From January 22, 1998 to July 15, 2006, this Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom was my pride and joy. This website chronicles our adventures together as the motorcycle was customized to my specific tastes. Over 30 independent product reviews, hundreds of pictures, and some technical articles are all archived here, so that other Sportster enthusiasts can continue to enjoy them as they see fit.

General

Motorcycle:                   1998 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom

Color:                              Custom Teal Blue / Sandstone with Red & White Pinstriping

Builder:                           Owner

Engine – 94RWHP

Displacement:              1205cc

Heads:                            Nallin Racing Head Service Stage II Buell Thunderstorm

Intake Valves:               1.840″ NRHS Black Magic

Exhaust Valves:           1.615″ NRHS Black Magic

Rockers:                         Stock

Pistons:                           Buell Thunderstorm (0.005″ Oversize)

Wrist Pins:                      Zipper’s Lightweight Toolsteel 0.791×0.085 Wrist Pins / Stock Buell Circlips

Cylinders:                       Stock (bored 0.005″ over)

Pushrods:                       Stock

Tappets:                         JIMS Powerglide Hydraulic

Cams:                              Andrews N4

Exhaust:                         Stock Headers and Stock Mufflers

Carburation / Intake System

Intake manifold:             42mm, ported and polished by Nallin Racing Head Service and Owner

Carburator:                     Mikuni HSR-42 with Yost Power Tube (160 CV main jet, 22.5 intermediate jet, middle clip position)

Air Cleaner:                     S/E with wide Buell Racing K&N Filter Element

Ignition System

Ignition module:             S/E “Street” Dual Fire 6,800 rpm

Coil:                                   S/E Dual Fire

Spark Plug Wires:          Accel 8.8mm Suppression Core

Transmission

Transmission:                 Stock 5 Speed

Clutch:                               Stock (Original)

Frame / Sheetmetal

Frame / Sheetmetal:       Stock

Suspension

Front:                                 Race-Tech Straight Rate High Performance Springs (29.0 x 377mm – 0.80kg) with Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators (26 lb/in with 4.0 turns pre-load). 9.5 oz. per fork of PJ1 “fork tuner” 20wt oil.

Rear:                                  11.5″ Progressive 440 IAS

Brakes

Front:                                 GMA Four Piston Polished Aluminum Caliper with stock 11.5″ Floating Rotor

Rear:                                  Stock Caliper with stock 11.5″ Floating Rotor

Tires & Wheels

Front:                                 90/90-21 54H Avon Venom X on Chrome PM Hooligan

Rear:                                  MT90B-16 74H Avon Venom X on stock H-D Slotted Chrome

Major Accessories

Hand Controls:                      Kuryakyn

Mirrors:                                    Kuryakyn Magnum Plus Mirrors with Convex Glass

Windshield:                           Slipstreamer 17″ SS-30 Classic

Main Gauges:                       Stock H-D Speedometer and Tachometer

Headlight Modulator:          Kisan Technologies Pathblazer

Brake Light Modulator:       Kisan Technologies Tailblazer

Seat:                                         Mustang Wide Regal Sport Touring

Petcock:                                  Pingel

Wheel Bearings:                   Tapered Roller (Front) & FTM Double Row Sealed (Rear)

Vibration Reduction:           $8 Worth of Nickels in Handlebars and Fisher Concepts Vibration Dampener

Saddlebags:                           H-D “Bar & Shield” Premium Leather

Oil Cooler:                               H-D Premium Sportster Oil Cooler with Thermostat

Auxiliary Gauges:                 Formotion Stainless Steel Signature Series Clock and Thermometer, Kuryakyn LED Charging System Gauge

Horn:                                        Rivco Deluxe Air Horn

Steering Damper:                  Daytona with Evo Power & Machine brackets

7/18/06 / 58,499 Miles: The Sportster is sold!

