The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM®
 

Go Back   The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM® > GENERAL AREA > Off-Topic/General Discussion
XLF Blogs XLF Arcade XLF Disclaimer/Privacy Statement/Terms Of Use

Notices

Off-Topic/General Discussion Here is you can submit non-Sportster related topics. NO POLITICS OR RELIGIOUS DISCUSSION PLEASE.

Active Threads
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Crusty
Posted On: 35 Minutes Ago
Replies: 29,846
Views: 1,751,857
0 Chinese sportster
Last Post: friday
Posted On: 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 18
0 Hello...it time I formally introduced myself.😈...
Last Post: Brad
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 159
0 Sportster Oil Pressure and Dynamics
Last Post: Hippysmack
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 331
Views: 19,932
0 KT - 2022 - Show A Little Backbone
Last Post: sportsterpaul
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 6,580
0 Need help tuning VM38
Last Post: doodah man
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 85
0 1994 sportster shifter jamming
Last Post: roy_b
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 111
0 Adjustable Rear Brake Rod - Ride Like a Pro!
Last Post: wedge
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 598
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 54,788
Views: 9,342,466
0 Calling all short frame riders . . .
Last Post: Model H
Posted On: 7 Hours Ago
Replies: 202
Views: 28,490
0 2001 Cyclone: yea or nay?
Last Post: casual_obser
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 81
0 Cutting off Mufflers...Open Pipes
Last Post: rokytnji
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 560
0 A Photo Catalog of Ironhead Parts
Last Post: Magneto Sportster
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 358
Views: 154,756
0 Mikuni hsr42
Last Post: onesicksporty
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 1,290
0 Swingarm pivot parts
Last Post: Kit352
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 947
0 Clutch Went Out of Adjustment
Last Post: IXL2Relax
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 153
0 Header Bolts
Last Post: Toejam503
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 207
0 Massachusetts 2022
Last Post: mick42
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 126
Views: 6,787
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: Stairman
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 37,849
Views: 4,761,134
0 Another Dealership Bites the Dust...
Last Post: brucstoudt
Posted On: 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 117
0 What did you learn about your Ironhead Today?
Last Post: Medyo Bastos
Posted On: 12 Hours Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 107
0 West Virginia fall run 2022
Last Post: kkbii
Posted On: 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,042
0 For a Finished Look - Bolt Cap Covers for OEM Bolts!
Last Post: DK Custom
Posted On: 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 112
0 Installing a TRUE Stage I Air Cleaner System - DYNO PROVEN PERFORMANCE!
Last Post: DK Custom
Posted On: 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 136
0 Front Turn Signals: Where do they plug into?
Last Post: FiftySixer
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 84
0 external adjustable float for dc12
Last Post: bill smith
Posted On: 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 239
0 Where do they go?
Last Post: DEEP DIVER
Posted On: 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 395
0 what size motor?
Last Post: ryder rick
Posted On: 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,741
0 Do I need...
Last Post: ChinCactus
Posted On: 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 100
0 My latest build
Last Post: 60Gunner
Posted On: 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 504
More...
Members Birthdays
tommy (76), richmac64 (58), nutter, KIUDOG (45), mikeLI_77, K Beggs (44), tekmoe (39), 1badhd (39)
Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
  #691  
Old 2 Weeks Ago
BKB's Avatar
BKB BKB is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North cental Ohio
Posts: 2,584
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1200C
Sportster/Buell Year: 2009
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XL1200L
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 2009
Reputation: 5801366
BKB has a reputation beyond reputeBKB has a reputation beyond reputeBKB has a reputation beyond reputeBKB has a reputation beyond reputeBKB has a reputation beyond reputeBKB has a reputation beyond reputeBKB has a reputation beyond reputeBKB has a reputation beyond reputeBKB has a reputation beyond reputeBKB has a reputation beyond reputeBKB has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Food at the Millstone is reasonably good, but I'm not a "Foodie", so what do I know? If I can get it past my nose, I'll most likely enjoy it. I'd not been to Ash Cave before, so was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be handicap accessible. Not that bad off just yet, but my knees & back really don't like rough terrain. Glad Joe suggested it. Thanks. Old Man's Cave is a bit tougher to get to, but I walked back there a few years ago. Probly won't happen again, tho. Great day for a meet-n-eat.
__________________
Brian '09 1200C (black of course), 19" front wheel, det. windshield, Sundowner, mini apes, Big Sucker, 12.5" Progressive 412's, Intiminators, Gronk mod
I didn't buy a Sportster 'cause I wanted a Harley... I got a Harley 'cause I wanted a SPORTSTER!!!
Reply With Quote
  #692  
Old 2 Weeks Ago
Woody9225's Avatar
Woody9225 Woody9225 is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 217
Sportster/Buell Model: 1200N
Sportster/Buell Year: 2009
Other Motorcycle Model: Tour Glide, FXR2
Other Motorcycle Year: 1996
Reputation: 253963
Woody9225 has a brilliant futureWoody9225 has a brilliant futureWoody9225 has a brilliant futureWoody9225 has a brilliant futureWoody9225 has a brilliant futureWoody9225 has a brilliant futureWoody9225 has a brilliant futureWoody9225 has a brilliant futureWoody9225 has a brilliant futureWoody9225 has a brilliant futureWoody9225 has a brilliant future
Default

