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  • tussuck Posts: 2466
    Melbourne
    Motor Head tussuck
    14 Mar 2020 01:04 PM
    Quoting Far Canal on 14 Mar 2020 01:02 PM
    Bagger dream kaput.

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    Totally agree.... It ALWAYS sounds like Nana Mouskouri blasting out at full tit!  I guess if thats what spins the wheels.
  • dicko Posts: 271
    BRANYAN/BUNDABERG
    Stage 1 Poster dicko
    14 Mar 2020 04:24 PM
    Quoting micathia on 13 Mar 2020 12:30 AMedited: 13 Mar 2020 12:32 AM
    Hi
    Just want to discuss the potential pro/con if I turn my Iron 883 into a mini bagger either baby Street Glide or Road Glide. 

    There are fairings, saddle bags, tour pack etc on the market. So it can be done. And I know people have done that before. 

    I know adding those stuff aren't cheap. But I am wondering if there are some real benefits other than a mere hobby. Theoretically...

    1. I can carry stuff around, its just like a real bagger; 
    2. It is potentially 100kg lighter than Street Glide/Road Glide, should be more nimble around metro.
    3. With 1200cc, it can be really fast. 
    4. With some after market shocks, it can also be confortable. 
    5. A bigger tank, you can ride long distances too. 


    Any potential issues that I miss? 

    (I know people would say, if you want a bagger then buy a bagger. But this idea cost $20k less to own and 100kg lighter.)


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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YkNAtHwzAQ

    I reckon its a sport glide for you.????
  • T4 Posts: 125
    Stock Poster T4
    14 Mar 2020 09:26 PM
    Personal opinion, but I think we are getting too precious here. In the old days we would think nothing of loading up whatever we were riding at the time and heading off into the sunset. Have done laps on various yams, TX750, XS650's and XS750 triple, lived on the road for years on a '76 T140V Bonneville (with a dog that rode on the tank as well); in fact the biggest engined bikes I have used for laps are a Z1R and a SP1000. 
    In those days we never used hard panniers, just throw over bags and lots of occy straps. It can be done quite comfortably, depending, of course on your individual mindset.

    Cheers, Will
  • Baloffski Posts: 2138
    Victoria
    Motor Head Baloffski
    14 Mar 2020 09:40 PM
    micathia,
    a sporty is not in  the Harley Davidson, documentation as a 'Tourer', but that means jack shit.You can do what ever the fuck ya want to do man. But reality steps  in and taps on the shoulder, @Do you really want to waste time effort money on something that's readily available?
    I seriously considered the cross dressing of my Road Glide into a Road King. But looked at the nitty gritty of the concept, and is achievable, but why the fuck.
    Enjoy your Sportser for what she was made for. My opinion only mate.
  • paulybronco Posts: 13331
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    14 Mar 2020 09:47 PM
    Quoting Baloffski on 14 Mar 2020 09:40 PM
    micathia,
    a sporty is not in  the Harley Davidson, documentation as a 'Tourer', but that means jack shit.You can do what ever the fuck ya want to do man. But reality steps  in and taps on the shoulder, @Do you really want to waste time effort money on something that's readily available?
    I seriously considered the cross dressing of my Road Glide into a Road King. But looked at the nitty gritty of the concept, and is achievable, but why the fuck.
    Enjoy your Sportser for what she was made for. My opinion only mate.
    Lets put t this way.....not going to change the engine in my lambo to a diesel for better fuel consumption so why should i change the body work on a Pantech to look like a lambo? Each vehicle was designed for a specific reason. 
  • lucifer_mr2 Posts: 446
    Stage 1 Poster lucifer_mr2
    15 Mar 2020 11:29 AM
    Do a 1275 kit, brings the power up nicely.
    Hard bags, maybe a FXRP style fairing, jack the suspension up and make sure you do the paint up as well. Would make a fun bike to ride long distance. I've got nearly 160,000km on a Sporty and they can do the long distance stuff easy.
    Also got a few km's on a Bagger, the Sporty is like a BMX to ride in comparison. Light, narrow and fun. No chance I'll get rid of mine any time soon.
  • fatbat Posts: 2993
    Forum Legend fatbat
    15 Mar 2020 12:24 PM
    Quoting lucifer_mr2 on 15 Mar 2020 11:29 AM
    Do a 1275 kit, brings the power up nicely.
    Hard bags, maybe a FXRP style fairing, jack the suspension up and make sure you do the paint up as well. Would make a fun bike to ride long distance. I've got nearly 160,000km on a Sporty and they can do the long distance stuff easy.
    Also got a few km's on a Bagger, the Sporty is like a BMX to ride in comparison. Light, narrow and fun. No chance I'll get rid of mine any time soon.
    I like this idea. Will give you everything you want and more. 
  • micathia Posts: 198
    Stock Poster micathia
    15 Mar 2020 03:24 PM
    Quoting lucifer_mr2 on 15 Mar 2020 11:29 AM
    Do a 1275 kit, brings the power up nicely.
    Hard bags, maybe a FXRP style fairing, jack the suspension up and make sure you do the paint up as well. Would make a fun bike to ride long distance. I've got nearly 160,000km on a Sporty and they can do the long distance stuff easy.
    Also got a few km's on a Bagger, the Sporty is like a BMX to ride in comparison. Light, narrow and fun. No chance I'll get rid of mine any time soon.
    Will the 1275 kit reduce the longevity of the engine?  

