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Old 05-08-2011, 05:05 AM   #301
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:22 AM   #302
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883 vs 1200

Have been planning to get a 2004-2006 1200 sportie for a while. Got to rent an 2007 883 out in Hawaii last week. Wow, the little 883 is impressive I must say and I dig fuel injection. did not notice much difference in power between 883 and 1200 honestly.
I may just get the 883 now and upgrade later.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:37 AM   #303
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So you are wanting a carb model? That's why I bought my 2006 XL883. What island were you on?

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Old 05-10-2011, 11:19 AM   #304
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Have been planning to get a 2004-2006 1200 sportie for a while. Got to rent an 2007 883 out in Hawaii last week. Wow, the little 883 is impressive I must say and I dig fuel injection. did not notice much difference in power between 883 and 1200 honestly.
I may just get the 883 now and upgrade later.
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:03 PM   #305
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So you are wanting a carb model? That's why I bought my 2006 XL883. What island were you on?

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Old 05-11-2011, 01:04 PM   #306
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Two-up questions...

Does anybody have experience with two-up seats for the Sportster? My wife wants to start riding with me, so I'll need to ditch the stock solo seat.

I'd prefer something that moves me forward and up just a hair. Nothing drastic. Is H-D's reach seat any good, or is there an aftermarket alternative?
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:14 PM   #307
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Does anybody have experience with two-up seats for the Sportster? My wife wants to start riding with me, so I'll need to ditch the stock solo seat.

I'd prefer something that moves me forward and up just a hair. Nothing drastic. Is H-D's reach seat any good, or is there an aftermarket alternative?
Look at mustang seats for 2 up comfort
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:17 PM   #308
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Look at mustang seats for 2 up comfort
Will that move me forward and/or up? I'd like to get into a slightly sportier position on the bike and swap to bars with a bit less rise (superbike or similar bend, nothing crazy).
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:23 PM   #309
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Will that move me forward and/or up? I'd like to get into a slightly sportier position on the bike and swap to bars with a bit less rise (superbike or similar bend, nothing crazy).
That depends on which model you get go to their websiteand check them out. A few guts on hear have built their own bench seat which would achieve what you want.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:34 PM   #310
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YMMV but Sportsters suck 2 up, no room what so ever for anyone to move about, its like riding in a stuff sack.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:38 PM   #311
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YMMV but Sportsters suck 2 up, no room what so ever for anyone to move about, its like riding in a stuff sack.


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Old 05-11-2011, 05:49 PM   #312
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YMMV but Sportsters suck 2 up, no room what so ever for anyone to move about, its like riding in a stuff sack.
New (to me) seat for Sporty: $200 + whatever pegs cost

New (to me) bike that works better 2-up: $5,000 (or more?) - $3000 (value of 2006 Sporty?)

For farting about the neighborhood, the XL will do fine.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:26 PM   #313
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New (to me) seat for Sporty: $200 + whatever pegs cost

New (to me) bike that works better 2-up: $5,000 (or more?) - $3000 (value of 2006 Sporty?)

For farting about the neighborhood, the XL will do fine.


Please don't take me wrong, I love Sportsters, as you said around town 2 up a Sporty will do fine, 200 miles will do irreparable psychological damage to the party's involved.
My 2007 XL1200R was the perfect city/urban bike and was serviceable for couch to couch touring, a 400 mile day could be done but it beat the crap out of me. 2007 Was the first year for the FI and it ran flawlessly, dead reliable.

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Old 05-11-2011, 07:06 PM   #314
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YMMV but Sportsters suck 2 up, no room what so ever for anyone to move about, its like riding in a stuff sack.
Well now that really depends on physical size. For me at 6' and 220 and her being 5'5" ya its uncomfortably small, but for my friends both short and under weight its a perfect fit. As a matter of fact they are riding 600 miles this weekend. So if your on the a little bit larger side then yes the above statement is accurate.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:09 PM   #315
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With the longer better shocks, the lower bars, the sundown seat and the sissy bar for the wife, we did some longer rides without a lot of pain.
The pegs (mids) for me are a bit too far forward.
She was happy though.
Seems people need to be VERY comfortable when riding these days, in the old days 2 people would ride a stock cb350 around the US.

I must say though, the little tu250 I have is much nicer for both of us, more room, better suspension, better ergonomics, smoother.
Its bad when a $3000.00 250 single beats out a $9000.00 1200 cc bike for comfort!
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