The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM®
 

Go Back   The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum - The XLFORUM® > SPORTSTER MOTORCYCLE FORUM > Sportster Motorcycle Era Specific and Model Specific > EFI Sportster Motorcycle Talk (2007 and up)
XLF Blogs XLF Arcade XLF Disclaimer/Privacy Statement/Terms Of Use

EFI Sportster Motorcycle Talk (2007 and up) For 2007 and above Sportsters

Active Threads
0 Bigger rear Pulley
Last Post: Bikeaholic
Posted On: 15 Minutes Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 2,641
0 My take on the world ~ Photo by Trace
Last Post: Ireeman
Posted On: 30 Minutes Ago
Replies: 1,027
Views: 140,247
0 Help, Headlight out and fuse thing clicks?
Last Post: krsanky
Posted On: 59 Minutes Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 353
0 Corona Virus
Last Post: Ireeman
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 305
Views: 15,197
0 Don't drive angry
Last Post: Ireeman
Posted On: 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 28
0 Hottie of the day, no nudity.
Last Post: ronccc
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 17,822
Views: 1,796,672
0 Sportster cv carb tuning after upgrades.
Last Post: Granty
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 29
0 Sportster fans, tell us why!
Last Post: rich56
Posted On: 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 605
Views: 169,644
0 Front cylinder base gasket leak
Last Post: BigMek
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 643
0 Keep & Kill
Last Post: Yakcm2
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 16,215
Views: 923,779
0 FNG from Oregon
Last Post: noexuses
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 171
0 Resto-Repair 84 ironhead
Last Post: BigMek
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 556
0 What did you do for your sporty Today?
Last Post: Bone
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 6,731
Views: 928,984
0 Talk to me about Painting
Last Post: Hippysmack
Posted On: 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 256
0 Upside Down Monoshock IH - A Longterm Project
Last Post: ryder rick
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 171
Views: 34,525
0 One Year
Last Post: John Harper
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 573
0 Diagnostic code ?
Last Post: mick42
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 448
0 Official XL Forum Random Image Thread (NO NUDITY!)
Last Post: Graywolf
Posted On: 5 Hours Ago
Replies: 46,792
Views: 7,455,025
0 Solenoid issue?
Last Post: Ireeman
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 409
0 My blow through turbo XL1200C
Last Post: Jason's Sporty
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 353
0 1960 XLCH in the UK
Last Post: lynnx
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 246
Views: 28,793
0 Never seen this before...
Last Post: Ireeman
Posted On: 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 4,150
0 Rear Axle Nut Torque Spec.
Last Post: HHDS113
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 30,607
0 muffler balance pipe
Last Post: Joe_jeep
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 518
0 Help me identify this bike
Last Post: rejeanprimeau
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 584
0 USA made Stainless hardware better than stock
Last Post: Ireeman
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 896
6 SPORTY BOBBER PICTURES
Last Post: jazzman
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 6,031
Views: 5,488,398
0 This week on Craig's list
Last Post: joes95bobber
Posted On: 8 Hours Ago
Replies: 4,597
Views: 589,807
0 Mikuni 42 on 883
Last Post: Tomcatt
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,575
1 Sportster's they are just sexy
Last Post: Joe_jeep
Posted On: 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 933
More...
Members Birthdays
paxman1, bkdyson (64), kd4tsc (64), Donson56 (64), BrnAgn, Sandman (57), AREA, The_Bishop (48), Delzore (48), dwrains (39), relykz (38)
Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 16th April 2017
Screw Loose Dan's Avatar
Screw Loose Dan Screw Loose Dan is offline
I think I like Sportsters
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Collegeville, PA
Posts: 7,098
Sportster/Buell Model: 883L (sorta) & a 1200R
Sportster/Buell Year: 2007
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 1200CX
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 2016
Other Motorcycle Model: XR1200X
Other Motorcycle Year: 2012
Reputation: 3292620
Screw Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond repute
Default My 1200CX Roadster - Another bad decision.

Late one night last week I couldn't sleep, so I turned to eBay for something to do. I ran across a Roadster up for auction, 35 miles on it, in Jersey so less than 2 hours away. I threw a bid at it, thinking either A) I would be out bid, or B) it wouldn't meet reserve.

I was wrong.

Thinking about it now, it was a bad decision. I make a lot of those, so I'm pretty used to it. But, I don't really need another bike. I had really been thinking my next bike (or two) would be something older or a bit different. I already had 3 EFI Sportsters, why would I need a 4th?!? But, it was a new sexy Roadster...

But, I bid and won the bike. This week between work and getting a local bank account setup so I could withdraw money, it's been a bit hectic. But, I wanted to make sure I kept up my end of the bargain. With very little sleep this morning, I made an early morning run over to the other side of NJ., trailer in tow and a wad of cash. I got to bring her home!!



Next to the project bike at home (in the messy garage):


The story from the prior owner, his wife had won the bike at a raffle from the local Harley dealership. She doesn't ride and doesn't want to learn. He "was too old for a Sposter" and "wanted something lower". I heard (between the lines) the he wanted a bigger bike. He hadn't even taken the bike for a ride around the block. Dealership delivered it and he listed it on eBay right away. He was planning to take the cash to go buy an Indian motorcycle. It didn't sound like the wife had approved that plan...

