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Old 12-12-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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thinking about buying a harley

I want to get one of the sporsters but I would like some inputs of how they are on maintenance and how comfortable they are on long trips
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:24 AM   #2
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I've always heard that the motors in the sportsters are an obsolete design.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:08 AM   #3
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Depends on your definition of "obsolete".
It's a pushrod operated, 2 valve, air cooled engine, so obviously it's not as high tech as a modern water cooled ohc 4 valve engine.
Does it make it any less reliable or fun to ride? No.
I've had a blast riding mine the past couple of years, and there's a lot of people who enjoy theirs as well.
Compared to say a Japanese bike the maintenance is less, and reliability is very good.
I also agree about buying used, there's a ton of good deals out there.
I'd recommend getting a fuel injected model to avoid the headaches of ethanol and carbs, and do some research to know the differences between models.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:34 AM   #4
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The biggest complaints I have ever heard about the sporty's is the small fuel capacity and the lack of a fuel gauge. I have always loved Harley's, and might someday buy a street glide (although the F6B has me thinking I would look at that as well).
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:56 PM   #5
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Also, there's different models of sportsters (besides the 883/1200)... different size tanks, different suspensions (travel/stiffness), different tire sizes. There's some variety to the bikes... it's a line of bikes, not just a bike.

Motorcycles Unlimited had a couple different used ones the last time I was there... but it's been a couple months.
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:22 PM   #6
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If you want a sporster, go up to Motorcycles Unlimited and check out what they have for sale!
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I have a 100,000 miles on my sporty or more. No gauges. Love it. Tough as . Hella fun. I put a buell lightning motor in mine with motor work. 115 hp. Will never not a own a sporty in the stable.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:15 PM   #9
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how effective is the motor being air cooled during the summer in stop and go traffic and will I have any overheating problems

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Old 12-13-2013, 02:19 PM   #10
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Your might get hot, but, being that you have , means you are a MAN.....so..... lol

The newer sporty's are rock solid.

I have one.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:35 PM   #11
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You may look into swapping out the tank if you buy one with the peanut tank. I believe the peanut tank is 2.4 gallons.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:38 PM   #12
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not for me....awesome commuter bike, but absolutely crappy for a backroad run....my 12 mile commute at 65 or 70 mph was enough for me to sell mine. Had an 07 883 and only put 800 miles on it in 6 or 8 months. I also want to say 07 up were the first years the motors were outfitted rubber mounts...made for a smoother ride I'm sure....filling up every 2 days kinda sucks too. I did like the way she looked.....and they are super affordable....I let mine go for like $4400.

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Old 12-14-2013, 01:09 AM   #13
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:30 AM   #14
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Can it do wheelies though.
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:55 AM   #16
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I want to say I've seen this bike at the track a few times it looks Great
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:54 AM   #17
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Can it do wheelies though.
I got kicked off a test ride at republic on one of those for doing whoolies. Total hooligan bike with monster torque.
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:44 PM   #19
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Sportys are great machines, my first was a '69 I wish I still had it! I've had several since then and love riding them. I've ridden them to bar hop and from here to Cali and Sturgis a couple of times. The small tank was not much of an issue riding with brothers with bigger tanks because they were usually ready to stretch out anyway. I'd buy another in a heartbeat to play on and bar hop and as soon as my boy gets a little older a sporty will be his first street bike.
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Love mine! Mines a 2007 Nightster 1200 so its Fuel injected and very reliable. Its not the most comfortable bike but its a sportster not a touring bike. I can ride mine (Just a Metal Seat Pan) to about Austin and Ive had enough for the day. Plus you can take a sportster to so many different cosmetic directions its crazy. Just like Patrick showed it can make a nice cafe racer or a Bobber, dirt track, commuter, cruiser etc
Definitly buy used since you can find them everywhere and save alot of money that way as well
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