6/28/06 / 58,332 Miles

1)    Stock Mufflers replace Modified (Stock) Mufflers – Exhaust System now totally Stock

6/26/06 / 58,223 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/60 Dynacycle II Semi-Synthetic Motor Oil

6/25/06 / 58,121 Miles

1)    Replace Right Side Kuryakyn Passenger Iso-Peg (old one fell off)

6/21/06 / 58,083 Miles

1)    Replace Hayden M6 Automatic Primary Chain Tensioner

2)    New H-D Sport-Trans Fluid

5/3/06 / 57,495 Miles

1)    Replace Primary Cover Gasket (to cure leak from 4/19/06 replacement)

2)    New Derby Cover Gasket

3)    New Inspection Cover Gasket

4)    New H-D Sport-Trans Fluid

5)    Replace Faulty Ignition Switch with New OEM Switch

4/19/06 / 56,854 Miles

1)    Replace Bearing #8885 (sits in Release Plate #37918-91) (PICTURE)

2)    Revtech Gear and Chaincase Lube

3)    Replace Fork Oil Seals

2/4/06 / 56,289 Miles

1)    Adjust Belt

2)    Lubricate Cables

  • 3)    Clean and re-oil K&N air filter element
  • 4)    Repair Right Turn Signal (Fiber Washer moved out of position and caused malfunction)
  • 5)    Replace Hi-beam Indicator LED

9/19/05 / 55,147 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/60 Dynacycle II Semi-Synthetic Motor Oil

  • 2)    Revtech Gear and Chaincase Lube

6/1/05 / 52,055 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/60 Dynacycle II Semi-Synthetic Motor Oil

  • 2)    Revtech Gear and Chaincase Lube

2/18/05 / 49,306 Miles

1)    50,000 Mile Service Completed

2)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/60 Dynacycle II Semi-Synthetic Motor Oil

  • 3)    Revtech Gear and Chaincase Lube

4)    Fork Oil Change – 9.5oz. of PJ1 20 weight per fork

  • 5)    Clean and re-oil K&N air filter element
  • 6)    HD Polyurethane Riser Bushings installed
  • 7)    Fisher Concepts Vibration Dampener Device installed
  • 8)    Front Wheel Bearings Repacked
  • 9)    New Autolite spark plugs

8/17/04 / 47,669 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/60 Dynacycle II Semi-Synthetic Motor Oil

  • 2)    Revtech Gear and Chaincase Lube

8/15/04

1)    HD Chrome Rear Brake Master Cylinder Cover p/n 41727-85T

7/21/04

1)    New HD Throttle Thumbscrew (old one fell out)

7/9/04 / 45,255 Miles

1)    45,000 Mile Service Completed

2)    Fork Oil Change – 9.5oz. of PJ1 20 weight per fork

3)    New Stock Footpeg Rubber

4)    Thunderheader exhaust replaced by Stock Header / Modified Stock Slip Ons

5)    90/90-21 54H Avon Venom X Front Tire

6)    MT90B-16 74H Avon Venom X Rear Tire

7)    Front Wheel Bearings Repacked

8)    Ferrado Front Brake Pads

6/10/04 / 44,798 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/60 Dynacycle II Semi-Synthetic Motor Oil

  • 2)    Revtech Gear and Chaincase Lube
  • 3)    Replace 22″ Slipstreamer SS-30 Classic Windshield with 17″ version

6/6/04 / 44,773 Miles

1)    Repair Leaking Rear Rocker Boxes

5/19/04 / 40,583 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/60 Dynacycle II Semi-Synthetic Motor Oil

  • 2)    Revtech Gear and Chaincase Lube

5/16/04

1)    Daytona Steering Dampener (PICTURE)

5/5/04 / 40,494 Miles

1)    Repair Leaking Front Rocker Boxes

4/21/04 / 40,040 Miles

1)    Replace rear brake pads (OEM)

3/5/04 / 39,286 Miles

1)    40,000 mile service completed

2)    New (used) throttle-side chrome switch housing (old one had stripped mounting threads)

3)    Fork Oil Change – 9.5oz. of PJ1 20 weight per fork

2/21/04 / 39,161 Miles

1)    Replace light spring in Hayden M6 Primary Chain Tensioner with heavy spring

2)    Revtech Gear and Chaincase Lube (32 oz.)