I do love the look/style of the new Roadsters. I hadn't ridden one prior to today. But, there's a lot to like here. And those that know me, know I've been smitten with them since they were first released. I'm not a fan of the chopped rear fender, and the two tone engine was a bad choice by Harley, IMO. But, really those are my two biggest gripes and they aren't that big.

I did get to take a short ride today, went around Valley Forge Park.









My first impressions:
  • The seating position seems way forward. My knees got hit by the handlebars in a parking lot, which was a first ever for me.
  • I scraped the foot peg on an on ramp, the lean angle wasn't nearly as much as I thought it would be with the high stance.
  • The turn signals buttons will take a lot of getting used to, as they are buttons and not the springy switches that I'm used to on my other Sportsters.
  • All the controls/switches are just enough different from my other bikes I have to think about it when using them. The one advantage to having similar bikes is not having to "relearn" controls when switching bikes. I'm sure I'll learn the new bike's quick enough, just different.
  • The engine sounds just like a Sportster!
  • The handlebars seem to have a bit more vibration than my other bikes.
  • The seat and it's position seems to lend itself very well to leaning off the bike in turns. It's a lot of fun!

Aesthetically, I still wish Harley didn't use the grey paint on the engine and made it all black. The chopped fender is what it is, not my taste, but clearly I knew what to expect. I had only briefly seen a 1200CX at dealership before, otherwise I had only been gawking at them online. The things that caught my eye while admiring my new bike today - there's more chrome than I expected (oil filter, handlebars, frt ts) and the footpegs are ridiculously heavy looking to me.

So, while this is probably not one of my better decisions, doesn't mean I won't enjoy it!! She fits right in with the fleet.

__________________
Screw Loose Dan
Current fleet:
2007 - 1200R (Orange bike)
2012 - XR1200X (XR)
2016 - 1200CX Roadster (new one)
2007 - 883L/90" -current project - (Black bike)

Last edited by Screw Loose Dan; 24th February 2018 at 16:27..
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 16th April 2017
ks roadster ks roadster is offline
Biker
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 11
Sportster/Buell Model: xl1200cx
Sportster/Buell Year: 2016
Reputation: 49383
ks roadster is a splendid one to beholdks roadster is a splendid one to beholdks roadster is a splendid one to beholdks roadster is a splendid one to beholdks roadster is a splendid one to beholdks roadster is a splendid one to beholdks roadster is a splendid one to beholdks roadster is a splendid one to beholdks roadster is a splendid one to beholdks roadster is a splendid one to beholdks roadster is a splendid one to behold
Default

9000 miles on mine, fun bike throw some regular pegs on it and you will not scrape. Continental trail attack tires about the only option for matching radials unless you want to give H-D your money

Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 16th April 2017
Brad Brad is offline
XL FORUM LIFE MEMBER
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 9,416
Sportster/Buell Model: Sportster
Sportster/Buell Year: None
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 1200C/883C/883R-all sold
Other Motorcycle Model: Dyna FXD-sold
Reputation: 3760079
Brad has a reputation beyond reputeBrad has a reputation beyond reputeBrad has a reputation beyond reputeBrad has a reputation beyond reputeBrad has a reputation beyond reputeBrad has a reputation beyond reputeBrad has a reputation beyond reputeBrad has a reputation beyond reputeBrad has a reputation beyond reputeBrad has a reputation beyond reputeBrad has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Nice. I figured that was a fait accompli. We should have had a pool! (When will Dan buy a roadster?)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 16th April 2017
Screw Loose Dan's Avatar
Screw Loose Dan Screw Loose Dan is offline
I think I like Sportsters
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Collegeville, PA
Posts: 7,098
Sportster/Buell Model: 883L (sorta) & a 1200R
Sportster/Buell Year: 2007
Sportster/Buell Model #2: 1200CX
Sportster/Buell Year #2: 2016
Other Motorcycle Model: XR1200X
Other Motorcycle Year: 2012
Reputation: 3292620
Screw Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond reputeScrew Loose Dan has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brad View Post
Nice. I figured that was a fait accompli. We should have had a pool! (When will Dan buy a roadster?)
LOL It is true.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 16th April 2017
sportytrace's Avatar
sportytrace sportytrace is offline
OzChick
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Mt Tamborine, QLD, Oz.
Posts: 3,414
Sportster/Buell Model: XL 1200N
Sportster/Buell Year: 08
Other Motorcycle Model: Triumph Bobber
Other Motorcycle Year: 2017
Blog Entries: 61
Reputation: 10839741
sportytrace has a reputation beyond reputesportytrace has a reputation beyond reputesportytrace has a reputation beyond reputesportytrace has a reputation beyond reputesportytrace has a reputation beyond reputesportytrace has a reputation beyond reputesportytrace has a reputation beyond reputesportytrace has a reputation beyond reputesportytrace has a reputation beyond reputesportytrace has a reputation beyond reputesportytrace has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Sigh... wow... another gorgeous addition to your garage. Seriously envious LOL.

