Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
And now for some more data on the difference from a standard 1800 FD equipped bike:
Just took a nice ride with Sir Rock last weekend. We both topped off at his house in Milwaukee and reset odometers. We went all the way to Milton and Rockdale (Heather's Bar and Grill is very nice btw), and then came back through the Kettle Moraine scenic roads and back to Waukesha. As we were driving in New Berlin, Jason said his fuel light had just come on. He was showing the usual 134 miles when that happens. My bike only had 120 miles on it, for the SAME exact ride. I now have 145 miles on my ODO and just now the low fuel light came on. We rode exactly the same way, I probably rode more aggressively than him if anything and he had to bust it to keep up, like all of you do when ya'll ride with Heavy!! Anyways.....bottom line is now my speedo reads true, I get better mileage, and put on less miles on the bike than stock, and I seem to pull away pretty easily under acceleration from other 1800's with a passenger. Or did that always happen??
All in all, its a pretty good mod to do.
There is only ONE downside I have experienced. At a typical 55 miles an hour, with a passenger, I do get more vibrations as the motor works hard to keep pace. This doesn't happen if its just me, or I get over 60. Its the slower roads stuck behind grey hairs that the bike doesn't like now. On highways, its truly ideal though. So, if we go slow behind yet another stupid Buick driver, I put it into 4th. (no offense to any Buick drivers here, but the typical one is 70 and up and simply can't exceed the speed limit for any reason)
End of story. I hope you all enjoyed!
2003 Retro 1800 Blurple Throbber
Ironbutt Rider, DRAGON-tamer