3)    New Autolite spark plugs

11/1/03 / 38,903 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/60 Dynacycle II Semi-Synthetic Motor Oil

2)    Clean and re-oil K&N air filter element

10/7/03

1)    Replace OEM battery with new Interstate 18AH battery (p/n YTX20-BS)

7/13/03 / 35,986 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/60 Dynacycle II Semi-Synthetic Motor Oil

  • 2)    Revtech Gear and Chaincase Lube (24 oz.) & Dynacycle II Semi-Synthetic Gear Oil (8 oz.)

7/7/03 / 35,863 Miles

  • 1)    Fork Oil Change – 9.5oz. of PJ1 20 weight per fork

6/28/03 / 35,087 Miles

  • 1)    Full Clutch Adjustment

5/12/03

4/19/03 / 33,393 Miles

  • 1)    Revtech Gear and Chaincase Lube (24 oz.) & Dynacycle II semi-synthetic Gear Oil (8 oz.)

3/28/03

1)    H-D Sissy Bar Mount American Flag Kit (PICTURE)

2)    Hella European Spec Headlight Reflector Unit (Test in Progress)

3/15/03

1)    Kuryakyn Lighted License Plate Frame (wired for dual brake lights) (PICTURE)

2)    Kuryakyn LED Charging System Gauge (PICTURE AND REVIEW)

3)    Mikuni Breather Kit (PICTURE AND REVIEW)

4)    Nallin Intake Manifold (42mm, Ported and Polished to match Mikuni HSR42)

5)    Cable and Chassis Lube

2/16/03

1)    Formotion Products Stainless Steel Signature Series Gauges (REVIEW AND PICTURE)

2/2/03

1)    Kisan Technologies TailBlazer Brake Light Modulator (REVIEW AND PICTURE)

1/8/03

1)    Kuryakyn Flush Mount Gas Cap (PICTURE)

12/29/02 / 32,708 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 15W/50 Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil

11/21/02

1)    Yost Power Tube for Mikuni HSR42 Carburator (REVIEW AND PICTURE)

10/30/02

1)    Green Light Trigger (REVIEW AND PICTURE)

7/17/02 / 30,695 Miles

1)    30,000 Mile Service Completed

2)    H-D Engine Guard Mounted Chrome Fog Light Kit (REVIEW AND PICTURE)

3)    Race-Tech Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators (26 lb/in with 4.0 turns Pre-load) Installed in Front Forks

4)    Race-Tech Straight Rate 29.0 x 377mm 0.80kg Front Suspension Springs Installed in Front Forks

5)    Fork Oil Change – 160mm of 30wt oil per Race Tech

7/9/02 / 30,680 Miles

1)    Balancemasters removed from compensator and clutch assemblies.

2)    New Sport-Trans Fluid

6/22/02 / 30,342 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 15W/50 Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil

5/11/02 / 29,487 Miles

  • 1)    New Sport-Trans Fluid

5/2/02 / 28,690 Miles – Partial 30,000 Mile Service (Note: Front and Rear Fork Bearings not yet serviced)

4/10/02

1)    H-D Chrome Oil Cooler Cover (PICTURE)

3)    Replace all breather fitting gaskets (Serv-A-Lite 1/2″ x 18 gauge Machine Bushings)

3)    Replace Mikuni 20 Intermediate Jet with 22.5

2/19/02 / 27,961 Miles

1)    FTM Sealed Wheel Bearings for Front and Rear Wheels (REVIEW AND PICTURE)

2)    21″ Avon Venom X Front Tire (with new tube)

3)    16″ Avon Venom X Rear Tire

4)    SBS Front Brake Pads

5)    NGK Spark Plugs (Qty. 2)

6)    Eiko Heavy-Duty 80/100W H4 Headlight Bulb

12/29/01 / 27,371 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 15W/50 Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil

12/25/01

  • 1)    H-D Sportster Oil Cooler (PICTURE)
  • 2)    H-D Oil Cooler Thermostat

10/23/01 / 26,251 Miles

  • 1)    New Sport-Trans Fluid

10/02/01

1)    Buell “Double-Wide” K&N Air Filter Element (PICTURE)

9/30/01

1)    Replace OEM battery with new HD 19AH battery (p/n 65989-97A)

9/27/01 / 25,184 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 15W/50 Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil

9/26/01 / 25,172 Miles – 25,000 Mile Service

  • 1)    25,000 mile service as per manual
  • 2)    New S/E Heavy fork oil
  • 3)    Drag Specialties “Armor Coat” Steel Braided Throttle Cables
  • 4)    Goodridge Steel Braided Front Brake Line

8/6/01

  • 1)    HD Chrome FXRT Fork Tube Cap (Drilled and Tapped) (PICTURE)
  • 2)    HD Chrome FXDX Socket Bolt for FXRT Fork Tube Cap (PICTURE)

7/24/01

  • 1)    Drag Specialties “Armor Coat” Steel Braided Clutch Cable

7/16/01

7/9/01 / 23,197 Miles

  • 1)    New Sport-Trans Fluid

7/3/01

1)    Mikuni “HSR” Engraved Chrome Top Cover for HSR42 Carburator

6/30/01

1)    Kuryakyn Chrome Clutch Cable Adjuster Cover (removed when braided clutch cable installed)

6/28/01

1)    Eiko Heavy-Duty 80/100W H4 Headlight Bulb (last one blew out on dyno)

2)    Travelcade Medium-Size Tool Pouch (mounted under voltage regulator)

6/26/01 – Dyno Tune at Black Hills Custom Parts – 93.6 HP / 83.7 TQ

1)    Mikuni HSR42 Carburator (REVIEW AND DYNO)

2)    Clutch Adjustment

3)    New S/E Spark Plugs

6/3/01 / 21,376 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 15W/50 Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil

6/1/01 (NOTE: On 5-12-01, at 21,297 miles, the JIMS Powerglide hydraulic tappet on the front head (intake) locked up, causing engine failure. The following parts were destroyed and had to be replaced)

1)   1.840” NRHS “Black Magic” Intake Valve (Installed by Brian Nallin)

2)   HD Intake Pushrod (XL 1998 p/n 17897-89)

3)   JIMS Powerglide Hydraulic Tappet for Front Head (Intake)

4)    Change back to stock HDCV 40mm manifold

5)    Stock HD Top End Gasket Kit (with stock 0.055″ head gaskets)

5/12/01

1)    HD Chrome Sportster Starter Motor Cover (PICTURE)

4/14/01 / 20,203 Miles

1)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/50 HD Dyno Oil (for Break In)

4/7/01 / 19,692 Miles

1)    Nallin STAGE II Ported and Polished Buell Thunderstorm  Heads (Highlighted Fins) (REVIEW and DYNO)

2)    Buell Thunderstorm Pistons (0.005″ Oversize)

3)    S/E 1998 Dual Fire 6,800 rpm “Street” Ignition Module

  • 4)    S/E Dual-Fire Coil (Black)
  • 5)    JIMS Powerglide Hydraulic Tappets
  • 6)    Zipper’s Lightweight Toolsteel 0.791×0.085 Wrist Pins / Stock Buell Circlips
  • 7)    New Champion Spark Plugs (Qty. 2)
  • 8)    S/E CV 44mm Intake Manifold (Polished Interior and Exterior)
  • 9)    Standard CV 40mm rejetted to 45 slow / 185 main as Baseline
  • 10)    Standard Oil Change with 20W/50 HD Dyno Oil (for Break In)
  • 11)    James METAL Series Top End Gasket Kit
  • 12)  Kuryakyn Vello Coil Cover (PICTURE)
  • 11)  Kuryakyn Chrome Gas Tank Mounting Tabs
  • 13)  Kisan Technologies PathBlazer Headlight Modulator (REVIEW AND PICTURE)
  • 14)  Emgo Breather Filter

12/9/00 / 19,575 Miles

1)    Front Brake Caliper Repaired (one of the pistons got stuck)

11/17/00 / 19,540 Miles – 20,000 Mile Service

1)    20,000 Mile Service as per manual

2)    New Rear Brake Pads (standard grade)

10/13/00 / 19,172 Miles

  • 1)    Standard Oil Change with Mobil 1 15W/50 (Automotive Blend)
  • 2)    New Sport-Trans Fluid
  • 3)    Replace 5/16″ fuel line. Remove Emgo fuel filter (it caused a kink).
  • 4)    Replace top half of gas tank vent line (old one fried on rear rocker cover)
  • 5)    Replace Andrews N2 Cams with Andrews N4 Cams. Use all HD Gaskets in stock sizes.
  • 6)    New Autolite Spark Plugs (Qty. 4).
  • 7)    Replace Cam Case Cover with HD Chrome Exchange Cam Case Cover (cam case cover received under warranty – old case scratched by dealer during S/E Head Install).

7/3/00 / 17,360 Miles – Warranty Service

  • 1) Replace warped front and rear rocker box spacers
  • 2)    Replace front rocker box top cover
  • 3)    Replace headlight housing assembly (old one developed hairline fracture around mounting base due to vibration).

6/17/00:

1)    Custom Chrome Front Turn Signal Relocation Kit

2)    Replace Anodized Red Yost Power Tube Needle with Non-Anodized Blue    Yost Power Tube Needle

6/16/00 / 17,261 miles: ***Fork Oil Change and 15k Chassis Lube***

1)    Harley Davidson Ignition Switch

6/10/00:

1)    Progressive 440 IAS Rear Shocks

6/2/00:

1)    Progressive Front Fork Springs

5/28/00 / 16,381 miles: ***New Sport-Trans fluid***

5/16/00

1)    System II Turbulator for CV Carburator ( REVIEW AND PICTURE) (NOTE: Removed after Thunderheader installation)

5/15/00

  • 1) Kuryakyn Magnum Plus Mirrors with Convex Glass

5/13/00 / 14,711 Miles – Warranty Service

  • 1) Replace leaking rear cylinder rocker box gaskets

5/12/00

1)    DWR Race Support Throttle Rocker REVIEW AND PICTURE

5/12/00 / 14,515 miles: ***Standard Oil Change (with Mobil 1 20W/50 Synthetic Motor Oil for V-Twin Motorcycle Engines)*** REVIEW

5/8/00

1)    Creative Cycle Products Adjustable Brass Idle Mixture Screw

2)    Rich Products Thunderheader 2-into-1 Exhaust System (Chrome) – REVIEW AND PICTURE

4/30/00 / 14,255 miles: ***Fork Oil Change (with S/E Heavy Duty Fork Oil)***

4/6/00

1)    Sigma BC-1200 Trip Computer (REVIEW AND PICTURE)

3/31/00

1)    Kuryakyn Chrome  “Marquis” Choke Knob Cover (PICTURE)

3/29/00

1)    HD Chrome Finned Oil Filter Cover (PICTURE)

1/19/00

1)    21″ Dunlop D402 Touring Elite II Front Tire

2)    16″ Dunlop D402 Touring Elite II Rear Tire

3)    Screamin’ Eagle Dual-Plug High Compression Heads (Wrinkle-Black Finish) (REVIEW & PICTURE)

4)    Dyna 2000i Adjustable Single-Fire Ignition Module (REVIEW & PICTURE)

5)    Dyna DC6-4 High Performance Four Tower Ignition Coil (REVIEW & PICTURE)

6)    Accel “Custom” 8.8mm Suppression Core Spark Plug Wires (2 Pairs, Black)

7)    Screamin’ Eagle Split-V Electrode Performance Spark Plugs for racing applications

8)    Chrome Headbolts (2 Pairs)

12/30/99

1)     Accel “Custom” 8.8mm Suppression Core Spark Plug Wires (1 Pair, Yellow)

12/16/99 / 13,486 Miles – Warranty Service

  • 1) Replace faulty ignition switch (second time)
  • 2)    Replace leaking primary cover gasket – ***New Sport-Trans fluid***
  • 3) Replace melted Headlight bulb connector

12/15/99

1)     Kuryakyn Chrome Starter Cover

12/3/99

1)     Suntech Balance Masters for engine sprocket (REVIEW)

11/12/99

1)     Suntech Balance Masters for Clutch (REVIEW)

2)     Hayden M6 Primary Chain Tensioner (REVIEW)

  • 3) Bagman Ultra II (Heavy Duck Canvas) Weatherproof Cycle Cover

11/12/99 / 12,960 miles: ***Standard Oil Change***

11/10/99

1)     GMA Polished 4-Piston Front Brake Caliper (REVIEW & PICTURE)

9/7/99 / 10,690 Miles – Emissions Warranty – ***Taken to dealer for intake manifold leak. Faulty intake manifold to cylinder head seals replaced at no charge under 5 year “emissions warranty.”***

8/24/99 – 10,000 Mile Service,  Mods, and Warranty Service

1)       10,000 Mile Service as per manual

  • 2) Replace Spark Plugs with H-D Spark Plugs
  • 3)Custom Chrome Swingarm Bolt Cover (original fell off on way Lake George, NY run)
  • 4) Replace Fork Oil with Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Fork Oil
  • 5) Replace faulty hi-beam indicator light @ Warranty N/C
  • 6) Replace faulty ignition switch @ Warranty N/C
  • 7) Replace front and rear rocker gaskets @ Warranty N/C

8/21/999

1)       Kuryakyn Chrome Handlebar Control Dress-Up Kit

  • 2) Kuryakyn Chrome “Trigger” Clutch and Brake Lever Set
  • 3) Eiko Heavy-Duty High-Output 85W/100W Halogen Headlight Bulb (original burned out on PA HOG Covered Bridge Tour) (REVIEW)

8/16/99 / 9,890 miles: ***Standard Oil Change & new Sport-Trans fluid***

5/29/99 / 7,790 miles: ***New Sport-Trans fluid***

5/29/99

  • 1)     H/D Sportster Clutch Cable – Bought along with 2 quarts of Sport-Trans and four chrome 3/16 allen-bolts to repair a broken clutch cable and stripped T-27 Torx bolt on the derby cover.

5/24/99

  • 1) H/D Chrome Headlight Bezel
  • 2) H/D Sportster Clear Timing Hole Plug

5/15/99

1)    Mustang Wide Regal Touring Seat (REVIEW AND PICTURE)

5/7/99

1)   Authentic Motor Factory Chrome Bullet Lite, Left Mount (REVIEW & PICTURE)

2)    Authentic Motor Factory Chrome Bullet Lite, Right Mount (REVIEW & PICTURE)

4/7/99

  • 1) Kuryakyn “Fork Skins” Chrome Fork Leg Covers for single-disk applications (PICTURE)
  • 2) Custom Chrome Super Bulb (REVIEW)

4/02/99

1)       H/D Silver & Black “Bar & Shield” Stick-On Medallion for Battery Cover

3/30/99

  • 1) Gorilla Cycle Alarm (REVIEW)
  • 2) Emgo Chrome Crankcase Filter (for Breather Hose) (PICTURE)
  • 3) 5 ft. Plastic Chrome Wire Cover

3/18/99 / 5235 miles: ***“5-Quart Oil Change” performed***

3/18/99

  • 1) Hot-Toppers ¼” Dome Full Cover (Qty. 6)

2/10/99: *** Andrews N2 cams & Red S/E dual-fire Coil installed *** (REVIEW & PICTURES)

2/4/99

  • 1) H/D O-Rings (Qty. 4)
  • 2) H/D Sportster Top-End Gasket Kit
  • 3) H/D Pushrod Seals (Qty. 4)
  • 4) Screamin’ Eagle Sportster Performance Coil (Red / Dual-Fire)
  • 5) H/D Chrome Ignition Switch Housing Cover

1/26/99:

1)        H-D 7-YEAR EXTENDED WARRANTY FOR SPORTSTER

12/12/98

1)       Andrews N2 Cams (REVIEW & PICTURES)

12/6/98: ***Yost Power Tube CV-40 Master Kit installed *** (REVIEW)

11/24/98

  • 1) Yost Power Tube CV-40 Master Kit (REVIEW)

11/12/98

  • 1) H-D Chrome Voltage Regulator Cover Kit

11/12/98 – 5,000 Mile Service,  Mods, and Warranty Service

1)       5,000 Mile Service as per manual

  • 2) Replace Spark Plugs with H-D Gold Spark Plugs
  • 3) Replace old Fork Oil with Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Fork Oil
  • 4) Re-route carburetor breather hose back thru carb backplate @  Warranty N/C
  • 5) Replace faulty hi-beam indicator light @ Warranty N/C
  • 6) Repair pinched wire on left turn signal @ Warranty N/C

9/24/98

  • 1) Screamin’ Eagle Chrome 39mm Fork Brace

9/19/98

  • 1) Kuryakyn Iso-Pegs (Small Male-End Passenger Pegs)
  • 2) Drag Specialties Iso-Peg Style Shifter Peg

9/14/98

  • 1) H/D Chrome Sportster Oil Tank Cover (PICTURE)

8/29/98

  • 1) H/D Gold “Bar & Shield” Stick-On Medallion for Sissy Bar
  • 2) H/D Coin Holder

8/15/98

8/14/98

  • 1) H/D “H/D Motor Co.” Chrome Gas Cap Cover

7/24/98

  • 1) H/D “H/D Motor Co.” Air Cleaner Trim
  • 2) H/D Sportster Deluxe Touring Seat (REVIEW)

7/16/98

  • 1) Custom Chrome Crankcase Breather Filter with Chrome Bracket

7/15/98 – Warranty Service

1)       Breather Manifold Kit  + Installation (Installation @ Warranty N/C)

  • 2) Retard Ignition 2 degrees (to combat excess pinging) @ Warranty N/C

7/11/98

1)       H/D Chrome Sport Luggage Rack

7/10/98

  • 1) Chrome Bracket Tie-Downs (Qty. 4)

6/11/98

  • 1) H/D Deluxe Touring Pillow-Type Backrest Pad
  • 2) H/D Chrome Low Upright Sissy Bar
  • 3) H/D Chrome XL Sideplate Kit

6/25/98

1) American Rider Ameritex Weekender Extra Large Luggage Bag w/ Duffle Attachment

6/12/98

6/5/98

5/98

  • 1) H/D Chrome Sportster Highway Peg Mounting Kit
  • 5/9/98
  • 1) Custom Chrome Super Bulb (Qty. 4) (REVIEW)
  • 2) Kuryakyn Dually Iso-Pegs

4/24/98

  • 1) H/D “Bar & Shield” Sportster Leather Saddlebag Kit (PICTURE)
  • 2) H/D Chrome Lower Fork Tree Cover Kit (PICTURE)
  • 3) H/D Chrome Universal Helmet Lock

4/22/98

  • 1) Leather Mudflap w/ Chrome Studs for Narrow Glide Front

4/16/98 – 500 Mile Service,  Mods, and Warranty Service

1)       500 Mile Service as per manual

  • 2) Re-jet CV Carburator – Main Jet to 175 & Slow Jet to 45
  • 3) Install Screamin’ Eagle High-Flow Air Cleaner Kit
  • 4) Replace faulty stock petcock w/ Chrome Pingel Hi-Flo 22mm Petcock @ Warranty N/C
  • 5) Replace faulty CV Carburator Vacuum Piston
  • 6) Replace faulty OEM Voltage Regulator @ Warranty N/C

4/7/98

  • 1) Chrome Ignition Module Cover (Chrome Exchange)
  • 2) Replace faulty OEM Battery with same @ Warranty N/C
  • 3) Replace faulty OEM Gas Tank @ Warranty N/C

3/18/98

  • 1) Screamin’ Eagle High-Flow Air Cleaner Kit

3/16/98

3/6/98

  • 1) Screamin’ Eagle “Off-Road” Tapered Slip-Fit Mufflers (Pair)

2/28/98

  • 1) Hot Toppers 3/8” Cover (Qty. 3)
  • 2) Hot Toppers 5/16” Cover (Qty. 3)

2/17/98

  • 1) Mustang Plain Rear Fender Bib
  • 2/16/98
  • 1) H/D “Bar & Shield” Solo Saddle (REVIEW)
  • 2) H/D Motor Company Chrome Timer Cover

2/6/98

  • 1) Kuryakyn Chrome Engine Baseplate Cover (PICTURE)
  • 2) Kuryakyn Chrome ¼” Hotspots 10-Pack
  • 3) Kuryakyn Chrome ¼” Hotsleeves 10-Pack (Qty. 3)
  • 4) Custom Chrome Chrome Plain Battery Cover
  • 5) Custom Chrome Wrinkle Black / Chrome Finned Headbolt Covers (PICTURE)
  • 6) Chrome Specialties Chrome Battery Top Cover
  • 7) Chrome Specialties Chrome Front Axle-Cap Covers
  • 8) H/D OEM 1998 XLH Shop Manual
  • 9) Solite Heavy-Duty High-Output 85W/100W Halogen Headlight Bulb (REVIEW)

2/5/98 / 109 Miles – Warranty Repair – Taken to dealer for low oil light warning problem. Low level in tank caused by clogged oil line, which kept all the oil in the low end and didn’t allow it to return and recirculate. Line and other misc. parts replaced.

