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Old 08-13-2003, 05:47 AM   #21
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Default Re: This should be worth a good flame fest.

I agree with theinnkeeper, and I also work during the day so I check back here frequently. I need something to calm me down when I get the withdrawal shakes.
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Old 08-13-2003, 05:48 AM   #22
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Default i don't think so ...

i can't remember a time when a sporster was considered fast. bonnevilles would spank 'em. and when the norton commando came along, it ruled.



before that, maybe. before my time.
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Old 08-13-2003, 05:54 AM   #23
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Default Re: This should be worth a good flame fest.

It's interesting that "progress" at HD means adding 50 lbs to their "sport" model. Sounds like "fun."
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Old 08-13-2003, 06:12 AM   #24
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Default Re: This should be worth a good flame fest.

Yeah it does....OR not. I never really liked the Sporties, except for the fact that they handled decent and were 150 lbs. lighter than just about every HD.
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Old 08-13-2003, 06:16 AM   #25
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Default Re: This should be worth a good flame fest.

You left out that the "new" Triumph has virtually nothing in common with the "old" Triumph. The badge is close though.
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Old 08-13-2003, 06:36 AM   #26
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Default not too suprising

Rubber mounting the sportster engine will now at least make it roughly competitive with the low cost (650cc) metric bikes, so that makes sense. Still should have standard LED turn signals etc, and safety wire: I wouldn't trust things to not rattle loose when at idle.



But overall, seems a decent improvement.





However, the "New style" Vrod looks like the old one. I would have thought there would be a touring bike on it, a HD answer to the Goldwing and LT Bimmer.



Overall, strong products for their target market, but nothing outside it. I now wouldn't dismiss a sportster out-of-hand, at least, but it's still not appealing to me.



A Fazer 600 on teh other hand? SWEEET, I WANT!
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Old 08-13-2003, 06:57 AM   #27
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Default Re: This should be worth a good flame fest.

Once you get the 03 and outfit it the way your riding style/needs/comfort dictates you won't second guess your choice. Sportster are a gas! And as long as you didn't pay over MSRP for it you'll do OK if you decide later to sell it for a different model. You're not paying more than MSRP, right?
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:34 AM   #28
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Default Re: This should be worth a good flame fest.

Anyone putting good money down on 883 deserves it.



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Old 08-13-2003, 07:37 AM   #29
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Default Re: This should be worth a good flame fest.

I've always liked the Sportster, always wanted one, but was put off by the paint-shaker rep. So, reading the story, I see they've rubber-mounted it. Good. And they've added 50 pounds.



Excuse me? That's a joke, right?



How disappointing. How lame.



That leaves the FXDX as the only H-D I'd even consider. So they'll probably axe it. Or add conchoed saddlebags.



BTW, what the hell is an "overpowered" bike? Is there really a bike out there that will spit you off if you keep the revs down and only turn the throttle a little bit?
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:42 AM   #30
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Default Re: Oh Yeah?

If you subtract the 13 yrs. that AMF owned HD then they're only 87 yrs. old.

Triumph has been in buisness the whole time, they just changed hands a few times and took a few years off for redesign and building a new plant.
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