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Old 09-13-2009, 11:25 PM
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I just got back from my first road trip, 1500+ Miles on an Iron 883.

Before this trip, I never rode it any longer than to and from work which is about 20 minutes on the interstate.
It's a blast to ride and I truly LOVE the bike.

But after doing a long ride, I need to either trade it in or make it more comfortable.
I added forward controls a few months back when I got new pipes and it actually got less comfortable.
Before my legs were under me and acted as shock absorbers.

Ever since I walked in a HD Dealership I wanted a Crossbones.
I got an Iron to learn on, but I ended up loving it too much.
Money is a big issue and I figure if I'm going to spend upwards of 20k on a bike, it's going to be one of the touring models instead.
I'll never ride 2-up on the bike so I don't want something with the touring package. I don't like the Road King or the Ultra classic.

I stopped by the Outer Banks Dealership in NC on the way home.
The street glide was the most appealing to me.
When I at on it I had no problems picking it up or handling it. Was sitting with my feet flat on the ground.
It's definitely bigger and heavier than Sporty, but I think I can handle it.

However, I still love my Iron. In a perfect world I'd keep my Iron and buy a Street Glide. But that's not possible.

I want to know how comfortable a Sportster can be and if it would be comparable at all to a Street glide or some other Touring bike.

A friend had a clamp on windshield that I can buy, I'd probably only use it for long trips and/or cold weather.
I got saddle bags for the trip and they're growing on me, maybe a windshield would grow on me too.
Also, I think I would notice a difference with fatigue, since I wouldn't have to hold myself up against the wind.

It defintely needs a new seat and I hear shocks make a huge difference too.
The sales lady I spoke to did point out that on the street glide my knees are below my hips which straighten my spine.
It's not that way on my Iron, I swear I bruised my tailbone I was in so much pain/discomfort.

If I wanted a backrest, I'd need to buy it plus pull back handlebars and possibly wiring extensions.

I'm in a tough spot, I had a GREAT time on the road on my Sporty.
I know that I would do it a LOT more if I could make it comfortable.

I just don't know if I should drop more money on making the Sporty comfortable or just trade it in for a Street Glide.

When I sat on the street glide I had no problems picking it up, I was able to sit and be flat footed on the ground. I don't think I'd have any problems handling it.

Before I do anything, I'm going to test drive a bunch of different bikes to see how they feel.
But I don't want to drop more money on my Iron just to find out it's still not good enough for the long hauls.

Any thoughts?

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Old 09-13-2009, 11:37 PM
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The more you do to your Sportster to make it comfortable, the more you take away from the cool looks a Sportster has. IMHO

Oh yeah, ask this guy about comfort on a Sportster. He rode from Alaska to Oklahoma on one: http://hdforums.com/forum/sportster-...-oklahoma.html
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:08 AM
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I agree, the more stuff thrown on a Sporty the worse it looks.

I liked it a lot better before I put the bags on.
I will probably take them off, glad I got the throw over ones.

I swear it made it less comfortable too, cause it's one more thing under the seat. It just felt like there was less absorption.
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The best way to make a Sporster look cool and be comfortable is to buy an FL............. Just KIDDING!...... Kind of!

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Old 09-14-2009, 01:17 AM
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My first long trip on my sporty last year....was kinda hard on the rear This year we went from BC, Canada to Arizona, all around Arizona and back....18 days....7,000 km I had my seat custom done with a gel pad and leather cover...I do have a windshield and a Kuryakyn Grand Tour Bag with a backrest. But, I also just test rode a 2010 Fat Boy - no comparison...it's sooooooooooo comfy compared to my Sportster But, do I want to give up my Sportster? I'm not really sure. You can tour on a sporty...looks like your young enough to do it.
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Just think, the more you dump into it you could have a streetglide. One thing is the tour pack on the EG's is nice to have for long trips, even when solo, I bought the ultra just for the extras and chopped it down to a streetglide, but i can throw on the tour pack and faring lowers when i want.
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Handlebars, Pegs, Shocks, Seat and Windshield will all add to the comfort of a Sportster.. It is also money spent that won't add a thing to the Value to it .. Unless get Truly Lucky on Resale..
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Just think, the more you dump into it you could have a streetglide. One thing is the tour pack on the EG's is nice to have for long trips, even when solo, I bought the ultra just for the extras and chopped it down to a streetglide, but i can throw on the tour pack and faring lowers when i want.
thats a stupid suggestion. by your method, the more I throw into my car, i could have a ferrari. You've got a lot of mods, why dont you just get a boss hog?

I'd say do what you want. right now it seems your mind is "my sporty sucks". No matter what you do, its not going to be like a street glide. forget about the other bike for now.. change the shocks and see how you feel. that's a pretty big difference, and maybe it will get your mind off a street glide.

cheaper too . you said money is a big issue, it would be VERY irresponsible to do a bike swap now.


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Handlebars, Pegs, Shocks, Seat and Windshield will all add to the comfort of a Sportster.. It is also money spent that won't add a thing to the Value to it .. Unless get Truly Lucky on Resale..
thats no fun though. forget about Resale, do what you want to the bike!
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Go to the harley Dealer nearest you who rents bikes and really test ride a few models.

Most dealers will allow you to rent a bike for a full day, and then swap bikes at the 1/2 day mark.

I would suggest either the street glide or the road glide from the touring family. I would also suggest a Dyna Fat Bob, which has a lot of the benefits of the touring line (drive train wise, nice wide tires, dual front disc breaks, and the twin cam engine.

Good luck with your decsion.
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Consider quick detachable windshields, bags, and back rests, and a comfy seat. For well less than $1,000 you can switch between touring mode and commuter/cruiser mode in just a few minutes. Also, you can pick up some longer shocks on eBay to help with the suspension. You can probably find some used take-offs pretty cheap.
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