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Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport

A year with a Harley-Davidson

Skulls and flames, Torx and … rubber. Martin reflects on twelve months of Sportster Sport ownership.

been almost exactly months since I bought a Sportster as an alternative to using a 37 old airhead BMW as my regular ride. I was looking for was a bike that give some of the ‘classic’ experience without too much of the kneeling in a puddle by the side of the experience. What I found was of that, and a bit of something else as

Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster

The Sportster is a great bike to It’s not fast and it doesn’t particularly well, but it’s and rewarding. I’m writing on a crisp and sunny January and the Sportster is calling to me from the

Ride me now, write stuff later, it’s Damn, this job is tough The Harley is sitting in the shed a Morini and the BMW. The Morini is under its winter cover, a low profile and avoiding eye contact in I drag it out onto the cold and roads.

The BMW is ready to go if I want it to, but if I it’ll continue to wait it’s needed, exuding an air of efficiency not quite matched by its bearings and crackly ignition. The though, wants me to ride it. that sort of bike.

It’s not very practical, The riding position is hard into stiff headwinds and for a physically big bike it can be hard to luggage room for a long away. On the plus side, economical enough that the tank (13.5 litres, 3 imperial gallons, and I get about 50 to isn’t an issue and if you can keep cruising speed on the legal of seventy it eats the miles in an way.

It bimbles better it blasts.

216 Ride — 800 in a long weekend — a tourer!

The ‘Sport’ suspension on my is remarkably good, with adjustability to give a plush but ride. The brakes are well up to and the gearbox isn’t the clunky and abomination that received suggests. The rider gets mounted footrests, but the pillion has to put up solidly mounted vibra-sticks move up and down slightly the swinging arm in a pure seventies stylee.

The handlebar grips are chunky, the indicators just but roll the throttle open out of a speed bend and all the niggles are away in a wave of sensation. You the bike working and you know alive.

The Harley’s biggest issue is its problem. People see you on a Sportster, make assumptions. Mid-life Wannabe Hells Angel. again biker. Saving up for a Harley.

The aftermarket and official don’t help, either. Why every accessory have to either skulls, flames, or *and* flames embossed, or engraved on it? It’s a shame, the dealer network is really everything I’ve needed for the over the last twelve has either been available the counter at my local franchised or just a mouse click via an independent.

Everything, that is, from a tee shirt that’s not in skulls and flames.

I said at the that I was looking for the classic experience without the classic experience. The last twelve have seen lots of but I’ve also done my share of the ‘kneeling in a puddle by the of the road’ bit. It’s my own for buying a second-hand bike done very few miles the last couple of years; pipes, leaky seals, electrics and worn out consumables my Harley year.

Slimline saddle adds style

What follows is a long list of failures, but has been insurmountable and I’ve that there’s a wealth of out there being freely between fellow Sportster So take a deep breath and me on a journey through the Harley-Davidson book:

Within a couple of of the bike arriving, the speedo failed. The speedometer is an electronic with an analogue display fed its by a sensor mounted on top of the gearbox; diagnosed, fiddly to swap, but the part was an updated version is apparently much more

Shortly after that the lead connecting the battery’s terminal to the rest of the electrics loose; at some point the standard item had been with an aftermarket part required a short connecting and one of the fasteners had come loose. with washers and loctite.

New brake pads and an engine and oil change were next, meant buying some drivers and a stand to hold the horizontal and with a wheel in the with the right tools, the itself was easy.

After a weekend away in the District, one of the fork seals leaking, a common problem any bike that’s been from some time. the forks were out I fitted a set of ones for a Hinckley Triumph were the perfect size.

Triumph Bonneville gaiters fit Note stand under tubes.

Sportsters on on eBay

The only truly puzzling was the sudden and total failure of the It was fine one evening, and then the morning it was …. It failed so that I was convinced that fiendish electrical gremlin had into the Sportster’s system of and switches, so I set about the bike spanners and a multi-meter, determined to the faulty component.

Eventually I fitting a spare battery, and fixed all of the complex electronic that I’d been about. Within 18 hours of a new battery from Tayna.co.uk was the gap left by the disgraced Lucas and all was well with the world.

Or so I until the float-valve started and the carb flooded; I wouldn’t but I was on the way to a Harley-Davidson Riders Club at the time. I can’t be sure, but I I’d got some muck in the pipe when I’d had the off while chasing out none-existent gremlins. Removing and cleaning the also revealed a … fuel tap pipe (delivered by order within a day) and decided dodgy HT leads and caps.

The HT leads were splitting they entered the plug and two out of the four plug caps the Sportster Sport model two plugs per head) were holding onto their I could have replaced with standard parts, but aftermarket parts which to be better quality; one of the revelations of ownership has been the breadth and of the alternative parts available.

HT leads and plug caps Much better than the H-D parts

The new HT leads had to be ordered but within a couple of days. them, along with a new set of NGK was a revelation; I think it might been the first time the bike was running on all four and combined with the newly fuel system the motor was significantly smoother and crisper, and strangely a little quieter. complete combustion with all the firing perhaps?

Over the year I’ve replaced the handlebar grips a slightly slimmer set, and the king-and-queen saddle has gone in of a neater solo seat Sick Saddles ; it was cheaper to a new, custom-made saddle America and then pay the import than buy a second-hand unit a well known auction in the UK.

I could go on, but there’s a bike in the that’s calling to me.

Friday, 17th 2014 — a 45 ride to have a Full for lunch

Words and Photos: Gelder

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Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport

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