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Old 04-09-2012, 05:58 AM   #301
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Here is the beast in question. Really nice looking bike. Got the front brakes worked out - new pads and bled them. Suspension works better with proper tire inflation. So did pumping up the rear suspension. Still can't get comfortable with the riding position. Back cramps after 20 minutes. If it wasn't for that I would probably keep. As such, off to the flea market.
I'm not a harley fan, but that is one nice looking bike, I'd ride that. How tall are you? That type of seat forces you to sit in one position, and if you are taller than average it may be to close to the bars. I was really not liking my 86 shadow at all because of that when I got it, just never felt right and put weird pressure on my lower back. I chopped the back of the rider seat to make it level, and I was able to sit a few inches farther back, and it made a world of difference. Now the bike is super comfortable.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:39 AM   #302
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I'm not a harley fan, but that is one nice looking bike, I'd ride that. How tall are you? That type of seat forces you to sit in one position, and if you are taller than average it may be to close to the bars. I was really not liking my 86 shadow at all because of that when I got it, just never felt right and put weird pressure on my lower back. I chopped the back of the rider seat to make it level, and I was able to sit a few inches farther back, and it made a world of difference. Now the bike is super comfortable.

I agree. I would try different bars and/or seat before I just gave up on it.

On my '04 Ultra, it had a Street Glide seat on it and killed my back when I first got it. I found a Russell on Craigs List and put it on and can ride it all day long in perfect comfort now.

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Old 04-09-2012, 11:09 AM   #303
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You don't know me so you are either a bad ass pirate who is associated with the members of Hell's Angels. or an a.. hole making assumptions about people you don't know.
At the same time probably you are holding a grudge against people who makes decent money or can hold a job more than couple months unlike yourself.

This thread is not worth any more of my time adios....

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Old 11-19-2013, 08:16 PM   #304
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to buy a Harley?

have a chance to buy a 1998 Harley 1200
would be a first bike for me
supposed to be in great condition
owned by a family member who passed away
only used on a few road trips
mostly ridden in and around town (beach)
have only ridden on a BMW GS1200 - never even been on a Harley

Good idea? what questions should I ask?
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:30 PM   #305
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have a chance to buy a 1998 Harley 1200
would be a first bike for me
supposed to be in great condition
owned by a family member who passed away
only used on a few road trips
mostly ridden in and around town (beach)
have only ridden on a BMW GS1200 - never even been on a Harley

Good idea? what questions should I ask?
Yes, but only if it's got really big ape hangers.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:36 PM   #306
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have a chance to buy a 1998 Harley 1200
would be a first bike for me
supposed to be in great condition
owned by a family member who passed away
only used on a few road trips
mostly ridden in and around town (beach)
have only ridden on a BMW GS1200 - never even been on a Harley

Good idea? what questions should I ask?

If you are looking for a dual sport bike a 1200 HD Sportster is not advisable. Other than that if the bike is reasonably priced then by all means its a worthy steed. Look it up on Kelly Blue Book for an accurate price. The Sportster is an entry level Harley Davidson and is offered in the 883cc and 1200cc models. I have traveled up to 450 miles on one day on my Sportster but it isn't a touring bike either. It is capable for long hauls but come with some saddle soreness as compared to its bigger brothers. All HD bikes can be significantly modified and/or customized as compared to other manufactuers (IMO) as there is a huge aftermaket from HD and a host of customizing specialists.

Also don't expect it to ride like a BMW GS1200.
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:57 AM   #307
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have a chance to buy a 1998 Harley 1200
would be a first bike for me
supposed to be in great condition
owned by a family member who passed away
only used on a few road trips
mostly ridden in and around town (beach)
have only ridden on a BMW GS1200 - never even been on a Harley

Good idea? what questions should I ask?
Ask them for a test ride to a respectable shop where a mechanic can give it a thorough check. If all is good, you pay the bill. If not so good, negotiate from there. Depending on how long the sitting, the bike may need a carb cleaning (total disassemble, not just spray), battery, tires (dry rotting cracks), rust removal in the tank, etc. It is a good basic package and with a good seat you can ride it anywhere. A girlfriend in North Georgia took her 883 last year to Chicago to launch down Route 66 to the west coast and returned along same route to Chicago and Georgia last year. No complaints. No problems other than one flat tire. She is riding the same 883 to Nova Scotia next year and Europe the following year.

Somewhere on this site is a 100,000 mile report from an owner in New England area with all service data. And there is a book out there written by a woman who rode her 883 from New Jersey to Alaska and back. You can use this bike for touring. Talk to riders that actually ride long distance on the same model to get ideas for your own modifications and gear.
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:07 AM   #308
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These things go in a straight line - period.

