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Old 11-20-2012, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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making a sportster more comfortable

was curious what sportster owners have done to their bikes to make them more comfortable rides? Other than swapping the seat (mustangs seem to be a popular choice), any other reasonably easy mods for instilling a smoother ride?


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Old 11-20-2012, 03:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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changed the rear shocks to progressives. also some modification on the front shock ideas will be served by other members, just about now

change the tyres is also tops my list. I changed the rear tyres to michelin commander II. front change is on the way...
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Trade it for a Softail?
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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changed the rear shocks to progressives
, put 412's on the wifes 48 and they made a huge difference, now i need to do the fork springs!
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I put a mustang vintage solo seat, helped the look and the comfort, put ape hangers on it too, no more hunching over to get to the bars. Planning to put slammer shocks on it in the next few months.
Planning to put a set of mini floorboards on it as well and get rid of the pegs. I also put polyeurethan bushings for the risers and that changed a lot as well!
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm gonna give the H-D Comfort Flex shocks a try. One inch longer and hopefully they are quality units. I'll report when I get them.
I am looking at the Mustang Day Tripper solo saddle, for style first. I hope comfort is there also.
The stock seat kick up on my 1200C digs into my butt.
I also rotated my bars down on my C for a more aggressive position.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Shocks also removed seat and added 2 inches of memory foam under the leather its nice and easy to do

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:33 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Sold it for a RK... But when I had it this is what I did. Gel pad for the seat, highway pegs and for long hauls, stuff the tourpak to make a nice backrest. Grips were upgraded already for the throttle boss which was nice resting your wrist instead of holding on for long periods of time.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Air shocks on the rear make a huge difference.

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Old 11-21-2012, 12:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Your fat Sportster is wicked on every level HOF. Once again, a fine job on how you set up that bike.
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