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This is not just a Harley thing but as I'm here I guess this Q is .

It seems most people talk about and do many upgrades to the little ol sportster .

Do peeps feel the stock bike is really in need of changing?

Reason I ask is it seems many can post regarding picking a bike up next week and already be asking what mods they can do.. Lots of peeps have mods done at point of sale etc ..

I have a stage 1 on mine which was done before I git the bike and I almost "fell" into the " what can I change" mentality but after a week or two of just riding I honestly feel the bikes just fine ..

It's not the fastest but it doesn't need to be , it looks sweet backed up by people's comments, it starts and rides and I can potter or give it a bit on the faster roads, it handles without issue as in it feels planted and stable etc.

So how many ride stock, or almost stock sporties and are happy..?

I'v had mine getting on 12 months and have no plans to spend money on it apart from the usual upkeep and maintenance .. I even love the ham can style filter housing
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I think the basis of many people's modifications stems from the fact that the Sportster is harley's base model. It's pretty well documented that the bikes come "restricted" from the factory in terms of intake and exhaust (mostly for sound/emissions reasons), and upgrading these parts is relatively cheap whether new or used parts are installed. Other than that, the suspension is known to be basic and many people like myself have issues with the bike bottoming out.

I agree that these aren't sport bikes and never will be. They work great for cruising, but many people want to get more out of their bikes so the make a few upgrades.

The Sportster has been a mainstay in the Harley lineup for decades, leading to a plethora of aftermarket parts and accessories that are often interchangeable across model years. It's easy to find parts on the cheap and part of the fun is personalizing your ride.
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how many ride stock, or almost stock sporties and are happy..?
I do. I have made a couple of cosmetic additions to mine, but only minimal functional changes. I have heated grips (from new), but that dates back to a time when I was riding to work day in, day out, in all weathers. I wouldn't bother now. I have the combined speedo / tach; it's nice to have but not really essential. I've changed the seat, but more for cosmetic reasons than anything else. The one thing that I have added that I would definitely do again is saddlebags. I don't think they really make the bike 'not stock'; adding something to carry my stuff.

If I were to get another Sporty now, I would make only very minimal changes to it. Possibly only saddlebags.
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Sportster = the easiest HD to customize?

For me, I just cannot have anything stock... cars, bikes, pushbikes... you name it, I do customize them all... I just cannot help it.

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I thought long and hard about mine and I decided apart from maybe the odd minor tweek here and there I'm happy with it as is ... I'v built a couple of metric chops and "ratted" my daily ride and have always frigged about but the sporty has just hit the spot with me ...
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to be honest the only reason I am more into messing with sportsters as opposed to my old victories is the aftermarket support. to me building a bike is 9/10ths of owning it. the vics were killer right out of the box but harleys are the tinkerers bike and i am a tinkerer.
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Couple schools of thought here:

Mods make the bike YOURS.

My 2007 883 runs just fine. Light years better than my 1200 Shovelhead.

It's cool to add power, but the bike is what it is. Maybe you should buy another bike for speed?
I had a 2005 Concours. 4 cyl. stupidly fast. Forum people were always trying to add power. A common answer was, get a Hayabusa

However, I would like much MORE light in rear- running lights, turn signals, especially brake lights. (I have moved t.s. to the license plate bracket. They were in the way of adding saddlebags or ammo cans).
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