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  • TC883 Posts: 611
    Wollongong
    Performance Poster TC883
    09 Jul 2017 07:21 PM
    Great to hear mate. I remember when I got my first, and still current Harley. Sportster Iron 883. My previous bike was also a Ducati, a super sport. Like you say, as long as you ride the Harley as it was designed, there is a LOT of fun to be had! Cheers, TC
  • TC883 Posts: 611
    Wollongong
    Performance Poster TC883
    10 Jul 2017 07:05 PM
    Nice work on the mods. Saw your bike in the show us your ride thread. Very nice tins on it. Good call on changing the air filter. The whole forward facing pod thing only works on certain bikes, and your 48 is not one of them! I went for a round filter with an open element myself, just something simple. The stock air filter they are fitting to Iron's now looks good IMHO as well. Safe riding. TC
  • paulybronco Posts: 9605
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    10 Jul 2017 07:30 PM
    Posted by Cropduster on 09 Jul 2017 06:27 PM
    Hi everyone, i'm not sure anyone really cares what i think of my new bike but given most here are already well and truly "converted" or die hard owners i thought i'd offer up my perspective as a first time Harley rider/buyer.

    I've been riding for 30 years or so and i've ridden japanese sports bikes, a Triumph, and for the last 25 or so, Ducati's. I bought a Diavel about 5 years ago and liked the riding position but after sorting the suspension and doing some other things it's still very tempting to go very fast so i wanted something similar but different.

    My criteria
    had to have personality of some sort
    had to be reasonably capable
    had to sound good and have a presence about it (yes, for posing!!!) but also so i'm noticed by car drivers, well, that's my argument anyway.....

    Always fancied a Sportster, i can honestly say i've never seen the attraction for the big twin bikes, not least of why is because i can't reach the forward controls and always felt dwarfed when i sat on them, FatBoys are a nice bike though.
    My old boss a long way back bought a 883 and put flat track bars on it, candy red, wire wheels, i really liked that and it definitely planted a seed, 20 years on i went looking for one, a Nightster, new at the time and i so very nearly bought one but couldn't get it sorted at the time so i left it be.
    Now, eight years on i spotted a Forty-Eight at Gasoline Alley while picking up some Brake Fluid and it had the Legacy tins and V&H pipes, it was different and i really really liked how the shop had modded it (except for the air cleaner)

    Foolishly, after discussing it with my wife i put a deposit down, i asked for mid controls because i can't reach the std forward controls and don't really feel comfortable with them anyway, i also asked for pillion pegs and a dual seat that i could use when the wife wants to come with me, i then waited......
    While waiting i read and watched reviews and while they were mostly positive i was starting to get buyers remorse, perhaps i should have ridden one first........

    The common complaints were the seat, not comfortable, the shocks, too harsh, and the pegs scraped far too easily, oh dear, what have i done????
    well, i picked it up yesterday and rode not just MY harley but ANY harley for the first time and i was surprised, and not surprised at the same time.

    To me if felt heavy at a standstill, because it is, but once underway it feels nice, very nice actually, the shocks were fine, as was the seat, these guys reviewing it must ride armchairs???
    It's not terribly fast but it is brand new, so i'm expecting it to loosen up a little but i never expected it to rival my Diavel, the big front tyre is good, felt really planted and handled quite nice, stable in corners as you would expect, just don't expect fast change of direction, OMG, tied it in knots pretty quickly ( you're on a Harley dickhead! take it easy...)
    So i put a tank of fuel through it as i rode around trying all kinds of roads, speeds, traffic etc and i'm very happy with my decision, no buyers remorse, just a big stupid grin and thoughts of what i can do to make it more mine....

    I washed it and waxed it this morning, pulled the plastic lower belt guard off, mirrors off, and the S/E heavy breather has been removed in anticipation of a small round stage1.
    I have a CRG bar end mirror coming, mirror hole block offs and a set of new Biltwell tracker bars and some nicer grips, that should do for now, but man! what a bike, i love it!!

     After a Diavel not sure any HD will live up to performance. Enjoy your new ride

  • shadowarrior Posts: 223
    Gold Coast
    Stock Poster shadowarrior
    11 Jul 2017 12:16 PM
    Mate you need to post a pic of the bike...can't write good things about it and then not post pictures! Congrats on your new bike! Gasoline Alley SE QLD? We should start a SE QLD Sportsters club! :)
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 1975
    Motor Head Krash Kinkade
    11 Jul 2017 04:50 PM
    Great news mate!!
    I love all bikes myself & would like to ride a Ducati, just the service costs scare me, as no valve springs & a belt driven OHC's.
    Your new 48 a lot simpler with push rods, gear driven cam's Hydraulic lifters so about all you need to do is change oil, change oil filter, check primary chain adjustment, adjust clutch, check tyre pressure & ride. 
    But nothing wrong with Big Twins, you can get mid control's. big twins have more Torque. Sporty's fun to ride.
  • shadowarrior Posts: 223
    Gold Coast
    Stock Poster shadowarrior
    11 Jul 2017 08:34 PM
    Posted by Cropduster on 11 Jul 2017 02:21 PM
    Posted by shadowarrior on 11 Jul 2017 11:46 AM
    Mate you need to post a pic of the bike...can't write good things about it and then not post pictures! Congrats on your new bike! Gasoline Alley SE QLD? We should start a SE QLD Sportsters club! :)

     i posted up in the show us your sportsters thread, i'll post one here when the mods i am in the middle of fitting are installed, still waiting for my mirror and a/c medallion to arrive.

