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That's not too bad but it sure looks heavy. Does the tank slosh around or do you have some sort of baffle system or bladder/foam (like race cars) in it?
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That's not too bad but it sure looks heavy. Does the tank slosh around or do you have some sort of baffle system or bladder/foam (like race cars) in it?
I definitely know it's there but when on trips the convenience outweighs the handling I loose. I got tired of lashing a bag to the bike each morning and unlashing it at night.

The tank does have a baffle in it to keep the sloshing down. I don't feel any movement of the fuel at all
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My wife and I just did over 4200 miles from East tn, to Devils Tower in Wy, and camped 2 weeks 17 miles south of Sturgis in a place called Nemo. It was an awesome trip tent camping all the way. But anyway, people were amazed that we had made that trip on a Sporty. It's all in what your comfort level is. There were days that the head wind nearly broke me neck without a windshield but hey, it's all part of the experience.
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Just did a short 5,285 miles in 10 days covering the Southeast US on my Sporty. That included competing in a 31 hour rally where I covered 1215 miles from Nashville TN to Fredericksburg VA
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My wife and I just did over 4200 miles from East tn, to Devils Tower in Wy, and camped 2 weeks 17 miles south of Sturgis in a place called Nemo. It was an awesome trip tent camping all the way. But anyway, people were amazed that we had made that trip on a Sporty. It's all in what your comfort level is. There were days that the head wind nearly broke me neck without a windshield but hey, it's all part of the experience.
I got a lot of comments about that when I did the same thing out to Cali and back. Constant "I can't believe you're on a Sportster."

Agreed on the wind. Even with my flyscreen (which does a great job) the desert and plains had some nasty wind.
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According to them even a 1200 Sportster is under powered and uncomfortable to ride long distances on.
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They also didn't believe me when I mentioned that I also tour on my 883... according to them that motor revs too high at freeway speeds and will self destruct in no time... DERP!!
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After a 3week, 15 State 7,177 mile run in August people thought I was playing with a short deck. Might be something to that?
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Not many riders realize that today's 1200 Sporty is very similar in weight, wheelbase & displacement to a '50s to '70s Electra-Glide. Guess no one back then could tour either, eh? Those nay-sayers should prefer to be silent & be thought to be ignorant, than to speak & remove all doubt.
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According to them even a 1200 Sportster is under powered ...
I probably have the heaviest sporty out there and under powered is not a term I would use. It accelerates plenty fast for me and I have pliantly of power left to pass as needed
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Uhhhh, they weren't off the mark. Just saying.
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