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Skeldog
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Well I rode close to 400 miles yesterday up in the northwest Oklahoma panhandle, down into new Mexico and home. those rubber stick on tank pads someone put me on were well worth the 18 bucks or so. it kept the inside of my legs quite a bit cooler and the old 82 model never faltered running every bit of the 75 mph speed limit and giving me all the passing speed I needed. I do get some wobble at times in crosswinds especially when passing tandem trailer trucks. - ended up in some loose gravel at a couple parking areas and the slow speed manuevering was really rubbery keeping the front wheel tracking through those spots. I don't know if any of that changes with the later models.I expect that's pretty standard especially with the tall windshield. I am considering upgrading to a late 90's 1500 but kinda wondering if there is enough gain to be worth it. I find the seat does get a little uncomfortable as the miles stack up and it tends to cause me to slide forward and also the foot position is not as good even if I have my feet on some clamp on pegs up front as the crash bars dig into the inside of my shins some


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As to seating, here's what I did. I'm 6'4" and have my seat set to the rearmost position, have stock pegs and a size 14 hiking boot to get back and forth between the pegs and the ground without the lower engine guards getting in the way. Pulled off the stock "Pullback" style handlebars and replaced them with a pair of generic 70's-early 80's UJM handlebars and now a set of 1" risers. This brought my body into a more upright position and feels more like riding a motorcycle instead of steering a couch, the change in position also changes the angle of your legs. I've also had practically no issue getting my feet on and off the ground and catching those engine guards, it's nice to have confidence in knowing your'e less likely to dump it in a parking lot or red light.
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Skeldog
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as a part of my post I was fishing for comparrison between my 82 and a 1998 model as well. I'm going to check one out and it sounds like a project that will require some work which I don't mind doing. but I think my questions I'm thinking about is whether there is much improvement to be had with the 98 as far as comfort and rideability. I get between 38 and almost 40 mpg out of mine so even though I'm running premium I think the economy is good. I used to own a 1500 Valkyrie and while I know the temptation to crank it open pretty often was part of the problem I don't remember ever getting over 24 mpg and usually not that. as far as comfort the seat on the 82 is Ok other than as I said it tends to feel like I slide forward into the tank shell over time and things get uncomfortable I know later models can have add on foot boards which allow better foot placement.with the extra two cylinders I'm guessing it would sure be an improvement to have them if they're available on a 98 model.my neighbors 2003 has them but it's at least another generation newer.
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compared to your 1100 a 1500 is a big bike, bigger longer and heavier with more power. i went from an '84 1200 aspy to a '93 1500 se, the big six was a big upgrade
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If you are planning on many 400+ mile days you will be much more comfortable with a 1500. You gas mileage will drop to 40mpg or a little less though. Handling in parking lots with loose gravel or hwy wind buffeting won't change. It is what it is.


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