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Old 07-07-2013, 06:03 AM   #2776
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Not bad at all. It has a lot of potential. That seat situation is beyond weird and I would have to deal with that immediately. It looks like you got the longer standard shocks with is great.

Toss that seat and backrest for some ebay special and you're ready to roll.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:19 AM   #2777
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Awesome Mikesova! Congrats.

That slow loping is a cold HD thing. You can start it up and let it fast idle while you put your gear on, then ride away. I used to ride a few blocks in a half enriched position on the 'E' (half choke I guess you'd say). She'd warm right up and all was well.

Those leaky rocker boxes are fairly typical as well and make for a good night in the garage when riding weather isn't perfect. Make sure to use quality gaskets. I've seen many guys go to aftermarket ones that were prone to leaking again. OEM replacements tend to do best for that repair (keep in mind my experience is from over a decade ago, things may have changed).

That seat...still curious what it is, or if it is a recover. I am also scrounging Ebay for a replacement and haven't found a winner yet.

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:05 AM   #2778
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When I have a new bike in the garage, it's hard to stay away. Yesterday I pulled all the aftermarket stuff off. I polished up the chrome using some 0000 steel wool and wax. It's looking like new. Phew! I also pulled the fender and the signals. The rear fender has some rust underneath that I wanted to stop in its tracks so I removed all the wiring and cleaned it up. I shot some gloss rust-olueum under there. It's looking a lot better. I polished up the front wheel, looking good. The rear mag is has some chalky oxidation on it. I tried the 0000 steel wool, but it wasn't getting deep enough, I've read that I need to try 000.

I found somebody on craigslist selling some levers, since both on this bike are busted. He is also selling a chrome horn cover for 5 bucks, so i said what the heck. :)

In terms of gasket kits, what have others used? I've heard James and Cometic are good.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:30 AM   #2779
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I see a Chop Cult sticker found it's way on there... are you planning on cutting this one up or making it a rider?
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:40 AM   #2780
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I see a Chop Cult sticker found it's way on there... are you planning on cutting this one up or making it a rider?
I'm not going to do anything that can't be reversed = No cutting. I will probably end up having to sell it eventually. I just flipped a bike and made some money and used it to get this, which was justified by the idea of me fixing it up and then selling it off, but I may become too attached to this one. ;)

I really really want one of those biltwell banana seats, but man I can't justify the 175 dollar price tag.

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Old 07-07-2013, 02:35 PM   #2781
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Mikesova,

Nice machine. Quite a bit of bike for the $$. Good work.

Also, I love you're avatar! "laid back in an old saloon with a peso in my hand..."


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Old 07-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #2782
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I really really want one of those biltwell banana seats, but man I can't justify the 175 dollar price tag.

I thought these were interesting, too. And $175 is small money for a new seat, but this from their site:

"Foam tapers from 2.5" to 1.5"."

Which leads me to believe it's too low and too hard for me.
Plus, when it's mounted on a bike, it just doesn't look that great (to me).

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:43 PM   #2783
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I concur.

They need to make it twice as thick and extend it back for plenty of pillion room. Then I'd buy one.
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I thought these were interesting, too. And $175 is small money for a new seat, but this from their site:

"Foam tapers from 2.5" to 1.5"."

Which leads me to believe it's too low and too hard for me.
Plus, when it's mounted on a bike, it just doesn't look that great (to me).

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Old 07-07-2013, 05:49 PM   #2784
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I thought these were interesting, too. And $175 is small money for a new seat, but this from their site:

"Foam tapers from 2.5" to 1.5"."

Which leads me to believe it's too low and too hard for me.
Plus, when it's mounted on a bike, it just doesn't look that great (to me).

Yeah, you're right, that photo doesn't agree with me. Too much space between the seat and tank. It does need to be taller.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:31 PM   #2785
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No Givi Bags

I went thru all the post looking to see what a GIVI trunk would like on a Roadster, not a one. It must be an image thing.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:45 PM   #2786
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I went thru all the post looking to see what a GIVI trunk would like on a Roadster, not a one. It must be an image thing.
Might be more of a hardware problem. A friend of mine has put a set of Givi bags on his Sportster and had to fabricate mounting brackets. He's got a matching trunk and is working on a way to add that behind a solo seat. Far as I know Givi does not sell a kit for these bikes.

He can carry a lot of stuff but the bike looks super wide from behind with the bags.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:13 PM   #2787
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I went thru all the post looking to see what a GIVI trunk would like on a Roadster, not a one. It must be an image thing.
When I had my 99 I was real close to doing it. Had everything in front of me even. Mocked it up on the bike, stepped back to look, and changed my mind. It wasn't even close to looking right. The weight would have been so far back I think it might have been able to actually wheelie. (883. You 1200 guys can do that I've heard). I ended up just planning on using soft luggage, then traded the bike off before I even toured anywhere. I'll get another one soon I think, I miss it. Next one is going to be an 04-07 1200 I think.

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:49 PM   #2788
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In terms of gasket kits, what have others used? I've heard James and Cometic are good.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:56 AM   #2789
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Yeah, you're right, that photo doesn't agree with me. Too much space between the seat and tank. It does need to be taller.
Mike, you don't want to be using steel wool on those aluminum wheels. No matter how well you clean after there will be little bits of steel left behind that will react with the aluminum and leave pits. You'd be way ahead to try the different grades of scotchbrite.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:13 AM   #2790
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Mike, you don't want to be using steel wool on those aluminum wheels. No matter how well you clean after there will be little bits of steel left behind that will react with the aluminum and leave pits. You'd be way ahead to try the different grades of scotchbrite.
Didn't think of that, thanks for the tip. I'll grab some scotch brite pads.
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