Keep rubber side down
First thing that popped in my head also
Enjoy the crap out of it.
Take off the reflectors. Should be easy to do since they are glued on.
Finally a cheap mod
That paint job / color is really slick 😎👍🏻
I second this ^
Get out and ride! 😅 Aftermarket accessories are plentiful for the sportster and the upgrade/customization bug hits pretty quickly. I recommend scrolling through the subreddit to get an idea what others have done/are doing to get an idea of where you'd like to go with your own.
You ain’t kidding lol I’m already about $600 into after market without touching the exhaust intake or tuner yet 😖
Flip those mirrors no longer have to look past your own shoulders
Have sportster. How do you flip the mirrors down? It looks like the turn signals would get in the way.
Take it easy and enjoy the ride. No need to rush to your destination, it's not worth the risk.
Ride safe brother 💪
dont be a squid. wear actual gear. ride within your limits and have fun
You live in NY? Keep your head on swivel, and be aggressively defensive. Air cooled bikes burn oil, and Sportys like to suck oil into the intake, don't be alarmed; keep up on your oil changes to maximize life expectancy of your motor. Keep your battery charged, these things have high compression and even a mildly discharged battery can make it impossible to start.
Dress for the slide
Shiny side up
Journey > destination
Don't be a hooligan, keep the front tire where it belongs: the ground.
The gospel of the Sportster right here! I'm on my 4th Harley and my Sporty is as different from the other air cooled bikes as the VRod I had for a while.
Awww yeah, love seeing a Sporty 🤩. I’d change the seat out for something more comfortable when you get the chance (and/or the money). You might start feeling sore on long-distance rides after maybe 30min-1hr
I have to get a good ride in cuz everyone’s saying this.. I honestly find it comfortable (haven’t been riding straight over an hour yet)
I’d say ride the piss out of it for a while and then do the 1200 kit! I miss my old Iron 883, I love my Roadster tho but damn the Irons are such good looking bikes.
I always wanted the 883 and I finally pulled the trigger, got a new job so I rewarded myself a little 🙂
Ride the shit out of it whenever you can dude!!!!
Just bought the exact same bike ! Remove reflectors and flip mirrors and added slips first thing. Enjoy it man !
You too brother
Invest in a well made seat!!!
I was very close to going to get this exact color! I love it. But then I started reading about the Sportster S and got my name on the only 1 my local HD is getting in for sale when they're first shipped out. I kinda don't get to pick my color (I want midnight crimson) but I will have one of the first out on the streets! I do wish it was this color.
Ride! And in the future, put a carburetor in it. A Mikuni will make you happier. I guarantee. And be safe! Always wear a helmet!
Ride it like you stole it…..but don’t kill yourself!
Engine guard. People absolutely can back into your bike, and that'll help keep the fancy paint off the pavement if it drops.
Put the biggest cam in it you can find.
Remove Fork Reflectors, Desticker, invert mirrors, personalized license plate frame, smoked rear tail light lens with red LED’s, plastidip gas cap matte black.
Have fun! Beautiful spec. I miss my 883.
That tank is fuckin killer.
Check your PSI weekly if you ride regularly.
Develop a feel for under inflated tires so you can find leaks before emergent situations find your shitty PSI safety issues.
Grab some better front springs, Progressive or RaceTech. Harley’s springs aren’t the best.
Harley’s brake pads aren’t the grippiest, at least not on my 72. EBC has some that fit. Bed the pads in before you need to rely on them!
If you change your intake or exhaust, you also need to change your engine tune - V&H offers the FuelPak and the FuelPak Wideband. Wideband is for custom engines and forced induction, FuelPak will handle cams and head work. Be mindful of thermal management, managing engine temperature, as unmanaged heat from mods will kill your engine faster than miles.
Different grips and pegs can do a lot. Bars as well but be mindful of cable and wire length.
Buy the best damn tires you can afford, and learn to change your wheels to save service fees.
Ifyou have an EFI (2007-2021) OE intake vents the head into the manifold. If you don’t mod the intake, or you end up running an intake to also vents the head into the manifold, clean your fuel injectors when you change your oil and the engine will run better.
Thanks for the advice 👍🏻👍🏻
Advise? Ride the tires off it.
Ya. Ride safe.
Don’t park downtown without emptying any saddlebag type situation or getting locking ones
Shiny side up mate , ride safe
Keep the shiny side up! Ride like nobody can see you and keep your head on a swivel. Get rid of the plate frame. Unless they are paying you to advertise. Good luck!
