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  • rick k
    rick k
    13 days ago
    I know there’s no comparison but have a question regarding body (or frame) roll  . The smaller sportster which I’ve owned going on 4 years is a more rigid snappier bike than the softail being a bigger bike , is that a normal assumption ? Getting onto a softail for the first time to me felt like a cumbersome bike , though the pull in higher gears far outweighs the sportster . Are softails engine mounts more likely to need replacing than a sportster , and could any frame/body looseness be contributed to this . BTW it’s a 14 year old bike with 40000 kms . A few people I’ve heard think a bike this age is getting on , 14 years doesn’t seem old to me , but is this the case with a cruiser compared to a sportster ? You can keep throwing money into bikes “ new & old”  , I don’t have any reason think there’s any problem here just interested to hear if others have experienced these thoughts getting on both of these bikes . I have my 883 iron 2010 up for sale but really not in a hurry to sell it as getting on it coming off the softail is an “exilerating ride” 
  • B.Zanetti
    B.Zanetti
    13 days ago
    I don’t recall my old softail being rubber mounted.
    40000k’s isn’t a lot.

  • Chester
    Chester
    13 days ago
    Older Sportsters and Softails both have rigid mounted motors.  But one of the main differences is that Softails have balanced motors and therefore should be a smoother ride than older Sportsters.
  • rick k
    rick k
    13 days ago
    Quoting B.Zanetti on 16 Nov 2020 10:58 PM

    I don’t recall my old softail being rubber mounted.

    40000k’s isn’t a lot.

    I think there’s a mount at the front under the oil filter ,,, . And 40000 doesn’t seem a lot to me either 
  • rick k
    rick k
    13 days ago
    Quoting Chester on 16 Nov 2020 11:10 PM

    Older Sportsters and Softails both have rigid mounted motors.  But one of the main differences is that Softails have balanced motors and therefore should be a smoother ride than older Sportsters.

    My 883 is a rubber mount engine 2010 with 40000kms,, and despite that ,  it’s lumpier than the Softail but feels strong .
                     Now here’s the reason I think the softail engine mount needs replacing “ if it has one”  
    When I start off in 1st it’s very smooth till I reach around 35 kph then i feel Body vibration just before the change into 2nd , same goes for 2nd at around 45kph , is that pushing it too much ????? Because the 883 doesn’t have a problem whatsoever ( it also has on 40000kms up) Makes me think either the engine mount needs replacing or crankshaft  is out of whack . 3rd to 5th no problem , high gears are smooth . 
    I feel that the body vibration on the softail is more excessive than the 883 sportster . 
    Would this be normal ,,, like you say not being rubber mounted  ? Or is it because it’s to be expected being a 14 year old bike ,,,?
  • rick k
    rick k
    12 days ago
    Well I’ll be fucked ,,, I would never have thought  there’s no mounts  ! 
    That put a different light on this whole thing . After going out today for a blurt I’ve come to the conclusion it’s nowhere as bad as I’d thought . I will make a point of checking where the bolts connect to the frame for any loosening .
  • Chester
    Chester
    12 days ago
    Quoting rick k on 18 Nov 2020 02:36 AM

    Well I’ll be fucked ,,, I would never have thought  there’s no mounts  ! 

    That put a different light on this whole thing . After going out today for a blurt I’ve come to the conclusion it’s nowhere as bad as I’d thought . I will make a point of checking where the bolts connect to the frame for any loosening .

    Yes, I would torque all the bolts that hold the motor to the frame.  Motor mounts/bolts coming loose is quite a common problem.
  • rick k
    rick k
    12 days ago
    Quoting rick k on 18 Nov 2020 02:36 AM

    Well I’ll be fucked ,,, I would never have thought  there’s no mounts  ! 

    That put a different light on this whole thing . After going out today for a blurt I’ve come to the conclusion it’s nowhere as bad as I’d thought . I will make a point of checking where the bolts connect to the frame for any loosening .

    Quoting Chester on 18 Nov 2020 06:27 AM

    Yes, I would torque all the bolts that hold the motor to the frame.  Motor mounts/bolts coming loose is quite a common problem.

    Yep , and surprisingly they can be quite loose without really noticing . Come to think of it when I bought my sporty I found it ran a bit rough , the front bolts were loose on it too .