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Old 02-09-2009, 05:09 AM   #31
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You know, I can't understand why HD insists on releasing these anemic Sportsters. A shade tree mechanic with a few bucks and a modicum of talent can squeeze big numbers out of the Sporty mill. I personally know 4 people that have 883 based Sportsters pushing near, at or above 100hp, and at thousands less than they would pay for this little piece of "exclusivity".

I like the comparo though. Good article guys.
Buell has been doing it for years and still keeps the price competitive.
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Old 02-09-2009, 05:28 AM   #32
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Do the rubber mount Sportys like the Thunderstorm heads as much as the pre '04 models? Or are they not the thing to do anymore?
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Old 02-09-2009, 05:33 AM   #33
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I see Zippers just ports the current heads. I think they are good enough not to need the Thunderstorm heads.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:36 AM   #34
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I see Zippers just ports the current heads. I think they are good enough not to need the Thunderstorm heads.

If, nay when, I get my pre '04 Sporty I'm getting Thunderstorm heads damnit.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:14 AM   #35
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Pre 04, they need em. 1250 kit, Thunderstorm heads with Stage 3 porting, Red Shift Cams Mikuni HSR 45 carb, and go eat those XR1200's for lunch.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:26 AM   #36
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Pre 04, they need em. 1250 kit, Thunderstorm heads with Stage 3 porting, Red Shift Cams Mikuni HSR 45 carb, and go eat those XR1200's for lunch.

My plan is something like that, but not so extreme. I want to start with an 883R.
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:09 PM   #37
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That would be the route you want to go for the 883R. Big bore, cams, ported Thunderstorm heads , large Mikuni delivering the juice.
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That would be the route you want to go for the 883R. Big bore, cams, ported Thunderstorm heads , large Mikuni delivering the juice.

I'd like to go as far as I can without replacing the carb. The lower gearing of the 883 would make for an awesome low/midrange punch.
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Old 02-14-2009, 08:44 AM   #39
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Still, although it’s the highest-performance H-D ever offered for mass consumption (sorry, the ill-fated and semi-street-legal VR1000 doesn’t count)
I guess we've already forgotten about the bastard stepchild VRSCR StreetRod. While it was heavier and had a longer wheelbase, it had 20+ more horses.

I would have expected the Monster to outperform the XR to a greater degree. Interesting. Perhaps H-D isn't as clueless as we like to think.

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Old 02-14-2009, 01:47 PM   #40
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The Street Rod is a pretty nice bike. Bit on the gawky looking side maybe but a good solid performer. I'd take one.
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