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Got the beast home/ it's Alive!

#1 Post by 2ndovc » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:48 pm

got the Sportster home yesterday. Picked up a new battery today, it's on the charger now.

We'll see if it starts tomorrow.

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Ignore all the furniture, I've had my mom's stuff in storage for over a year. The garage is finally done so I was tired of paying $200/ mo to keep it somewhere else.

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#2 Post by Pitchy » Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:03 pm

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#3 Post by Pete44ru » Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:52 pm

2ndovc wrote:
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Ignore all the furniture, I've had my mom's stuff in storage for over a year. The garage is finally done so I was tired of paying $200/ mo to keep it somewhere else.

The furniture's OK - we've seen more than a few hog riders who keep their bikes in their living room...…… :mrgreen:

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#4 Post by M. M. Wright » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:00 am

You might want to put a drip pan under it just in case it decides to mark it's spot. Especially after it's been sitting for so long. Be sure it's full of 50 wt. before you start it. Good luck.
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#5 Post by 2ndovc » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:41 am

Thanks Pete, that's funny.


Great idea Mr. Wright, I should have thought of that. :roll:


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#6 Post by OldWin » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:54 am

Depending where, and how long it's sat, I would.....
Put a few drops of Marvels in the cylinders. While it sat, I would drain any fuel, flush the tank, pull the petcock and clean it and the screen.
Pull the carb and clean thoroughly.
Check the brake calipers for free movement.
Drain the oils for an extended time, then replace with the lightest synthetic thats recommended. New filter, also.
Make sure no mice, etc, are in the exhaust.

Try a start after reassembling and fresh fuel. If she starts, let it idle for a minute or so. Pump the clutch a few times and make sure it isn't sticking. If everything seems ok , add some Seafoam and run it some more for a little longer intervals. Once it's been run a while at full temp, drain all the oils and replace with a new filter.
Replace the tires before riding on the road! They degrade with age.
It will/may leak oil from several places. I would give it a while and keep wiping it off. A good many times, dried gaskets will "heal" and mostly seal up. I've seen it more than once. May.......may not.
Sorry so long winded, but it's a cool old Sporty and should be saved.
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#7 Post by marlinman93 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:16 am

Always appreciated the Sportsters over the larger Harleys. More nimble, and fun to me.
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#8 Post by rossim92 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:35 pm

I like sportsters also, just too light suspension for me (250 lbs) I drive a 2013 superglide. :D
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#9 Post by 2ndovc » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:04 pm

OldWin wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:54 am
Depending where, and how long it's sat, I would.....
Put a few drops of Marvels in the cylinders. While it sat, I would drain any fuel, flush the tank, pull the petcock and clean it and the screen.
Pull the carb and clean thoroughly.
Check the brake calipers for free movement.
Drain the oils for an extended time, then replace with the lightest synthetic thats recommended. New filter, also.
Make sure no mice, etc, are in the exhaust.

Try a start after reassembling and fresh fuel. If she starts, let it idle for a minute or so. Pump the clutch a few times and make sure it isn't sticking. If everything seems ok , add some Seafoam and run it some more for a little longer intervals. Once it's been run a while at full temp, drain all the oils and replace with a new filter.
Replace the tires before riding on the road! They degrade with age.
It will/may leak oil from several places. I would give it a while and keep wiping it off. A good many times, dried gaskets will "heal" and mostly seal up. I've seen it more than once. May.......may not.
Sorry so long winded, but it's a cool old Sporty and should be saved.
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I'll take another run at the Sportster, but I'm really thinking we would get a whole lot more use and fun out of a new fourwheeler!

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#10 Post by Pitchy » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:57 pm

It`s a Harley what could go wrong, i`ll say again. :lol:
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#11 Post by OldWin » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:00 pm

You should be able to find what battery fits online.
Even if you'd rather a four wheeler, you can get more for the Sportster if it's up and running.
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#12 Post by 2ndovc » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:19 pm

Lenn, thanks for the laugh again!

I'll get this thing running, it's just been one of those weekends. Was about to drag it out back an turn the canon loose on it!!!

Bubbles and the boys think a 4 wheeler would be the Bomb. A friend of mine is gonna have one of his guys stop by and help out.
We'll see what happens,

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#13 Post by Pitchy » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:35 pm

Been riding Harleys for 45 years plus its blood sweat and tears ya gotta like to work on them though the new ones are some what trouble free.
Get er started take it for a ride and you`ll either love it or not and go from there, the thing about Harleys is they get in your blood and then there`s no turning back.
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#14 Post by 2ndovc » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:42 pm

:D :D

One of those things, I guess. :D

I'll get it running and go from there. It's all good!