I had the good fortune to take one for a half-day expedition a couple of months back. Aside from knees hitting the bars, I had many of the same thoughts as you; especially the turn signals. They were easier for me to reach, but the feedback had me questioning whether I'd activated them. But overall I adored it; even moreso after taking off the peg feelers at lunch time. I very much wanted to take it home with me, especially as Nyx had been being obnoxious.

Congratulations! Hopefully you'll get past the regrets completely in another ride or two.
__________________
Sportytrace ~ "Orange is the happiest color"
OzChick ~ Riding 90"Nyx DownUnder ~My Photography Website: www.photobytrace.com

Work/Life Balance? Just work more at Living!
Nyx: 08 XLN~ 90" Dyno Results; 90" of Street-based FUN coming downunder; My six year refresh adventure
TBob: 2017 Triumph Bobber; Making a Decision on a New Bike
Muse: 1982 Honda CBX Shed Find
Photography: My take on the world
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 16th April 2017
sml1226 sml1226 is offline
Chief Harley Engineer
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 516
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1200R
Sportster/Buell Year: 2004
sml1226 has disabled reputation
Default

I liked the two color engine, but I've always disliked the gray powder on mine, so it's not super difficult to impress me there. Never liked chrome without loads of black to tone it down. Aluminum looks good, but it's work to keep looking good unless you never do rain or tear it down for polish regularly. And most of the black engine bikes I've come across are waaaay too black for me.

Always been curious what an anodized case would look like. Undyed hard anodize would be cool. Deep, thick, funky dark gray all over with that nice hairline finish good anodizing has.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 16th April 2017
wandrur's Avatar
wandrur wandrur is offline
Thx for the help, jackass
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Posts: 5,285
Sportster/Buell Model: N/A
Sportster/Buell Year: N/A
Other Motorcycle Model: FXDL Low Rider
Other Motorcycle Year: 2007
Reputation: 593864
wandrur has a reputation beyond reputewandrur has a reputation beyond reputewandrur has a reputation beyond reputewandrur has a reputation beyond reputewandrur has a reputation beyond reputewandrur has a reputation beyond reputewandrur has a reputation beyond reputewandrur has a reputation beyond reputewandrur has a reputation beyond reputewandrur has a reputation beyond reputewandrur has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Dammit, man, look what you've done!
__________________
"Assuming you know how I feel about the Constitution just makes you look stupid."
--Special Agent Megan Reeves, Numb3rs
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 16th April 2017
XLXR's Avatar
XLXR XLXR is offline
XL FORUM LIFE MEMBER
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,201
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1200 R
Sportster/Buell Year: 2006
Reputation: 711676
XLXR has a reputation beyond reputeXLXR has a reputation beyond reputeXLXR has a reputation beyond reputeXLXR has a reputation beyond reputeXLXR has a reputation beyond reputeXLXR has a reputation beyond reputeXLXR has a reputation beyond reputeXLXR has a reputation beyond reputeXLXR has a reputation beyond reputeXLXR has a reputation beyond reputeXLXR has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Was the suspension and radial tires much better than damper rod and bias tires of previous models? Compared to the X?
__________________
Former Ricor test rider for IAS Shocks, Intiminators and Vibranators. Works Dual Rate fork springs, fork brace, Avon Venom X tires, loosen drive belt, and set frame rails level to floor. Read the "7 Pages of Suspension" thread in the Suspension Sticky Index to learn how to fix your suspension.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 16th April 2017
Folkie's Avatar
Folkie Folkie is offline
Brass Nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Western Weald
Posts: 46,309
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1200CB
Sportster/Buell Year: 2015
Other Motorcycle Model: CRF250L
Other Motorcycle Year: 2017
Reputation: 15519449
Folkie has a reputation beyond reputeFolkie has a reputation beyond reputeFolkie has a reputation beyond reputeFolkie has a reputation beyond reputeFolkie has a reputation beyond reputeFolkie has a reputation beyond reputeFolkie has a reputation beyond reputeFolkie has a reputation beyond reputeFolkie has a reputation beyond reputeFolkie has a reputation beyond reputeFolkie has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Congratulations!
__________________
Folkie
Super Moderator
South East England Riders



There is nothing at the end of any road better than may be found beside it. Edward Thomas (1878 - 1917)
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 16th April 2017
XL Ed's Avatar
XL Ed XL Ed is offline
XL FORUM TEAM MEMBER
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,858
Sportster/Buell Model: XL1200R
Sportster/Buell Year: 2004
Reputation: 1733979
XL Ed has a reputation beyond reputeXL Ed has a reputation beyond reputeXL Ed has a reputation beyond reputeXL Ed has a reputation beyond reputeXL Ed has a reputation beyond reputeXL Ed has a reputation beyond reputeXL Ed has a reputation beyond reputeXL Ed has a reputation beyond reputeXL Ed has a reputation beyond reputeXL Ed has a reputation beyond reputeXL Ed has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Does this take the guesswork out of which bike to bring to WV in July?
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 08:53.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
XL Forum® - Linson Media LLC