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Ok so I've been going to rallies all my life. It started in the early 70's for me and the difference between a rally today and a rally in the days of yore are profound. And one of the biggest differences that bugs me the most is the way the Sportster gets treated at runs/rallies now.

They get tagged as a "bitch-bike" or a "little" bike, and in terms of status, well let's just say I have to look up a lot of noses before I can look a fellow rider in the eyes....

The way I have always seen it is quite different. The Sportster is the Hot Rod of the brand. It is smaller, lighter, and tighter - it always reminds me of a little Duece roadster, cut-down and purpose built for racing. It is the best performer out of the box and it is built to handle and perform quite well thank you very much. In fact back when my dad was young he told me that the Sporty was the bike to have. It was the bike of choice for most younger guys and the larger bikes were left for the old men. When his friends and he were out chopping & stretching a bike it was usually a Sporty. And the whole time I was growing up my father always had a hopped Sportster around. Maybe that's why I love them.

When the time came for me to get a bike of my own there was no question - it had to be a Sporty. I could have bought a Super Glide or a Softtail. Cost was never the issue. I actually WANTED a Sportster!!

So why should I feel like I am getting sand kicked in my face at a rally? The answer is - I shouldn't. When we get rolliing on the road and the big bike riders get throttle happy or start fooling around, I can take solice in the knowledge that my "little" bike will stomp a big fucking mud-hole in their ass at the drop of a hat.......

So they might have a more flashy or a prettier bike than I do, so what. I put all my dough into the "GO".....Chrome can't bring it home as they say.


So there it is. Anyone else feel the way I do? Post up some pics of your "little" bike and tell me how you feel. This is our place, and we should stand up and be counted, together.....that plus I want to know how many other guys dig Sporties. :)
 

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You hit the nail right on the head, Bro!

I was kind of shocked to discover the same ugly snobbery as you're describing when I merely MENTIONED wanting a Sporty recently. Seems that they're not GOOD enough for the Modern Yuppie Biker ****, but when you talk to TRUE bikers...ones that have been around longer than AMERICAN CHOPPER has been on the air, you'll find that they are far more receptive!

Still, there IS an almost unspoken disdain for Sportys, and I don't get it, either...

When I was little, I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time with a local motorcycle club, and Sportsters were the favored scoot among these riders. We're talking the mid to late 70s here, and these guys rode souped Sportys with trick paint and custom bars. Their reasoning was the same as yours and mine...the Sportster models were cheap, widely available, light, and easy to coax performance out of. They truly were/are the HOT ROD bike of the Harley persuasion!

Last Summer, I met a guy at a party with a hopped up Sporty, and we got to talking about them. I told him how I dug those bikes, but had owned the big Kawasakis as muscle bikes myself. Talk naturally came to performance, and when I asked him how a warmed-over Sport RAN, I was kinda shocked when he said "Take it for a spin and find out!".

That quick ride reaffirmed what I had learned from the guys back in the 70s! Sportsters flat KICK ASS! True, my old KZ-1000 would probably have run away from this Sporty at the top end of the track...but the way that lumpity Sport jumped off the line was unbelievable! Around town, that rumbling monster of a Sportster really put a grin on my face...I have to own one someday!

Screw the masses and their trendy, stuffy assed opinions...twist the grip and they'll be too far behind to fuck with you anyway!!!

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Everyone I've been around dig the sporties I have/had.

There are lots of comments about how small it is but that usually leads into how managable or fast it is.

When we roll up to the bike nights 'round town there's usually a handfull of "real" bikers that look at mine and ask if my girl let me take her bike for a ride. The majority of riders though tell me all about how they wish they would have kept there sport and blah blah blah.
 

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I dig the early Sporties. They are just about the only thing HD that a guy on a budget can afford, and they make for a cool chop/bob. Let the RUB's hate 'em, it keeps the prices down for the rest of us.:D
 

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I look at it this way, I didn't buy a bike for someone else, fuck them if they don't like my Sporty. As has been stated before, the Sportster WAS the bike to have back in the day. Now, because of the mega dollar comfy softail choppers being bought by old men who never even participated back in the day because they were driving the muscle cars their fathers bought them, there is an unsupported snobbery from idiots who are more into flash than dash. So fuck 'em, I'm glad they don't like Sporty's, more swapmeet shit for me. Bitches. Ha!
 

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My first Harley was a '73 Sporty. It was quick and fun to ride. It was easy to change things around. I may have gotten caught up in the 1/2 a Harley deal, but My style of riding which is hauling ass for long distances was the reason I went to a Big twin. No regrets.
I think that a sportster done right is the best lookin bike out there and always has been., especially the Tank. I will find some old pics but someone will have to post them for me.
Back to the subject. The sportster is a great bike and if you are a true enthusiast you wont give a flyin f88k what anyone thinks anyway.
now where the heck are those pics?!
 

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Broman said:
Ok so I've been going to rallies all my life. It started in the early 70's for me and the difference between a rally today and a rally in the days of yore are profound. And one of the biggest differences that bugs me the most is the way the Sportster gets treated at runs/rallies now.

