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Old 05-09-2013, 08:34 PM   #511
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Well, be real sure to get a good test ride in.
My 1200 was the worst bike I ever had.
They need fork work, shock work, a seat and new handlebars to start, and no matter what you do, the bike is always going to be small and heavy.
I would like the pre rubber mounts better.
I had a new1986 sportster and it was a lot better to ride then the new one.
Thanks. I'll keep those in mind too. I've only ridden rubber mounts.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:16 PM   #512
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oh, went for a ride on my new bolt this morning and still love it
Did you ride it at night yet? If so, how's the light output and what does the speedo look like?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:27 PM   #513
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Dude in the vedios did not say Bolt better than Vulcan 900 or 883 Iron. He said Bolt is lighter than Vulcan and is air cooled for those who want something simpler. Also said its enginee and suspension are better than Iron. Those are valid points and were measured and verified. Weather those make Bolt a better bike overall is subjective, depends on each viewer's piorities.
I owned an 883,

It would be hard for any bike made today to not be better. They can be a great bike, but suck out of the box.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:21 AM   #514
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How is the bolt not better then an 883?
It makes more power, its a lot lighter, can lean a lot more, its got some suspension????

Have you ridden a new sportster?

The new Bolt is a very nice bike but don't make things up in order to bolster it's merits. It can stand on it's own without the need for mindlessly bashing another bike.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:49 AM   #515
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You need to take an honest look at the Sportster.
Take your own advice. Mcbeesknees so you stop coming off like you are arguing with yourself.


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oh, went for a ride on my new bolt this morning and still love it


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Old 05-10-2013, 09:00 AM   #516
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What year?
I had an 86 883 and thought it was a hoot.
And that with the 4 speed trans!
Lots of trouble free hoolignaisim (and tickets) on that bike.

What I wonder is which bike I would like better, a bolt or a 2003 883 or 1200.
I suspect I would go for the sportster, not as low, better ergonomics maybe, lots of options to make it whatever you want it to be.

I agree with you about the new ones, they have their good points, but the ride is not one of them.


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I owned an 883,

It would be hard for any bike made today to not be better. They can be a great bike, but suck out of the box.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:25 AM   #517
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Favorable Review of the Yamahog Bolt by a Sportster owner and Journalist ...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonfog...de-and-review/
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:07 AM   #518
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Glad your liking the Bolt, it it cool looking but just wondering what maintenance requirments you specifically didn't you like about HDs?

Valve checks?
Replacing chains/sprokets?
Final Drive maintnence?
Throttle body sync?

Aside from oil/fluid changes (5K mile oil, 10K primary and 20K tranny) there really isn't much to do on a HD. Spark plugs are changed in seconds and air filter in minutes. Most get 10K+ miles out of tires.
I guess what I mean is that they are more expensive to maintain usually
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:10 AM   #519
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Doesn't the Bolt kind of remind you of this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s9mscN8peI You can have one of these for under $3K, including a nice used Rebel, and the kit, and a few hours work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-cTuJ3ZaOU
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:16 AM   #520
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What I wonder is which bike I would like better, a bolt or a 2003 883 or 1200.


I don't fit on a factory Sportster, but if I just had to have a bike in this class I'd lean towards the 883 Sporty. $3,000 later I'd have it rolling on 19" spokes with flat track tires, a 1250 kit and new heads for 124 RWHP, 5 gallon Paughco tank, dirt bars...that's the problem with the jap bikes, we need a good 20 year run on the same bike so we can get some interest in engine kits and what not.

That's it...I'm gonna go find an Intruder 1400, I wasn't done with that bike when I sold it.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:44 AM   #521
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I would not need any motor work, on bolt or sportster.
You did not fit on the old ones?


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I don't fit on a factory Sportster, but if I just had to have a bike in this class I'd lean towards the 883 Sporty. $3,000 later I'd have it rolling on 19" spokes with flat track tires, a 1250 kit and new heads for 124 RWHP, 5 gallon Paughco tank, dirt bars...that's the problem with the jap bikes, we need a good 20 year run on the same bike so we can get some interest in engine kits and what not.

That's it...I'm gonna go find an Intruder 1400, I wasn't done with that bike when I sold it.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:44 AM   #522
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I guess what I mean is that they are more expensive to maintain usually
Possibly so if you rely on the dealer to do your maintenance...otherwise if doing it yourself, routine service should not cost any more than any other brand...oil, filters, plugs, tires, brake pads, etc don't vary that much from brand to brand.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:58 AM   #523
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You did not fit on the old ones?

I don't fit on any Sportster.


Reports of midgets testing the Bolt are saying that it's quite a reach to the bars...very promising for owning a Bolt someday.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:03 PM   #524
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I don't fit on a factory Sportster, but if I just had to have a bike in this class I'd lean towards the 883 Sporty. $3,000 later I'd have it rolling on 19" spokes with flat track tires, a 1250 kit and new heads for 124 RWHP, 5 gallon Paughco tank, dirt bars...that's the problem with the jap bikes, we need a good 20 year run on the same bike so we can get some interest in engine kits and what not.

That's it...I'm gonna go find an Intruder 1400, I wasn't done with that bike when I sold it.
You wont see 124 rwhp for 3K I guarantee it let alone the rest of the parts you listed. It takes a small fortune to see 100 rwhp. Lets keep this realistic shall we.
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:54 PM   #525
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I would not need any motor work, on bolt or sportster.
You did not fit on the old ones?
I might need a little. I think it'll be perfect around 75 rwhp.
But I like to tinker.

For example, I just took a teriyaki marinaded pork loin and seared it off in a cast iron pan with bacon drippings and then put it on the grill.

I can't leave anything alone and don't like doing things the easy way.

I like to think I'm an example, but I'm probably a warning.
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