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Old 01-30-2012, 09:38 AM   #1006
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Nice looking bike, but assuming it's a Forty-Eight, I don't get the 2.1 gallon gas tank? My wife's bonneville holds twice that and still feels like too many trips to the filling station.
If I were to buy a Sporty, it would be with the peanut tank: 1) I don't really mind stopping for gas.Getting off and stretching seems like a good idea these days;; 2) In my MUCH younger days, I rode my bicycle to the HD store at least once a week in the summer and spent a LOT of time staring at Sportys with peanut tanks. It just looks right.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:37 AM   #1007
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The more I enjoy riding it, the less I like stopping for gas.

Part of the appeal of the bike is looking down and seeing the motor on both sides of the back bone. It give the Riding a motor effect.

The 3.3 gallon tank takes some of that away.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:59 AM   #1008
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Part of the appeal of the bike is looking down and seeing the motor on both sides of the back bone. It give the Riding a motor effect.

The 3.3 gallon tank takes some of that away.
I could see that, hopefully the mpg is pretty good. Harley says 48 mpg, not great but not bad.

I'm not trying to be argumentative, but do you actually own one? The logic makes sense and I could see with that and the looks it could be very attractive to a first time buyer. However in the "real world" looks only go so far. That range would kill me. Maybe it's because I ride in mostly semi-rural areas where routine jaunts are at least 40 miles.

I agree that it's a very attractive bike. I was close to buying a 1200 Custom for my wife, but she bailed on me. She figures her Triumph is enough and we ended up with a K1600GTL instead. She prefers lounging in the couch on the back.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:20 PM   #1009
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I don't own one but I do get to ride them (and the rest of the line-up) often. At 6'5" I look a bit silly on them.

They can be made more comfortable and a larger tank can be put on but if that is the need one may as well go with the XL1200N instead.

I like the Spring seat option.

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Old 01-30-2012, 12:21 PM   #1010
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That's the Japanese specialty manufacturer, right? I understand they do some pretty awesome stuff.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:39 AM   #1011
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:22 AM   #1012
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:46 AM   #1013
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New V vs. New V

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Do the Versys.....great bike :)
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:48 AM   #1014
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I don't own one but I do get to ride them (and the rest of the line-up) often. At 6'5" I look a bit silly on them.

They can be made more comfortable and a larger tank can be put on but if that is the need one may as well go with the XL1200N instead.

I like the Spring seat option.

My '97 has the 3.3 and I much prefer that tank, I can still see the motor and having an extra 50 miles or so is kinda nice out here in the boonies... BTW I'm only 6'2" and 185# but I get the monkey f-in' the football comment from time to time. I can only imagine what you look like on a 48...

the bike I want today isn't built yet. I just ordered triple trees for my Sportster, they'll hold forks and wheel from a KTM 525. Then I'll need to do something about the rear end... I go into the doc's on Thursday and hopefully I can start spinning wrenches after that..

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Old 01-31-2012, 09:59 AM   #1015
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:27 PM   #1016
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:39 PM   #1017
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:13 PM   #1018
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That range would kill me. Maybe it's because I ride in mostly semi-rural areas where routine jaunts are at least 40 miles.
I've owned two Sportsters with 2.25 gallon tanks. I lived in Little Rock at the time and rarely rode more than 40 or 50 miles from home. Usually no more than 25 miles away.

It was a bit of a pain having to fill up every time I rode somewhere, but my 1974 XLCH was no touring bike. Great fun in town, though.

My 1994 XLH883 came with a 2.25 gallon tank. I was riding a little more, so I upgraded to the old 3.25 gallon tank. That bike would return 50-55 mpg, so 150 miles was no big deal.

I agree with previous posters, that seeing the backbone and the engine between your knees is part of the appeal of the Sportster.

There is a 4.5 gallon tank that comes on some of them (that will fit on all of them) that would extend range to near 200 miles on a 1200 Sportster.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:59 AM   #1019
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That's the Japanese specialty manufacturer, right? I understand they do some pretty awesome stuff.
You can't spot it easily, but they aren't a hardtail frame! Under $30K.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:14 AM   #1020
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Cobra 750RS Street Tracker. Except I want to build my own.
What a great project bike idea. Do it! Just think of the engine build ideas you could unleash. So I was in the shop the other day and the owner and I were talking about running front fenderless on various bikes... then would still fork brace... that sort of stuff. It turned to running choppers in the old days without front brakes and that led to the flat track replica street bikes and no front rotor and overbuilding the rear brake (oversize front rotor mounted to the rear with a four piston, that sort of thing)... or using a Buell front rim brake for more open looking visuals...

... then it went to building a Roberts TZ750 flat track replica using an old canadian RZ500 engine and all hell broke loose.
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