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The new ride has a bent left front rotor. The owner told me he had dropped it on a grassy bank in his yard. No visual damage or ride problems other than the bent rotor. It was very rideable for checking it out, but rotor is way out of whack. It appears to me Harley will want $150 for it aftermarket about $50. Other than the bike being for all practical purposes brand new, and I'd like them to match, I have no problem with aftermarket from a good vendor.

Anyone have a bad experience with A/M rotors for these?

BTW, the owner tore his leg up pretty good, he thought on the rear shock. I caught the dog licking the left shock today confirming it for me, no guts hanging tho.
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The only experience I have with aftermarket rotors are composite (lightweight) full floating rotors, but I'll guess that's out of your budget and not really what you are looking for. For a good upgrade to the stock rotors, I do recommend the XR1200X rotors, they are floating rotors, but priced (relatively) reasonably for floating rotors ($188/ each).

However since it's a left rotor, there are plenty of them available used on eBay. The rotors weren't changed for many years. I don't have all my parts books on hand, but I've fairly certain anything from 2000 ->2013 are the same identical part number - 44156-00 (only exception would be the XR's). Having a quick search on eBay, looks like you could get a used OEM one for ~$50 with a bit patience and searching.

If you want new OEM part, looks like Surdyke has the part for $105:

https://www.surdyke.com/PartsMain.as...Name=&CatName=
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Just saying but I seriously doubt a grassy bank would bend a rotor, I think the PO is giving you some bull there. Enjoy your ride.
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Just saying but I seriously doubt a grassy bank would bend a rotor, I think the PO is giving you some bull there. Enjoy your ride.
Oh there were decent sized rocks around a flower bed, its obvious from the hit on the edge of disc that it landed on one. Kinda crazy nothing else took a hit, but I spent some time looking it over, saw nothing else, fork, frame, wheel, pegs, bars, grip: all fine. It rode well, tracked straight, but the disc is definitely toast.

Anyway I just ordered a new disc from Surdyke HD, no one local would match their price, don't want aftermarket on what is really a new machine.

Thanks to those who responded.
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The only experience I have with aftermarket rotors are composite (lightweight) full floating rotors, but I'll guess that's out of your budget and not really what you are looking for. For a good upgrade to the stock rotors, I do recommend the XR1200X rotors, they are floating rotors, but priced (relatively) reasonably for floating rotors ($188/ each).

However since it's a left rotor, there are plenty of them available used on eBay. The rotors weren't changed for many years. I don't have all my parts books on hand, but I've fairly certain anything from 2000 ->2013 are the same identical part number - 44156-00 (only exception would be the XR's). Having a quick search on eBay, looks like you could get a used OEM one for ~$50 with a bit patience and searching.

If you want new OEM part, looks like Surdyke has the part for $105:

https://www.surdyke.com/PartsMain.as...Name=&CatName=
Thanks Dan, Surdyke was easy to deal with.
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rotors are very easy to bend and since .008 at the outer edge is the limit, some fool changing a tire could easily do it.
with these components, buy new as flea bays will not be a sure thing, remember, there are thickness requirements.
looks aren't as important as that it works?!? conversation piece, you are deeply involved in rotor/pad life experiment, hoo-dee-hoo!!!!
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rotors are very easy to bend and since .008 at the outer edge is the limit, some fool changing a tire could easily do it.
with these components, buy new as flea bays will not be a sure thing, remember, there are thickness requirements.
looks aren't as important as that it works?!? conversation piece, you are deeply involved in rotor/pad life experiment, hoo-dee-hoo!!!!
Experiment concluded, mine is out of whack at least 1/4". You can hear it and see the caliper dance, but surprisingly only barely feel it above a crawl. It's all legal now and I really want to ride it. My ever faithful Roadking is at the ready tho.
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The disc arrived about 4 pm and by 5 I had it buttoned up. Quick trip around the neighborhood went well, so I geared up and went for a scoot. Came back 90 minutes later with a big grin. Was looking for something to take me back to my roots; first real bike a new '72 Yamaha 650, and subsequent 650 & up used Britbikes. The 883R felt firm & tight, light, handled well. I really enjoyed it.
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The disc arrived about 4 pm and by 5 I had it buttoned up. Quick trip around the neighborhood went well, so I geared up and went for a scoot. Came back 90 minutes later with a big grin. Was looking for something to take me back to my roots; first real bike a new '72 Yamaha 650, and subsequent 650 & up used Britbikes. The 883R felt firm & tight, light, handled well. I really enjoyed it.
Glad you got it all sorted out! Enjoy the ride.
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