2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom

Editor Score: 80.75%
Engine 16.0/20
Suspension/Handling 11.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10
Brakes 8.75/10
Instruments/Controls4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 8.0/10
Value 7.5/10
Overall Score80.75/100

It’s like Woody Allen says, 90-percent of success is showing up. And the Sportster’s been showing up since 1957. However you feel about it or the Motor Company or post-WW2 America, you have to respect it like you have to respect the `57 Chevy profile or Tony Bennett leaving his heart in San Francisco. Whether TB has gotten better with age is a topic for some late night over a tumbler of fine Scotch, but there’s no question the Sportster’s now about as refined as a motorcycle can get.

It’s the same as it ever was, a raw-boned rock-and-roller that delivers a distinctly vintage experience, but one with all the rough edges removed and polished. Heck, my first Sportster was an `89 four-speed with solid-mount engine and a tiny gas tank. This new Custom is a Rolls-Royce by comparison. What its voice has lost in power and decibels over the years, relative to other motorcycles anyway, is made up for in its phrasing and emotion. On this one, Harley has chipped away everything that is not Sportster, leaving a place to sit 28 inches from the pavement, an (optional) Mini-ape handlebar to hang onto, and a torquey 1200cc, five-speed 45-degree V-Twin to fly you to the moon.

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Engine

Skulls and bare bones: 1202cc 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin in a twin-tube steel frame.

The 2015 Custom you’re looking at here is named that because it’s part of Harley’s H-D1 customization program, and can be had in Black ($10,649), a pair of two-tone paint versions ($11,199) or two solid colors ($10,999). There’s a person or persons somewhere in H-D who does nothing but come up with paint names: Our bike is Mysterious Red Sunglo Deluxe, and rolls on Black Contrast Cut 5-Spoke wheels. (You could also choose non-contrast, or Steel Laced, silver or black wheels, or a pullback handlebar, or a dual seat.) By the time H-D was done adding options to our test unit, including $795 for ABS,  the price was all the way up to $12,999. When the light’s right, you cannot deny the quality of its chrome and paint, its over-the-top presence. Subtle it’s not. It does take you right back, whether you want to go or not.

Riding it’s not nearly so bad as many would have you think either (see Gabe Ets-Hokin on Hate). No matter how many crotch rockets you’ve flogged over the mountain, you have to admit there’s something to be said for a bike you just ride and 569 pounds of road-hugging steel. You’re not going to win many dragraces against other bikes with 62 horsepower, but you’ll be right there for the first 50 feet courtesy of the 1200’s torque and stout clutch, and the gearbox is solid but fluid and never leaves your left big toe in doubt. Those blade-style control levers are non-adjustable but seem to fit everybody’s hands anyway, and 2014 saw a bigger front brake disc, more powerful front caliper with 34mm pistons, more efficient all-aluminum master cylinders with reduced friction, and braided steel lines add up to a harder-stopping Sportster. ABS is a $795 option.

Rumbling along in the fast lane is surprisingly stress-free and even comfortable, thanks to the rubber engine mounts; it’s easy to break 100 mph if you need to, though you’ll never escape the past. There’s still just 2.1-inches of rear-wheel travel, but you only notice over really bad pavement. Harley does make bikes more suitable for touring, but they’re not Sportsters, are they? When it’s cold outside, the Mini-Apehanger handlebars on our bike (another HD-1 option) might be a bummer, but when it’s hot they’re great for keeping your pits aerated, and they don’t detract from the bike’s surprisingly light, linear handling characteristics. In fact they encourage you to throw it over in corners and skim the pavement with the forward-set pegs.

2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Profile Left

Upgraded brakes for 2014 only add to the Sportster’s well-rounded performance package.

The Sportster. It is what it is and it really doesn’t care if you like it or not, which is one of the finer things about aging, and it still draws a crowd of admirers spread out over a surprisingly wide, deep demographic. If you find yourself among them, you won’t be the least bit disappointed.

