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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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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!
'99 XLC 1200

I ride my Sportster on long trips, that seat is really comfortable, I was surprised given how everyone said it's a good thing it has a small tank 'cuz I'd never be able to ride it for long. Don't think so, rides well.


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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.
Nice bars... pee-b'dee, maaaaasachusetts.

paras r&c said:
oh yeah cant even see them
Pissah, my dad was born in N.Adams and I grew up in CT and ME, ya retahd.

paras r&c said:
hey how come you can speak proper english too?? if you like the bike youd love the CAH!
jaker said:
my '86 sporty

rigid, jockey shift
I like the clutch cable on the shifter.
jaker said:
thanks- I thought it was going to be a bitch to ride, but it was no big deal

any plans for your sporty after lowering it?
I'd like to get some Z bars, do some engine mods, and lose the nice, but stock, paint job. I'm thinking shiny black with either gold or red metalflake flames with white pinstriping. Spoke rear wheel and some sort of solo seat. I haven't decided if I'll do a bolt on rigid or not.
Tony, that is so gay...

I ought to mug you for that Mustang tank.

Tony Bones said:
Yeah, I don't know how someone could look at this and think it's cool. Geez, what a gay bike. :rolleyes:
1Shot-Scot said:
I have always thought that sportsters made great looking choppers. I don't know why someone would think otherwise. And they are plenty cheap to boot.
Just take a look at those bikes that Bill Mize built. Enough said.
Like this?


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fatass said:
I'm just in it for the enjoyment, I don't care what anyone thinks. Remember, I've owned three four-door cars without shame, so I can take the heat!
Amen. I read in The Horse (a rip-off of El Caballo) some article talking about Sportys, ragging the Customs because they felt a Sporty should not have forward controls. WTF? I shouldn't be comfortable just so I can have style points with you? Fuuuuuuuck you.
mightyherc said:
El Caballo, I see you moved to Texas from Wa. I lived in Spokane for eleven years and then moved to Kennedale Tx. for fourteen months. I sold my bike there so we could move to Phoenix. How do you like it so far? Now it's easier to get to the roundup and the HAMB drags.
Actually, I'll be in Borger in two weeks, just was in my profile and said WTF, I'll change it now. I'm sure it will be fine.

My wife wanted me to sell my scoot, I even made some half-hearted attempts, to her chagrin I still have it. My daughter burst into tears when I put a for sale sign on it at a local parking lot here. (Yes, you can still do that in some parts of America and not worry.)
Boat Races, geez, what a drunk time that is. Actually, there are some pretty nice places to go just around here, parks, wineries, straight farm roads with nobody on them when you are going 100+mph... I actually like it here, too bad I'm leaving. But hey, onward and upward.

mightyherc said:
I was never a big fan of the Tri cities anyways. I would come down for the boat races and other than that it was just passin thru on my way somewhere fun.
Good thing those front fenders come right off....

earl schieb said:
Nothin wrong with Sportsters

I did this one for a fifty-year-old woman. Her first bike.
Yeah, but did their check cash...

No shame in your game holmes, it's what they pay for. Right on.

earl schieb said:
Yeah, no shit...
fwiw, that WAS a Fatboy fender. I cut it to her husband's specs. Damn shame...front and rear both have "OCC points"... bleh.
Adam, was your bike a custom? I'm sure it was. Also, what rear fender is that?

Adam said:
Django, you bought Fastsporty's bike? Does he know about this place?
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