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    Probably My Last Harley

    I scored a smoking deal on this 2008 Sportster Roadster.
    This is the only year they offered the 4.5 gallon fuel tank, and it still came with dual tach and speedo.

    The previous owner fitted it with Ohlins rear shocks, saddle bags, Sundowner saddle, pre-smog Stage 1 exhaust (no baffles), a windshield, sissy bar/rack, new tires and forward controls.
    I got it from an outfit in Lodi CA that moves 80+ bikes every month.
    They go on eBay with a no reserve low-ball starting price.
    If it wasn't for some scatter brained bidder, I could have stolen it for $2600.
    As it turned out, I won the big and paid $5200, with 8100 original miles.

    I installed a set of SmartPartz baffles which improved performance a whole bunch over the open pipes and "W" factory cams.
    After that I added a Fuel MOTO PowerVision with their stage 1 tuning program.
    It's a great scooter, and probably my last one.

    The one before this one was a 1978 Shovelhead.


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    NICE! And well done. I'd call it stolen anyway...

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    Please tell me you still have the Shovel
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    Very nice. Never a Harley man myself, my French family have several.
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    I sold the 78 Shovelhead.

    When I bought it new, I made the Big Mistake of not opting for the electric foot.
    The miserable HD carb would have me stripped down to t-shirt and shorts by the time I got it started.

    I bought an SU carb from S&S cycle that was configured for HDs.
    This was a 2 kicker, every single time.
    The first roll to spit some fuel into the manifold, the second kick to light it off.

    The SU was literally the ideal match for carbureted HDs.
    It had MUCH better bottom end, very smooth and tractable.

    I was only 30 at the time, and my buddy with his Honda 750F beat me so bad one night, I thought my bike stopped, and almost got off to take a peek.
    The 78 was replaced by a 1980 Suzuki GS1000 which promptly beat the crap out of his 750F.

    He moved away, I stopped riding, got married, sold the GS1000.
    Buyer was an injured fuel dragster rider at Sears Point.
    He needed something "tame" to get his confidence back.

    No bike for 35 years, then this 2008 Roadster came along.
    All the various Big Twins had design problems that the Sportsters never had.
    This one is my 4th Sportster, and no doubt the last.
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    Enjoy and be careful out there...people can't drive worth a darn and it hurts a WHOLE heck of a lot more to go down as we get older!
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    I remember those Roadsters. Was sorely tempted to buy one. It was sporty enough, had enough range to satisfy me.

    Good looking bikes! Enjoy.

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    Nice bikes! I had a 2016 Roadster and traded it in last summer for a 2018 Road Glide Ultra. I really liked the Roadster but I really like the new Road Glide Ultra too. I'll only give it up for a CVO if I'm ever that crazy.
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    Sounds like you did good bgavin. The big tank is nice, gives one more options.
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    The 4.5 gallon fuel tank was the "deal maker" for me.
    I've run out of gas with my previous Peanut Tank Sportsters... no fun.

    At 595 pounds, my 2008 is the upper limit of weight that I am willing to muscle around.
    I could not image trying to back out a 900 pound gorilla from its small space in my garage, and trying to dodge around the wife's RAV.

    I'm giving thought to earning my Iron Butt patch.. but the factory riding position isn't all that comfy for that long of a ride.
    I'm thinking a handlebar change might be in order, along with a set of highway pegs. I hate the feel of full-time forward controls.
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