What should I do first to my Sportster?

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by DaveInPA, Jul 21, 2008.

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What should I do first to my new Sportster XL883?

  1. Saddlebags

    3 vote(s)
    7.1%
  2. Windshield

    18 vote(s)
    42.9%
  3. SE Mufflers

    21 vote(s)
    50.0%
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  1. DaveInPA

    DaveInPA Frozen Account

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    I have a new XL883. I have some things I want to do to it, but can only afford to do one thing at a time. So, do you think I should install a windshield, get saddlebags, or install Screamin Eagle mufflers first?
     
  2. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    I would say windshield .. sure makes highway riding a lot nicer then saddle bags to fit all the stuff in ..
     
  3. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Where's the choice for "trade it in on a Fatboy?"

    :D :D :D
     
  4. The Bad Man's Angel

    The Bad Man's Angel Active Member

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    How about just ride it some till you decide what you need and in which order?
     
  5. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I'm with Angel on that, just ride it. Then prioritize, I went for a wind sheild first over saddle bags. I can always work with a back pack. :D But when you get off the bike & see all the bugs on the wind shield instead of on you, you'll be glad you have it. Not to mention how much longer you can ride when you don't have to fight the wind all day. Enjoy!
     
  6. biscuit

    biscuit Junior Member

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    Trade it in for a Deluxe!:D
     
  7. The Bad Man's Angel

    The Bad Man's Angel Active Member

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    i bet you'd put 16 inch ape hangers on it too. and maybe some chrome mud flaps & and a set of lizard lights.

    with leather braided hand grips that have 14inchs of buggy whip fringe
     
  8. The Bad Man's Angel

    The Bad Man's Angel Active Member

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    boys will be boys everytime they get a chance.
    How much better do they make it ride or run?
     
  9. Drew

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    That is how I approached my new sporty. I haven't done any highway travel yet, primarily because I feel like I would want a windhshield. I've been on major roads where I've been at 55mph, and due to the wind, I definitely feel I need to tighten my grip when going at that speed. So for me, a windshield seems like a practical purchase. However, I didn't feel compelled to buy a whole bunch of accessories upon purhchae of the bike, given I am new to riding, and really had no idea what I would want. Plus, I think having a stock sporty is boss!

    ride safe
    Drew
     
  10. Baggh

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    mine came with a windshield when I bought it... first thing I did when I got it home (before I even went into the house) was break out the craftsman and remove it. I think the Sporty is soooo unique and attractive with its stock profile. So yep.. I removed the windshield and no way shape or form would I add saddlebags. Once adding those your sporty pretty much looks like *insert name of any metric motorcycle* imho. But then again... thats up to personal preference. I vote for looks over functionality... and I love the stock sporty looks (with uber harley tax add ons of course). I also go for uncluttered and LUV the wind in my face.

    My vote would be roll with the pipes! The get you some of the smaller, affordable add ons (grips\pegs\caliper medallions), then a 2up seat (that doesn't break the sporty profile... I got a sidekick... more affordable add ons... then a tach kit.
     
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