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6th January 2005, 18:16
HI everyone, I have been on this site for about a year now trying to learn everything I can about sportsters. I have also been looking for a good used bike for awhile now too. I think I have finally found the bike its a 2000 xlh883 with solo and two up seat, highway pegs, aftermarket pipes, new rear tire, and many chrome pieces. All this for about $4,999 My question is what kind of maintenance is need for a bike with around 8,000 miles, how long before engine or tranny work. Thank you very much for your time and thank you for all the great advice over the year that has convinced me to go with a sportster.
6th January 2005, 18:39
I bought my '98 883 with about 5,000 miles on it. It now has close to 14,000 pretty hard miles on it and all I've had to do is regular maintenance (oil, filters, plugs, etc.). I've heard the bottom ends on the evolution motors can go 100,000 if properly maintained. My uncle had a 1985 that he abused regularly and never had a lick of engine problems and it probably had about 25,000 on it before he traded it in on a Buell M2. I've also owned a Buell S1 that I abused really hard and never ever had an engine problem and I sold it with about 12,000 miles on it. I change my oil about every 1500 miles and adjust the primary chain when I change transmission fluid and that's about it. Actually I did have a little spring clip break that holds the shifter detent in place (freak deal.) I had to take the primary apart to replace it, but the part was less than $5.00! That's the only problem I've ever had with an Evo engine. I personally feel your price is in the fair to good range and that if the bike was maintained properly, you should be able to put thousands and thousands of miles on that evo motor before needin' to do a darn thing.
6th January 2005, 23:11
The Sportster is a near bulletproof bike. :) I bought my 97 883 Hugger with 5300 miles on it in May of 03. It now has over 10,800 miles on it with no problems. First thing go buy yourself the service manual for your bike. It will be the best $60 you will spend on your bike. That way you can do all the routine maintenance yourself. Just keep up with the fluids changes. At 10,000 miles you will probably need new brake pads and a new front tire (if it hasn't already been changed out). Plenty of people have 50k miles plus on their Sporty with no issues.
Jeff 97 883 Hugger Taxes Paid
6th January 2005, 23:16
I have about 20,000 miles on my '03 (but whos counting) and it runs just like brand new. You'll be able to get a lot of miles out of that bike unless the previous owner has done something terribly bad to the bike. If it looks like it's been treated halfway decently then I'd say you've found the bike of your dreams :D
7th January 2005, 01:06
I have 27,000 with no problems and I fully expect 100,000 miles.
7th January 2005, 01:10
8000 miles!!! It's just getting Broke In!!!! :D
7th January 2005, 01:44
I bought mine with about 7400 miles. First year, trans. fluid, oil, filter, plugs, carb. kit, high flow air cleaner and a new cable. Just maint. stuff except the carb and air cleaner (stage one). You might want them if it hasn't been done. Sounds like you already have the mufflers. That was the case with mine too.
Come on spring.
7th January 2005, 04:02
I saw one when I started looking for a bike at a dealer. Little Sportster with bags and windshield with 50,000 miles on it. I didn't ask if anything had been done to the engine but the greedy bastards still wanted $5,ooo. No thanks...
7th January 2005, 04:09
My '01 has 14K on it and going very strong! Like LeavenworthJeff said, bulletproof!
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