engine size ?

Discussion in 'Engine, Fuel and Exhaust' started by bzhunter, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. bzhunter

    bzhunter New Member

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    i picked up a 76 sporty right hand shift.
    i was told it was a 1200 engine ? not a 1000.
    how do you identify what it is ?
    thank you.
    bzhunter
     
  2. Webbtron

    Webbtron Banned

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    Well stock 76 Sportsters were 1000 cc...I need to think about this right hand shifter, as that doesn't ring a bell. Easy to check out though.
     
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    74 was last year of right shifter, probably 900cc unless it has been stroked and or bored out
     
  4. SledDog

    SledDog Senior Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I though it was '73. But the 900cc for stock is correct.
     
  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    75 was first year of left side shift, have you ever ridden one, they were tricky at first:p I mean the right side shifter being tricky :p
     
  6. SledDog

    SledDog Senior Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I rode a few late 60's Nortons and Triumph that were right hand shift. It wasn't some that I liked, it was a bit different. You really had to think about what you were doing.
     
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    LOL, I kept down shifting instead of braking:p
     
  8. SledDog

    SledDog Senior Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I kept braking instead of downshifting!
     
  9. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    :p Racing was the big thing for the right hand shift, I think the AMA was instrumental in getting H D to change:D
     
  10. SledDog

    SledDog Senior Member Staff Member Moderator

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    If memory serves, the 900 Sportster was direct sales competition for the Triumph amd Nortons. And since they were right hand shift, that's how HD produced the Sporty.

    Same and same, just an America built bike. The cafe racers were all the rage in Europe at that time. And since the bikes were being imported to the US, the culture followed.