Mine hangs to the left.
Probably more to do with engine being offset about 1" to the left???shovithead: Primary weight, outweighs the cam side.
. +2. We could say every post 69 american v - twin does too.primary weight, outweighs the cam side. Same with a bt.
+1, its even worse with the 82-up rear mount.Probably more to do with engine being offset about 1" to the left???
Think that might have something to do with it leaning on the left side kickstand?almost every salvage Sporty that I've owned which ended up on the ground ended up on its left side!
Oh, I'm not worried about it. I've been riding Sportsters almost exclusively for decades and I absolutely love them. I started a winter project lately and I went to move it and it rekindled my observation.The factory tried to offset the offcentered motor, by putting the brakes and other parts on the right side. Hell, been riding sportsters since the late 60s, and never worried about it. Anybody want to trash their sportsters, I take all donations. Shipping is on me. lol
I agree with you, but taking off and coming to a stop and just sitting at a light it's still unbalanced. I'm just wondering if this is the norm across the motorcycle world or is the unbalanced bike thing just an HD option.Under power it balances itself.
All good points...I'm inclined to see it your way.Ah... offset Sporty, why oh why!!!
Sporty came from the K, K engine is also offset (but was narrower on the left side, smaller clutch pack...)
After thinking about it long and hard, it comes down to one thing...
K/KH/Sporty have the same rear chain line as the WL, about 94mm from wheel centre... Put another gear in the gear box and keep the same chain offset means offsetting the whole engine to the left.
But why would they want to keep the same chain line as the WL? Probably to do with the WR and KR that shared a lot of the same components, rear wheel, hubs, sprockets... That's the only logical answer I could come up with... Not to forget as well that in flat tracking, where you always turn on the left, it makes the bike easier to steer on that side...
Which brings the next conandrum... In the H-D Engineering Dept, which was 1st on the drawings, the K or the KR!!! (there are other clues in the engine, K and Sporty alike, that point to the KR being the 1st...)
If anyone has a better explanation, I'm all ears!!!