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Not disparaging at all, just curious as to why?
Why not might be a better question. It's a cheap and common instrument so it should be included at this price level. My FT500 Ascot has one ffs. Is it necessary? - no, but none of it is, you could just as well walk. It's all pretty much about aesthetics in the end. Chrome, shiny paint, exhaust sound, styling all fit into the same category of "why".

If we were talking a a $1500 Chinese 250 then OK, but on something at this price level it's just insulting.
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After reviewing many Jay Sprinsteen pictures, his million dollar machines don't seem to have one attached.
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After reviewing many Jay Sprinsteen pictures, his million dollar machines don't seem to have one attached.
No turn signals either... Still irrelevant in context. F1 cars don't have AC either but saying that is meaningless.
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Thanks to all who have taken the time to reply, but I should have mentioned that this isn't my first Sportster, or my first rodeo.

I've been riding for 55 years and purchased my first new Sportster in 1969 and have had several Sportsters since then....they all came with tachometers as standard equipment.

It has been asked "Why do I need a tach"? I am fortunate to live in a very rural state where we can still safely mark off a quarter mile and have at it.

A tach allows me to come off the line at an RPM that is high enough to light the tire at just the right speed, then to power shift at an RPM that produces the highest torque without over revving.

Revving over the point where the torque curve drops off is wasteful, will hurt your ET, and is hard on pistons and rod bearings.

I posted my question after a visit to my local Harley shop and noticed that most of the new bikes on the showroom floor had no tach. Thank you all.
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You can't necessarily tell just by looking at them. With many of the bikes a tach display is an option that can be selected on the 'speedo'. It doesn't show unless the bike is running and the option selected.
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You can't necessarily tell just by looking at them. With many of the bikes a tach display is an option that can be selected on the 'speedo'. It doesn't show unless the bike is running and the option selected.
Thanks for that clarification, I assume that type of tach would have a digital display, ?? If so, that wouldn't work for me, I am so 'old school' that I prefer the swinging needle type of tach or a rev limiter or both.

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It has been asked "Why do I need a tach"? I am fortunate to live in a very rural state where we can still safely mark off a quarter mile and have at it.

Revving over the point where the torque curve drops off is wasteful, will hurt your ET, and is hard on pistons and rod bearings.
To this point, I just think HD doesn't envision their bikes being used this way, at least not to an extreme where a person would consistently risk over-revving their engine. And if you are that kind of rider well then swing on over to our parts desk and spend a little more $$ for the privilege. Let's face it if you have the dosh to spend on a full-on CVO spec big twin and/or hot-rodding a 1200 AND you actually know how to ride it well enough to understand powerbands then you will spend the money to add one, so why give you one for free?
I don't have gauges because my IH is a proper bobber though I admit I would like to have at least an odometer so I can gauge miles-remaining in my fuel tank. Que sera sera, the sacrifices one makes for style points. However in my sportbike days I agree having a tach was indispensable and even going back to my old cheap Japanese 2-stroke bikes from the late 70's having a tach was no big deal. Heck even my 79 XLH had one. I really think it comes down to money.
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To this point, I just think HD doesn't envision their bikes being used this way
Yah, no fricken shit.
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