They get tagged as a "bitch-bike" or a "little" bike, and in terms of status, well let's just say I have to look up a lot of noses before I can look a fellow rider in the eyes....

The way I have always seen it is quite different. The Sportster is the Hot Rod of the brand. It is smaller, lighter, and tighter - it always reminds me of a little Duece roadster, cut-down and purpose built for racing. It is the best performer out of the box and it is built to handle and perform quite well thank you very much. In fact back when my dad was young he told me that the Sporty was the bike to have. It was the bike of choice for most younger guys and the larger bikes were left for the old men. When his friends and he were out chopping & stretching a bike it was usually a Sporty. And the whole time I was growing up my father always had a hopped Sportster around. Maybe that's why I love them.

When the time came for me to get a bike of my own there was no question - it had to be a Sporty. I could have bought a Super Glide or a Softtail. Cost was never the issue. I actually WANTED a Sportster!!

So why should I feel like I am getting sand kicked in my face at a rally? The answer is - I shouldn't. When we get rolliing on the road and the big bike riders get throttle happy or start fooling around, I can take solice in the knowledge that my "little" bike will stomp a big fucking mud-hole in their ass at the drop of a hat.......

So they might have a more flashy or a prettier bike than I do, so what. I put all my dough into the "GO".....Chrome can't bring it home as they say.

So there it is. Anyone else feel the way I do? Post up some pics of your "little" bike and tell me how you feel. This is our place, and we should stand up and be counted, together.....that plus I want to know how many other guys dig Sporties. :)
I have had the same response. Two instances that come to mind now are:
1. When out riding with a friend, stoped at a dive bar. We were leaving and this guy is looking at my buddy's trump bobber then laughes at my sporty. (5" over front end, z bars, 6" risers, Ect.) SO I start it up and try to blow his eardrums off. All I see is him with his hands over his ears. :)

2. I'm in a bar wearing a HD shirt and this haggered woman comes up to me and asks if i have a bike. I do a sportster. She turned away like i had the plague. That was actually a relief.

Later

Adam
 

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Adam, show me how the Z-bars look on your bike, i have been searching for a set to put on mine. That is just one thing, I plan a repaint and engine mods. If I have any money left over I'll get a spoke rear wheel.
 

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Adam, show me how the Z-bars look on your bike, i have been searching for a set to put on mine. That is just one thing, I plan a repaint and engine mods. If I have any money left over I'll get a spoke rear wheel.
I will get pics ASAP. Wont have my laptop to an internet connection until Wed. evening.

I put a spoke rear wheel on mine as well. It looks so much better than the Mag.
 

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whew...now I can quit holding my breath. I was worried I might be a loner on this subject.

I am still scrambling for pics - I thought they were in the desk, right on top....guess they were put away somewhere......

Not that my bike is much for the eyes, it's basically a stock looking 1999 Sportster 1200 Sport (the one that came with dual plug heads and on-the-fly adjustable suspension). I have even kept the factory pipes for that stealthy sting. It has been lowered and I bought a lower, leaner mirror and a laid-back licence-plate bracket that flows with the rear fender. Most of the mods are engine based.

My buddy who rides a big bike thought his mildy modified big twin was pretty damn fast, that is until we met at an intersection and he tried to get away from me - only to watch me wizz by with the front wheel about 6 inches off the ground and the rear tire giving off just a haze of smoke. He was truley surprized....later on at the bar he asked me what I had done to my bike claiming he'd never been beat up like that by another (big) Harley.

Truth be told my bike isn't even the fastest Sporty around, it's just a moderately modified bike.
It's been bored .010 with higher compression pistons
Screamin' Eagle air cleaner kit
Screamin' Eagle carb kit (w/carbon fiber slider)
Higher intensity dual coils and plug wires
Higher rev limit ign. module
Un-corked factory exhaust with torque tubes
Super-sticky Dunlop soft compound tires

....that's all I can think of off the top of my head...anyway, nothing crazy, but it can be a surprizingly powerful bike.

I flat-out drag-raced my brother on a Suzuki 600 Sport bike and I handed him his ass....not just once - we raced over and over and over just so I knew it wasn't a hoax. Pretty even match-up actually, it just depended on the launch and hitting the right shift points. I know for certain that the longer the race the less my chances for winning was though....yea, I learned that pretty quickly. The Suzuki could just rev forever on the top side and my bike would be out of breath.

Lot's of fun anyway, because I had figured he'd pound my ass every time until we actually lined 'em up. The torque curve is as flat as a table-top on a Harley and I suppose that is what saved my ass. As far as HP goes they aren't WAY too different, but the Sportbikes have a the revs and the light weight.

If I had all the money in the world I'd own a couple of Sport bikes too, but I gotta pick my poisons....

...so back to the Sporty pics - c'mon, Beuller,,,,, Beuller,,, BEULLER!!!

I'll accept any cool links too. The cafe links posted elsewhere on the board have me pretty stoked - and wasting way too much time.
 

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Jaker,

I dig the lines on that bike.
What frame/forks you running?
I'd like mine to sit like that someday, only I want a modified Superglide tank.

Thanks for posting.
 
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