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Question Rethinking 1250 Build

Got the most beautiful 2001 Sportster 883 Custom in mint condition with only 8k miles on it. Everything I wanted for the basis of a build.

Spent + or - $6k on the best of everything new from Hammer and it’s still just sitting in boxes. Covid kept throwing up unexpected obstacles to the best of my build plans and budget.

All I need to do is pay for the build at a local shop. But I’ve come to the point of wondering if I’d be better off selling the bike, all the parts and going for a big twin either a softail springer (my ultimate dream bike) or a nice road king - few years old used bike but I’m wouldn’t be waiting to afford a motor build by a shop.

I welcome counsel from my esteemed xl breatheren.

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I have a Sportster AND a Road King. Best of both worlds IMO.
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I need to contact the moderator. There seems to something wrong with the forum, or at least my connection. When I read your post, it said you wanted to trade a hot rod sportster for a big twin.
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Yeah I get what your saying Iron Mike,

It’s my frustration your hearing. Haven’t ridden the bike since January and 6k plus in new parts from hammer is still sitting in boxes untouched. And things keep coming up that chew away at my bike build fund.
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As Johnny Cash said, "One piece at a time".
It's got to be frustrating but it's well worth the effort.
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I would suggest cashing in your chips and use the money to buy the bike you want. Years ago I spent many $$$$$ upgrading my Sporty. I have no complaints. Had the work done almost 20 years ago and she still runs like a Swiss watch. In retrospect and the benefit of hind sight I wouldn't have done it. If you want a performance bike just go buy one. Harley Davidson motors were designed for reliability and longevity, not hot rodding.
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I beg to differ on the "not hot rodding " quote.
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A lot of good advice here so far , as for my two cents … well I’m very happy to have upgraded my sportster with a lot of Hammer go fast goodies and like the op I myself am not a mechanic so I feel your pain on waiting and saving money to have things done .it’s very difficult to wait and save and do things step by step . COVID hit me very hard and I lost my 21 year career as a union beer truck driver. So my bike project has been put on hold for awhile again . I had Hammer do impact head work for me about a year and a half ago and I still haven’t found someone I trust to install them for me at a reasonable price. Seems like everyone wants more money for the same work now. That being said I totally understand where your head is at . If you think your dream bike is a larger platform or that you may out grow your hotrod sportster once it’s completed then I think you have your answer. Sometimes just having a bike you can ride without building is actually the way to go . The big question is are you ready to let go of the speed bug for more of a relaxing ride ? I wish you the best of luck with your decision. And I’m sure you would have no trouble getting most of your money back on your Hammer parts …. Everyone here knows how well Hammer is doing things . For me well I’m keeping my Sportster forever if possible,it will probably be my last motorcycle so I’m gonna try and continue to build and ride as long as I can . You will make the correct decision when the time is rite my friend


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Well, I have a similar problem......I have an 03' XLH 883 and recently got my hands on an 05' Softtail Springer Classic (I've always wanted one). Now do I put a Hammer basic 1250 kit in the Sportster and sell the Springer or sell the Sportster and keep the Springer? The wife is a driving factor on only one bike (she isn't the least bit interested in motorcycles). I may just keep both for a while cause the Sporty is fun to ride but the Springer is the ultimate bike.
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