2016 Sportster Roadster

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  1. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    If only....
    Was nosing around and stumbled across this on a HD forum. Somebody turned this up from a French site (dealer maybe?) and my heart skipped a beat when I saw it. That bike is SO BEAUTIFUL and could so easily be offered by HD (I believe this one is an 'accessorized' offering). It's got all the classic lines of a Sportster but inverted forks, decent length shocks and triple discs. A new 'Roadster' offered like this would be SOOOO hard for me to resist. Sure the tanks a little small and there's no place for 800 liter panniers and a top case big enough to store a second bike :lol3, but man she's a looker and should make a great streetbike.
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  2. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I wish! We'll never see anything like that from HD in the states ever again. I think they learned their lesson with the XR1200 -- tons of people say "BRING IT HERE I'LL BUY IT" then nobody actually buys it.
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  3. merc16

    merc16 Been here awhile

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    Nice !!!
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  4. Super Sneaky Steve

    Super Sneaky Steve B@nned Club :D

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    Give me at least 3.5 gallons and I'd be down for one.
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  5. Charleston

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    It could come to the US. This just won the latest HD custom Sportster contest, so there must now be interest in bikes with suspension


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  6. Tim_Tom

    Tim_Tom Long timer

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    I don't see anything there that wouldn't be too hard to build for yourself. Plenty of people have put USD's and longer shocks on a Sportster.

    It would be neat if HD went and build a full on Thruxton R competitor though. 17" wheels, tubeless radial sport tires, top shelf brakes and suspension, and under 500 lbs. Leave the styling sportster-esque, don't make it ugly, and they'd sell a fair few I think.
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  7. YJake

    YJake PAR Nation Supporter

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    I'd buy the shit out of that in 1200cc flavor.

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  8. George Hanson

    George Hanson Been here awhile

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    +1, if I were in the market for a new bike, which I'm not.
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  9. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Oh man, that's nice! Put the 1200 jugs on it and an 18/21 wheel combo with a high fender and some TKC80s.... Whooohoooo
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  10. Tnbrit

    Tnbrit Been here awhile

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    The 883R,is still for sale in the UK,not like the Bike in the pic,but as a standard Roadster.
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  11. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Just think of the Sportster as a blank canvas. The short shocks are enough to get it home or load it into your low roof van. Same with the front forks and brakes. Don't like them, put something new on. Anyone wishing Harley would release the bike of their dreams exactly as they want it from the factory hasn't seen the accessory catalog.

    You could take the above pic to just about any Harley dealership or custom bike shop and they could build that very bike for you if you didn't want to do it yourself.
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  12. Charleston

    Charleston Been here awhile

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    Good point, I think that the rules of the Custom Kings competition was that the bikes had to be built from parts from their parts catalog
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  13. VicRattlehead

    VicRattlehead Been here awhile

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    The xr1200 was too much 'sporty standard' and in that class it was grossly underpowered and overweight compared to any rival you could name.
    I feel like the bike pictured fits perfectly into the 'retro standard' class that's currently hot. It's so easy to picture that bike going head to head with the likes of the 1200 Bonnie, cb1000 or the bolt r-spec and holding it's own VERY well where as the current offerings have so many styling-driven compromises it tends to fall to the back of the pack.

    $10,000 +/- is an AWFULLY expensive 'canvas' (1200 sporty's start in that neighborhood). A person could easily be 13-15 grand into creating the bike pictured and would have no warrantee left to boot. A factory built offering could be priced in the 11-12 range and be fully backed.
    A used bike could be created for much less but you'll waste a good deal of time/money undoing the PO's tasteless mods and you'll still not have a 'new' bike.
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  14. Brandnewrider

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    I like it.
    The only other thing that would be on my wish list are modern 17" radial tires.

    I think the xr1200 would have sold better if it looked more like this
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  15. George Hanson

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    +1. For 10k, the bike should at the very least be rideable off the showroom floor, which the current lowered Sportsters are not.
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  16. MHaz01

    MHaz01 I Used To Be Faster

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    That Sporty was built by Hal's HD in the Milwaukee area. Excellent dealer with a superb shop. In local media they claim the mods were made with all off-the-shelf parts. Still spendy, though.
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  17. chickenhawk71

    chickenhawk71 Been here awhile

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    Sure are alot of em on the road stock to not be ridable.
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  18. George Hanson

    George Hanson Been here awhile

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    A bike that scrapes taking an intersection turn at a normal speed is not rideable to me. Things might be different if you live in Florida.
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  19. chickenhawk71

    chickenhawk71 Been here awhile

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    A stock 883 iron list for around 9800 on cycle trader if you think the would or could built that bike for 11 or 12 grand your dreaming.
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  20. chickenhawk71

    chickenhawk71 Been here awhile

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    Well I live in the foothills of NC and I lived through 2 of them and if you drag one going through a intersection you were doing something wrong.
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