Originally Posted by bogboy
I had a 1200 harley sportster. I bought this to work my way up the Harley chain. Great to look at but piece of shit. I would drive about 50 miles to the coast and have to fill up again. 2 gallon tank and about 55 miles. When I was at the gas station I would have to shake out my hands for about 15 minutes from the nasty vibrations. That was when I was in my 20's by the way. Another night I was cruising around in the wee hours of the morning with a young lady and the thing died on my. Broken battery connection at 3000 thousand miles. Pushed it to her house about a mile away and temporarily fixed it and brought it to the Harley dealer. He explained to me after my bitching that I should have know about this common issue and changed the cable out. Sold the bike after owning a year and made 200 bucks. I haven't owned a Harley since.
Yup, in stock form, Sportsters are god awful... However, Harley makes some great bikes, the Sportster just isn't one of them.