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12-17-2004, 05:09 PM
Hi all ! Just found the website and wow ! it is a wealth of information. My hubby just got me an '05 883 Custom three months ago. Man, what a bike.

I live in Bucks County, PA, where thate are many senic rides available.

I've got one question, I need some help. I am having trouble rolling my bike backwards, like into a parking spot or even out of the garage. (My feet don't quite get flat on the ground.) The shocks on my bike are set at the lowest setting, so what do I do? A different kind of seat, maybe ??

Thanks !!

12-17-2004, 05:12 PM
Hi Sporty

Welcome to the forums!!

You get your bike at Bear in Honsdale?

Yes a lower seat will make a big difference :D

12-17-2004, 05:13 PM
Sportyclaws - first off, welcome to the forums! 1beer Lots of great folks and great info to be found. Now, as for the backing up part, much of it might just be practice, but there are also a number of ways to lower the bike a bit. One may be too look for a different seat with a lower profile. This would not require any changes to the dynamics of the bike. Saddlemen, La Pera, Mustang, Corbin and others all make excellent aftermarket seats, many with a lower profile than stock.

If that's not enough, then here's a recent thread that discussed lowering a Sporty that should have some good ideas and advice. It talks about a 1200, but the principles are the same.


Feel free to post anywhere with additional questions and congrats on the new scoot! B)

12-17-2004, 05:15 PM
I got my bike at Classic H-D just outside of Reading. My hubby got both of his there. Great people to deal with.

So a lower seat ~ what kind ? I know what the seat height is on my bike with the stock seat; how do i find that out for an aftermarket seat ??

12-17-2004, 05:19 PM
Welcome to HCG. great place for fun and friends.

For your sporty, and the question of getting your feet on the ground, that a look at this link.

http://www.harley-davidson.com/browse/browse_products.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=25343743 02286655&bmUID=1103307350310&bmLocale=en_US

HD has kits to lower both the rear end as well as the front end.

On an 05 I would suggest using HD parts and service (avoid warranty issue)

12-17-2004, 05:22 PM
Look on some of the manufacturers sites, like http://www.saddlemen.com or http://www.lepera.com/ or http://www.mustangseats.com/ or http://www.corbin.com/ and look for Low Profile seats. Some of them will tell you that it will result in a seating position X inches lower than stock. The best way before buying though would be to go to a dealer and look/sit on some of them for comfort and style. Good luck!

12-17-2004, 05:24 PM
Hey there SportyClaws...Welcome to HCG...it's good to have another lady biker here to spark things up! I am only 5'5" tall and couldn't even get the 883 upright, so I went with Sporty883L. Lowering the seat will help and so will lots of practice. Enjoy the ride! :D

12-17-2004, 06:42 PM
Welcome SportyClaws. Gald to see another gal getting in on the action. You might try calling some of the aftermarket seat companies and talking with their rep's. They can help you understand which products will get your feet closest to the ground. :)

12-17-2004, 06:50 PM
Welcome, all good advice so far. Corbin make their famous "Gun Slinger" seat for the 883. It's a really cool looking seat and it's been said that it is one of the lowest prifile seats available for that particular bike and is available in a gel pack version which will allow it to still maintain some level of comfort for the old tushy for those long rides. Also, with the recent fad of re-emerging disco music, can the comeback of platform shoes be far behind? There's always that option.

12-17-2004, 10:46 PM
welcome sporty. we are almost neighbors, im in chester county. Enjoy that new ride.

12-17-2004, 11:23 PM
welcome to are little oil stain on the net , glad you found your way here i see the guys have given you good advice , so all i can say is

gal you got a harley

12-18-2004, 05:09 AM
Sportty CLaw
Welcome ,I too am back from a recent hiatus.Glad to see anothe Pennsylvaniaite on the list.I live in the Luzurne county Wilkes-Barre,Pa

Drop by website anytime ,I try to keep up to date with Pa motorcycle events.

12-18-2004, 05:55 AM
welcome sportyclaws. you're gonna like this group here. the senior members are a wealth of information and gladly share it. they also come up with more dang "little johnny" jokes than oughta be legal.

12-18-2004, 10:12 AM
Glad you joined, Sportyclaws.

Good advice from all. Keep in mind that you could get aftermarket rear shocks to lower the 883 (Progressive)
And if you opt for the new seat, A saddle that's narrower will help as much as lower. With lower, you sacrifice padding, while narrower brings your legs closer to the bike,therefore straight down.
Good Luck.

12-19-2004, 03:36 AM
Welcome aboard! I think this is a great place to hang out and chat with bikers. You will really like riding your Sportster. It is a great riding bike.

12-20-2004, 04:30 PM
90fxrs ~ I was told that I can't get shorter shocks for my bike; they're suppossedly as short as they can go.

gliderider94 ~ Platform shoes ?!?! I have enough trouble walking in bare feet :lol: :lol:

Thanks to everyone and your suggestions and links. A Corbin gel seat would be good; you can never have enough padding back there.