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Default the milwauke 8 made me love my sporty

now, dont get me wrong. the softails I rode today were technological marvels. they were FAST and torquey. (sp?) they had amazing lean angles. they had great brakes..........they were......boring.

I am at the end of my harley freedom promise time frame, so I thought Id try out a couple bikes. the sport glide and the street bob. the bob, not overpriced, but the pipes were so high you have to have tiny bags. the sportglide had handlebars like a gsxr. to get taller bars? all new cables. with abs, thats a lot of money. no thanks. the price? terrible on the glide, the bob reasonable, but so stripped down, add a grand and only if you value shop at jp and ebay. meh.

the test ride? lol. lets just say hd has sucked the spirit out of the new bikes in the name of a "better" engine. so lame. so boring. so expensive. I got back on my 48 and realized I will only ride the evo from now on. will harley make some sort of boring m8 model for the sporty? I hope not. lets keep the sporty the last real harley.

now when I see a m8 based bike on the road, I smile, realize they basically ride an overpriced jap bike and laugh at them. sad to see the soul of hd seems to have died in an attempt to compete.

long live the sporty.
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i pay respect to others opinions
but i don't think completely like that
imo m8 bikes are modern Harley with pushrods and tons of torque and are different by any metric bike....

also i think and agree they are old men's bike... boring... heavy... and much overpriced...

with 25k euros i would not buy for sure an fxdr...
maybe a brand new Kawa 1000 Ninja, a racing CBR1000RR or a Panigale...

for the moment i love my Sporty stock 883... i flog her at 100% every time i want to... on my mountains...
it would be different if i were on a more powerful bike... or a different one whatsoever...

that said... i would be not displeased of an m8 like version of the evo Sporty...
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the M8 is a result of engineering evolution...pun there somewhere. it is butter smooth and very powerful off the showroom floor. yep pricey. what do you expect the moco to come up with, a clunky, budget priced bike that "marks its spot"? plenty of used older tech out there if that's your thing...
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i was at a picnic yesterday and met a guy who has worked in the Milwaukee plant for many years. whole family has actually. great stories....any way he assures me that the sporty will remain in the line up for quite some time. i hope he is right....

he also said there is an employee discount for bikes of some sort....he is now working on getting a livewire delivered.....to the new shop...
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To the OP, I am just wondering what your expectations were when you went on this test ride?

Were you expecting lightning fast acceleration and massive lean angle?

Or were you expecting a nice comfy ride for hours on end at 80 mph down the freeway?

I'm just wondering because as much as I appreciate my Sportster I would also love to ride an M8 on a long multistate ride. Yes, I have done this on my sportster as well but if I had the option I would definitely take a touring bike in that case.

Also the M8 is very easily one of the most powerful engines in the HD lineup and stupid easy to get more power with a simple cam swap.

What's done to your 1200?

Glad you were able to ride other bikes though and appreciate what the sportster is.

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Love my stock 95 1200, get compliments regularly on the ''beautiful, beautiful'' bike, usually from young guys. Surprised me because I thought modern people weren't aware of such things.
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I'm good with my Stage 1 883R. I like the looks of the Heritage Classic but it's way out of my price range & far too heavy. I can do 300 mile days on my sporty in comfort
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now, dont get me wrong. the softails I rode today were technological marvels. they were FAST and torquey. (sp?) they had amazing lean angles. they had great brakes..........they were......boring.

I am at the end of my harley freedom promise time frame, so I thought Id try out a couple bikes. the sport glide and the street bob. the bob, not overpriced, but the pipes were so high you have to have tiny bags. the sportglide had handlebars like a gsxr. to get taller bars? all new cables. with abs, thats a lot of money. no thanks. the price? terrible on the glide, the bob reasonable, but so stripped down, add a grand and only if you value shop at jp and ebay. meh.

the test ride? lol. lets just say hd has sucked the spirit out of the new bikes in the name of a "better" engine. so lame. so boring. so expensive. I got back on my 48 and realized I will only ride the evo from now on. will harley make some sort of boring m8 model for the sporty? I hope not. lets keep the sporty the last real harley.

now when I see a m8 based bike on the road, I smile, realize they basically ride an overpriced jap bike and laugh at them. sad to see the soul of hd seems to have died in an attempt to compete.

long live the sporty.

Some feel that way about your "new" 48.
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I don't like the technology that changes the feel such as the rubber engine but fuel injection and belt drive were great additions.

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