This post seemed like something Jerry would write. I thought at first that your bike was completely stock and then like Tom I saw the slight modifications you had made. I got no problem with either.
Mine was ear shaved , Degoated and had Jardine Rumblers on it and had the pickup coil mod done as well. I took my time and got the jetting right for my bike ,which is what Doc was saying earlier. All engines usually are a little differently natured than others supposedly Identical ones, even from the factory.
I agree that a lot of people have done some weird stuff to these bikes and wonder why they don't run right. I work on every thing I get. Because I know the factory always leaves some untapped potential in an engine unless it is a full on race bike.
Change is not bad if you do it correctly and make it better. You are correct a lot of people think that because member so and so did that to his bike and it runs better now that's what I'm going to do. Some fail at over estimating their own capabilities and patience to get it right and as you said (paraphrasing here) are doomed from the start.
You thought I was going to be mean to you when I mentioned Jerry didn't you? Not my intention at all you have a valid point, up to a point. You just left out those of us who did those modifications and rode for several seasons with no problems afterward and had pretty good running machines as well
I just want to add one more V-twin bike to the fray, the new Indian Scout, less displacement than the 1200 sportster and a claimed 100 hp box stock. Just felt it was worthy of mention in that crowd of bikes there. The only thing I see wrong with them is they can't make them fast enough, I hear several dealers have waiting lists for them. I wouldn't have mentioned it if you hadn't thrown the bigger displacement bikes in there too. You've got the right idea, I'm going riding too
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