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Old 09-17-2006, 12:04 PM
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My wife just started riding this year on an old Yamaha XS400 & she's already thinking of bumping up to a H/D. Because of the old "money factor" we're thinking of a used Sportster, but want to get a new enough one to have a rubber mounted motor. I tried a search, but couldn't find the answer. What year was the first year that Sportsters had rubber mounted motors?
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2004 was the first year for rubber mounts
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Old 09-17-2006, 12:29 PM
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Thanks for the reply.
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No problem. Good luck finding a bike. I'm sure your wife will enjoy the sporty.
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Old 09-18-2006, 01:32 AM
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My first pre requisite for my bike was that it had to be a harley (that determined budget/bike for me right there!)

Since I was looking at the Sportster line, the very next important item was that it HAD to be an '04 or newer because of the rubber mounted engines. I've seen and ridden on both and I can tell a difference. When the '04 engine sits at idle and runs in the chassis, you can definitely see that it was a MUCH needed improvement.

Yeah, nothing under an '04 for sure!!
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Just for info, I was sitting next to a stock Rubber mounted Heritage Deluxe the other day at a stop light as we discussed the handlebar vibration. His were shaking MUCH worse than mine. Funny thing is, mine is a rigid mounted 91 Sportster. He explained that he needed to get some other add ons to really separate the engine and exhaust from the frame. I forgot just what add ons. We were riding in a pack of big Harley cruisers, so I began looking at the bars on them all. Most were vibrating worse than mine. They are bigger engines, of course.

My message is that you should not expect much less vibration from a stock rubber mounted Sportster engine. (I have seen those, and wonder why they hard mounted the exhaust?) It takes special exhaust connectors and other add on to really get the vibs out. Also, the rubber mounts tend to wear out and bust.

You might get the idea I don't really like the rubber mounts. Well, to me the vibration is part of what a Harley is all about. It does kinda suck that all of the screws will vibrate out unless you cement them
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I was sitting next to a stock Rubber mounted Heritage Deluxe the other day at a stop light as we discussed the handlebar vibration. His were shaking MUCH worse than mine.
Must have been the rubber mount, could be it was bad?
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All softtails have had counter- balanced engines since 2000. None have been rubber mounted. If a Deluxe is vibrating like that, there are some serious problems going on with it.
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All softtails have had counter- balanced engines since 2000. None have been rubber mounted. If a Deluxe is vibrating like that, there are some serious problems going on with it.

Yep...Was just having a little fun there.
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ORIGINAL: Broken Leg Rider

Just for info, I was sitting next to a stock Rubber mounted Heritage Deluxe the other day at a stop light as we discussed the handlebar vibration. His were shaking MUCH worse than mine. Funny thing is, mine is a rigid mounted 91 Sportster. He explained that he needed to get some other add ons to really separate the engine and exhaust from the frame. I forgot just what add ons. We were riding in a pack of big Harley cruisers, so I began looking at the bars on them all. Most were vibrating worse than mine. They are bigger engines, of course.

My message is that you should not expect much less vibration from a stock rubber mounted Sportster engine. (I have seen those, and wonder why they hard mounted the exhaust?) It takes special exhaust connectors and other add on to really get the vibs out. Also, the rubber mounts tend to wear out and bust.

You might get the idea I don't really like the rubber mounts. Well, to me the vibration is part of what a Harley is all about. It does kinda suck that all of the screws will vibrate out unless you cement them
my cousin has an 06 wide glide and his bars shake more than mine, and the reason is the risers are mounted on with rubber bushings(so of course they will give the appearance of more vibration)and his has the tc88b engine which is counter balanced,but let me tell you something ive ridden his and it is smooth,also ive ridden pre-rubber mounted sportsters and the difference is night and day in vibration. i dont know if you have ever ridden a rubber mounted sporty but if you havent maybe you should and you will know what the big deal is..
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