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Ok Sportster guys, stand up...

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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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1 - 6 of 251 Posts 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.... 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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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.
Tony Bones said:
That bike is muy bitchen. Very nice.
Yea, I was thinking the same damn thing, that fucker is tits man. It just shot up my favorites list......
bones35 said:
i wish i could have kept mine, i loved riding that baby like riding a bmx bike.
Bones35...I just HAVE to know more about that bike.

Give me the dirt.

whatever you have to say.


I'd like to do a fully finished / painted Sporty like that one.

I'm thinking earth tones with a DARk tanned leather solo seat.
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I can't believe this post is still living, it was one of the first things I posted here.

And thanks to all who have made it a cool one. It's nice to have brothers out there with the whole - blue collar fuck you, man - attitude that I share....

I'm hanging two low for ya next ride.....
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