Glad you liked the hocking hills area. I am only about 20 mins from that area. I ride over there often.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
2009 Nightster
Reply With Quote
  #693  
Old 1 Week Ago
Crusty's Avatar
Crusty Crusty is online now
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Cheviot, OH
Posts: 2,090
Sportster/Buell Model: XL 1200 CX
Sportster/Buell Year: 2016
Sportster/Buell Model #2: XLH 1000
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 1978
Other Motorcycle Model: XL 1200 Cussed'em
Other Motorcycle Year: 2006
Reputation: 7936903
Crusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond reputeCrusty has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Why A Sportster?


I’ve been sitting here, this morning, thinking about my choice in bikes. There are many bikes out there that are superior to Sportsters in many aspects. Some are bigger; some are faster; some handle better. For my trip to the Arctic, there are many “Adventure” bikes that would be more appropriate. Also, out of three Sportster engines, two had crankshafts that went bad and I didn’t mistreat them. Hell; I don’t think I ever hit redline with the engine in the 16. I tour on my Sportsters. I don’t baby them, but I don’t beat them, either.

So why do I keep riding them?

I originally got a Sportster when I hit the road for a couple of reasons. First, because when I was traveling on a Moto Guzzi, back in 79, a U-joint went bad. In 20 minutes, I had the old broken one out and in my hand, when David Kaelin told me nobody in the state of Minnesota had one. My bike got trailered to a shop in Minneapolis and I took a Greyhound bus back to Louisville, Kentucky so I could go back to work on time. I decided that I wanted a bike that had a large dealer network and readily available parts.

The other main reason I got one was that Bill (my friend who unexpectedly died in his sleep) was a die hard Sportster lover. We had been planning a trip across the country on Ironheads when he died. I hit the road as a tribute ride to him.

There are more reasons than that, though. Sportsters are an addictive motorcycle They have a feel that nothing else can match. They also are designed for very easy maintenance. That’s a big plus when you’re changing your oil in a Walmart parking lot. Sportsters are also the ultimate raw material bike. It’s the easiest bike out there to personalize. There are more different accessories for them than any other motorcycle made.

In spite of the two bad cranks I’ve experienced, I think the basic engine is sound. When the MoFoCo came up with the rubber mount Sportsters, they let the bean counters have too much input into the design and the cheapened aspect of manufacturing hurt the reliability of the product. That’s why I’m spending big money with Dark Horse. I’ll have a bottom end in my engine that will hopefully still be running when archeologists find the bike in the next millennium.

As I said, Sportsters are addictive. They are an extremely satisfying bike to own and ride. I can’t think of any other bike I’d prefer to own. Both times, when the cranks died, I thought about getting something else. In 2016, I bought a beater Concours. I hated it. Last fall, when the engine started knocking, I thought about a variety of other bikes, then I called the shop and asked if they had a used Sportster for sale. (That’s how I got the Cussed’em).

There is no other bike that is as satisfying to me. It’s not perfect; but it can be made into a bike that meets my idea of what a bike should be better than anything else.

It’s the right bike for me and it's the bike that I’m going to ride to the Arctic Ocean.
Reply With Quote
  #694  
Old 1 Week Ago
ChinCactus's Avatar
ChinCactus ChinCactus is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Webster, NY
Posts: 4,593
Sportster/Buell Model: XL 883/1200 Hugger
Sportster/Buell Year: 1995
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 11 RK
Reputation: 5478909
ChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond reputeChinCactus has a reputation beyond repute
Default

And when you go to the Arctic, we hope to be following along!

I have been a Sportster rider for 40+ years. Before that I had a couple Bonneville's and Daytona's.

For years the Sportsters did double duty, touring and round town blasting. I'd change shocks and the seat and add a windshield for trips, then change it back when I got home.

Eventually I bought a RK for the long rides and the Sporty remains, sporty.

Both do what I need them to do. Never really considered anything else.
__________________
...Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right...~Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia
(In remembrance of Ruby Red "Beebe")
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:12.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC