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Old 15th October 2013, 16:25   #121
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Dhiraj those are cool headlights bro. Are they HIDs stock from the factory? The light looks pretty white. Nice illumination.
These are stock halogen lamps doc. 5.0/4.58 Amp i.e. 60/55watts halogen bulb. They are surprisingly white with perfect illumination. These small things matter in the Harley build.

Other capacities -
Tyre Pressure (psi) 36 Front / 42 Rear (Michelin Scorcher - Front is 18" "11F" 120/70ZR18; Rear is 17" "11" 150/60ZR17)
Fuel Tank 17L (3.8L for Low Fuel Warning Light)
Oil Tank with Filter 2.6L
Transmission 0.95L (so Total is 3.55L and they charged me for 4L, grrr...)
Headlamp 60/55W
Position Lamp (Parking Lamp) 4W
Tail and stop lamp 7W/25W
Turn Signals 21W

Running Weight is 260kg (manual says 255.4)
Maximum added weight allowed is 198.2kg (say 2 x 100 kg fellas)

Battery is 12V. 12Ah, 225CCA sealed and maintenance free
Charging system is single phase, 30A system;
Spark Plug is 6R12; size 12mm; gap 0.97-1.09mm

Compression ratio is 8.9-1 (can even run on kersosene; don't try this please)
Bore 76.2mm; Stroke 96.82mm; Displacement 883 cc; 2 cylinders; air cooled V-twin; 5 speed (1 down, 4 up)

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Old 15th October 2013, 16:40   #122
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Dhiraj those are cool headlights bro. Are they HIDs stock from the factory? The light looks pretty white. Nice illumination.
Doc - Stock headlights are not HID in the current version. 2014 versions "may" come with HID on stock headlamps
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8.9:1 is a pretty high CR for a supposedly lazy engine. To put into perspective, especially with the run on kerosene part (which a lot of the old Jawas did), the CR for a Std 500 Bullet is 6.5:1 (around 110-115 PSI). Even the much more advanced "high compression, lean burn" AVL Machismo 500s had a CR of 8.5:1 (around 130-135 PSI).

The other striking thing is the 42 PSI air pressure for the rear tyre. That's huge for any bike.

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Doc - Stock headlights are not HID in the current version. 2014 versions "may" come with HID on stock headlamps
HID's are not making a appearance in any Sportster 2014 model even in the US. Limited only in the high end.
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HID's are not making a appearance in any Sportster 2014 model even in the US. Limited only in the high end.
Thanks sir. I was just quoting what the sales guy told me at the time of my booking. Mind you - this wasn't a sales pitch, i asked about the H/L after making the booking as I saw one of the 48's in the parking lot with HID. That's why I said "may"
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I saw one of the 48's in the parking lot with HID.
It won't come as stock is what I meant. You can anytime opt for a HID headlamps as a paid option on any sportster model. Costs 32K and is available even today. Though the feedback I got from one of the owners who had installed on his Superlow was not good. Here's what he emailed me -

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Thanks for viewing my video on you tube bro,I ordered this stupid led light
at the time of booking my bike at capital harley delhi,it cost me around
32oooINR,it's just adding attraction in my bike but actually fail for what
it is made for very poor & low reflection on road,according to me brother
don't buy it but if you have extraordinary money in your pocket like me
then go for it.
Any more questions pls mail me.
Regards
Hardeep
New delhi
And here's the video he had posted about his LED lights
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Good morning guys. Get movin... My Harley helps me keep fit. One of the side effects. Lost 3 kgs in a month.

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Old 27th October 2013, 12:48   #128
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Another leisurely Sunday sunrise...

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Beautiful flowers in full bloom
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Time for a alone ride with my son
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The first stop was the St. John's Garrison Church which was built in 1819
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The RVC Garrisons at Meerut
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Also the ancient Dogra Regiment's Durga Mandir
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Culminated with breakfast at 'Kaltex' of Omelet fame and has a surprise meeting with the Class of 88 Ex-Marian's Group (I am CO85) and especially delightful was to meet the Team BHP's moderator khan_sultan a.k.a Shahnawaz who is also an ex-marian from Meerut of the 1988 batch. It's a small world...
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Life's a never ending road after all...
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Good choice on the helmet. Even I have the same model. The plastic quality is top notch and if kept nicely waxed like your Harley can really complement it well. My Helmet looks better than my bike on some days. Its liner is also removable and can be washed when required.

Just take care of the rivets at the rear they got rusted in just 1.5 years of use in Mangalore. Should not be a problem in Meerut and I believe you will not be riding in the rain like I have to sometimes.
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The bike completed 1000kms last night. 1 month and 5 days into ownership.
Congratulations on the hassle free ride so far. Wishing you more such kms and smiles to accompany them. Your observations have been recorded and my inputs will include your feedback.

Cheers Mate have a good ride
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dkaile; your son managed ok at the rear in that seat? Would be great if you can post a bit about this experience as a pillion.
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your son managed ok at the rear in that seat? Would be great if you can post a bit about this experience as a pillion.
Absolutely no issues on the open road and highways. But you need to be careful in the city for some of the bad speed bumps. The pillion latches on to you in the absence of a sissy bar which would be desirable if you plan to regularly ride pillion.
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Absolutely no issues on the open road and highways. But you need to be careful in the city for some of the bad speed bumps. The pillion latches on to you in the absence of a sissy bar which would be desirable if you plan to regularly ride pillion.
Thanks for the info. The sissy bar kills the looks anyway. Just wanted to know how it would be for a short rides.
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The sissy bar kills the looks anyway. Just wanted to know how it would be for a short rides.
I don't think so. There are a variety of sissy bars available according to one's choice. About short rides, I drive it daily to my tennis courts in the morning which is just a 1km one way drive. Most enjoyable morning drives they are.
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Dkaile, what a great review. A total insight into what the machine is and what it has and actually means to you.

Congratulations by a ton, mate.

I went through each and every post at one go. Beautiful.
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