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One of the posts that we get a lot of searches landing people here at Rubber on Road is one I wrote way back in 2010 about taking a Sportster on long haul trips. We’ve gotten a lot of great comments over the years on that post from other Sportster enthusiasts voicing their agreement and sharing some stories of their own tours on Sportsters.

With the right aftermarket customizations, such as a wider seat, windscreen, highway pegs, saddle bags, and a luggage rack, coupled with some of the features on later models that include the rubber mounted engine (to reduce vibrations) and the 4.5 gallon tank, the Sportster can make a great touring bike. The lighter build makes it very nimble which is great for taking it through the Tail of the Dragon or weaving through city traffic on your commute.

Introducing The New Sportster Superlow 1200T

Harley's New Sportster- The Superlow 1200T

Harley's New Sportster- The Superlow 1200T

Well it looks like the clarion call of Sportster enthusiasts has been heard loud and clear by the people at Harley as they have introduced the Superlow 1200T (T for touring of course). This new model is made on the same chassis as the Superlow 883, so it still might be a little small for many (my being 6’1″, the 1200XL chassis that I took cross country is probably still better suited). It does come with the bigger gas tank (4.5 gallon) and the rubber mounted engine that you would expect for a touring sporty.

Other visible additions include an adjustable and detachable windshield as well as detachable saddlebags. Harley has also built in adjustable suspension with preload adjustment so you can change the tightness of your suspension according to your luggage and passenger requirements. Some other features (courtesy of Cyril Huze):

Dual staggered exhaust • Premium performance brakes:- Front: 300mm rotor, rigid caliper with dual 34mm pistons, and high-efficiency aluminum front master cylinder – Rear: 260.1mm rotor, dual 38mm pistons • Detachable 14-inch clear polycarbonate windshield can be adjusted on the forks to match rider height • Black and silver, split five-spoke aluminum wheels • Front turn signals are located on the lower triple tree to increase handlebar adjustment range • Lockable saddlebags are covered in durable black vinyl with chrome badges • Premium glass-filled chrome cloisonné tank badge • Chrome-plated headlamp visor, turn signal housings and instrument housing • Optional ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) • Optional keyless H-D® Smart Security System with a proximity-based, hands-free security fob • Color choices include: Vivid Black, Candy Orange, and two-tone Birch White/Midnight Pearl

Additional Resources and Riding Stories

If you’re interested in reading the original post on customizing a Sporster, you can check that out here: Turning an H-D Sportster into a Touring Bike.

Read the whole story of my cross-country trip from Toronto to San Diego on a Sportster back in 2008

A friend of mine, Dan Zinn, did a 14,000 mile round the country trip on a Sportster back in 2012: IAmDanZinn.wordpress.com

And finally, you can see the bike for yourself, even schedule a test ride, from Harleys own site.

(Photos from Harley Davidson’s promotional material for the new 2014 Sportster Superlow 1200T)

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The Great Ride of China Video Teaser Just Released!

The Great Ride of China Video Teaser Just Released!by Bucko February 19, 2014

Well there was a lot of footage to go through after nearly 5 months on the road (we were carrying a total of about 1.3TB of data by the end, both photos and video), but we finally managed to put together a teaser/sizzle reel from all of it. Below you can see our quick 5 […]

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The Great Ride of China Recognized By Guinness World Records

The Great Ride of China Recognized By Guinness World Recordsby Bucko January 13, 2014

Guinness has officially recognized Amy and my motorcycle ride around China for being the longest continuous motorcycle ride in a single country! We just found out a few days ago and have shared the news on our dedicated trip website over at The Great Ride of China. Here’s the quote from Guinness’ website: The longest […]

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Getting Close To The World Record On The Great Ride Of China

Getting Close To The World Record On The Great Ride Of Chinaby Bucko November 15, 2013

So it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any updates here from my current trip, The Great Ride of China. For those who haven’t been following along, my girlfriend Amy and I are riding our CFMoto 650TR (I the driver and Amy the navigator) through every province in China in an attempt to break […]

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From the Perfecto to Prêt-à-Porter

From the Perfecto to Prêt-à-Porterby Bucko November 9, 2013

Two-wheeled enthusiast Morgan Sansotta blogs on behalf of Jafrum.com. She owns half a dozen leather jackets. None of them are a Perfecto. It’s a legend. And it all started with a cigar. 1928 was the year, Irving Schott the man and the product — the world’s first leather motorcycle jacket. The Schott brothers dubbed this […]

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10,000km On The Great Ride of China Already??

10,000km On The Great Ride of China Already??by Bucko September 7, 2013

Hi Everyone! It’s been a busy few weeks since the last update on The Great Ride of China, but we’ve finally found a few days to rest and catch up on everything. It’s been quite a while now since the last update on our ride here on mychinamoto but a lot has happened since the […]

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Progress Report on The Great Ride of China

Progress Report on The Great Ride of Chinaby Bucko August 11, 2013

Hello readers! I just wanted to give an update on the motorcycle trip I’ve been on with my girlfriend for the past 3 weeks now. We’ve now covered over 6,000km (about 4k miles) and now passed through 8 out of 33 (or 34 depending on if we go to Taiwan) provincial level regions. So far […]

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Announcing The Great Ride of China!

Announcing The Great Ride of China!by Bucko July 10, 2013

It’s been a while now again since I last posted anything here. The last post I published gave a very obvious hint as to why that might be. For the past 5 months I have been busy preparing for a long distance motorcycle trip around China. I had intended to write updates on the preparation […]

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The Long Haul- Preparing for a Long Distance Motorcycle Adventure

The Long Haul- Preparing for a Long Distance Motorcycle Adventureby Bucko May 5, 2013

When you’re getting ready for a really long distance trip by motorcycle, on the one hand you want to make sure you prepare as much as possible. On the other though, part of the fun of it all is dealing with the unexpected and just sort of “playing it by ear”. Well it’s been a […]

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Getting Some Ride Ideas For The UK

Getting Some Ride Ideas For The UKby Bucko March 25, 2013

Got another infographic to share, this one’s interactive and though originally for cars could still definitely have some good ideas for bikes. I’ve unfortunately never had the opportunity to ride around the UK myself, but it’s definitely on the bucket list. The Long Way Down/Round gave a really nice, though brief glimpse into some of […]

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