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    We deal with the same guys Chris. Lets just say that their reputation precedes them. Hope you get it all sorted to your satisfaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckhornBud View Post
    We deal with the same guys Chris... I'll be in there Friday afternoon....if you're around let me know.
    I hope so Bud! I have no idea when the work will be done, but if I can get it sorted for Friday, oh my word I will! (I may have to make more than one trip actually because I've got to take back all the bits I've got swapped: including a sissy bar & dual saddle - all in one modest rucksack! It'd be great to see you there one day.)

    Cheers,

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisOfTheOT View Post
    Actaully, we've hit another delay: the bars are still not present... the budget was £9000 and, so far, the grand total is actually £8917 with tax & insurance – although there will be some labour charges to add for fitting the new bars & grips. Still, as long as the brake line does not need changing...
    Just heard from the dealer's: £135, including VAT, for the bar swap & highway pegs install. £9052: good enough. I asked when it would be done and he said, "Oh, this week..."

    [Sigh]

    Next week, this time, definately next week...

    Cheers,

    Chris

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    It does not look like I'll be getting up to Cheletenham tomorrow (Friday) Bud - as I noted above, I don't know when they're going to look at my bike so, since today is Thursday, it does look like next week now. (I console myself with the knowledge that it'll be soooooo worth it when I do get it!)

    And the cost is only £9050, not £9052 - gasp! I allowed £90 for tax, but it's actually only £88: drinks are on me!

    Cheers,

    Chris

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    Hope they deliver on time and you're not messed about any more Chris!

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    Thanks Bud - me too! (Though, as I said, the delays have all been my fault so far. But, from now on, it's all down to them!!)

    But the journey nears its end now (only a few day left as bits are fitted). These are the results of said journey:

    XL1200C.jpg


    Note the following customisations done since the bike was in the showroom:

    Mustang Vintage Standard 12.5” Solo Seat (76159)

    mustang-solo 76159.jpg

    H-D Quick-Release Compact Screen (57802-11) *second hand*

    Compact-Quick-release-windshield-_57.jpg

    Hagon 2810 Adjustable Shocks – 320mm (30037TTSA)

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    H-D Adjustable Highway Supports (49053-04A)

    HD Highway pegs-49053-04A.jpg

    H-D Cushion Foot pegs (91821-85)

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    Drag Specialties 60mm Mirror Extensions (0641-0174)

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    Drag Specialties Dragster Wide Handlebars (0601-0570)

    25.4mmDragsterWideChrome.jpg

    Drag Specialties Sundance Handlebar Grips (DS-243122)

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    This represents the minimum requirements for me, as a middle-aged man, for a ‘mile muncher’ motorcycle for £9000 – including tax, insurance, custom bits and all labour charges. (But see note below!)


    POTENTIAL PROBLEMS:

    Drag Specialties Sundance Handlebar Grips (DS-243122): There are various Sundance grips (part numbers 351358-BC310 and 0630-0591, for instance) which show as fitting the 1200 Custom on some websites but not on others. I ordered the right ones but they didn’t look like the right ones from memory. We’ll have to see.

    H-D Adjustable Highway Supports (49053-04A): In the 2018 H-D catalogue these are listed as fitting all models… except the XL1200C. Ahh! But most websites, including Harley’s, say they fit ‘SPORTSTER 1200 CUSTOM HD1 BASE - XL1200C’. (I’m not sure what the ‘HD1 base’ is.)

    H-D Cushion Foot pegs (91821-85): I have since found reviews which say the end caps fall off, cannot be replaced and the pegs disintegrate. Fab. (I didn’t see these reviews before.)


    So I am now sweating on these things a bit.


    In the future, I will also be needing:

    Hagon Progressive Fork Springs & Oil (400-328-01K)
    Luggage Rack
    Panniers of some sort
    Mini Footboards
    Locking petrol cap (Harley one is over fifty quid!)

    And, who knows, maybe one day, I’ll go for a custom chrome, twin-clock conversion and a Stage 1 tune with exhaust to boot? However, that’s a long way off, if ever. (And, since we’re on Fantasy Island, how cool would it be to fit a Forty-Eight front end – with those massive forks?)

    This is so nice – a perfect bike (for me) after so many years of yearning. Really looking forward to next week!

    Cheers,

    Chris

    P.S. Actually, the costs did go over if you include the £350 I spent on bike hire, £100 on bus/train travel and £150 on jeans & gloves. However, I graciously decided that these things did not really count…

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    Very nice Chris. I was about to say how much I liked those footpegs but the reviews as you say seem off-putting. Mine are just Chinese clones but the quality seems remarkable for the price. They are the exact same ones supplied and marketed as Kuryakan mini boards. The only issue is that the locking alan bolt (grub screw) doesn't lock very well so you have to torque the main connection bolt up with a similar force to an angry gorrilla.

