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put in a new starter and changed the oil lines while I had the access.
Guess it had a good run since it was the orginal.
I also ordered the new fork tubes for my 1972 XLCH. The old ones were pretty much pretzels.
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Installed a Memphis Shades Fats windshield ($60 for the whole shebang off of ebay), I believe this is the bobbed version I guess thats fitting as my bike could be considered a "bobber".











Story time.

I can't look at bars like that and take them seriously. I mean I'm sure you love the look but it's just not my thing. Fair enough to each his own and all.

I've had a number of friends who had em and I've tried em, but I can't feel the love.

But they bring back memories.

Like the time a guy with one of them tried to follow me through some sweepers and wound up almost off the road when he crossed the complete oncoming lane of traffic and skimmed the white line on the LEFT side of the road.

Or the time another one hit a pothole so big he grabbed the front brake and almost collapsed the bars forward over the headlight.... which resulted in a release of the brake so simultaneously he almost ran into my wife in her bike ahead of him. She'd braked too, but hadn't lost control.

Ok, seriously, last story. Same guy as second story, hundreds of miles from home, maybe a thousand, got on the highway some years later and rolled on the throttle. The solid risers (no longer rubbermounted on Sportys once the motors were) finally gave way under the leverage. He suddenly was doing ~70 in the highway, holding the handlebar grips in his hands but the bar was no longer connected to the trees. He managed to grab the left turn signal mount and tree in one hand while "gently" feathering the brake lever in his other hand and stopped the bike.

Me ...I like much lower bars. But that's me.

That said I dig the seat, paint, dual discs!

So just ride safe man .. Please, ride safe!
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Hey Bone, I've had a few sets of "apehangers" and tho they look cool, they do present a different adjustment to riding. I prefer shorter bars, myself, and now that I'm older, I don't seem to get the blood flow up to my hands as well. I've been riding with a guy for 30+ years and he loves them. We are the same height but his arms are 5" longer than mine. He's always had a problem finding a leather jacket where the sleeves are long enough. Over the years, I've noticed a lot of the chopper boys seem to have longer arms, ancestry maybe?
I just figure if I can't have a slight bend in the elbow then the bars are too high. As for Lone Rider's bike, that is one Cool looking bike!
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Installed new throttle cables and adjusted them. Old ones were binding and in bad shape. Holy hell, I should have done this sooner. Got rid of all the lag and shitty throttle response. Feels like a new bike.

I went with the blacked out cycle standard cables from Lowbrow Customs. Good cables.
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Thanks for the compliments Toejam, (Not to debate it) This bike is rock solid, I've had this bike 15 years and it has been tweaked to death to fit me perfectly, my arms have just the slightest bend and with the apes you feel more "in" the bike if that makes since, I can drain a tank of gas with no comfort issues, there is zero handling issues, granted I don't ride like Im off to the races, I would describe it as cruise/spirited, and yes apes will move about, however; I have a set screw bar clamp that has those apes clamped down, these are 16" and I don't recommend that you go any higher, this is the best and most comfy bike Ive ever owned.



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Thanks for the compliments Toejam, (Not to debate it) This bike is rock solid, I've had this bike 15 years and it has been tweaked to death to fit me perfectly, my arms have just the slightest bend and with the apes you feel more "in" the bike if that makes since, I can drain a tank of gas with no comfort issues, there is zero handling issues, granted I don't ride like Im off to the races, I would describe it as cruise/spirited, and yes apes will move about, however; I have a set screw bar clamp that has those apes clamped down, these are 16" and I don't recommend that you go any higher, this is the best and most comfy bike Ive ever owned.







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Slung my KHK frame over the mill and corrected a design error I made when I did the single down tube mod 40 years ago...

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I finally was able to put on the new clutch lever, that makes it MUCH easier to pull. Installed the new speedo cable, revealing that I need a new drive for it. I adjusted the valves, which was my first time to do that, and rode it far enough to finally get the carb dialed in. Oh, and I installed a battery cover that was almost the right size. It was persuadable, though. All in all a good day.
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Had the '03 about 5 months.
changed to BelRay today
Product labeled: for sportster gearcases and clutch

The bike seems to like it, smoother shifting and neutral finds itself a bit better.

I don't know what was in there before.

The motor really likes the 60 weight full syn I put in last month
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