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Mine is mostly stock from a functional perspective. I switched out the ham can for a Heavy Breather mostly because I got tired of not being able to tuck my right knee into the bike on left hand curves. It also made the engine a little more free revving. The rear shocks sucked for a guy my size so I replaced them with the shocks off an XR1200...BIG improvement! I don't run stock tires anymore because I've found other brands that I like better. I haven't changed the stock seat because I like the way it looks, although it is uncomfortable on long rides and I'm looking at other options, but so far I took the cheap route and topped it with a high density foam pad and a sheepskin which seem to help in the comfort zone. Everything else is mostly just farkles and personal preference stuff...Harley heated grips, handguards, tankbag, luggage rack/sissybar with tailbag, a cigarette lighter socket for power, and a Formotion clock and thermometer.

I don't really see where people get all power trippy over engine mods. I rode almost 1200 miles on a trip through Appalachia a couple weeks ago loaded with about 100lbs of traveling gear strapped and bungeed to the bike. My mostly stock 883 was just fine crossing the mountain passes in WV, VA and PA. Actually, the engine's good torque seemed to eat those roads better than I expected.
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totally stock,accept for 12in apes and forwards..bud
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Other than swapping my forwards for mids , my bike is box stock.
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nothing wrong with stock, I just have an insatiable need to personalize everything I own. I'm not quite as devoted to my modifications enough to do anything truly permanent like some of the guys around here.
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Stock VRod brakes, Stock Roadster shocks with stock Low springs, Stock air filter off one of the custom SE bikes, stock Nighty gaters.... I guess the only thing that is not stock is the EFI map to replace the useless original EFI map. It is sad the Harley could have had this as the "standard bike" almost entirely out of the parts bin they already had. Total additional cost of the production would have been near $0.

Add a fork brace to finish Harley Engineering's work and a Ebay used windscreen and you have joy. That's close to stock....



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Mine's stock and going to stay that way! Well, unless you count moving the turn signals to the rear license plate mount to accommodate saddlebags... and padded sissy bar... and folding sissy bar luggage rack... and the addition of a windshield... and mini-dashboard,... and GPS...
I figure that's all just cosmetic, though, so I still consider this a "stock" bike. I like the engine, seat, pipes, etc, etc, so why tinker with 'em? :-)
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So I have to ask, how many of you guys run STOCK bikes? No different pipes, no swaped out seats, no apes, just maybe a trinket or two?
Your definition of stock vs. non-stock is too blurry for me to offer a reasonable answer, other than to say I doubt we qualify.

Gronked stock mufflers
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OEM Accessory Tachometer
OEM Accessory Detachable Backrest
OEM Accessory Rear Turn Signal Relocation Kit
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OEM Seat - from another model (XL1200c)
OEM Dual disc brakes and taller fork legs from another model (XL1200R)
Progressive 412 Shocks
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Kuryakn Highway pegs

So even though the vast majority of parts on her are OEM, that's not very "stock"

On the flip side, it still LOOKS pretty damn stock...

As far as I'm concerned if you install ANY accessory or swap out any parts - it's NOT stock anymore, for whatever that's worth.
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Bob- where did you get that catalog shot of your bike???? I would KILL for one of my 08 883c (would even be cooler if it was the two tone pacific pearl blue and black!!!!)

Bone, you make a very good point. Where IS that "stock" line. I have a mini back rest, and a different gas cap. (great, a willy g skull cap as well!) But, I must confess to enjoying reading the different configurations of everyone's vision. Thanks guys!!!!
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My 1200 C is mostly stock, I has slip on's AC, back rest with rack and a few little bolt on's, but over all stock and I'm fine with that since it's the 2 up bike and my XL50 is hooked up.
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