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Old 06-17-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Thinking of going from zx6r to cruiser

I just bought a 2012 zx6r, but I can't stop looking a the 2013 Harley iron 883. Any thoughts on going from sport bike to cruiser? Anyone make that switch and regret it? Or love and never looked back? I still love the ninja, but not looking to maybe change things up a bit.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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Most all my friends go this route then eventually to full on cage.
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I did the same exact thing. I went from owning a 07 zx6r and trading it in for a 07 iron 883.
Iron 883 of course is slowwwww compared to zx6r
I liked the look and the ride more on the 883
zx6r was cool but not comfortable to me, but it was in 07
ton more parts and aftermarkets for Harleys compared to sportbikes
Get the 883 if you want to ride and not worry about speed
If you want speed and fast corners and to ride with others fast bikes. Get the zx6r
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:52 PM   #5
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If you do choose to go Harley, go Nightster 1200... Same thing, just a little extra.
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I have both. 09 gsxr 600 and an 01 883 custom. Get a 1200. U won't regret it.
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I just bought a 2012 zx6r, but I can't stop looking a the 2013 Harley iron 883. Any thoughts on going from sport bike to cruiser? Anyone make that switch and regret it? Or love and never looked back? I still love the ninja, but not looking to maybe change things up a bit.
I'm looking into making that switch, but... I'm keeping the R6.

I made the switch back in 2007, but it was a Vstar and not a HD. I didn't like the Vstar, so I went back to a SB a couple of years later. Getting used to the lack of power (especially on the Vstar) was tough. You have to be ready to make that change. Luckily my friend had an extra sb, so I rode his on weekends, and used mine to commute to work on weekdays.


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I'm selling my 2008 Dyna Street bob. Won't find a cleaner one out there. 750 miles on it
I agree, it's definitely a clean HD. I would like to take that hog off of your hands, but timing is bad. I just closed on a house a couple of weeks ago. I'll check back at a later date to see if it's still available.
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I have both Apple to orange but if I had to choose one it would depend on the riding you do. As a daily commute bike Harley! Weekend bike Rocket
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Get the iron883 and keep the zx6r then decide or not and keep both.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:52 PM   #14
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I wish I could have both, but money is an issue. I put 4k down on the 6r, so I'm far from upside down, but I also have another grand in aftermarket in it. And if I make the switch I'm kinda stuck with it whether I like it or not. I enjoy the speed and acceleration of the ninja, but I ride just about daily, and would like something a bit more comfortable, and more suited to 200-300 mile trips. I could probably get used to the difference in power as long as the Harley handles well enough to still be at least somewhat nimble, and can cruise comfortably at 80. I've never dragged knees in a corner, and don't plan to, but I still like to lean.

I think I'm going to schedule a test drive and then find out how bad I'm gonna get on the trade in. Thanks for all the replies.
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you're probably not going to "comfortably" ride a few hundred miles any more so on a sportster than you would on the kawi. Its still not a touring bike.
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Ugh 883? Too slow, try m109r.
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Here is my 2 cents. I spend about 10 yrs riding sportbikes before "giving up the streets" and switching to a track dedicated bike. That got expensive so I started racing dirt. That got time consuming so I bought an 883 for commuting. The bike rides and handles well considering (hard as rear end). My 883 did not have a windshield, nor would I consider putting one on....The point of all of this is that I had the bike for about 8 months I think and only put on 700-800 miles during that time frame....it was good for commuting in lower speeds, but anything over 70 for more than 5 minutes was killer on my noggin'. Never once even attempted a backroad run on it....I knew better. Picked up this ZX7 a few weeks ago and already logged 300 miles. It's much more fun to ride and much less of a chore. If you go cruiser, go with something a little bigger and something with a shield.
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Have both. Use the cruiser as a commuter. Have a small windshield and it helps. It's a great ride but find I'm wringing the cruisers neck on the freeway. It's still fun and comfy. If you plan on any 2up the cruiser is way more user friendly.
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I also did the test ride before I bought mine and I test rode all that was on the floor before I decided. It was also a fun experience for me and my wife.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:52 AM   #20
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I went the other way. I had a cruiser but due to previous tailbone injury it was horribly uncomfortable for me to ride more than 75-100 miles even with a nice custom seat. I switched to an 07 zx6r and was much more comfortable except my wrists on long straight hauls. I would much rather be crouched up than try riding with my arms and legs opened up like a big wind sail but its really what fits you best, if you like hauling the mail on your sportbike you are going to probably be pretty bored on a cruiser. I also was way more tired after riding the cruiser than the zx but that may have been due to the pain in my .
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