Dont die!!! And of course have fun.
Serrated foot pegs of any style. Helps in weather
Hello fellow 883 full face rider. There's literally dozens of us. Everyone I see riding a Harley is always the half helmet glad to know I'm not alone!
Yea man I like my chin.. maybe a few years but anything can happen and pavement is unforgiving
Maaaaan I love the Snake Venom. I just bought a '21 Road Glide and wanted that so bad but I really couldn't swing the extra ~$9k for the Special. My advice is to just enjoy the sights and sounds on your rides, even the short ones.
Learn it. Work on your own bike for the basics.
That’s a gorgeous paint job!!! Love your bike, and it will love you back.
Get some crash bars and protect that investment while you’re still learning. Lord knows I wish I had 😔
Wear a helmet.
Yes, keep it on 2 wheels!! 😉
Take a riding course or ride with someone who has. Riding tips that you will need to never panic. Ride safe that's nice bike
Thank you, I’ve been riding this is just my first brand new bike and non crotch rocket
Don’t balance your helmet on the seat like that
Pipes bar lights intake
Your odds of having a wreck are way higher first 6mo of owning a new to you bike. Shiny side up greasy side down.
Take a picture showing the front too.
Keep your tires inflated properly....and don't do stupid shit. Be safe, have fun.
That's a killer color!
That is freaking nice!! My advice Enjoy 😉 💪🏽🔥
As this is a first bike. Ride safe, but don't get to carried away with trying to protect it from scratches and the such. It's almost guaranteed you will drop it at some point. I always say there are 3 types of riders. Those that have dropped their bike. Those that have YET to drop their bike. And those that have dropped their bike, but lie and say they never have. Regardless. It is a gorgeous bike. Ride safe. Stay alert, and always assume others on the road don't see you.
Thank god I dropped my old ninja a bunch of times haha hopefully that’s my drops but thanks for the advise 👍🏻
Practice practice practice and when you're done with that, more practice
Maybe blackout you license plate number next time? Just always better to be safe
Yea I realized when I posted it lol but oh well
This reminds me of how my dad used to protect the paint on his old Harley.
Back when my pops first moved out west a year after high school, in '73, he was shopping film reels of his wrestling footage around for scholarships as he road-tripped around the country. He'd get a scholarship offer, then go fishing at the local hot spots, and if the fishing sucked, he'd get back in his Willey's jeep and continue on his way. Well, he arrived at a small college town in Utah, they offered him a full ride scholarship and so he went fishing.
He caught some monster cutthroats and browns and decided that this was the place.
First order of business for my pops was to find a pretty woman, and the best way he knew how to attract a pretty woman was to buy a motorcycle.
He drove around town with all of 400 bucks in his pocket and a dinky trailer wobbling in tow. 400 might seem like it was a lot for the time, as a brand new honda cb350 was only $900 off the dealer floor, but he was a boomer who made $13.50 an hour on his first job out of high school, so having a few spare hundo to throw around after a summer job was par for the course. He's driving around, figuring he'll pick up a used UMJ or something along those lines, but no luck. No one is selling much. He drives around looking for so long that he ends up a bit outside of town and decides to call it a day.
On his way back into town he passes an old ranch house. There's no barn, no shed, no garage... but there is an immaculate Harley Knucklehead parked off to the side of the porch. On the porch is an old man in a chair, sipping on his lemonade, enjoying the sunset.
My pops flips back around and pulls into the gravel driveway. He knows he can't afford this bike, but everyone saw Easy Rider, and Harleys were cool again. He asks to see the bike and just cannot believe the condition it's in. Absolutely immaculate.
The old man says "It's fer sell y'know?" (No typos, that's how old Utahns talk and I figure this old Utahn talked like an old Utahn.)
"Oh, I couldn't possible afford it."
"How much ya got?"
"$400." my pops says showing all his cards.
"You can't be serious."
"Listen, my wife says that either the bike goes or she goes, and I can't cook and she handles all the bills. I'm stuck with her. You want it?"
"Deal!" and the man that would become my dad hands over $400 in exchange for a title and a key attached to a keychain that says "Mormon Marauders".
"Hey, before I go, I don't see a barn or nothin'. How'd you keep this paint and chrome in this condition?"
"Oh, I guess that is important." The old man reaches into a pocket on his overalls and pulls out a small tin and a rag. "Anytime I see the clouds roll in over the mountains, or hear thunder rumbling, I take this here jar of Vaseline and this here rag, and I wipe down all the paint and chrome with a thin coat of Vaseline. Rain rolls right off. Then, when the storm's passed, I wipe it all off with the clean side of the rag. Doesn't age a day."
