively see a SuperLow in person. I saw one at the NY motorcycle show once, and it seemed like a bike that would be a perfect fit (I am 5'3" with a 28" inseam) and I like cruisers.
It's weird to me because I never remember a time I didn't find a variety of Sportsters at a bunch of the dealers around there:
Hannum's Media and West Chester
Valley Forge HD
Chester Springs HD (formerly Smaltz's)
Schaeffer's HD in Orwigsburg
Chesapeake Harley in Darlington
Rommel Harley in Newcastle DE
Keystone HD in Allentown
Hannum's used to have dozens of Sportsters, new and used. A buddy bought one of the first SuperLows there straight off the floor on a whim one day.
Now that said, since I moved to NJ four years ago I don't get to a lot of those places as often as I used to. If they have a decent website I'd just do an online search of their new and used inventory. If they don't have it online, just email them. But ask SPECIFICALLY for what you want (model and color) and ask IF they have it in stock.
I'm just surprised you're having a problem finding one to look at.
EDIT - I'll search a few and post over in your thread.
You probably are mad to try one ;-), the recommended rim width for a 140/70 is 4.25" per the chart below and the Sportster rim is only 3" wide...anyway the mounted tire profile would likely be seriously off which could lead to weird and possibly dangerous handling.
(but check Michelin's specs to be sure)
I allways was fine with the 130, but with the GS rim up front and the KTM fork I am researching a bit to get quicker more modern handling.
I rode a while with a radial up front 110/80-19 and realy liked the quick turn in...
As you probably know, once you start comparing radials to bias ply chances are there is more to the story of feel and turn in than just tire width. Despite having a larger width a sport radial likely has a more aggressive profile and will handle much quicker than the same width touring bias-ply. So forget what I said, all bets are off if you're going radial at both ends. If you're NOT going radial at the rear, then that would be all the more reason NOT to go up to a 150.
You wont know 'til you try is my mantra, I just go on testing different things 'till I find that magic combo :)
I don't know what EU pricing is but FWIW in the US a new rear wheel for a 2016+ Roadster is only $330 and it is the correct 4.25" width to mount a 150/70-18 tire, did that myself and am very happy with the result.
(BTW the matching front wheel is the same price but will not work with the stock narrow glide triple trees on many Sportsters, mine included...may convert to mid glide triple trees eventually so I can run one)
I will propably, come winter, put on a 17" from some jap or euro bike, I want a cush drive if I'm going to switch rim...
hmm, now recall that your bike is converted to chain drive IIRC so I can see why that would be desirable. Am now curious how chain conversion Sportsters do without a cush drive as I might do that myself someday, do know that can lead to gearbox trouble on some bikes.
Actually, my '86 was originally chain and when I changed the engine to a 5'speed I stuck with that. I try not to lug it...
Started a ride report about my latest Scramster road trip if any of you are interested.
Shoot me a PM.
I'm new to sportsters, but can't you just lower any ole' sportster yourself? Serious question.
You absolutely can and it's even easier than raising them.
If it's got the tall front end you don't even have to change fork springs, you can literally just raise the forks in the trees. I originally did that when my wife was still riding ours and I put a 1200R front end on her L. But since she jumped ship for Ducati and I raised the rear for myself I left the forks there because the handling is great.
As for the rear, the CHEAPEST way to do it is with the XLForum Whittlebeast hybrid shock - if you've got the full length R shocks, simply use the shock body (for more travel) with the shorter springs from a lowered model. It's been years so I forget the details, I might have used a spacer when I did it (again so Jenn would have better shocks/travel than were on her L model at the time, but wouldn't be too tall). In the end I raised it for myself using 13.25" Progressive 412's, so it's tall now, but it would take nothing more than shocks to lower it again.
That said for the guys/gals who want them really low, the SuperLow has the added advantage of low profile radials on ligther wheels. But I don't think that's a deal breaker if someone wanted a low version of any other model.