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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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New hugger/harley owner questions


Please don't bite, I am a new Harley owner. I got myself a pristine Hugger 883 at the weekend after moving on from my bobbed Shadow 600. It's quite a difference between the two!

When I picked it up and drove on the highway for 45 minutes, the left mirror was shaking I could see nothing. It feels pretty tight. I know many just ditch the mirrors, but the roads around here can be heavily conjested so I would like to be able to use them.

I appreciate now that these bikes are vibration happy. I have to 2000 model, engine straight to frame! Any tips to help. I don't mind the buzzy handlebars, but the useless mirrors are another thing!

Is there a particular starting procedure from cold for these bikes? My shadow was pretty much, enricher on, fire it up and away I went. Doing to same thing with the harley and it just cranks over. Do I need to give it a couple of shots with the throttle first, or keep the throttle partially open when cranking it over?

Anyone fitted a spring style solo bobber seat to these bikes, just wonder if it is relatively easy or there some welding required? I fitted one to my Shadow which needed some pins welding to the frame from the springs.

Finally, how many miles to a tank do folks get before they reset the clock?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-12-2019, 07:18 AM
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Mirror vibration on the solid mount XL's is pretty much the normal. You can add weights to the bar ends that may help. "Barsnake" is one that I can think of. Also a roll of nickels will fit. Can't help with the fuel ??, been too many years since I had an XL.

I ride like an old guy that wants to get older.

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you Might want to Check out the Sportster Section on Our Forum it Might answer a Lot of your Questions . Some us here do Bite and theirs nothing we can to Stop it Any one can bite at any Time . Have a cookie

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As to starting, DO NOT OPEN the throttle. Enricher on fully, a blip of the throttle and it should start. Allow to idle a little, depending on temperature. Enricher 1/2 or so off. Ride for a few minuets, then enricher off.
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welcome aboard from s.e. kansas. enjoy the harley, photos please. stick around and have some fun. lots of harley knowledge and ball busting on this site.
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