+ Highs

  • Outstanding paint and chrome
  • Surprisingly refined ride and controls
  • Improved brakes for 2014
– Sighs

  • How can it ever be vintage if they keep making new ones?
  • We’d trade an inch-higher seat for longer shocks and more travel
  • No place for groupies to sit on our test unit
2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Specs
MSRP Base / Bike pictured
$10,649/ $12,999
Engine Capacity 1202cc
Engine Type Air-cooled 45-degree V-Twin
Horsepower 61.6 @ 5800 rpm
Torque 67.6 @ 4100 rpm
Bore x Stroke 3.5 x 3.811 in
Compression 10.0:1
Fuel System Electronic Fuel injection
Transmission Five-speed
Final Drive Belt
Frame Double-downtube steel
Front Suspension 39mm fork, 4.3 in travel
Rear Suspension Single, preload-adjustable shock; 4.3-in travel
Front Brakes 300mm disc; two-piston caliper
Rear Brakes Disc
Front Tire 130/90B-16
Rear Tire 150/80B-16
Seat Height 28.0 inches
Wheelbase 59.8 inches
Rake/Trail 30° / 4.2 inches
Wet Weight 569 lbs
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Observed Fuel Economy 36 mpg
Colors Black, Whiskey, Blue, (2) Two-tones
  • Old MOron

    Unlike Gabe’s sniveling rationalizations, this article kind of makes me want to lighten up on the MoCo. Then I look at the part of the spec sheet, suspiciously absent here, that says the max lean angle is about 27 degrees. I guess you didn’t really “throw it over in corners,” eh JB?

    • john burns

      What? Who you gonna believe, MO or Harley? Look at the lead photo of Dirty Sean. That’s at least 27 degrees and he hasn’t even dug in his heels yet!

      • Old MOron

        Well John, and Sean and Kevin, I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but with all of the pro-cruiser stuff you guys have been posting, you gents have lost some of your cred.

        • john burns

          Harsh, OldMO, harsh… I think we’ve maybe lost a little of our bias against “cruisers” as we’ve, ahh, matured, and learned that crotch rockets aren’t the only way to go. And the OEMs are building some increasingly interesting cruisers to reflect that trend. Some are more interesting than others, but it’s Motorcycle.com–we ride them all (or try to), you decide.

          • GS1100GK

            I’m with you John. :) Keep to you guns!

          • Old MOron

            Well, maybe that didn’t come out right. It was supposed to be more of a cut-down game that male friends frequently play.

            But you and I don’t even know each other, so I’m sorry if I overstepped my bounds.

          • john burns

            hah, I like that that game. Are we sure we don’t know each other OM?

        • http://www.motorcycle.com/ Sean Alexander

          F-that! I still hate cruisers! You will find no comments from me in this article, just photos of me riding bikes at a pace they’d rather not be ridden.

          • Kevin

            C’mon Sean, you once told me in a post that you kind of wanted every bike you’ve ever thrown a leg over, I can’t believe you didn’t find something you enjoyed in riding this one!

          • http://www.motorcycle.com/ Sean Alexander

            You caught me red-handed. There is plenty to like about any motorcycle. For added context: When considering all the different types of motorcycles I could be riding instead, I HATE CRUISERS!

          • pcontiman

            you’re killin’ me Sean, but you are entitled to your hate….I’m sure that bike I see leaned over in the corner, IN FRONT of me, will be you. just be cool on Palomar…..seeya down the road. – a sportster lovin’ fool.

        • Kevin

          Johns’ last paragraph in this report says tons, OMO: We recently enjoyed the Fall ‘Bikes to the Beach’ @ Ocean City, MD and the demographic of non-riding people that attended the Custom Bike Show was amazing!
          The recreational pursuit that is motorcycling goes well beyond knee dragging sport bike riders and knuckle dragging cruiser riders these days, but as always, it is still about all different kinds of people having fun and expressing themselves:
          Many of those non-riders expressed a great deal more objectivity in their observations than I have seen expressed by several “Journalists” lately:
          Burns did an excellent piece here on many levels and I really enjoyed it: Even though I personally have never liked Sportsters and wouldn’t own one, I often enjoy riding with people that do and in that regard the Sporty does make its own contribution to my enjoyment too:
          Lighten up, ’cause this sport is big and diverse enough for anyone, rider or not, to enjoy!

          • Old MOron

            Well, I certainly agree that JB did a great job with this piece. As I said in my original post, he even made me want to lighten up on the MoCo (and cruisers in general).

