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Old 02-19-2011, 10:06 PM   #1
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nighster or iron 883?

im new to riding and new to this forum. going to purchase my first bike and im not too sure on what to get, i been researching on the HD iron 883 or nightster 1200. what do ya think? too big? good starter bike? thanks
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:18 PM   #2
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goto hdforums.com, lots more info there... welcome! and ride safe!
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not going to dive into the metric vs hd arguement...but ill say this...give an honest look at some honda's like the vtx or a yamaha like the warrior. go to the dealerships...ignore the salesmen...they are scumbags no matter what they are selling or where it came from. talk to the parts people...see how much tires go for whichever bike they have there...ask service how to put them on and how much for an oil change...do the same at the hd dealer for those bikes. see the difference in prices and more importantly attitudes. if nothing else it could be a fun social expirament for a saturday.

i wont even say right now what will happen. i urge u to go find out ad come back to this thread to share the story.
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sounds like you not to fond of HD lol
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im new to riding and new to this forum. going to purchase my first bike and im not too sure on what to get, i been researching on the HD iron 883 or nightster 1200. what do ya think? too big? good starter bike? thanks
the 883 is cheaper insurance and can be upgraded to 1200 for $1k, but when you buy the 1200, you get the best heads /cam package harley ever offered , the Buell xb heads (best flowing heads ever and when you get them massaged, flow big numbers) and the "W" grind cams, these do not come wiht the 883 and to buy the heads separate will be over $1k themselves.
the 1200 will haul major and roast the tire off and a whole lot of fun to ride, I did the Nallin Performance big bore kit and added a turbo to mine
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ah i see thanks for the info!
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all that said, if you get a great price on an 883, then grab it and you can upgrade later.
there is one in the classifieds right now, 2010 iron 883 for 5.5k
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yea i saw that, thats pretty good deal since iron 883 is originally like 8k.
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I have an 09 883 Iron. Its a great bike, you would be very happy with it as a first bike. Let me know if you have any questions.
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sounds like you not to fond of HD lol
yeah, i have my opinions, but im not even trying to make this a bash thread. just saying give the metrics a fair shake and form your own opinions.

ive worked in the motorcycle industry as a parts salesman or a technician since 05, and was riding for a few years before that. ive ridden and wrenched on a whole lot of stuff. i cant begin to count them all.

ill say a few positive things about the hd's to be fair...
i actually have ridden an 883 and a 1200. both were fun to ride.

(but ive also ridden warriors and they were more fun, haha)

scootertrash's HD is pretty awesome. i remember many years ago going on some rides with this guy while i was on a 1990 FZR 1000. it was scary how well that bike would keep up with inline 4 metric supersports...

but then...scooter is a special kind of crazy...and that is why we keep him here. he's got a turbo on his bike for christ sake. lol.

after you take the MSF class, youll have a much better idea of what you are getting into. just take it easy. start cheap, starter bikes hold resale decently well & you can always upgrade.
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:50 PM   #13
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Haha its all good, too each his own! But yea you got a point, wouldn't want to ruin a brand expensive bike for my first and yea upgrading is my plan as well lol. Thanks for the feedback!
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I've owned both, both the same bike basically but the 1200 bore (I believe)
Anyways 883 is an excellent beginner cruiser. Its small, light, agile and its not too fast where its scary
The 1200 is a good bike as well. Same body, handeling, specs etc except for being faster. I love my Nightster.
Truthfully the only thing that sales the two bikes to different people are motor size and paint, besides that they are almost identical
I would say 90% of the people that bought the 883 bought it to learn on and a little cheaper, then planned to bore it out to a 1200 when they got the skill up a little and was more comfortable on the bike. Not a bad plan
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Yea I really want to start with the iron 883 but decided I really don't want too make payments on one. all I have is about 3k cash to invest, thinking of the yamaha v star 650, its in my price range and read its a good starter bike and a awesome bike overall
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Look at the harley XR as well. I know you did not mention it but it is worth the look.(depends on what your looking for). I think mancuso has last years model for a greatly reduced price.
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the 1200 looks nice dont know about the others lol...looking at the 2006 honda shadow 750 now hehe reading some excellent reviews on this one!
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