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Old 01-27-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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Howdy ya'll. I bought a 2011 Iron 883 Sporty last year with the intent to go bobber. After mini apes and a few other simple mods, I would really like to go towards the cafe racer route now (just fits more of my lifestyle than the traditional Harley crowd) and I like the look/feel.

Need sage advice from anyone in the bobber/cafe community who has been down this road before. Should I dump more money on the HD or just go ahead and try to get a Triumph Thruxton?

The money is all a wash in the end.

All thoughts are welcome.........thanks. Chuck.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:43 PM   #2
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in my opinion the harley is too "heavy looking" for a cafe. it's starting with the wrong foundation. A thruxton looks correct for the period, or a air cooled dirtbike that is or has been made street legal. you'll be able to sell the harley and have plenty of cash to play with.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:37 PM   #3
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Squanto; much appreciated on the advice. I am not a "slave" to the brand (HD), I just liked the way a smaller bike handled, since I am 5'6" and the retro matte black color scheme of the Iron. Thanks again, for the advice, always welcome. Chuck.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:42 PM   #4
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Ill buy your whitewall tires and wheels if you decide to part with them.....
Take a look at Patrick from Motorcycles Unlimited, he did a nightster cafe racer here a couple weeks ago, good looking
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:13 PM   #6
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Nightster/ will do if I decide to sell. I am going to make up my mind within a week or two. I will ping you before I trade in first, to see if youre still interested in the white walls. I will check out Patricks thread.

GRSA/, thats a sick looking ride and I know, I could eventually get there with the Iron Sporty. However, I am just looking at the dollars and cents and trying to make a somewhat educated financial decision. On one hand, its put money on the sporty for spoke tires, handlebar etc etc...to get the cafe racer look I like and want to ride, or just trade it out on a new bike that already has all the bells/whistles on it for comparably the same price.

I am sure all you guys and gals have been down this path before....just wanted to vett my questions here, before I jumped on any decision just yet.

All valid points and I sincereley thank you all for your input.
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If you trade in, Ill trade you my wheels and tires, there a direct swap. Mine are spokes but no one would ever notice and the back tire is brand spankin new
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Thx Pat, bike looks great. Do you guys modify bikes for a living or is this just a pet project? If so, IM me your shop info.

Nightster, will keep you in mind when it comes to a trade in.

Thx again to everyone for your thoughts. Uggh, gotta decide which route to go now.
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Roland Sands makes a lot of cafe parts for Sportsters, I own a cafe racer (Kawi). And I personally like the Sportster cafe bikes I have seen, that twin just looks good that way. Take your time, look around, do lots of searchs and I think you'll come up with a plan that doesn't cost a fortune.
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Newbie: Iron Sportster to cafe conversion?

I have a 09 nightster that I cafe'd out, I think it looks much better cafe'd out than bob'd out. Have some RSD parts on it and an indi pipe from Vance n Hines
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I'd still like a cafe'd sportster one day. Just not sure on the overall weight of it. I'd still like to duck n weave and stop quickly. I'm not worried about a moderate pace on back roads, I want evasive maneuvers. Power isn't really a concern.

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Thx Pat, bike looks great. Do you guys modify bikes for a living or is this just a pet project? If so, IM me your shop info.
I guess you might have signatures turned off... but all his shop info is right below his post. Highly recommended by many of us around here.
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Thx Pat, bike looks great. Do you guys modify bikes for a living or is this just a pet project? If so, IM me your shop info.

Nightster, will keep you in mind when it comes to a trade in.

Thx again to everyone for your thoughts. Uggh, gotta decide which route to go now.
I opened this thread to post a link to Patrick's build. The guy and his crew do great work. The bikes that come out of there are gorgeous. You and OP should get a hold of him for parts and/or labor. You cant go wrong.

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Sportster cool but the Thruxton would make a better cafe project in my opinion due to the engine alone. Stock 865cc in a Thruxton makes much more hp than a stock 883cc. Revs more to. It will keep going another couple thousand rpm long after the Harley has signed off.
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GT. I live on the south side of town and havent been able to make it up to MC Unlimited during the work week. I will be rolling by MC Unlimited this Saturday. I would much rather deal with an independant bike shop than a dealership, especially when it comes to all the silly questions I will have.

I am still going to test drive a Thruxton for the heck of it. The 883 is the only bike I have ever ridden (well excluding the 250 cc jobs we did our MC class on) and I like a smaller bike. So we will see.

Very happy with the posts/replies on this thread. I have no close friends who ride anymore since I got out of the service (hopefully they will some day), so finding good advice on bikes is hard to find outside of this thread. The last thing I want to do is get back to a dealership and get drawn down the path of buying a bike that doesnt really fit what I am looking for.

Thx again everyone, Chuck
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