My pops takes the small jar of Vaseline and rag, puts them in his pocket, loads the '47 knuckle onto his dinky trailer, and rolls back into town.
Just after sunset he's got the bike unloaded and ready to drag main. It does not take long at all before a group of young women standing in the Fred Meyer's parking lot wave him down. He offers a ride to one of the girls and they go on to have a wonderful evening. It's getting late and she asks to be dropped off at home and so he does. They part with a kiss and she invites him over to family dinner the following day. My pops thinks things are moving fast, but it is why he bought the Harley, so he agrees.
The next evening, my pops pulls up on his bike and his new girlfriend rushes out to greet him with a hug and a kiss before turning to lead him inside.
Just before they get to the door she stops and she says "Before we go in, there is one rule you have to know about. The first person to talk during dinner has to wash the dishes." My pops smirks and she says "I'm dead serious. You cannot say a word. Do NOT say a word."
"Okay, okay. I won't say a word." he promises. Content that the promise will be kept, she opens the door.
There are dishes EVERYWHERE. Dishes in stacks going up both sides of the stairs. Dishes on every square inch of counter top. Dishes holding end tables several inches off the ground. The entire house is packed with old dirty dishes. It's disgusting. My pops almost gasps but catches himself, half not wanting to offend, half not knowing if a gasp qualifies as a word. His girlfriend quickly steers him into the dining room where there are no dirty dishes. The room is perfectly clean and pleasant and the feast on the table looks like it's out of a story book.
The family, well dressed, are all in their seats and my pops and his new girlfriend both take their seats.
Despite being deep in Mormon country, no one says a blessing. The food is passed around and everyone fixes their plates and no one says a word.
You can imagine how awkward and boring a dinner like this is. Everyone is eating politely and slowly and taking their time and my pops puts his hand under the table and rests it on his girlfriends thigh. She doesn't say a word. Thinking he's being subtle, he sneaks the hand up her dress a bit. No one says a word. Pretty soon he and his girlfriend are fooling around like prom night and fucking right there in front of everyone... and no one says a word. As they're buttoning their clothes back up, my pops knows how insanely fucked up this all is. He doesn't know what came over him... maybe he just needed to take control of the awkwardness or something... whatever it was, he's pretty sure he won't be welcome in this home again. So he figures he should probably get going and never come back. Before standing up he stretches out in his chair and his foot touches the foot of his girlfriends younger sister. She doesn't move her foot and sort of slides her foot up his leg. He thinks to himself, "Hey, she's pretty hot too... If I'm never coming back to this house again, what's the harm?".
So he moves his seat over by the younger sister. No one says a word.
Reaches up her skirt. No one says a word.
Fucks her right there bent over the table. No on says a god damned word.
Now my pops knows that there is a good chance that once dinner is over, he'll never be welcome in this town again. Best that he head on his way... but as he looks around the table one last time, he locks eyes with her mother and she smiles at him and he thinks to himself "Hey, she's pretty good looking for her age. If I'm never coming back to this town again... " And they're fucking right there on the table and no on says a single fucking word.
My pops, feeling pretty proud of himself, figures his work here is done and he should get out of this state before her father finishes his plate. And just as my pops stands up to leave he hears thunder outside. He thinks "Oh no! My motorcycle!" and pulls out the jar of Vaseline and her father says,
"FINE! I'll wash the fucking dishes."
I'm gonna be honest I didn't read this
Getting Better Foot pegs is underrated but worth it, exhaust for sure, you truly don’t know yet what a difference some sound makes on that iron. Daymaker light, Seat, bungking crash bar were also some of my favorite mods to do.
Ride ride ride
Sick color 🤟🏽
Thank you sir
Go9d looking bike. Leaving the mirrors upright is the way to go for best visibility imo. Flipping them upside down is only for looks. It's a style choice and reduces their utility. If you don't like the way the stock mirrors look but want use them in the most effective way, buy a different set of mirrors that you like the style of and mount them upright. Just my two cents.
Ride it till the wheels fall off! (Hopefully they don't literally fall off)
Ride the hell out of it! Congrats. Cool bike.
Love the color. Ride like you’re out for a Sunday drive, assume that everyone DOES NOT see you, and don’t die 👍🏻
Paint it a different color. Green is bad luck on a motorcycle.
Eh I don’t believe in the military myths
Anything and everything related to Harley-Davidson motorcycles.