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Old 03-13-2012, 10:19 AM   #46
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you mean,

its, A REAL MOTORCYCLE.


No... I mean good, basic no bullshit bike transport.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:40 PM   #47
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #48
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Ive had 2 883's. I have the 09 iron and im gonna keep that bike a long time. I get more compliments on that bike than my friends do on their more expensive baggers. Even here in Milwaukee some folks don't know what the Iron 883 is, they ask about how I blacked out the motor (powdercoated) its stock . Where did I get it, blah blah blah. Anyway I put Road King air shocks on the rear and that really helped out the suspension. It's very doable as a 2 up machine altho I and my girl are small. A-holes still call it a chick bike but f them, the Iron is a very special bike IMO. My brother had an old Bonneville 750 which he rode for many many years, I heard the newer Tigers are kinda nice too. Good Luck!
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:33 PM   #49
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I have had two sporties and loved them. Also look into a Dyna the local dealer here had the Street Bob new for 9999.00
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:55 PM   #50
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My previous bikes have been a BMW F650 GS and the Ducati Multistrada.

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Then you know the sh!t-eating grin that only a v-twin engine will put on your dial.
You won't get that with the Triumph. The recent Bonnie I rode was nice, but bland. And who the flock wants a "nice" motorcycle?
But, if you are planning on taking the Minister of War and Finance on the back as a regular thing, the Sporty is probably a bit more cramped on the back than the Bonnie. But, does she put that sh!t-eating grin on your dial?

i am obviously biased (riding a Sportster and refusing to grow up since 1977) but I would take the Iron over a Trumpy in a heatbeat.
And all the aftermarket accesories are there, and cheaper than Triumph stuff, to make it handle and perform and look however you want to set it up.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:59 PM   #51
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No... I mean good, basic no bullshit bike transport.

hehe,

you know what im sayin,' dead reliable, simple, and will do about anything you need it to do. plus it has some soul.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:06 PM   #52
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I have had two sporties and loved them. Also look into a Dyna the local dealer here had the Street Bob new for 9999.00
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:40 AM   #53
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I too like the Iron 883 and would like its looks and fuel efficiency. I would have buyer's remorse immediately after riding it and experiencing its roughly 1" rear suspension travel .

That new '12 blue color is one of the nicest looking paint colors I've seen -- especially combined with the new retro-looking tank decal. The mag wheels are a lot more practical than the Nightster's spokes both for flats and for getting a tire inflated.

So go get one of the blue Irons and throw on a pair of shocks with slightly longer travel and ride the hang out of it.

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I too like the look of these bikes but I note the mention of Tubeless tyres.
The two 883's I have seen in the flesh (one a new one in the shop) both had TUBED tyres, back and front.

Is there a problem with the tyre choice the factory fit. Cannot these bikes run tubeless ?
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:19 PM   #54
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I too like the look of these bikes but I note the mention of Tubeless tyres.
The two 883's I have seen in the flesh (one a new one in the shop) both had TUBED tyres, back and front.

Is there a problem with the tyre choice the factory fit. Cannot these bikes run tubeless ?

i think it boils down to the spoked wheels are tubed, the alloy wheels are tubeless.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:25 PM   #55
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I too like the look of these bikes but I note the mention of Tubeless tyres.
The two 883's I have seen in the flesh (one a new one in the shop) both had TUBED tyres, back and front.

Is there a problem with the tyre choice the factory fit. Cannot these bikes run tubeless ?
The tires are rated to run tubeless, the spoked wheel is not. If you get a cast wheel then it will have the same tire without a tube.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:42 PM   #56
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I just traded my 2011 883 Iron in on a 2011 V-Strom. I mostly commute to work, <20 miles/day, and run around on the weekend. This is MY opinion after 1800 miles on the Iron

It was uncomfortable and one feels every bump in the road. Everything I wanted to do require modding the bike somehow. It needed a windscreen, the motor bored out, bags, 2 or 3 more gas tanks, a new seat and perhaps some sort of shock absorber.

On the other hand it looked AWESOME! Little kids would stop and gawk. Women would walk up to me and men were jealous. Even puppies loved it.

My V-Strom has a 6 gallon tank, gets 50 mpg, the bags and cases don't make me look like an extra in a hop-a-long cassidy movie and it came with a windscreen. It doesn't sound like it's going to fly apart when I go above 60. It does, however, look and sounds weird. And it's from Japan.

Bottom line, as others have said, you gotta ride them and then you will know. I was all set to get a Versys until I rode it and hated it. I will never buy another HD. Bikes are personal.

Good luck and ride safe
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:48 AM   #57
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It was uncomfortable and one feels every bump in the road. It needed... perhaps some sort of shock absorber.


Riding one, you'd think the modification required was to remove the rigid strut and put ANY rear shocks on it. The stock shocks are 11" eye to eye. But you could get Burley slammers to reduce the length to 10.5", just in case you have a grudge against yourself.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:24 AM   #58
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The tires are rated to run tubeless, the spoked wheel is not. If you get a cast wheel then it will have the same tire without a tube.

I should have been more specific.
Both the 883's I saw had CAST wheels . . . . and tubes. (and again ,one of these was a new bike on the shop floor.)
What gives ?



I assumed that since they had cast wheels they'd be tubeless.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:11 AM   #59
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I should have been more specific.
Both the 883's I saw had CAST wheels . . . . and tubes. (and again ,one of these was a new bike on the shop floor.)
What gives ?



I assumed that since they had cast wheels they'd be tubeless.
Dunno. I don't think I've ever seen a Sportster with cast wheels & tubes here in the US. My 2001 never ran a tube.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:43 AM   #60
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I too have been trying to make his decision. After having ridden only the Bonnie so far, I can say that with the super bars, it fits me perfectly. As soon as I threw my leg over it, it just felt right. Someone really said it best in an earlier post. You don't buy either of these bikes based on the spec sheet. It's far more visceral and personal than that. I look forward to riding an Iron one day to compare. The last thing to point out is the fact that Bonnie guys seem to have no qualms getting on the bike and running a few hundred miles at a time. Every Sporty guy I have ever talked to always pointed out how uncomfortable the bike was. I need to be able to go further than the bar on Pirate night. We shall see....
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