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Murph
12-12-2010, 5:17 AM
Got a sweet deal on a 86 Sporty 1100...1500 bucks turn key....can't find much info on this year.Seems like they only made em for a few years...was this a crap model? Should I keep looking and any problems with this year....its a bit different from my 60 sporty....

TimB1640
12-12-2010, 5:57 AM
let's see it. post some pictures

WallyB
12-12-2010, 10:18 PM
I got the same bike that I hard tailed, there's some pisc in my profile. The bike has been reliable so far. Not sure about much else.

carl609
12-12-2010, 11:05 PM
That sounds like a damn good deal if its a runner. Pics please

garbage
12-12-2010, 11:08 PM
Got a sweet deal on a 86 Sporty 1100...1500 bucks turn key....can't find much info on this year.Seems like they only made em for a few years...was this a crap model? Should I keep looking and any problems with this year....its a bit different from my 60 sporty....

Pretty sure they made this model in '86 only. Just one year. It' has the stator on the clucht basket set up, which I'm not a fan of. Other than that it's good to go.

xllance
12-12-2010, 11:30 PM
Pretty sure these had a 4 spd tranny too.

garbage
12-13-2010, 9:25 AM
Pretty sure these had a 4 spd tranny too.

+1 on the four speed. Also, I've read that 1100's were made in '87, but starting in '86 for sure.

LiPcHiTs65
12-13-2010, 9:30 AM
one of my bros was telling me about that 1100 years . thanx for the info!!

Spade115
12-14-2010, 9:25 AM
ITs a good year and a good bike, I had one, its a 4 speed, and everyone told me the trap door on it was crap. My bike looked like crap did 120 and wheelied. so I loved it.

Make sure you get a tach because I blew the motor on mine.

My bike
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hbsteve
12-14-2010, 12:40 PM
Pretty sure they made this model in '86 only. Just one year. It' has the stator on the clucht basket set up, which I'm not a fan of. Other than that it's good to go.

beware of that clutch basket/ stator set up, I cant remember the years but some of those 4speeds clutch hubs were only held on to the tranny shaft with a snap ring! After a while they will get play in the bearing and wipe the stator, trans shaft and if my memory is correct the bottle gear, it can get expensive. I would pull the primary cover off and just grab the clutch hub and see if there is any "wobble" if there is I would pull it and install new bearings at least. I worked at o shop years ago and we litteraly had a mountian of busted 4speed parts due to the snap ring holding the works together instead of a nut.

If its all held on by a nut, great, no worries. and sorry you read this long boring post!

garbage
12-14-2010, 11:31 PM
beware of that clutch basket/ stator set up, I cant remember the years but some of those 4speeds clutch hubs were only held on to the tranny shaft with a snap ring! After a while they will get play in the bearing and wipe the stator, trans shaft and if my memory is correct the bottle gear, it can get expensive. I would pull the primary cover off and just grab the clutch hub and see if there is any "wobble" if there is I would pull it and install new bearings at least. I worked at o shop years ago and we litteraly had a mountian of busted 4speed parts due to the snap ring holding the works together instead of a nut.

If its all held on by a nut, great, no worries. and sorry you read this long boring post!

Exactly. I have been inside more than a few of these star on the clutch set ups. When they go, they really go. For the price though, it's still a good deal to me. They are totally usable, purposeful, machines. I feel that this is their weakest link. You got a great bike Murph. Post some pics.

curtisquatch
12-15-2010, 3:54 PM
I have the same bike, an 86 1100 and I have not had any major issues with it yet. I have owned it for a little over a year now so I haven't noticed anything significant to be too worried about. Although, this stuff about the clutch and stator stuff is news to me so I will see about getting that all checked out. Only complaint is the 4 speed, but overall it's really that not big of a deal. Plus for 1500 bucks you definitely got a steal, I paid 2700 for mine.

Noshoes
12-15-2010, 4:51 PM
I had one of these for almost a year and I rode the shit out of it, jumped curbs, did burnout, and bassicly treated it like a girlfriends annoying little brother. I blew out the top of the cam cover gasket and it leaked oil like crazy, like if I came to a stop it would leak so much oil on the exhaust that it would make me cough and people would tell me my bike was on fire. And I rode it like that for 3-4 montsh just keeping oil in it. And It never even sputtered/struggled to start. I sold it to some kid and its still running as is


Fuck a tach, you can pretty much tell when these things are too high in the rpms. If your cruising around in high rpms all day, just change your sprocket setup

hbsteve
12-17-2010, 1:11 PM
Exactly. I have been inside more than a few of these star on the clutch set ups. When they go, they really go. For the price though, it's still a good deal to me. They are totally usable, purposeful, machines. I feel that this is their weakest link. You got a great bike Murph. Post some pics.

