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View Poll Results: (On a scale of 1-10) Should I get a Sportster??? Are they reliable??
9-10: Hell yes. I've had few/no mechanical problems, dealer's great (though I may have had to search around), fun, capable bike. It's the only one for me. 876 79.35%
7-8: Very good: I would recommend getting one, but I've had some nagging mechanical problems. Dealer's been okay to so so, like my Sporty, but one day I'll probably get another bike. 140 12.68%
5-6: Above average. Decent dealer support. Had some probs, but covered under warranty. Everybody's different. Figure out what suits you, and go from there. 66 5.98%
3-4: Below avg. I would look elsewhere before you buy. Let me tell you why. 23 2.08%
1-2: Poor. Harley's always made nothing but junk and always will make nothing but junk. Sportys are just another in a long line of poo. My dealer is crap. DO NOT BUY ONE!!! 19 1.72%
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Old 25th December 2019
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When I repaint my 89" stroker I'm gonna find the fruitiest 883 tank decal I can (suggestions welcomed) and make it a sleeper.
Hello Kitty? Or how about those cheap glittery stickers they sell out of those gumball machines at the grocery store, with winged unicorns and rainbows and hearts and things like that?
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That's respectably sick so I like your thinking but I'd have to do that with decals on a sacrificial tank.

Come to think of it (not literally, that's nasty) I could slap 'em on some of that flexible magnetic material. It would be a hoot to stick on my bros bikes and take some pics....

Along the same lines one of my USAF co-workers used an online license plate generator to print "MANSEX" to match my POV tow truck tag and taped it on during night shift. The funniest part is I didn't notice for a week and towed more than one car past police who apparently didn't notice either!

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I have been riding motorcycles since 1957 and have had this 2009 1200C for 6 years....and have had no mechanical or any other trouble with it....put lots of chrome on it....use NGK standard plugs....HD chrome oil filter and filled it with Amsoil MCV 20w-50 oil and change oil and filter every 2,000 miles (some will say it is unnecessary, but the oil and filter are the life blood of an air cooled engine) everybody is free to do as they wish, but also remember when you change oil most typically leave around 8/10th of a quart of used oil in the engine. I clean it and shine it very frequently, since I am retired and have the time to invest in it. I enjoy my Sportster and from what I read in here most owners do too. Carry on and ride safely.

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Along the same lines one of my USAF co-workers used an online license plate generator to print "MANSEX" to match my POV tow truck tag and taped it on during night shift. The funniest part is I didn't notice for a week and towed more than one car past police who apparently didn't notice either!

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That, is hilarious.
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When I repaint my 89" stroker I'm gonna find the fruitiest 883 tank decal I can (suggestions welcomed) and make it a sleeper.
I'm looking for one that says 54CI, just to see how many people will do the math.
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Hey good morning every one. So I noted this thread started back in 2007 with a dude asking about a thought of a purchase. I think that it is fantastic thread. Ironheads forever. live on. had to post. hahaha.....
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There are a bunch of Ironhead's for sale on eBay and I know of one locally in a bike repair and sales shop that is in pristine condition. The owner has it on display and loves to talk about it but he is so reluctant to sell it that I'm sure the price is sky high. Just sitting on it, sends me back in time. I'm thinking he should name it, TARDIS.
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Buy one and stroke it!

I can live vicariously
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carbourated sportsters are a great buy, old enough to be about 500 lbs or a little less, easy and cost effective to add a little power, the stiffer ride on a longer trip will bounce and vibrate some of the lard off and clear the fog out of old tired brains.didn't vote in this thread cause i haven't had mine long enough to give an informed choice.(only 5 years)
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