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I know this thread was started a long time ago, but things have changed. Nobody expected H-D to do what they did. So I at least expect to see Sportsters holding their value better. I also expect to see them start disappearing, and the prices for nice ones going up. For all Sportsters, not just rubbermounts. The rubbermount Sportsters are actually probably the least desirable of all the EVO models, and will be the last to appreciate in value.
I have to agree 100% but they will be worth a bit more as time goes on.

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"Nobody expected": I think we pretty much did.
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Suprise, disbelief, anger, and finally acceptance. Similar reaction to other of life's big news.

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I expected them to eventually go to liquid cooling, but I never expected anything so "un Harley" as what they came up with. It has absolutely no connection with any other Harley, unless you count the V Rod and Street series, and those were both failures.

"Suprise, disbelief, anger, and finally acceptance" Everything but acceptance. I am also into cars, and have never accepted what cars became. I have 2 cars and a truck. All 1960s models. The anger sort of goes away, but instead of accepting something I don't like, I find ways around it. And with the number of Harleys out there, and the huge aftermarket there is for them, I don't foresee traditional Harleys going away anytime soon. I'm going to make sure I always have at least one for as long as I can still ride.
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I've never seen the poll that says "rubbermounts" are the least desirable of all the Sportsters. I prefer them over the rigid mount, any day. I do know the rigid mounts are usually priced cheaper, and price can be a deciding factor.
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Rubbermounts are the most desirable to me; especially the one I've got!
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I love my rubbermount too. And while it does seem a bit smoother at highway speeds, it actually seems to vibrate more at idle. I have a 2006 carbureted 1200. It will shake your teeth out at a stop light, but smooths out at higher speeds. Being a carbureted model, I can turn the idle down a bit to really make it shake. It will dance all over the garage floor at idle. The mirrors are worthless at idle. The rubbermount is almost 80 pounds heavier, and since I weigh 240, it adds up. The rear shocks don't bottom out like they do on my Japanese 750.

Many people say they ruined the original Sportster design with the rubbermount. I didn't set out to buy a rubbermount. I wanted a carbureted Sportster 1200. And I found a beautiful low mileage one that looked almost new, it just happened to be a rubbermount. It certainly has enough feel for me. I don't see much difference in used prices between frame mount and rubber mount models. I have the 4.5 gallon tank, and would really prefer a peanut tank. The only ones I can find are from China. No thanks.

OTOH, my '06 has bright shiny paint and a LOT of chrome, which I definitely prefer to matte black. To each their own.

I expect ALL Harleys to increase in value now that they are no longer made. The big bikes lost their feel and sound with the M8 engine 5 years ago. 80 inch EVOs in decent condition now cost a fortune and are almost impossible to find. At least the aftermarket still makes pretty much all the parts for them, including complete engines and transmissions. You could probably build an EVO big twin from a parts catalog.

I don't really care, I'm 62, and I just want to make sure I have a REAL Harley to ride for as long as I can still ride. I never want to have to go back to a smooth quiet bike.
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I recently bought a complete 883 carburated rubber mounted engine. No miles and I was wondering the same thing. in my opinion they were the last of the good ones. After them Harley seemed to go to crap.
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While I will never own an EFI bike, I understand why H-D went to them. It was because of the EPA. I don't know about Sportsters, but all EFI Twin Cams can now be converted to a carburetor. Of course that is only one of their problems. They can be fixed, but it requires a rebuild with aftermarket parts. Where did you get a zero mile Sportster engine? You can buy complete aftermarket EVO and Twin Cam engines, but I have never seen an aftermarket Sportster engine. Now that H-D has abandoned the Sportster, maybe the aftermarket will start making parts for them, including complete engines.
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I have never seen an aftermarket Sportster engine.

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I think Ultima has rebuild program like the dealer used to do also.

When I mail off mine. It is going to truett & osborne.
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