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Old 25th November 2016
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Picked up a 1996 XLH1200S on Wednesday:


Paid $2400. It has a few issues, but it was the cheapest 1200 in a 150 mile radius. For that price, I can handle a bike that needs a little work.

It has just over 29,400 miles and it runs strong. I'm guessing there has been some engine work done since the jugs and heads are black and the case is silver. It was a trade in at the shop I bought it from, so they didn't have any real history on it.

I can already tell it needs to have the fork seals done, it has a slight oil leak here:


The speedo & tach bracket is cracked, which appears to be a common issue, but an OEM replacement seems to be easy to come by from the MoCo.


I still need to go through it and check the plugs, hoses, change fluids, etc just to be sure everything is up to snuff. Otherwise, it mostly seems to need some cosmetic work (sheetmetal, seat, rust on the pipes, etc) but that is to be expected on a 20 year old bike.

And here's some pictures of my past projects:

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Happy New Bike! I bought a '96 1200S new and they came with black highlighted heads and barrels with unpainted crankcases. That's not saying it hasn't had work done but a uncorked 1200 Sporty properly tuned is a strong runner.
Edit: just noticed your bike has a single disc front end, the early 1200S always had dual floating front discs with a floater in the back also.
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Happy New Bike! I bought a '96 1200S new and they came with black highlighted heads and barrels with unpainted crankcases. That's not saying it hasn't had work done but a uncorked 1200 Sporty properly tuned is a strong runner.
That's good to know about the heads and jugs. Makes me feel a bit more comfortable. My plan is to ride this pretty much as-is until I get a Road King, then I'll probably put a 90" kit on the sporty. My roommate has an 883 Iron bumped up to 1200, but I want a bagger for when she wants to ride, but doesn't want to ride her own. Right now I've got a Street Glide sitting in the garage that a friend left here for the winter, so we've been taking that out every now and then.
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Are you sure that's an S model? Seems to be missing all of the S attributes, except the tank graphic.
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Are you sure that's an S model? Seems to be missing all of the S attributes, except the tank graphic.
When I entered the VIN for insurance, it came up as a 1200S.

What other attributes? I'm new to the world of earlier Sportsters.
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Welcome to the forums from Indiana!

Maybe it is registered as a 1200S, check your VIN here-

https://serviceinfo.harley-davidson....cle/lookupForm

The Sport was first to have
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Welcome to the forums from Indiana!

Maybe it is registered as a 1200S, check your VIN here-

https://serviceinfo.harley-davidson....cle/lookupForm

The Sport was first to have
fully-adjustable front & rear suspension
dual front floating-disc brakes
Came up as a 1200S

The forks have the adjusters. Piggyback shocks I can do without, but I really would like to have the dual disks up front...
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I really would like to have the dual disks up front.
A great single is a better choice. Less unsprung and rotating weight.

BUT the dual setup looks better.
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A great single is a better choice. Less unsprung and rotating weight.

BUT the dual setup looks better.
I just checked, and it has a dual pot caliper on the left. I can live with that.
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