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2002 1200 I got is still easy to work on.
Low seat hight.
Cheep aftermarket parts
I'm not a hiway cruser.
Fairly light weight.
I like the gear driven 4 cam setup.
Bigger bikes aren't for me anymore.
I have friends who work at HD, though they aren't to happy for years now.
I own HOG stock

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Some of my thoughts about the Sportster's sportivity...

In 1957, when it came out, I was a kick ass sporty bike and yet could be used for touring, just as were the brit bikes of that time.

Nowadays, 160+ HP crotch rockets seems to have pushed the Sportsters into prehistory.

Right.

The MOCO tried to respond to this with a semi answer, the XR1200X, which was a sexy bike, full of power, with a frame keeping the track.

And the MOCO had to stop production, because there were no buyers.

Is the Sportster obsolete? Yes, in a certain way, but if it became obsolete, it's because people kept buying them "as is", for what it was, or for what it represented for the buyer's ego.

I really love my Sportster, I gave it the look I wanted, a comfy touring bike, with RK shocks, a sprung seat, I love the way I can handle it.

But for now, I got on loan, from a friend, a Ducati Multistrada 1000cc. I use it often. He loaned it to me because he works a lot and has no time to ride it. I'm retired and ride my bikes everyday.

This to say that between that Duc and my Sportster, there is a lightyear difference.

I'm even thinking to sell the Sporty to buy myself a Ducati.

Man, I fell in love with that bike!

Call me a bastard, I know.







I was kidding, the Sportster will remain in garage.
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IMO the 1200 Sportster XL-whatever is like no other and for that reason it keeps on selling year after year (Harley's #1!) while every single other maker makes such drastic changes about every 5yrs that its almost a completely new bike. Yet the Sportster just keeps on selling w/ almost no change in over 40 freakin' yrs. ^ That says all that needs to be said. The Sportster is everything a motorcycle ever needs to be and what Merkel hoped for in 1901. I'll never own anything else but Sportsters in one form or another.
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Reliability, nice and iconic look, well proven design for many years, good price.
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