    You have the same screen as me which I find very good. Some people complain that it causes too much turbulence but you just have to play about with height setting so that the turbulent air isn't rattling off the top of your lid but swirling over it. I can recommend the Harley rack. Not as cheap as the clones or aftermarket ones but very sturdy (despite the supposed 10Kg weight limit on the warning label) and very well finished. Did you try the solo seat before purchase? I found all of their standard seats too thinly padded, hence the Sundowner which I thought was more comfy, and the bonus with mid controls that you have is that it allows an extra inch or so to the pegs.

    Hope you have a great trip back. I'm actually en-route for you so if you didn't mind a detour, you'd be welcome to pop in for a cuppa on your way back, and it would be good to see the bike.

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    If you have concerns about your fuel tap you might want to consider one of these:
    https://www.wisconsinharley.com/harl...rome-57400006/

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    Stone the crows Andy - Harley certainly know how to make money don't they? It means that to lock my fuel tank & screen will cost ANOTHER £100! Cosmic. Before I ventured down this H-D path, I had just assumed that their bikes come with locking fuel caps & locking clamp on their screens... How naive can you be!?

    Still, they are required purchases (or equivalents) so I'll have to bit the bullet sooner rather than later. (I'm hoping to raise another hundred-quid-plus by selling the H-D suspension, sissy bar, seat and bars - and the fresh air around the bike - if I can.)

    Bud - I wasn't aware that the screen had any height adjustment at all so that's good to know. (Lack of locking clamp? Not so much...) I did not try the Mustang seat before I ordered it because I just knew I couldn't get on with the stock seat. All the Vintage Solo reviews are good, and it's narrower than the Sundowner, so I went for it. (Plus I negotiated it to be thrown in with the purchase price.)

    And, guess what boys? I just got this in Jamie's email: 'The bike is finally ready I just need the valeter to come in Monday morning as the mechanics have greasy hands...' MONDAY BABY! I'M GOING TO CHELTENHAM ON MONDAY! All the bits fitted and I can collect the beautiful, wonderful and totally lovely 1200 Custom on Monday. MONDAY BABY!!!!

    Cheers,

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisOfTheOT View Post
    Stone the crows Andy - Harley certainly know how to make money don't they? It means that to lock my fuel tank & screen will cost ANOTHER £100! Cosmic. Before I ventured down this H-D path, I had just assumed that their bikes come with locking fuel caps & locking clamp on their screens... How naive can you be!?

    Still, they are required purchases (or equivalents) so I'll have to bit the bullet sooner rather than later. (I'm hoping to raise another hundred-quid-plus by selling the H-D suspension, sissy bar, seat and bars - and the fresh air around the bike - if I can.)

    Bud - I wasn't aware that the screen had any height adjustment at all so that's good to know. (Lack of locking clamp? Not so much...) I did not try the Mustang seat before I ordered it because I just knew I couldn't get on with the stock seat. All the Vintage Solo reviews are good, and it's narrower than the Sundowner, so I went for it. (Plus I negotiated it to be thrown in with the purchase price.)

    And, guess what boys? I just got this in Jamie's email: 'The bike is finally ready I just need the valeter to come in Monday morning as the mechanics have greasy hands...' MONDAY BABY! I'M GOING TO CHELTENHAM ON MONDAY! All the bits fitted and I can collect the beautiful, wonderful and totally lovely 1200 Custom on Monday. MONDAY BABY!!!!

    Cheers,

    Chris

    Love the bike, hate the company. This is one of the things that really ticks most Harley owners off about H-D. They have a particularly cynical and greedy marketing department that shape the income from parts to such an extent that it's probably worth more in profit percentages than income from new bikes. Nothing wrong in any company turning a profit on parts.... BUT Harley have a reputation for supplying things on your bike and holding back an "improved" model which they then charge you a packet for if you want it. That is not looking after customers. All they're interested in is in emtying your bank account, not supplying new bikes which really ought to have many of these parts fitted as standard. Why? Because they'd increase customer satisfaction and draw more people into the fold had they (for example) supplied locking QR clamps on their windshields; suspension that's worth a damn; saddles that you can sit on without fear of seeing a specialist after your first ride etc etc. It's not good enough and puts me off ever buying another new H-D motorcycle. That's no bad thing as I like the one I have and great news you're picking yours up on Monday Chris.

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