          • Kevin

            You’re trying to read way too much into it, Bike week in OC, MD is not a MoCo deal, there are customs and just plain ol’ riders from all types and classes:
            I don’t want any journalist to have colored perceptions, in journalism objectivity equals credibility, and prejudice equals an editorial:
            Why can’t non-riders enjoy the sport? Do you think every one that watches Moto GP rides? You believe that a non-rider can’t appreciate the art and creativity that goes into the Customs at a bike show?
            You show a lot of assumptive prejudice about people with your Harley t-shirt/coffee mug analogy, I don’t think you really understand how big and diverse this sport really is: All the bitching you do about lack of lean angle doesn’t do a lot to indicate that you have a strong understanding about the whole spectrum of riding either, only what you want out of it: Lighten up, dude, let other people have their fun too!

          • Old MOron

            I thought the t-shirt, coffee mug reference was appropriate since this article is about a Harley. And Harley reputedly makes a lot of money by selling trademarked, non-moto goods.

            I’ll fully admit that I don’t understand the entire spectrum of riding. I haven’t done an Iron Butt, for example, so I don’t pretend to comprehend endurance riding. Another thing I don’t understand is your reliance on the non-rider to somehow contribute to anyone’s understanding of the riding experience. Or does your idea of the “whole spectrum of riding” include not riding at all?

          • Kevin

            Forget it! Stay stuck in your Fairy Tale!

    • Kevin

      Ok, they have the Sportster, now they are half ready to do the inevitable Scout/Sportster comparison: No, wait! Evans just did a piece on the V Star 1300, maybe they are 2/3rds ready for the shootout! Or are they going to get cute and try to somehow justify and sneak a CTX 1300 into the mix?

  • JMDonald

    I wanted to like it. I just can’t bring myself to do it. Wait a minute. Mini ape hangers? No, I still can’t do it.

    • pcontiman

      Two reasons to not get a sporty…..1) you want to go ninja/gixxer/inline4 fast
      2) you are over 6′. -Can be done with forward controls, but probably a little big for a sporty (although my faaaassst buddy rode a duc996 at 6’4′ so I guess anything’s possible.

      • John Ferguson

        3) You find forward controls miserable, the no-travel suspension a kidney-hammering misery, and realize that just making it rideable (windshield, seat, mid controls, highway pegs, longer shocks) would probably cost $2000+.

        • pcontiman

          dunno, just rode my 05 Roadster 1100 miles, half of it in 100+ heat. Kidneys seem to be ok, no windshield except the one on my Shoei, stock set up came with mid controls but I had put sportster sport shocks on it ($200). That makes about 50k on the sporty so I can’t agree with the un-rideable part. All that said, I think my brother was more comfortable on the 05 FXDX….

  • Steve C

    Lose the apes, skulls and feet forward, and I could ride this.

    • Max Wellian

      Unless you’re 4’2″ and have a 23″ inseam, you’ll appreciate the forward controls.

      • John Ferguson

        I’m 5’10” and consider forward controls a torture device. Give me mid controls, crash bars, and highway pegs.

        • Max Wellian

          Have you ridden a 1200 Sporty Custom? They aren’t very forward at all. Mids on that bike are way too cramped. They also cause the pegs to drag much more frequently.

          • John Ferguson

            Rode a Sporty, not sure what it was beyond a 1200 and didn’t have a peanut tank. It needed longer rear shocks and a higher seat. Just don’t like forward controls. The biggest problem with the whole line is they’re just too damn low.

          • pcontiman

            check out the newest one at the dealer. The one with the tall rear shocks and the inverted forks.

          • John Ferguson

            The Roadster? For the $13,000+ that costs (before even adding the oil cooler and backrest I would want), I would get something else.

          • pcontiman

            True that on the price but I just figure someone else is riding my next bike now…..Once that bike can be had for about $9k, I’m in the ballpark.You can always get a faster bike than a Harley for the money but “better” is truly in the seat of the beholder. My point of view is 10yrs of owning/riding an 05 Roadster that has been a hoot. Lotsa miles and a fair number of trips. Stage 1 upgrade and better shocks/fork springs is about all I’ve added.

          • John Ferguson

            The problem then becomes, how much does it cost to undo the original owner’s butchery? Minimum, I’d need longer shocks, hard cases, a windshield, mid controls, crash bars with highway pegs, pullback bars, and probably need to come up with a set of stock pipes. That assumes no internal butchery in the engine.

