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Too bad they didn't try and make an EU compliant XL

Oil cooling, whatever.

Ducati, Guzzi, BMW and others have managed
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i hope they will fill the gap with the VVT project that seems tailored around a Sporty...

the strategies adopted so far seems to me to bring misery at the Company...
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Look for a clean used stock 90's model, the last true Sportsters.
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I wasn't happy with the way they are price-gouging the Iron 883 this year.
Nothing in the presentation interested me, not the new paint, not the overpriced CVO bikes. Not interested in watching Aquaman present the Pan America either.
I would have been more interested to hear if they finally welded their pressed-together cranks on the big twins to prevent crank runout and put back the timken crank bearings.
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Look for a clean used stock 90's model, the last true Sportsters.
If you ride Highway, you want a 2004 or later. Cruise at 75 with no bad vibes.
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I had a Honda Shadow VT750S, the “Honda makes a Sportster” one. To me, it was... I don’t know. Looked nice, smooth, good handling, reasonably powerful bike but somehow, something was missing. It didn’t have that “bites your leg” quality that a Sportster should have.

Had the poor ergonomics from a Sportster, though. To me, a Sportster should have some sort of sporting background, even if it’s not recent. The Scout has done something original; the Indian FTR1200 is what the XR1200 should have been, and wasn’t.

The Evo Sportster was launched with a racing series (Sport Twins), and of course it is first cousin to the XR. The V Rod has its drag series. If they are going to keep the Sportster name, they need to get out on track and race, and that either means beating Indian on the flat track, or letting the Sportster fade out with the end of the XR programme. Or, they need to go off-road Racing with the Pan Am, and link that to the Sportster name - call the enduro bike the Pan Am Sportster, something like that.
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Sportster was a race machine made in the 50's

You can't copy that.
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