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I second that! My brother asked me why HD doesn't make an ATV or UTV or anything like that because the market is hot for those. I told him the market is saturated with them and send him pics of golfcarts, snowmobiles and anything else HD tried to enter the market with that wasn't a big motorcycle. The Sportster has always made up 20%+ of their market and I don't see that ending.
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Harley put the 'sport' in the Sportster in 2016, with the Roadster, and then killed it off this year.
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So the heavier, more flexible frame is a feature and not a bug?

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The reduced vibration is the feature. I haven't made the frame on my 05 roadster flex in 111,000 miles, nor have I made the frame on my 16 Roadster flex.

Have you made the frame flex?

The suspension on my stock 16 is the best yet on a Sportster that I've experienced. It's not a Buell, but it definitely has its virtues.

I was riding with a group of Buells at the West Virginia Buell Rally and I had one of the Buell riders compliment me on how I was able to keep up, despite having a horsepower deficit.

The Sportster is as Sport oriented as the rider. Remember, it's a poor workman who blames his tools. Mike Hailwood said his Honda handled Bloody Awful; yet he won the championship on it.
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The reduced vibration is the feature. I haven't made the frame on my 05 roadster flex in 111,000 miles, nor have I made the frame on my 16 Roadster flex.

Have you made the frame flex?

The suspension on my stock 16 is the best yet on a Sportster that I've experienced. It's not a Buell, but it definitely has its virtues.

I was riding with a group of Buells at the West Virginia Buell Rally and I had one of the Buell riders compliment me on how I was able to keep up, despite having a horsepower deficit.

The Sportster is as Sport oriented as the rider. Remember, it's a poor workman who blames his tools. Mike Hailwood said his Honda handled Bloody Awful; yet he won the championship on it.
Yeah I have. I rode a guy's rubber mount the first year they came out.

There was a big debate about this issue on the forum about a decade before you got here.

The swingarm is mounted to rubber. It's fine for most riders, but it's going to move in other directions besides the ones it's limited to by the swingarm pivot.

If you don't feel the squirm when you are carving corners, good for you. I do, and I don't like it.

My current bike (Dyna) has a rubber mounted swingarm and I can feel it squirming in the canyons. Haven't crashed yet, but it sure ain't pleasant. I'm not working real hard on selling it yet but will be soon. It's going to be replaced with something cheap with a heel-toe shifter and hard saddlebags so I can haul my crap to the jobsite. It's not going to be a fun ride, but at least it's riding.

I thought I would like the Dyna, lots of people I know love them. I'm not them though.

Kinda bummed about not being on a Harley for awhile, but circumstances will improve and the next one will be a 00-03 XL--4 piston opposed brake calipers, trapdoor, and a swingarm directly attached to the frame.

The vibration from solid mount XLs never bothered me in the 70k miles I rode my 883. Since it will be a leisure bike, it won't even need a heel toe shifter or boards.

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