Originally Posted by firebrick
Hopefully this isnt too dumb a question. Can someone compare what they see in the new 1100 vs buying a 1200 harley sportster? Both are standards, are the weights and power ratios similar? Thanks.
The Honda is considerably more powerful and lighter, so it will be quicker. But I don't think the performance differences are going to be significant compared to the dramatically different feel of the two bikes. The Honda is going to be relatively smooth, refined, upright, etc. and a great all-arounder you could use for virtually anything - commuting, touring, two-up riding, sport riding, etc. whereas Sportsters are elemental, crude, rough, nasty SOBs of bikes that are designed to for short-distances, cruising and looking cool.