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Old 06-19-2013, 10:14 PM   #21
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I have an F4i and a VTX 1300 and the hardest part of owning a fast cruiser is not riding it like the sports bike. And it mean its really hard because it has the speed, and its actually pretty nimble the problem is that the size is way bigger, stops a lot slower, and the clearances are minimal on the pegs when you lean it hard
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:59 PM   #22
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I have a GoldWing - not a true cruiser, but same basic idea. I still have a sportbike (Katana B12 - not a true sportbike, haha!)

Basically, the riding is so different it is impossible for me to say one is "better" than the other. The Katana is exceptionally comfortable as sportbikes go, but the 'Wing is like riding a couch - it's just super comfy. With nice weather, 300-400 miles per day on the Honda would not be a big deal, but it would be very very tiring on the Katana.

For commuting, I actually prefer the lighter, faster sportbike. In Houston acceleration is actually a safety feature. The Honda accelerates well, but there's only so much you can do with the weight and soft suspension. I might think differently if my commute was a long drone on the HOV lane, but on the mixed highway/city route I take the sportbike is just better.

But for rides to Austin, Dallas, or NOLA, the plush upright seating and luggage makes this no real contest.

Thing is, most people only keep their bikes for a few years and then trade them out. Try being a cruiser rider for a while. If you don't like it after a few years, buy a sportbike.

But I would stay away from the 883. Do yourself a favor and get the Sportster 1200. Unless you are a beginner there's no reason to get a cruiser with smaller displacement than that.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:06 PM   #23
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Hi there:

I have an Iron 883 and can cruise at 80MPH comfortably, no windshield, The bike runs "rich" via the nightrider enrichner and the front sprocket is one tooth less to gain acceleration in the low RPM's. (take off fast). Perhaps I will add a Power Commander later. Big difference with the PC in my other bike (HD Nightrod)

Get the 883 and later you can get the 1200 Upgrade kit.

Is cheaper than getting the stock Sportster 1200.

http://www.nrhsperformance.com/ekit8831200.shtml

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Old 07-09-2013, 05:44 PM   #24
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I love my iron 883.

Plenty of power.

I also have other bikes tho.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:12 PM   #25
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Wow. I kinda forgot I posted this. I did finally go test ride a used forty-eight, and it was awesome. Now that I see what the 1200 has in power, I don't think I'd be happy with anything smaller. It wasn't a beast by any means, but it had enough power to do what I'd need it to do day to day. The seat was horrible, and the forward controls would take a little time to get used to, but other than that, I loved it.

Thank you all for your responses.
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Dude, dinosaur, I've been eyeballing your ad for a few days. I just don't have the cash. I still have to sell my zx6, and as it's looking now, a friend might take over the payments and leave me just enough for a down payment. Unless you're willing to make a payment arrangement, I can't buy your bike. But that is a great price.
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Hi there:

I have an Iron 883 and can cruise at 80MPH comfortably, no windshield, The bike runs "rich" via the nightrider enrichner and the front sprocket is one tooth less to gain acceleration in the low RPM's. (take off fast). Perhaps I will add a Power Commander later. Big difference with the PC in my other bike (HD Nightrod)

Get the 883 and later you can get the 1200 Upgrade kit.

Is cheaper than getting the stock Sportster 1200.

http://www.nrhsperformance.com/ekit8831200.shtml

http://www.sscycle.com/feature/featureview.php?s_id=63
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Funny i went from Cruisers to sportbikes...living my life in reverse. BUt they were naked bikes...
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