    Mind post a photo of your bike?


  • Ratbob Posts: 1286
    Adelaide Hills
    Performance Poster Ratbob
    15 Mar 2020 03:37 PM
    Quoting Far Canal on 14 Mar 2020 01:02 PM
    Bagger dream kaput.

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    +1 Ahmen to that brother.

  • lucifer_mr2 Posts: 446
    Stage 1 Poster lucifer_mr2
    15 Mar 2020 04:22 PM
    Quoting lucifer_mr2 on 15 Mar 2020 11:29 AM
    Do a 1275 kit, brings the power up nicely.
    Hard bags, maybe a FXRP style fairing, jack the suspension up and make sure you do the paint up as well. Would make a fun bike to ride long distance. I've got nearly 160,000km on a Sporty and they can do the long distance stuff easy.
    Also got a few km's on a Bagger, the Sporty is like a BMX to ride in comparison. Light, narrow and fun. No chance I'll get rid of mine any time soon.
    Quoting micathia on 15 Mar 2020 03:24 PM
    Will the 1275 kit reduce the longevity of the engine?  

    Mind post a photo of your bike?


    Mine is done a little different to that.
    Stock paint, jacked up, XL12200T wheels, keep changing that bars around, big Saddlemen bag, Saddlemen Step Up seat, plus some engine work. Used to have stock wheels, ran some Baja tyres on it for a run to Cameron Corner, thing ran well in the sand.
    Got around 30,000km on the 1275, doesn't hurt the bike. Will kill a stock clutch, but a grenade plate destroys them anyway so get that shit out of there.
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  • Postie Posts: 5
    Stock Poster Postie
    17 Mar 2020 06:54 PM
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    Brought a 48 for country riding with intention of adding saddle bags.
    Found bike to be to heavy for job. 
    Kept the 48 for Sunday rides as it's a great first Harley. 
    Brought a honda 500 rebel and fitted saddle bags. This bike is used for  300km trips to my boat on the river and also riden up the gang way onto the boat for river trips. At nearly 100 kg lighter it's possible.
    Build what you want and bigger is not always better... 
    PS a postie bike carries 30kg on a 110cc.
  • Far Canal Posts: 2325
    Motor Head Far Canal
    18 Mar 2020 09:19 PM
    Quoting lucifer_mr2 on 15 Mar 2020 11:29 AM
    Do a 1275 kit, brings the power up nicely.
    Hard bags, maybe a FXRP style fairing, jack the suspension up and make sure you do the paint up as well. Would make a fun bike to ride long distance. I've got nearly 160,000km on a Sporty and they can do the long distance stuff easy.
    Also got a few km's on a Bagger, the Sporty is like a BMX to ride in comparison. Light, narrow and fun. No chance I'll get rid of mine any time soon.
    Quoting micathia on 15 Mar 2020 03:24 PM
    Will the 1275 kit reduce the longevity of the engine?  

    Mind post a photo of your bike?


    Quoting lucifer_mr2 on 15 Mar 2020 04:22 PMedited: 15 Mar 2020 04:23 PM
    Mine is done a little different to that.
    Stock paint, jacked up, XL12200T wheels, keep changing that bars around, big Saddlemen bag, Saddlemen Step Up seat, plus some engine work. Used to have stock wheels, ran some Baja tyres on it for a run to Cameron Corner, thing ran well in the sand.
    Got around 30,000km on the 1275, doesn't hurt the bike. Will kill a stock clutch, but a grenade plate destroys them anyway so get that shit out of there.
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    Great stuff there lucifer.
    Not everyone can afford a big bagger either.





