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Find a good basic riders course in your area. Turning is sometimes a problem for beginners.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:25 PM   #309
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Late to the thread but here goes....... Back in 1971 a father of a friend bought a brand new red, white, and blue sportster. To this day I have never seen a more beautiful motorcycle. That bike started my motorcycling obsession. Like many others I started riding on imports. My first bike was a 1972 kawasaki 125 enduro. Through the years I've had more kaws, honda's, and triumphs. I was finally able to buy my first harley at age 46. I simply couldn't afford one till then. I'll keep this roadking for life. The harley touches my mechanical buttons like no other motorcycle. Its primitive yet very capable. You can instantly see and feel they're ancestry/heritage. I don't drink from the harley koolaid fountain. My father was a big harley and indian fan and despite being financially able he never bought either choosing to devote his means to his family. I bought that harley in many ways in remembrance of him. The license plate reads "our dream". I know he rides with me at times. I miss him. I'll pass this bike off to my grandson one day. He's already hooked on bikes. Grampa rides a harley. Good enough for him. Likewise for me.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:40 PM   #310
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I never understood Harleys. I got hung up on the stereotype, and that stereotype does NOT fit me at all. I feel out of place in a Harley dealership. I prefer textile over leather. I wear all the gear all the time. I'll ride in 20 degree weather if the roads are clear & dry. I'll ride in the rain now and then for fun. I like dirt roads. I hate the idea of a trailer queen. Overly tanned former MILFs with fake hooters don't do it for me. So I just never really understood Harleys.

Until I rode one.

The only Harley I've ever ridden is owned by my brother. He's got a Fat Bob. In 30 seconds on his bike, I understood why people buy them. They're comfortable. Loads of torque. The sound can be good, depending on pipe selection. TONS of ways to customize them and make them your own.

The ride on the Fat Bob put a smile on my face. A very different smile than I get with my Dorsoduro or Brutale, but a smile nonetheless.

I may never own a Harley, or maybe I will someday...can't say for sure. But I can at least appreciate them now, and that's a good thing.
Yup. It's a different way to enjoy motorcycling, but enjoyable, nonetheless.
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:51 AM   #311
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She is riding the same 883 to Nova Scotia next year and Europe the following year.
She's going to ship her bike to ride around Europe???
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:14 AM   #312
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Well, I've owned a 990SMT for a couple of years and then one day I woke up and thought I'd like to finally try a Harley.
Found a nice Switchback Dyna very low kms and I LOVE IT.
Sure, it is not state of the art, but I knew that. It is ideal for cruising the city, minor country runs and posing. Everyone I know has a 'better' bike but they all admire the sound and presence of my Black Knight. It has been very reliable.
The KTM is a favourite, too. It is my preferred ride for a 5000km trip across Australia that I am about to start. Preferred only because I have luggage fitted and I might venture onto dirt roads.
I actually enjoy almost all bikes, come to think of it.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:39 AM   #313
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She's going to ship her bike to ride around Europe???
Yes, but no details yet on how although living close to Atlanta will make flying the easiest way out. I've done this in years past and it was very simple. I also stayed several weeks which cost me less than the tour companies and their rental bikes would have cost for less than half the time in Europe. Leaving Europe was even easier, far less time needed for delivering the bike before departure. Here, it was 24 hours, in the UK the boys at the loading dock told me a couple of hours would have been fine. It might be better now but you should check with others and the airlines for planning. And returning home? I felt far more regulated, watched and less safe on the roads than I did anywhere in Europe. And this was before 9/11 hysteria. It wasn't just me, others returning with their bikes on the same flight mentioned the same feelings as we sat for hours waiting for our bikes. As for riding here versus there, I suspect Europeans are on sedatives for a few days after returning from riding here in order to get over the sheer incompetency and stupidity that is so rampant in the US. It really must be experienced to fully fathom the difference.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:18 PM   #314
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From the OP:

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Friend asks, "So you bought a Harley".
I reply, "Yes I did".
Friend says, "So how do you like it?".
I reply, "Well, the suspension sucks, brakes are bad, low on power and it's really uncomfortable. And one more thing, It's leaking oil. But, other than that I love it".
Could have written that myself. Bought a used XL1200 almost on a lark, after only Japanese bikes. What a shock. No oil leak but everything else on your list. Horrid suspension, weird buckhorn handlebars, lean surges, seat too low and too far back in the triangle.

Decided to give it a fair shake. All new suspension, two inches higher, new bars, fix for lean surges, etc. The bike has grown on me, I've come to enjoy it. I'm no iron but by any means, but I can handle 200 - 250 miles on a Saturday alright. Big buyers remorse after the purchace but no more.

All the same, it will probably be my first and last Harley. Next road bike will probably be a DL650 or 1000. Glad I tried one, though.
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:58 PM   #315
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I bought a Road King in 2009 to ride to Alaska and back so we did.



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