    The bars were more fiddly than i anticipated, the switch block with the hidden switches made it a challenge!!


     Just saw your bike in the other post, that paintjob looks awesome!

    Yeah the darn hidden hand brake switch was a pain... the guy I gave it to swap the bars ripped that switch out...so I've had to make a makeshift switch till I swap it. :|



  • Far Canal Posts: 1244
    Performance Poster Far Canal
    15 Jul 2017 05:40 PM
    After a ducati the brakes on your HD will never seem as good. There are thing$ you can do to make them better.
  • Far Canal Posts: 1244
    Performance Poster Far Canal
    15 Jul 2017 07:32 PM
    You can probably put a Performance Machine 6 spot caliper on. This conversion seems to work best if you go the bit extra and add a PM larger dia brake disc as well.
    I did that with my FXST and the improvement was noticeable (uses the stock master cylinder too). I am assuming the same upgrade is available for your model.
  • Vic Posts: 149
    Stock Poster Vic
    15 Jul 2017 08:51 PM
    Posted by Cropduster on 15 Jul 2017 03:11 PM
    I'm getting more confident on it now and it's definitely loosening up a little more, pulls nice through the gears but i'm struggling to get the brakes to bed in or just plain work, the lever pressure i need to use is pretty strong, or maybe i'm a puss, dunno.

    Anyway, here it is after i swapped the bars, grips and added a CRG bar end mirror in place of the factory ones.
    Cheers
    Paul.

    HD Forums Australia - IMG_1434_1.JPG

     Nice looking bike C/d, brakes probably still need bedding in a bit but you can make things better with the usual different pad material,

    braided lines, calipers etc BUT you will never be able to approach a bend hard on the brakes like you do on the Diavel.


  • shadowarrior Posts: 223
    Gold Coast
    Stock Poster shadowarrior
    15 Jul 2017 10:51 PM
    I had same feeling about the brakes when I got my sporty coming from mostly supersports and muscle tourers. I have to go all in and give it a good squeeze for emergency braking. The ZRX1200 with 310mm twin front rotors stopped at the drop of a dime. 
  • steelo Posts: 1807
    Adelaide foothills SA
    Motor Head steelo
    16 Jul 2017 03:24 PM
    7 days from loving it to selling it on. Do you have a new bike plan HOGGY?
  • HOG48SYD Posts: 27
    Sydney
    Stock Poster HOG48SYD
    16 Jul 2017 03:51 PM
    Posted by steelo on 16 Jul 2017 02:54 PM
    7 days from loving it to selling it on. Do you have a new bike plan HOGGY?

    Steelo this was a 'Custom Project'. 

    I like very much and in fact miss all my projects once they go to their new homes.  

    I have 3 on at the moment. This was just one of them. 

    I have a DynoSB in the works and a SL280 Mercedes about to start. 

  • Grubster Posts: 20
    Blue Mountains NSW
    Stock Poster Grubster
    16 Jul 2017 03:57 PM
    Looks the goods, very nice. Sporties are a lot of fun, enjoy.
  • steelo Posts: 1807
    Adelaide foothills SA
    Motor Head steelo
    16 Jul 2017 06:47 PM
    Sorry CD and Hoggy. I mistook CD's review as HOGGYs. I was interested in whether the "size and buyers remorse" comments in the review may have been the catalyst for selling this one and getting a bigger bike perhaps. GLWS.
  • Kingchops Posts: 0
    Kingchops
    16 Jul 2017 06:56 PM
    I've removed the "for sale" post made in this thread.  Keep "for sale" posts in the appropriate section.
  • HOG48SYD Posts: 27
    Sydney
    Stock Poster HOG48SYD
    16 Jul 2017 10:45 PM
    Posted by steelo on 16 Jul 2017 06:17 PM
    Sorry CD and Hoggy. I mistook CD's review as HOGGYs. I was interested in whether the "size and buyers remorse" comments in the review may have been the catalyst for selling this one and getting a bigger bike perhaps. GLWS.

    Not a catalyst. Didn't mean to HiJack your thread CropD... just was asked the Q's by Steelo. 

    The 48 is a Great Ride. I am very happy with mine. Just always looking for the next project. 

    Yours looks awesome. Like the look. Ride Well & Be Safe.

  • lucifer_mr2 Posts: 394
    Stage 1 Poster lucifer_mr2
    12 Aug 2017 07:11 PM
    I've found the gearing to be about spot on. Can get to about 80 on first, cruises nicely on the highway in fifth.
    Love the 48, no buyers remotes from me. Had a ride of a few other Harley's, I think I'll stick to the 48.
  • AlHD48 Posts: 405
    Stage 1 Poster AlHD48
    12 Aug 2017 07:42 PM
    48s are awesome, my mate just brought a fatboy s 110 , I got to ride it and man it was heavy and supprisingly not as fast as i expected , even with the stage 1 and dyno 

    love how sporties are quick and they can move
  • Scouser Posts: 1816
    Marion, South Australia
    Motor Head Scouser
    12 Aug 2017 09:25 PM
    The front caliper from the xr1200 bolts straight on.
    Sorts out the front brake.
  • srd0060 Posts: 250
    Canberra
    Stage 1 Poster srd0060
    13 Aug 2017 10:27 AM
    It was explained to me when I got my first Harley that if you want to ride fast on a screaming bike around corners and feel like your sitting on a fence buy Jap, if you like a lot of steel/lron, low reving, high torque and good looking bike buy a Harley. I rode my sons Ninja OMG it was terrible but stops well... my streetbob will do me.
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