          • pcontiman

            With what you are looking for, I might have to agree that maybe a Sportster is not for you. My impression on sitting on the new model was that it was the perfect bike from a “saddle” perspective. Mid controls are stock. Usually the owner will keep the stock pipes. Pull back bars you might have to add but that is not overly expensive. Engine butchery such as cams and new mapping normally is an upgrade. I also don’t have crash bars, windshield, highway pegs or bags on my Sporty. I have throw-over bags for when I need ’em. Last trip, I had a big bike go with me that trucked my stuff. All that said, I would go down and demo the Sportster when they do demo days. Then you’ll know if you want one. The thing about Sportsters is that after about a year, a lot of folks want to either get out of motorcycling or want to move up to a bigger bike. Used bikes abound in the Sportster world.

          • John Ferguson

            The only Harley I’d own is a Sporty…wouldn’t own a Twin Cam if you gave it to me. I’m not sure I have EVER seen a Harley with stock pipes. Crash bars are for highway pegs, bags are…well, for carrying stuff. (I do overnight rides.) Whatever storage I used has to be waterproof.

            I won’t buy a bike with engine mods simply because I have only the seller’s word they were done properly!

    • Kevin

      Save the bucks on the optional paint and bars, have the fit shop relocate the pegs to mid-mount and go enjoy!

  • PrepHaitch

    Test rode a 2014 1200 a few weeks ago. I was shocked by the sluggish acceleration and soggy handling. The Dyna I tried was definitely a step up, the extra HP and components definitely gave it a more solid feel.

    • Max Wellian

      I’ve read that they recently added cats to the exhausts that decreased performance markedly. If so, probably wouldn’t cost much to change it out with an aftermarket slip on.

  • Billdokie

    Yuk!

  • Mitchell Brody

    who cares how slow it is, its a chick bike that will never see 66MPH

    • pcontiman

      I see more chicks riding dynas and softails than sportys, so which one is the chicks bike ? oh yeah, that bike leaned over in the corner IN FRONT of you…that’s a sporty!

    • John Ferguson

      Urine idiot.

  • Bmwclay

    P.O.S. Get the Scout.

  • DeBee Corley

    My god, Sportsters used to be great looking to me. I always wanted one, but every time I took a test ride it lasted about half a block. Man, do they vibrate, and are they slow.

    Now they are ugly.

  • JimW

    Refined? Hardly a word I’d think of to describe a Sportster. It was a turd to begin with, and no amount of polishing will make it anything but a turd.
    It never ceases to amaze me how far the bar gets lowered when a Harley is tested. The Motor Company spends zilch on engineering and it shows in how their products perform. Perhaps they (H-D) should change their name to the Marketing Company because that’s really what they are. Please, oh motorcycle journalists, call a spade a spade when writing your reviews. Hold H-D to the same standards as other marques.

    • pcontiman

      a turd compared to ? A track day duc ? A wanna go-to-track-day ninja ? a four hour max ride R-whatever ? Harleys have a cool factor that can’t be duplicated. You’d have to ride one to know it. (sorry, that’s just the way it is) The big bikes are as comfortable as they come for touring without looking like a hunk-o-plastic and the sporty is a sweet town bike or if you like hard riding it works on the big highway (got over 35k on mine). They don’t sound like buzzsaws or adrenalized crickets either. I suspect most HD haters just haven’t ridden one since the evo came out and that was uh, 30 yrs ago.

      • JimW

        A turd. Slow, crappy brakes, poor handling, lousy suspension, vibrates like a paint can shaker at Home Depot. A 1950’s motorcycle sold for a premium price in 2014. A turd.
        ‘Cool’ is in the eye of the beholder. Paying far too much for far too little is just stupid.

        • pcontiman

          Slow -compared to what ? 65ft lbs of torque is not slow off the line. 65-70 horse stock, yeah, not fast. Again, if you want a fast bike you can ride in 3rd gear for most of your street life, than buy a bike built for that. Poor handling, not buying that, I can hang with most of the amateurs in the corners. Lousy suspension, maybe but that’s what showa-harley-sportster-sport gas charged shocks are for. A 50’s motorcycle ? You really have not rode or owned one since the rubber mounts came out I’m guessing. Shake, yes, paint can, no. See previous rubber mount note. You can call it stupid but my 8 yr old sporty will still sell for half the original price (bigger depreciation than the big vtwins). Try selling a high mileage 05 zipper for half the original. Not gonna happen. Ok enough arguin’, back to ridin.

