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Old 31st July 2018
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I toured on a rubbermount 883.
With the right shocks and seat it was comfortable. I'm 6ft so I went with forward controls and taller than stock handlebars that I could roll forward a little.
I used a big detachable windshield, detachable saddle bags, and a trailer hitch on the back with a trailer.
Shocks were stock Roadking and seat was Mustang wide.
I was able to do a 1,000 mile stretch on it from Louisiana to Miami with minimal discomfort, but 400-600 miles per day was much better.
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As Bone said, I currently have 232,000 miles on my Sporty. Much of my riding is highway and I travel at the speed of traffic. At 60mph my tach reads 3,000 RPM in 5th gear. On some roads out west the speed limit is 80mph and my Sporty does that with ease on a stock motor.

Swap out the seat for a Mustang as suggested, upgrade the suspension, add a windshield and bags and you should be good to go.

What I suggest you do first is get the seat you want and then start messing with the position of the handle bars to get them where you want and add your windshield. If you do the others first and then change the seat you may start all over again as different seats move you forward or back, or up or down. A Mustang Wide Touring moves you up and back a bit

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Well, my experience the last 17 years with the three Sporty’s I have, 330,000 miles and climbing. Physical limitations are starting to slow me down some, but at 71 years I’ve been known to run with the young ones. The Sporty will do what ever you ask of it!
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If I can ever get the buffeting under control I'll do some actual touring on mine. In the meantime I've barely put 5,000 miles on it in the last four months. My longest day this year has been 850 miles, a decent day for sure, but nothing compared to what I've been known to do on other bikes.
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A good windshield that works for your height, good shocks (I love my Butobo's), and my Mustang seat, I have no problem with 6 or 8 hours in the saddle.
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I ride a 77 XLT, which is only 4 speed but geared high from the factory, I ride it 70 mph on the interstate with no problem. I am thinking of getting a 1200 sportster 72, they cruise great on the interstate
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I rode all those miles on an open bike without a windshield and a springer front end. I have not been young in 15 or 20 years. Don't have any bags on the bike. I just stuffed everything in my kayak dry bags and tied them on. You don't have to have all the stuff like a bagger to go on long runs. Couple of years I put over 10,000 miles on it in 30 days. A 1200 Sportster is no problem at all. Long ago I used to ride 2,000 mile round trips on a 400 Honda.

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I ride a 77 XLT, which is only 4 speed but geared high from the factory, I ride it 70 mph on the interstate with no problem. I am thinking of getting a 1200 sportster 72, they cruise great on the interstate
+1. My '06 883C is great on the highway but my '00 1200C is even more relaxed and just chugs along nicely at 75-80 mph.
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When I went to the xb12 crank. I had to put a larger primary drive sprocket on the drive side. It now is most comfortable at or above 80 mph.
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Thanks again for all the responses. I will be looking for a 1200C that is a coupe of years old because I want the forward controls and do not want wire wheels. In my opinion they screwed the 1200C up this year when they went to wire wheels and mid controls. A Mustang seat will be my first priority, I have had one on several bikes and consider it the best seat and backrest combo on the market. Also think I will go with a fairing instead of a windshield. As I said, make it a mini bagger.

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