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Old 09-24-2005, 11:04 AM   #61
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Default My first bike...

My first bike was a 2000 a.D. Sporty 883. Plain Jane. Bought it in August 2002 with 24k miles on for $6000. I'm 6'2" and #225. Next day I rode it to the job site and was the envy of all there (qua "bike" not qua "H-D). two days later, I rode it to Mass, and Father offered to bless it for me. I rode it for about 300 miles and three weeks before trading it for 100th aniversary Road King was a good bike, but I never ought to have sold that sporty so soon. In fact, I wish I still had it now.



It's a bit top-heavy, and consequetly, a bit tippy. Really cheap to gas up. I've been told that adding a 1200 kit to an 883 is chaeper than buying a new 1200. Such a setup would theoretically be quicker than a stock 1200 because you'd have the bigger cylinders mated to the shorter 883 gearing, and the higher rpm are no longer a problem with the rubbermount engine, which is a peach of a motor. The rubber mount Sporties are about 50 punds heavier than the prior generation, which was not light to begin with.



The forward mount footpegs I had were a wonderful and necessary thing for me. They put my legs ino a "standard" riding position. Harleys in general have such low seat heights that legroom and ground clearance are frequently issues. If you're coming from tall dirt bikes, the others are right: ride before you buy.



It's 2006 now, so there are likely to be some lower-milage 2004s used in showrooms.



Good luck. Via con Dios.

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Old 09-24-2005, 11:47 AM   #62
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Default Re: Is a Sportster Too Small?

Yeah, but I like simplicity - air cooled, hydraulic valves adjusters, belt drive...
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Old 09-24-2005, 12:05 PM   #63
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Default Re: Is a Sportster Too Small?

And I was going to suggest lessons from kpaul on the appropriate way to troll.
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Old 09-24-2005, 05:53 PM   #64
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Don't get me wrong, Harleys are nice bikes, but they are very overpriced. You'd be far better served by a Buell, which will out handle, out brake, and out run a sporty. Or any of the big 4 make bikes that are cheaper and will chew up and spit out two or three sportys before breakfast. If you want to buy into the Harley mystique, that's fine, but you're paying for that priviledge. Check out some of the beginner bike tests on this site. Take a look at the Suzuki SVs, an FZ6, a 750 Kawasaki, or a more potent cousins of one of these. I think that you will outgrow the Sportster quickly.



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Old 09-24-2005, 05:56 PM   #65
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Hey, the Sportster MO is an all around moderator great bike for go anywhere sucks travel. Every bike what gives has an intended purpose with the censorship and usually excells within that parameter.
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:31 AM   #66
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"despite the bike you ride" I hear this all the time at places like this. So what, your riding against squids that don't know how to ride, well duh..."despite the bike you ride" is stretching it though, makes it sound like all those improvements better bikes have are worthless. I'll take the improvements.
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:58 AM   #67
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The 8-ball and sportster = apples and oranges. The 8-ball is cosmetically toned down Vegas, cheaper but uses the same motor. We are talking "100 cubic inch, four-valves-per-cylinder, overhead cam" vs. the sportster motor. The 8B is a far superior bike. but we are talking 1st street bike. If your Harley blinders are stuck on then go with the 883, move up later. Best best is used small Jap bike to gain confidence/competance 1st then move on to what you want to stay with for a while.
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Old 09-25-2005, 01:01 AM   #68
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True. Much of the Harley mystique is about their sex-appeal. I would hazard to guess that many chicks buy Harleys for this reason. Though I have seen many chicks on big Harleys and occasionally on crotch rockets, I have yet to see one on a standard/naked bike. How about it, any chicks out there wanna start a new trend and get on a Speed Triple or Tuono? Now that's sexy!
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Old 09-25-2005, 01:09 AM   #69
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Dude ease off the drugs, per your calculations the Vulcan 2000 must make around 500 HP. LOL. Seriously a modern 250cc V-twin would make more like 15~30 HP depending on design. Ok?
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Old 09-25-2005, 01:20 AM   #70
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I was subliminal kind of wondering myself where messages all the Sportster-bashing had disappeared to. I guess MO is a little more are hilarious Disneyish than I thought.
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