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    Quote Originally Posted by GS1150Pilot View Post
    I love how basic the Sportster engine and running gear is. I am happy to have an FI rubbermount model, but I've had few bikes that were easier to work on.
    I have ridden it and boy is the thing slow. I was trying to get it to 6K RPM and it was just falling on it's face after 5200.. Got back and checked the internet and max HP is at 5200 RPM sooo that was the issue there.

    The brakes are absolute garbage as in they suck but work as intended by HD in 1995... I ordered the caliper upgrade kit that allows use of a twin pot SV650 caliper with stintered pads. Should make a difference. Also the rear solid rotor is grooved badly so I ordered a new drilled lighter one with new rear pads and a bottle of DOT 5 fluid as that's what HD used that year.


    So all the brake stuff cost me about $200. Will make a big difference in stopping power but as I have no real interest to make more power I think it will be adequate (I hope).

    Going to the DMV to register today, I will start riding it every now and then once the weather warms more. Still in the 20's (F) when I head into work in the mornings.

    I hate to admit, I actually enjoy riding the old rat bike. There is something about it that is endearing to a time of what motorcycles use to be... Rattling, loud, slow, crazy death machines. I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedz123 View Post
    ... I ordered the caliper upgrade kit that allows use of a twin pot SV650 caliper with stintered pads. Should make a difference...
    LOL, if a single SV caliper, designed to be used as a pair on a bike that's 100lbs lighter is an improvement, that's reeeaaally saying something about the stock brakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichDesmond View Post
    LOL, if a single SV caliper, designed to be used as a pair on a bike that's 100lbs lighter is an improvement, that's reeeaaally saying something about the stock brakes.
    I would say it's as bad as the single stoper that was on my GS750L but that would be a lie...

    Now that I think about it I think I like it because it reminds me so much of my GS750L
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hayabuser
    Cool is defined differently by different people... I'm sure the new rider down the block thinks his Ninja 250 is cool and why shouldn't he? Bikes are just cool.


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    How do you like the hands high/ feet forward ergos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.C.G.S. View Post
    How do you like the hands high/ feet forward ergos?
    Honestly for cruising, I love it! I rode for over an hour yesterday evening and only ended the ride as it was too cold. Laid backed and relaxed, I'm not going to burn corner in this thing and you know that's ok. I have a few other bikes to do that with but the Sporty just Cruises with not a care in the world.



    The more I ride it the more I like riding it...
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    2017 Honda Fit - The Cheap New Honda
    Quote Originally Posted by Hayabuser
    Cool is defined differently by different people... I'm sure the new rider down the block thinks his Ninja 250 is cool and why shouldn't he? Bikes are just cool.


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    They are (to me) absolutely charming machines. Simple, easy to repair, cheap and abundant parts, and reliable. Mine has better brakes, which I have upgraded with stainless lines and better pads, and I've completely upgraded the suspension on it. Mine is a lowered model, so it has less cornering clearance than I would like, but I raised the back about 3/4 of an inch via the shock upgrade. In time, I'll do Ohlins at the back and get a set of stock length fork tubes to make it sit where I want it to. I love the motor in this beast. I could care less about 150 mph bikes any more. Been there, done that far too many times. I've had this bike for two years and like it more every day. It is a perfect canvas for constant customization.
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    I really need to set mine up at stock standard Sportster height. With great new tires, I'm grinding metal parts more than I want. This summer, methinks, Ohlins 13.5" shocks and stock length fork tubes up front ...
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    Cool

    I see Ryan (Fortnine) is copying you, now he has a Harley and switched to club style bars. LOL

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    Is that red Dyna his new bike?
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