I agree with good price great bike just wanted to mention it for those that arent in the know, I would ride the crap out of it.

Whitehorse
10-21-2014, 11:06 AM
My first is an '86, built to 1200, got some break in miles after years of trying to piece it together, in the middle of a build thread and tranny out, learning about those set-ups... The sators were moved from the crank side of primary to inside the clutch hub. Trying to learn to get mine shimmed and spec-ed now.
52778

Dragstews
10-21-2014, 11:30 AM
Harley was doing the Horse Power climb on the 87 year model...
Upping the bore from 3.000" of the 883's was an easy way to gain Pony's.
Those jugs of the 883's has a super thick casted in sleeve... Can bore a 1/2" out of them to get to the 1200cc

Also for that one year model of 87 1100cc motors Harley kinda overdid the valve size..The very next year when the 1200cc motors came on line, Those valves got smaller...Some people calls those 87 heads early Buell Thunder Storm heads....Chamber's are not the same.. Still, for a 86 to 90 4-speed Evo Sportie motor they do well for Hot-Rod motor builds...

Salty
10-21-2014, 5:34 PM
I've also got an 86, 1100. From my understanding these were produced from 86-87.5 so a year and a half of 1100 then bumped up to 1200. The 4sp. tranny is obviously a bit different and the stator/clutch issues has already been touched on.

I've found it rather difficult to find the small OEM replacement pieces. Shifter lever to be exact. The dealer numbers dont match and there are two of them to boot. Also the stock Keihin butterfly that it comes with is also a bit difficult to find jets and floats etc.

Overall i am extremely happy with my first year evo sportster and feel a little nostalgiac ridign around this model sportster in particular. I love it when "Harley" guys try and tell me there has never been a 1100cc sportster and that im an idiot. I just wheelie away laughing.....

http://sportsterharley.com/blog/2013/12/31/1986-harley-davidson-xlh1100-evo-sportster/

http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/h-d/harley_davidson_xlh1100%2087%20abver.htm

"86-87 XLH1100 HEADS:

1986-early 87, "Bathtub" heads. Sand-cast construction. Extra large valves, 1.840" intake, 1.615" exhaust. Shaped combustion chamber with squish band. 9.0:1 compression. Sand-cast 1100 heads can not be mixed with diecast heads.

late 1987 , changed to die-cast construction (less expensive) and round combustion chamber and valve sizes that were continued thru to the 1200 heads. Valves 1.715 intake and 1.480 exhaust. (Thanks to Tom Mack for the info on these 1986-87 heads!)"

Whitehorse
10-27-2014, 2:27 PM
I've found it rather difficult to find the small OEM replacement pieces. Shifter lever to be exact. The dealer numbers dont match and there are two of them to boot. Also the stock Keihin butterfly that it comes with is also a bit difficult to find jets and floats etc.
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Indeed. My ,'86 is my first HD and it was bored to 1200 and on a paughco before I ever heard it run. Long, slow build.. From shift forks to O-rings, even a snap ring will be listed obsolete and the cross referenced part is sometimes way off, sure is fun though

2011FXDWG
10-30-2014, 8:58 AM
I just aquired/inherited an '87 1100 and am pretty happy with it. I'm pretty damn sure that there is a rev limiter in it too.

KeysRyder
10-30-2014, 12:49 PM
I am starting with an 86 myself although mine is an 883 with 1200 kit. How reliable is the Ronnie's Fiche online for parts? Getting ready to tear mine down to inspect and do hardtail, frame chop/rake.
If anyone sees anything they want let me know, just saving engine, frame, tank and headlight. Everthing else is going.
http://i.imgur.com/BKThhwGl.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/8P7wE1Gl.jpg

Salty
10-30-2014, 4:21 PM
obligatory vanity shot.
86xlh1100

http://i1280.photobucket.com/albums/a499/KIDDNAPPED/IMG_6402_zps98e25024.jpg

carboncopy136
11-30-2014, 7:36 AM
It's a odd ball year but they can be built to haul some real ass