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#15 Post by 2ndovc » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:23 pm

Finally got it started!
Three different batteries and multiple trips to the parts store to get one that fit and had the terminals on the right ends. A nice lady at an Auto Zone actually knew what I needed and helped me get the right one. Fired right up and it's been sitting for 5 years. Took it for a spin around the neighborhood for bit. Haven't been on a bike for 7-8 years, funny how it comes back to you so quickly. The one thing that threw me off was the foot pegs and controls are much farther forward than I'm used to as a dirt bike/ Dual Sport guy. Still don't know what to do with it, it's too small for me but it was still fun.
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#16 Post by Pitchy » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:37 pm

Cool glad she run good, should bring about 3,500. :)
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#17 Post by 3leggedturtle » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:42 pm

Sell it and buy more guns. :mrgreen:
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#18 Post by 2ndovc » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:55 pm

That's funny, first thing my dad said was sell it and buy more Colts!

I was thinking about a new 4 wheeler. Going to think on it awhile. It's just loud enough to annoy the neighbors. :D

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#19 Post by OldWin » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:52 pm

Nice! Glad she's up and running.
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#20 Post by Malamute » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:32 am

It would probably not feel as small if it had regular risers instead of the slight [pullback risers, and if it had handlebars that didnt come back as far. Thats one of the things thats nice about the H-Ds, they are really easy to change so many things and theres a LOT of parts variety available. I find good stuff at shops for pretty cheap just by asking about used parts, specific things or just general stuff.
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#21 Post by 3leggedturtle » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:29 pm

2ndovc wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:55 pm
That's funny, first thing my dad said was sell it and buy more Colts!

I was thinking about a new 4 wheeler. Going to think on it awhile. It's just loud enough to annoy the neighbors. :D

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#22 Post by OldWin » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:16 pm

Yup! The 38-40 is a great cartridge. I don't have an SAA chambered for it, but have several Winchesters and an an 1889 Marlin.
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#23 Post by 2ndovc » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:51 pm

Malamute wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:32 am
It would probably not feel as small if it had regular risers instead of the slight [pullback risers, and if it had handlebars that didnt come back as far. Thats one of the things thats nice about the H-Ds, they are really easy to change so many things and theres a LOT of parts variety available. I find good stuff at shops for pretty cheap just by asking about used parts, specific things or just general stuff.
You are right. I'm used to wide, kinda straight handlebars and these just feel weird. My brother in law is a tiny guy, honestly not sure how he could even ride this thing but he did. Still thinking about what to do with it. It's not going anywhere soon, and not taking up much space so I'll keep fooling with it. Still really impressed how quickly I got it fired up and out for a couple short rides.

Still, a nice SAA would be a lot of fun too!!

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#24 Post by OldWin » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:32 pm

Like Malamute said, a set of drag bars with a straight 4" riser would do wonders. A seat change can help, also.
Plus, it'll look cooler. But, I may be biased. :D
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#25 Post by Malamute » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:41 am

The factory pullback risers that are on the bike with drag bars might be good. Its what I have and like quite a lot. Its about perfect for riding position for me, upright without leaning forward too much. It can probably be done without changing any cables or wires.

If theres any dealers or independent shops around, you might ask if they have any used drag bars to try. Last used bars I bought were $10 I think. You need the ones that are dimpled for the wires.
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#26 Post by Rusty » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:25 pm

Mice in the exhaust? I'd pay to see that get cleaned out. LOL
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#27 Post by 2ndovc » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:04 pm

Malamute wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:41 am
The factory pullback risers that are on the bike with drag bars might be good. Its what I have and like quite a lot. Its about perfect for riding position for me, upright without leaning forward too much. It can probably be done without changing any cables or wires.

If theres any dealers or independent shops around, you might ask if they have any used drag bars to try. Last used bars I bought were $10 I think. You need the ones that are dimpled for the wires.
There are a few non-Harley, Harley bike shops around. Great suggestion.

Jay, nice lookin' wheels!

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#28 Post by OldWin » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:21 pm

Thanks buddy.
Ebay is full of used Harley parts too. Some good deals now as the market is flooded.
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