  • Michael Mccormick

    Love the big engine air cooled and all but the Indian Scout will kick its ass. Plus it’s 90 lbs heavier than the paint shaking 91 model I owned for 6 months And its 2014 and Harley is milking nostalgia and ignorance to market their bikes and fooling with an electric bike. Are they owned by GM?

    • Dan Favata

      I looked at the Indian Scout…yuck!!!!!!!! the motor looks like a plastic model kit!
      Sorry to break it to ya, Indian today is nothing like the real Indians!Ill keep my leaky, shakey fast enough for me Sportster!BTW my old bike cost me 2500.00 and it runs like a mother@#&$$(

  • Steve T

    It’s still a slug and I wouldn’t want one if it was free. Those shocks look like they came off a 450 Honda . I don’t want to hear it about the stagnant 62 hp . There’s no excuse . My old Vmax,though upgraded in many areas, is 10x the bike this thing is. And I don’t have ANYWGERE NEAR 10K in it. Be ashamed Hardly.

    • mikeinkamloops

      Yeah, but your Vmax is butt ugly, and makes up for that by being fast enough to get out of sight quickly.

    • Brenn

      You’re doing it wrong. You want a sportbike. You could get one that would crush even your Vmax for like 6k.

    • jt

      Whats so bad about 62hp? Where are you going that you need mire than that? My 2012 Custom is plenty fast…more than I will ever use. Slow down…you are missing everything.

  • Keith T Robinson

    I wouldnt want a 450 Honda if it was free. I don’t care for the C model sportsters gas tank shape, but its a great looking motorcycle. something the vmax never was.

  • Keith T Robinson

    Burnsie is doing a good job over here. many miss him on CWForums. as far as gabe goes, he’s a square. to the other comments I have read here, the scout is water cooled. so its apples and oranges. the HD hate spewed on this topic just proves how much class the bikes they build have.

    • Brenn

      Nothing inspires hate from non-owners like HD. I never got a word of crap from anyone (even HD riders) when I rode japanese bikes. I tried a street bob – loved it – but got endless hate from the riders of japanese bikes.

      Never understood it.

      • pcontiman

        It’s the old saying, “If I have to explain, you won’t understand”.
        or better yet, “throw a leg over it, you’ll figure it out”.

        • Martin Buck

          That’s what I said about my girlfriend…

          • pcontiman

            hadn’t thought of if that way…..

  • Ren Doughty

    Yeah Steve, your old Vmax is faster. The Vmax is not 10 times the bike the 1200 Sportster is anymore than the Subaru WRX is 10 times the car a current Mustang is. If you’re only comparing specs you really don’t get it. After riding ST1100s, Concours, the Yamaha GTS 1000 and about 40 other bikes I bought my first Harley, a new 1200 Sportster Roadster in 2005. It was a sweet ride and it still is. It’s been trouble free for almost 10 years now. The metallic two-tone Pearl Black / Birch White perfect paint still looks new. The chrome everywhere – including the turn signals – still looks new. I put a K&N air filter, Dyna-Jet carb kit and Bubb pipes on her and she sounds powerful but not obnoxious. And she gets 50 mpg+. Harley hit its target beautifully. HD has nothing to be ashamed about with the 1200 Sportster. (I also have a ’75 R60/6 and a 2007 R1200RT but often the Sportster is still the best bike for the day.)

    • Crickets

      I owned a 2005 Dyna that I bought new on advice of a longtime friend . I put 50,000 miles on 18 other bikes in the last 12 years. Only 500 on that one and then sold it at 900 miles (after letting a friend borrow it I hated it so much). The riding position on a cruiser is for posers that only care about looks. The technology is somewhere in 1960. The ground clearance is laughable. The look and the sound, I’ll give them that, but you factor in price (I paid about $13,500) and I feel like I straight up got ripped off. Had I known better, I wouldn’t bothered, but again, it looks awesome – most cruisers do. It’s just…not awesome. Not in any way when you factor in the severe limitations.

      It’s my opinion and clearly I’m alone, but HD puts out absolute garbage. I won’t pretend other manufacturers don’t as well, however, as a previous owner (that has actually ridden over 4 different HD models) there’s nothing here to look at.