1/27/98

  • 1) Kuryakyn Chrome Front Brake Inner-Caliper Cover
  • 2) H/D Chrome ¼” Hex-Plugs 10-Pack (Qty. 3)

1/20/98 – Dealer Installed Prior to Pickup

  • 1) H/D Sportster Tachometer Kit w/ Chrome Speedometer/Tachometer Bracelet
  • 2) H/D Sportster Chrome Engine Guard Kit
  • 3) H/D Sportster Chrome Top Belt Guard
  • 4) H/D Sportster Chrome Lower Belt Guard
  • 5) H/D Sportster Chrome Belt Sprocket Cover
  • 6) Chrome Exchange Front Brake Fluid Reservoir Cover
  • 7) Convert Rear Turn Signals to Running Lights
  • 8) H/D Motor Company Chrome End Grips
  • 9) Chrome Hardware

1/9/98

  • 1) Kuryakyn Banjo Bolt Cover (Qty. 2)
  • 2) Kuryakyn Cable Ferrule / Banjo Bolt Cover Kit
  • 3) Kuryakyn Chrome Tail Light Lens Cover
  • 4) Kuryakyn Chrome Grooved CV Carb Cover
  • 5) Kuryakyn Chrome Rear Master Cylinder Cover (PICTURE)
  • 6) Kuryakyn Chrome Front Brake Caliper Cover Smooth
  • 7) Kuryakyn Chrome Rear Brake Caliper Cover Smooth
  • 8) Kuryakyn Chrome Bleeder Screw Cover (Qty. 2)
  • 9) Custom Chrome Blue-Dot Tail Light Lens
  • 10) Custom Chrome Chrome Pyramid Laydown License Plate Mount
  • 11) Drag Specialties Chrome Coil Cover
  • 12) Custom Chrome Swingarm Bolt Cover
  • 13) Drag Specialties Chrome License Plate Mounting Hardware
The Yahoo Sportster Owners Group. A great place to share Sportster-related info with fellow enthusiasts. We also go on Club rides several times per year. A MUST-SEE!!

The Sportster Homepage. Without a doubt, this is the greatest online resource a Sportster owner has. A huge amount of info, pics, and the great XL Mailing List are all contained. A MUST-SEE!!

Rickko’s Conversion. Rickko is a friend, an endless source of Harley info, and the inventor of the ingenious Rickko-Lifttm (a working bike-lift which you can build for about $20). Also included are detailed instructions on 883->1200 Conversion and Yost Power Tube installation. A MUST-SEE!!

Dr. Ernie Kim’s site. Ernie is another friend, and he also has a Thunderstorm-equipped beast. His site has an EXCELLENT pictorial and detailed instructions on the conversion. A MUST-SEE!!

BERT LINSON’S SITE: A newer site with a great collection of useful information.

The V-Twin Cafe. A great place to go for performance enhancing tips and techniques. My bike is featured in the Horsepower Gallery.

HEAVY-DUTY CYCLES, CANADA Engine guru Donny Petersen’s shop up in Toronto. In depth technical articles shed light on a variety of topics.

Related Downloads

Sportster Speed vs. RPM Computron: Click here to download an Excel Spreadsheet which you can use to determine your Sportster’s speed at any given RPM, or vice-versa. The ratios shown are for 1998 Sportster models, so be sure to change them as required for your XL’s model year. You can find your gear ratios in the Factory Manual or brochure for your model year.

V-Twin Rumblings: Click here to download the infamous sounds of the V-Twin we all know and love.

Humor

Black Echo’s American Angst: A hysterically accurate look at some aspects of the “Harley Culture.”