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Old 10th June 2018
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Default From big (Bike) to small?

Just curious, but have any of y’all ever gone from a bigger bike to a smaller bike?

I’m saving up for a new ride hopefully this winter.

I know that the MoCo and the sales guys will always push for a bigger ride, but all I do is commute in town.





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I've gone from a Big Twin to a Sportster and have had both small and big bikes at the same time. If you are commuting I'd stick with a Sportster, especially, if you are in a big town with lots of traffic and potholes. Much easier to avoid them on a Sportster.

A Sportster is much more "fun" to ride than a Big Twin. If you are going to be running it in lots of cold weather you "might" consider a Big Twin over a Sportster. Although, you can certainly make the Sportster weatherproof by adding a windshield, heated grips/gloves, etc.
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One of my past bikes was a 2008 Street Bob. But when I decided about a year and a half ago to get a newer bike I bought a 2014 Sportster 1200C. Of all my past bikes, I missed the Sportster the most. I don't miss the Street Bob at all.

Big twins are terrible commuter bikes. I had my twin cam Street Bob overheat once on a hot day while commuting in traffic. I've had three Sportsters over the years, those never over heated.
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I went from a Street Bob back to a Sportster (having had a Sportster previously).
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I always rode big twins till 4 years ago when I bought my Sportster. Only thing I can say is I wish I had done it sooner.
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I've owned and toured on bikes ranging from 350cc to 1800cc over the decades. My favorite bikes were my 1972 BMW R75/5, 1971 Moto Guzzi V7 Ambassador, 1983 Kaw KZ750, 1974 Yam XS650 and now I tour on my Yam XVS650 and XL883C. I prefer naked lighter machines that handle well... throw on some soft bags and a tank bag and head off cross-country... minimalist touring is the way I like to do it.
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Depending on how big a guy you are, I'd go with a Sporty, or if your not real big the new 750 Street Rod looks like a lot of fun.
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I always rode big twins till 4 years ago when I bought my Sportster. Only thing I can say is I wish I had done it sooner.
ditto on that hexnut, my softail is just gathering dust in the corner of the garage
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I downsized to my 1200R six years ago...still no regrets. I can still hit the highway and have a blast, and it's much more fun in town.
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I had a softail for 10 years before I got the sportster. In the end I hardly rode the softail. I was bored with it. I didn’t enjoy doing long trips any more , which was about all it was good for. I had lost the passion to ride.
The XR sportster has reinvigorated my passion, it’s more versatile, it’s more fun.
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