      • Brenn

        LOL. So you aren’t a cruiser rider. Got it. But 50,000 in 12 years? On 18 bikes? Sounds like you suck at picking bikes man. The only constant is you.

    • pcontiman

      Got 36k on my 05 Roadster while living in Colorado and a year & half out for serious road rash. THESE ARE GREAT BIKES, the Roadster in particular. If you want to tour, buy a touring bike. If you want to fly buy a gsxr or a ninja. If you want to ride, a sportster is a fine choice. And they are one of the best looking motorcycles out there. so there.

  • Ren Doughty

    DeBee, have you ridden one since 2004?

  • Guest

    Puts a smile on my face every time I see it or hear it start, and it gets me everywhere I want to go faster than the law allows.

  • michael jackson

    Well my 98/1200/c is a pig but its running a ss carb and screaming eagle exhaust with apes and old school look it shakes and you smell gas I run a little on the rich side. Lots of chrome and extra lights. I think the past few years Harley has lost sight of what motorcycle is. They need to be slapped up side the head and reminded what Harley is to be. Its that go green crowed there going after you.know the ones that think a spark plug is a good idea. You know a light bulb above there head.

  • Zundap

    I’ve been riding Sportsters since 63. They were the super bike of the sixty’s. Every year the became heavier,slower, and uglier. I still own two Sporty’s, a 95 and 01. The 95 gets better than 65 mph consistantly @ 60 mph any faster and your teeth would fall out. The 01 worst milage is 53/60 and vibrates just as bad. I guess the reasons that I continue to rirde them is ease of maintenance, cost, American made, and they handle fairly well on a five mile dirt rode which I ride daily. At five hundred lbs. I would not consider them a lightweight. I think the newer version after 03 when the rubber mounted came out they weigh in closer to 600lbs. At that weight you may as well go to a Dyna at 650 lbs. A much better bike. A friend of mine bought a rubber mount and after one long trip said it vibrated almost as much as my 01. and was looking to sell it. The last time I looked the Sportsters have belt drives which is excellent not chain as your article states. My Sportsters definetly have their place in my garage. I have eight bikes. As a Sportster owner for over forty years I can tell you they are a dependable, rough riding dinosaur. …z

    • pcontiman

      Since 04, the Sporty’s rock !. Roadsters, Chromey Customs, Nightsters, 48’s, 72’s….Whats not to like ?! I’m thinking the newer models are maybe a little heavier, definitely faster and better looking but that’s just me. The evo sporty is no comparison to the rubber mount for either speed or shake…… Five miles of dirt road, might need to go to 14 inch shocks and knobbies……or a KLR…

  • mikeinkamloops

    At 6’1″, sportsters are just too small for me, but I test drive one every demo day anyway, just for fun.

  • Johnny Nightrider

    I’ve ridden Japanese bikes all my life.The last bike was a 2009 Yamaha FZ6.It had upright handlebars and had lots of power and was a good bike.It had a half fairing with a taller windscreen I put on.I had to sell it.Right now I’m looking to buy a 2015 Yamaha FZ 07 or a 2014 FZ09 or a 2013 FZ1.I been looking at other bikes.I test rode a 2015 Harley Davidson Superlow 1200t.It rumbled and shook and made some cool mechanical noises when shifting and I could hear the exhaust.It was the first bike I have ridden that had soul to it and it was fun.I could have ridden all day.I never had that feeling from any Japanese sportbike I test rode the 2015 HD Sportster 1200 custom.I liked that one a great deal also as it seemed to track better in the corners.I pushed that bike and accelerated out of the right and left handers.I had so much fun.Now I’m looking to buy a 2015 HD Sportster 1200 custom in superior blue with the alarm system,abs,and the regular bars not those mini-ape hangers.Great Bike with soul and character.And it rode cool on a hot day.Must be the aluminum heads and the air cooling technology that Harley must have developed over the years.I thought I would buy another Japanese bike for sure but after riding this Harley.I’m hooked and I’m not a poser or a fake human.It really was a different kind of power cruiser ride.

  • budfox21

    Fine motorcycle if you like the style, but why is this called a Sportster? The first adjective that comes to mind would hardly be that it is ‘sporty’.