  • paulybronco Posts: 13331
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    18 Mar 2020 11:37 PM
    Quoting micathia on 15 Mar 2020 03:24 PM
    Will the 1275 kit reduce the longevity of the engine?  

    Mind post a photo of your bike?


    Quoting lucifer_mr2 on 15 Mar 2020 04:22 PMedited: 15 Mar 2020 04:23 PM
    Mine is done a little different to that.
    Stock paint, jacked up, XL12200T wheels, keep changing that bars around, big Saddlemen bag, Saddlemen Step Up seat, plus some engine work. Used to have stock wheels, ran some Baja tyres on it for a run to Cameron Corner, thing ran well in the sand.
    Got around 30,000km on the 1275, doesn't hurt the bike. Will kill a stock clutch, but a grenade plate destroys them anyway so get that shit out of there.
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    Quoting Far Canal on 18 Mar 2020 09:19 PM
    Great stuff there lucifer.
    Not everyone can afford a big bagger either.





















    You can now...plenty very cheap! Just don't shake on the deal incase you die a few weeks later!
  • Amberwhiskey Posts: 40
    Stock Poster Amberwhiskey
    29 Mar 2020 02:47 PM
    Just want to discuss the potential pro/con if I turn my Iron 883 into a mini bagger either baby Street Glide or Road Glide.

    Harley have already done that with the XL1200T Superlow.  I think they were discontinued in 2017.
    If you want to stick with a Sporty perhaps consider trading up to one of those.  Has the bigger tank 
    like the custom & slightly different rear suspension.  I don't think they were very popular.


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  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2957
    Forum Legend Krash Kinkade
    29 Mar 2020 03:19 PM
    Quoting lucifer_mr2 on 15 Mar 2020 04:22 PMedited: 15 Mar 2020 04:23 PM
    Mine is done a little different to that.
    Stock paint, jacked up, XL12200T wheels, keep changing that bars around, big Saddlemen bag, Saddlemen Step Up seat, plus some engine work. Used to have stock wheels, ran some Baja tyres on it for a run to Cameron Corner, thing ran well in the sand.
    Got around 30,000km on the 1275, doesn't hurt the bike. Will kill a stock clutch, but a grenade plate destroys them anyway so get that shit out of there.
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    Quoting Far Canal on 18 Mar 2020 09:19 PM
    Great stuff there lucifer.
    Not everyone can afford a big bagger either.





















    Quoting paulybronco on 18 Mar 2020 11:37 PM
    You can now...plenty very cheap! Just don't shake on the deal incase you die a few weeks later!
    what do you do? bend over touch bums like Col & MDB?

  • Amberwhiskey Posts: 40
    Stock Poster Amberwhiskey
    30 Mar 2020 01:28 PM
    Used to have stock wheels, ran some Baja tyres on it for a run to Cameron Corner, thing ran well in the sand.

    Well, if you are going to play in the sand don't do things by half!


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  • Far Canal Posts: 2325
    Motor Head Far Canal
    30 Mar 2020 03:26 PM
    Looks interesting for sure.
    The drive chain seems to have its work cut out for it though with those bends.
  • paulybronco Posts: 13331
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    30 Mar 2020 03:35 PM
    Quoting Far Canal on 18 Mar 2020 09:19 PM
    Great stuff there lucifer.
    Not everyone can afford a big bagger either.





















    Quoting paulybronco on 18 Mar 2020 11:37 PM
    You can now...plenty very cheap! Just don't shake on the deal incase you die a few weeks later!
    Quoting Krash Kinkade on 29 Mar 2020 03:19 PM
    what do you do? bend over touch bums like Col & MDB?

    Elbows Krash, elbows
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2957
    Forum Legend Krash Kinkade
    30 Mar 2020 05:23 PM
    Quoting paulybronco on 18 Mar 2020 11:37 PM
    You can now...plenty very cheap! Just don't shake on the deal incase you die a few weeks later!
    Quoting Krash Kinkade on 29 Mar 2020 03:19 PM
    what do you do? bend over touch bums like Col & MDB?

    Quoting paulybronco on 30 Mar 2020 03:35 PM
    Elbows Krash, elbows
    good stuff!

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