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Default What to look for when evaluating used Sportster

I'm in the market for a new XL, shopping for something in the 2000-2003 range, I think.

Is there anything specific I should check when looking at these bikes, beyond the usual cosmetic and basic mechanical condition? How should I evaluate the condition of the drive belt? Is there an easy way to evaluate the condition of the primary?

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If you see the bike being used on a regular basis that's a good sign. Check the belt for signs of wear, splits, missing teeth. Is there a service history with the bike? Check for good quality aftermarket/replacement accessories. A set of tyres aren't cheap so check they're OK, on the other hand use this to bring the price down. They're mechanically noisy compared to Japanese bikes but not excessively so, if in doubt walk away. If not sure bring an experienced owner with you.The primary chain should last a long time, there's a clunk when it goes into gear & a fair bit of noise.It should shift easily through the gears & neutral easy to find.
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I've gathered some XLF links on the subject in the Sportsterpedia. Some advice in these will apply to only specific year models and some are universal. http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...k:ref:notes101
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I'm in the market for a new XL, shopping for something in the 2000-2003 range, I think.
Good age range, look for a standard model 883, that will give you the best basic starting point.
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