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Old 29th June 2005
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I for one think that the Sportster is thebest Motorcycle onthe road. Tghe majority of you must agree, you own one, and you are on this site. The rest of you may be on a Sportster because you believe it is a starter bike, and have dreams of getting onsomething else inthe future. (you may be dissapointed inthe future, but I hope not) Now I realize there are alot of bikes out there, and a lot of different styles. The Sportster can not possibly be the best bike at everything. Jap Crotch rockets are faster, BT Baggers can carry more crap. But all in all, it must be the general consensus that the Sportster is a Shithot bike. If you agree, feel free to post here and tell everyone what you love most about your Sportster. Is you are one of the people who dont, sit back and read. You may learn somthing.
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Easy to work on, reliable, most fun you can have at the speed limit. Nostalgic throwback to when all motorcycles were this simple and carefree.
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Hi

Well, I don't really have that much experience from other bikes. But I bought my Sportster because HD is a classical brand and it is the "original" in many ways. The Sportster was the cheapest alternative as bikes are quite expensive here in Norway...I have to admit that if price was not an issue I think I would have gone for a Dyna model...which looks a lot like the Sportster :-) I have only had my bike for a couple of months but I like that fact that I can meet other HD ethusastic people at HOG meetings. I also like the fact that you can customize your bike to your own desire by adding crome or extra stuff...it is great fun and it can become a hobby :-)
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When I first went HD window shopping, I thought I wanted a dyna low rider. I rode an 04 low rider and it felt like a big sporty to me. (It actually felt a little slower off the line but that may have been my imagination, I dunno) In fact, now that my Sporty is lowered and equipped with a cool seat, pullback risers, upgraded fork springs, footpegs with heel rests, and comfy grips, I now notice no difference between rider comfort on a low rider compared to my bike. I agree that stock, these bikes leave much to be desired for comfort on long rides, but if you set it up with the right stuff for your needs, you'll be surprised at just how comfortable the ride can be.

I love my Sporty because it's a very versatile bike that can transform to whatever you want it to be with the right gear AND contrary to popular myth, it is a very comfortable bike to ride if you give it the right setup.
Another major factor is insurance costs here in MA. The cost to insure a Sporty is about as much as I will spend for motorcycle insurance. (866.00 per year)
I also love the fact that a Sportster is a little piece of history since they've been making them so long.
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Trying to put that one into words is tricky to say the least......

In my case...Because it just "fit" me right.

Everything came to hand/foot. It has enough power to do everything I wanted, Comfortable one or two up, Can do distance, but is still easy handling around town. It just fit my needs. The fact that I also got a great deal on it was just gravy...I would have paid more if it fit right.....

Is it the "best" long distance cruiser?....Nope.
The best through the corners?....Nope
Smoothest? Not even

Best for how and where I ride? Yep and that is all that matters.....

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I love the low end torque of my 1200, the sound, the price, reliability, easy to work on. Easy to customize, resale value, looks. Handling and acceleration, the fact that you can feel the road while driving.
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