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750 miles from Missouri to Colorado. In fact, it's probably done more miles on a trailer in the last 3 years than it has on it's own.

Meet Robin Marie, my new to me '02 883C. I never thought I wanted a purple bike, but she kinda grew on me, and she's got just enough patina to make me happy, but not so much that she won't shine up nice. I bought her from a friend in Springfield MO and loaded her on the back of the trailer to get her home to Colorado. I would have preferred riding her home, but all the hassles of trying to license a new vehicle with an out of state title in Colorado...


When I got to the house, unloading her was a bit of a process, and of course it was 20 degrees F when I had to unload and she'd set out all night in it, but she fired right up to help out as much as she could, so I'm thinking she's going to like Colorado.



The Pirelli Night Dragons she's wearing right now don't seem to have as much traction in the wet or snow as the MT66 on my '05, so they'll probably get changed out as soon as the tread is gone. Getting the 1/4 mile from my improvised unloading dock to the house was an interesting ride.

Here she is in the garage for the first time with her younger sister Miss Molly. They seem to be getting along pretty good with no jealousy issues at this point.


I got a pretty good history of her from the previous owner as to what was done to her while in MO, as well as all the paperwork she had on it. The previous owner bought her in Laconia NH two weeks after the bike week there in 2017, and had her shipped to Springfield MO. According to what my friend was told by Laconia HD, the owner before my friend was from Levittown PA, and took her to NH for the bike week and traded her in on something else. The only thing that my friend changed was adding a windshield and changing from a side mount license plate to the layback that's on it now, as well as adding maybe 400 miles to the odometer. Here's a picture from last year when I got to ride her while visiting in Springfield.


I got some changes to make and some stuff to figure out before she's entirely ready for the road. I know she runs a whole lot better than I'd expect an 883 to run, I don't know if it's entirely attributed to the Vance and Hines pipes and Arlen Ness air filter, or if there's some other goodies in the engine that help that out. There's some wiring issues with lights that don't work and whatnot, but that shouldn't be too hard. Just takes a bit of time with the multi tester and the FSM that the better half has already found on eBay. The awful foot pegs and ugly rear turn signals are probably going to be the first changes made. Down the line I'm thinking some buckhorn bars, a Mustang Wide passenger seat, and a tall sissy bar are in order. I'm not really seeing anything I like in a sissy bar, so I may have to build that myself.

One of my thoughts when I decided to buy her was that maybe Rigidmount EVO being a bit skinnier and lighter, the better half would find it easier to ride than my Rubbermount. However, after trying the new bike out, she says she likes the '05 better, so I guess I'll be riding the loud purple bike.
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Back when I was USMC.

My 51 dodge PU transported my 1972 XLH about 7 times from NJ to Cali.

Gearing on that dodge flathead on freeways was 45 - 55 MPH on that flathead 6 with 3 speed. Truck was rebuild-able in Cali using forklift engine parts.
One way trip could take 7 days. Depending on stops.

Nice ride.
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Good looking bike! I like your unload procedure and loving that pick up!
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Back when I was USMC.

My 51 dodge PU transported my 1972 XLH about 7 times from NJ to Cali.

Gearing on that dodge flathead on freeways was 45 - 55 MPH on that flathead 6 with 3 speed. Truck was rebuild-able in Cali using forklift engine parts.
One way trip could take 7 days. Depending on stops.

Nice ride.
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The ever reliable Chrysler flathead 6, so good they never quit building the industrial version until the emission era.

30 years ago my daily driver was a 50 Chevy 1 ton with the stovebolt six. same deal, about 52 mph on the highway. But it took me a lot of places and hauled a lot of stuff.
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Good looking bike! I like your unload procedure and loving that pick up!
Thanks! Redneck engineering comes up with a way to get it done.

I've had that 70 for about 10 years now. She's not fast, and she's not quiet, but if you hook it to something that big 383 will move it. I keep thinking I ought to do the bodywork and fix it up, but I just love the patina.
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