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View Poll Results: (On a scale of 1-10) Should I get a Sportster??? Are they reliable??
9-10: Hell yes. I've had few/no mechanical problems, dealer's great (though I may have had to search around), fun, capable bike. It's the only one for me. 866 79.23%
7-8: Very good: I would recommend getting one, but I've had some nagging mechanical problems. Dealer's been okay to so so, like my Sporty, but one day I'll probably get another bike. 138 12.63%
5-6: Above average. Decent dealer support. Had some probs, but covered under warranty. Everybody's different. Figure out what suits you, and go from there. 66 6.04%
3-4: Below avg. I would look elsewhere before you buy. Let me tell you why. 23 2.10%
1-2: Poor. Harley's always made nothing but junk and always will make nothing but junk. Sportys are just another in a long line of poo. My dealer is crap. DO NOT BUY ONE!!! 19 1.74%
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Old 25th July 2007
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Default Should I buy a Sportster??

Hello, new to the forum. I'll be getting a new bike in a few months, and I'm just looking around at some different models right now. I think the 2008 Sportys look great, and from reading around the forums, most are very pleased with their purchases. I live in Florida, and would probably drive the extra hour or so it would take me to get to Lakeland Harley and buy there because I've heard good things about that dealership. I have a lot of questions and a short poll to go with this thread.

The big conception is that Harleys used to have mechanical issues and has now resolved them. To the point where fit and finish exceed Japanese rivals. Is this true?? Have you had many problems?

Is a Sportster suitable for touring, say 500 miles or so per day?

For the most part, have most of you been able to find a pretty good dealer to help with service, warranty issues, etc.?

I live in Florida. It gets hot, hot, hot. And humid, humid, humid. I have read that water cooled bikes are better for hot weather. Will my Sportster be prone to more overheating in the hot weather?

Sportsters fun and maneuverable and somewhat flickable?

Again, reliability is a big issue. Are they reliable?

I want a cruiser, but not a big bike.

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After taking a break for 25 years I bought my 1st HD, a 2005 883L and I absolutely love it. I looked at all the imports of the same class and and then the 883L (got the Low because I am vertically challanged at 5'5) and Damn!!! After I rode it, it was the most fun I can have with my clothes on!!! Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the imports but you just don't get the same thrill and and they are as pretty as hell and you can customize the living Sh*&^T of the thing. I think HD has straightend out the mechanical problems, this was mostly occuring (from what I have read) when AMF was owner of HD but since that time is a great machine. I have had no problems with it what so ever.

Depending on when your looking to purchase, you can find a pretty good used one 1 or 2 years old with balance of warranty on it. Mine was 2005 with only 940 miles on it was about $1.5 K less than brand new and still has a few months left on the warranty and if you buy from the dealer (or stealer depending the dealership) you have option of getting an extended warranty
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whoa there--I can't digest those questions that fast.
1st off welcome to the forum
I find that the Sportster is an excellent overall bike.
Harley's have come a long long way from the 80's qualities issues.
I do not have any problems with my Sportster.
As far as getting service they are pretty easy to work on, even for a mechanical nimrod like me.
The neat thing about Sprtsters is that they can be many things to many people. A real curve runner, a touring bike, a chopper, a bobber, a hot rod, a show bike, whatever.
I regularly do 300 and 400 mile rides and am not all beat to hell, so I am sure a 400-500 mile ride is not out of the question. Others I am sure will chime in that they go further than that.
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I love my 06 883XL. I wouldn't trade it for any import. Take off the stock mufflers and throw them away. Replace with something between quiet and loud.
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There is a quote on here from one of the guys. "There are two kinds of bikes. A Harley and all others." It really is funny when you tell someone you ride. They ask what kind of bike you have. The question they are really asking is "is it a Harley"? I love mine because I'm not a big guy and my wife is one gene above a midget haha. (4'10" 95lbs but her bro is 6'2") If you want to long haul and you are a big guy and your wife wants to tag along you may want a bigger bike. I know A LOT of guys have had sportsters for short periods just to step up in size. Me I'd rather get a NRHS conversion.
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I bought a 2006 1200 Low (I like the center controls). I was also concerned about possible machanical problems. But, so far I have about 7,000 trouble free miles and I have not had any mechanical problems. I would not call it a touring bike, but I regularly put in 200-300 mile days with no problems (although I did replace the stock seat with a more padded seat). You WILL need louder pipes (I drilled out the baffles on mine, will replace with new pipes when I decide on the right ones). The feel the sportster has shortcomings, but for the type of riding I like to do (back country roads about 50 mph) it is a lot of fun! And it is a ton of fun in the twisties! Plus I get 55 MPG.

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I love my sportster, though it's not the only bike i'll ever own, i sure wont be getting rid of it. The stealer is kind of shitty, but i can live with that. The bike's been pretty damn reliable, with only one warranty repair.
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The sporty is my 5th road bike and is by far my favorite bike. Very reliable and a blast to ride. Dealer rocks and goes out of there way to help people out and to make sure you are completely satified.
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I just switched from a Vstrom to a sporty. I just smile all the time on the sportster. It is just a good ol standard raw boned motorcycle. It is fun on twisty roads, holds steady like a rock even when semi's blow by on hwy. With a windscreen and some luggage you could definately tour a bit but just not as comfortably as a dedicated touring bike. My brother-in-law rode his late 80s sporty all over the country on one. I don't have a windscreen, i love the clean air compared to getting hammered on a quasi-fared vstrom that whips up all kinds of currents. The sporty just plain rocks.
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