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Old 10-04-2005, 11:32 AM   #1
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HD Sportster at Stubbs Cycles

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Last Saturday went to Stubbs Cycles at Telephone Rd and saw several used 2003 HD 1200 Sportsters, I really like that all of them had the drag/flat bar installed and looked in good condition.

Anyone knows about any realiability issues with those bikes...???
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Old 10-04-2005, 01:51 PM   #2
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From what I've seen, most women seem to love their sportsters. :laughing6 :laughing6

Seriously though, never heard of any reliability issues, but wasn't 2004 the first year they rubber mounted the engines in sportsters? Maybe that's why they have more of the 03.

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Old 10-04-2005, 02:46 PM   #3
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yeah, the rubber mount was a great selling point for me. I rented an 04' then an 03' to try them out. they ride about the same at low speeds, but on the highway the 03 vibrates a lot, and kind of made me nervous to go over 70 mph.

My 04' is as smooth as glass all the way past 100mph.
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The frame strength for the '04+ is supposed to be 40% stronger, as well.
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Got it....!!! Thanks for info. guys....I'll stay away from the '03 models...the issue is that '05+ models lack the drag/flat bar.
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buy what you want, and put a drag bar on it. Problem solved.

The 03's aren't bad bikes. they are just a little more raw/rough. I have a friend who has one, and he loves it. He has never riden an 04+ so he doesn't know the difference.
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my dad has a 93, i love to ride it when i get the chance. Yes it is the smallest harley and girl do normally ride it, but it seems a lot more fun for around the city. On the other hand i would not do far highway rides on it. (my dad will not even take it to austin or san antonio. Hes currently looking for a 03-04 road king if anyone knows one for sale)
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my dad has a 93, i love to ride it when i get the chance. Yes it is the smallest harley and girl do normally ride it, but it seems a lot more fun for around the city. On the other hand i would not do far highway rides on it. (my dad will not even take it to austin or san antonio. Hes currently looking for a 03-04 road king if anyone knows one for sale)

You be carefull who's around when you call a sportster a girls bike. :nono:
It may be the smallest harley, but it is the fastest after the Vrod.

Also, you'll see more girls riding HD low riders. Both the sportster and the low rider are fine motorcycles.

I've ridden my sporty to Austin and Dallas, alone. I have a friend who turned his sportster in to a touring bike. Hard bags, engine guards, highway pegs, windshield, and passing lights. You just have to change the seat and shocks.
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It's the most nimble of the Harley's after the Street Rod. I really like Sporties.
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i wouldnt mind an Iron Dawg or a big ol chopper.. i wonder how hard they are to ride compared to riding a sport bike.. do you think it's like learning all over again/???? :dontknow:
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i wouldnt mind an Iron Dawg or a big ol chopper.. i wonder how hard they are to ride compared to riding a sport bike.. do you think it's like learning all over again/???? :dontknow:

Nawh, you just have to remember that you can corner the same, and the bike weights three times as much as your sport bike.
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:18 PM   #12
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Check out this thread from another board.

http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s...ad.php?t=14684

the pole shows more people likeing the 04+, but there is a lot good things said about the 03's!
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Hello there:

Last Saturday went to Stubbs Cycles at Telephone Rd and saw several used 2003 HD 1200 Sportsters, I really like that all of them had the drag/flat bar installed and looked in good condition.

Anyone knows about any realiability issues with those bikes...???
03 sportsters are obsolete since the '04's and up.
to many changes bewteen the years to list, but I certainly wouldnt buy one.
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man i want a sportser, i can see myself in one alongside my sportsbike once i near 30 or so. i sat on them at stubbs also and feels and looks comfortable. plus its cheap and i would get the you own a harley image. lol
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only harley i like is the or what ever there sport model too over priced for whata you get i would sports a asian bike anyday over one..

no offence to anybody that has one...
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