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JBCrabbypants
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« on: August 21, 2019, 04:29:56 AM »

Several days ago, my 13.5 inch Progressive rear shocks for my 2013 Sportster came in, and I wasted little time installing them on the bike, and getting rid of the worthless, and painful, 2.12 inch travel OEM shocks Harley inflicted on this model.

Then, this morning, the post office delivered the Harley mid position foot controls I bought on eBay last week. They were on the bike by the early afternoon.

My 2015 XL1200C Sportster is no longer a saggy-ass, feet-foward 'cruiser', but has become a 'standard' in general chassis configuration.


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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2019, 02:22:00 PM »

Nice!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2019, 05:01:19 PM »

I had no idea the travel was so short on the Sportster. Every bike should have at least 4" front and rear. Too many bad roads.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2019, 05:48:08 PM »

Good looking bike.  Youíre gonna really like those Progressive shocks.  Iíve installed a couple sets of those and really saw a big improvement.  You may end up putting in a set of Progressive fork springs, as well.  I have no experience with any of the Sportsters, but OEM suspensions are usually gravely in need of upgrading, especially if you do an aggressive riding and like to ride tight, curvy roads.  Definitely worth the money spent.
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2019, 08:33:46 PM »

That really is a good looking bike.  I rode a Sportster a long time ago and didn't really care for it but I rode the XR1200 and the Roadster versions of the bike and enjoyed each a great deal.
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2019, 08:01:19 PM »

I had a Sportster for about a day.  Price was good, but too loud and too much work needed - especially those feet forward controls.  I like what you've done with yours.
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2019, 10:39:57 PM »

I had a Sportster for about a day.  Price was good, but too loud and too much work needed - especially those feet forward controls.  I like what you've done with yours.

They're not loud with the stock exhaust system, maybe not 'Goldwing quiet', but certainly not annoying in any way.

A decent example like my 2015, is one of the simplest, economical, and owner-friendly motorcycles to maintain out there, and in unmodified form, also a bike with a well-deserved reputation for reliability.
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2019, 08:20:24 PM »

Hey John, at one point did the generation of Sportsters change?  As an example, there are three generations of Kawasaki Versys.  Mine is the third generation and came around in 2015.  I guess what I'm asking, what years would a buyer look at for a nice, reliable Sportster model similar to yours?
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