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Old 03-26-2013, 11:45 AM   #2372
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Location: Gladwin, Mi
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So, I've always been interested in Sportsters, they just weren't practical enough for me as a main bike. I would love to have one to play around with.

I have been considering doing some trading for an 86 Evo 883 turned 1200. The owner says its leaking oil from the shift shaft. He says its got new oil lines, a new tank, new clutch, new rear tire, new chain. He says its got a couple paint defects and the carb needs to be cleaned.

Are these bikes pretty reliable, or am I opening a can of worms? I don't want to invest a ton of money into it. Just something to wrench on and ride for fun. I am thinking I could probably get a historical plate for it. ;)

The apes, tassles, and the highway pegs would have to go, but it looks like it could be a fun project to customize.
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2005 Yamaha TW200 (Wife's bike)
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