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Old 01-04-2013, 09:15 AM   #106
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I was also torn between a Triumph (Bonneville or Scrambler) and a Sportster last year. Then I came across a 2007 XL 1200R with less than 3000 miles on it for under $5500. The bike was a spec bike, i.e. the dealer had it fitted with a number of goodies such as Progressive Suspension rear shocks and a fork brace.

I have since made lots of other changes, including my DIY Bonneville style seat, to make it mine and love it. The bike has enough power for me and is now quite comfortable. I'm just about to replace the original Dunlops with Metzelers which should improve handling again.

The thing about Sportsters is that they're expensive new and usually don't "fit out of the box" BUT with a bit of patience you can find great deals on used ones and there are so many parts available for them that they're easy to change.

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Old 01-04-2013, 11:55 AM   #107
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The thing about Sportsters is that they're expensive new and usually don't "fit out of the box" BUT with a bit of patience you can find great deals on used ones and there are so many parts available for them that they're easy to change.
You know it man. Sportster parts are cheap and plentiful.


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Old 01-04-2013, 02:26 PM   #108
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Yup. The dealer laughed at me, as did forum members for even suggesting it. So:
I bought a C50T instead of spending $$$ on parts for an 883 or 1200 Sporty Lower than too low, as a blank canvas.
So you bought a softail style bike that weighs more, has less horsepower and is still running a drum rear brake and single front disc and you think it will outperform a Sportster?
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:46 PM   #109
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So you bought a softail style bike that weighs more, has less horsepower and is still running a drum rear brake and single front disc and you think it will outperform a Sportster?

He could have probably picked up a Vulcan 750 for less money and had a real motorcycle.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:08 AM   #110
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They are probably correct,
For their "typical" customer, looks are the first consideration. Things might be different if the XL1200R looked like a "48" or a scaled down Roadking. Just add real world function to their trademark form, it never works when they try to be what their not.

IMO, it wont change as long as the moco uses and considers the Sportster as nothing more than a starter bike to be traded in for a big twin
Ten years ago I think that was the case, but after or concurrent with the introduction of the nightster things changed, and so did the market.
Today for a lot of younger riders the sporty is the destination HD. they aren't looking to get a softail or a touring bike
They wanted something different then a sportbike or a triumph and something more modern then an old jap UJM. They found it in the sportys. At least here in SoCal there's a sizable bobber, cafe, sporty motorcycle scene, with riders all under the age of 40.
That demographic is nothing to sneeze at since it's bigger than the boomers that have made up most of HD sales over the last 20 years
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:14 AM   #111
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He could have probably picked up a Vulcan 750 for less money and had a real motorcycle.
Well different strokes and all that... but people on Suzuki's and Kawi's just look wrong in bandannas and assless chaps.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:04 AM   #112
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I PROUDLY ride a Vulcan 750, and I do NOT wear a pirate costume. And my Vulcan 750 will blow away both 883 and 1200 Sportsters. It doesn't have the vibration and really cool sound, but you can't have everything.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:49 AM   #113
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I PROUDLY ride a Vulcan 750, and I do NOT wear a pirate costume. And my Vulcan 750 will blow away both 883 and 1200 Sportsters. It doesn't have the vibration and really cool sound, but you can't have everything.
and yet here you are in a Sportster thread.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:56 AM   #114
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and yet here you are in a Sportster thread.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:25 PM   #115
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.... my Vulcan 750 will blow away both 883 and 1200 Sportsters.


I actually dig the Vulcan 750 but I do have to know what you have done to it in order for it to blow away a Sportster 1200 ?
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:08 PM   #116
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I PROUDLY ride a Vulcan 750, and I do NOT wear a pirate costume. And my Vulcan 750 will blow away both 883 and 1200 Sportsters. It doesn't have the vibration and really cool sound, but you can't have everything.
Vulcan 750
Top speed 110 mph
Power 60 bhp
Torque 47 lb.ft
Weight 483 lbs dry

XL1200
Top Speed 110 mph
Power 64 bhp
Torque 79 lb.ft
Weight 553 lbs dry


Almost 32 ft lbs of torque more and 4 more HP. Even after I would win the race I would let you know speed isn't everything. If you enjoy it, then fuck it, ride it.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:14 PM   #117
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:45 PM   #118
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I PROUDLY ride a Vulcan 750, and I do NOT wear a pirate costume. And my Vulcan 750 will blow away both 883 and 1200 Sportsters. It doesn't have the vibration and really cool sound, but you can't have everything.
did a google image search for a picture of a proud man on a motorcycle and this is what turned up..

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Old 01-06-2013, 12:33 PM   #119
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and yet here you are in a Sportster thread.
Just because I like my Vulcan 750 (I bought it as a touring bike, and have a lot of touring accessories on it. It comes in a close second to the Goldwing as far as comfort goes, and will cruise at 80n mph all day with plenty in reserve) does not mean I do not also like Sportsters. They are a different kind of ride. I would not try to cross the country on one, but I can't think of any other bike that would be as much fun to ride around locally. Sportsters vibrate more than any other bike I know of, and the exhaust sound is awesome. A Sportster is a one of a kind ride, like nothing else. Bonnevilles and Guzzis may look good, but their riding experience is very tame and bland compared to a Sportster. A Sportster is definitely a bike I want to own. The Vulcan is faster, and a better touring bike, but it does not have that wonderful vibration and sound that screams "motorcycle"
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:18 PM   #120
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The more I look at these Iron things, the more they grow on me. Really like the black denim. Black out the pipes with slash cut Screaming Eagles (in black of course) and head off to Starbucks, decked out in my finest Top Gun leathers! Hell, I might even ride it!
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