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Broncodog
4th December 2004, 06:52
Curious as to what everyone rides 1200 or 883 or conversion

GregD
4th December 2004, 14:17
Factory 1200 is my ride.

Greg....

dmraco
4th December 2004, 14:39
883 for now. Ride very well with pipes and jet. Once I grow tired of it (if I ever do) a 1200 cc upgrade may be in the future...or just trade up. I think I'll Keep her for a while. 883 pulls my 150 lb but fine. The test will be with a passenger!!!

Jimbo999
4th December 2004, 14:54
:smoke 883

wickedsprint
4th December 2004, 15:20
Factory 1200

jwb47
4th December 2004, 15:40
04 1200r h-d slash downs ,carb rejet ,high flow air filter and nothin but miles and smiles

barry1967
4th December 2004, 15:55
Factory 04 1200R

rider1951
4th December 2004, 16:32
04 1200 custom, H-D slash down pipes drilled, rejet, SE air cleaner kit, removable rack and back rest.

Bikerdude
4th December 2004, 16:54
undefined "other"

collinsb
4th December 2004, 18:28
I rides a 2004 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Deluxe! Iffin youse gots a beef wit dat, we's goin to da ally and fite! By Gawd!

883Hugger
4th December 2004, 19:27
I am running the 883 since I am a poor college student, but I do want to do the 1200 conversion sometime in the future. It is just not in the cards right now.

txsporty
4th December 2004, 19:58
'03 883 XLH, soon to be a 1200!!!! :clap :clap


:D

bud095
4th December 2004, 21:07
883 ,soon to be 1200 merry christmas to me! :o

Shark Doctor
4th December 2004, 23:31
1200R + SEII + STAGE 1 + SE AIRSYSTEM + 661 LB CHROME POLISH, WAX, & LEATHER CONDITIONER

rottenralph
5th December 2004, 01:56
1250 mean green machine. Milled and ported heads, titanium valves, bored to 1250, s&s with port matched intake and a hypercharger, crane hi4 ignition, andrews n-8's, thunderheader, and every other thing known to man. 1200 conversion is not that expensive if you do the disassembly and reassembly. 100 for boring, couple of hundred for pistons and 60 for gaskets. Biggest h.p gain for the money.

waterboy
5th December 2004, 02:26
03 XLH 883 with 200 miles on my conversion. Damm this thing runs good...Damm. I just got back from a 120mi twisty run up in the Santa Cruz Mountians. The conversion turned my bike into EXACTLY what I wanted the bike to be. I can point it at a corner, twist the throttle, and drill right through it. Damm this thing runs good... Damm

SE/K&N Air Cleaner
2 1/2 turns out on the idle jet
46 slow jet
185 main jet
1200 Jugs
10:1 dished SE pistons
SE bolt in cams, .497 lift I think
Thunder Header

Next buys:
LED Tail light, (cuz HD can't get it right)
Metzlers front and back

Damm this thing runs good... Damm

RedRider
5th December 2004, 02:37
1200 Roadster, stage1. Always in search of more power... :wonderlan

willprevale
5th December 2004, 04:22
'89 883. Runs just fine!

CyberZach
5th December 2004, 05:20
883c is A O.K. :tour If I want to go faster buy a buell :D this bike ain't made for speed, if ya think it is "whatever you got to tell yourself" :p

willprevale
5th December 2004, 05:32
I know whatcha mean. I like speed as much as the next guy but I also enjoy exploring back country roads, running twisties and some occaisional long distance touring. For me, the 883 is just fine. :luvsport :chop

rickxx
6th December 2004, 01:07
well, looks like i just tied at 25 all. i've got a 96 1200 custom. bought it this summer from a guy who had only put 1400 miles on it....didn't have time to ride. first bike.....love it, and love doing my own work on it.....maybe cuz i'm cheap. changed the jets, a/c, and pipes. i've done a couple of oil changes along the way as well.

dmraco
6th December 2004, 02:40
WOW. I am glad to see so many 883s! I thought I was being cheap! I am very happy with power after my stage 1 mods. Did about 100 miles today. Power is great and I cannot wait to get out of the nastly break in period!! 50mph comes up quick!! I wish I had a tach to know if I was exceeding the recommended rev limit.

ChrisAF
6th December 2004, 06:22
Mine's a 2003 XL Hugger 883, soon to be a 1200. The 883 is probably enough power, but in typical guy fashion, if I can give it more power, why not? :-)

PlanB
6th December 2004, 08:02
I'm riding an '05 1200R...probably the only reason was because it was the best deal I made at the stealership...still haven't figured out why they were more negotiable with it, but I'm happy I went that route! Put the adjustable highway pegs on and stage one, and I've been a happy camper so far!

stevo
6th December 2004, 13:17
"98 1200S...cafe racer'd.

Big cams, big valves, big numbers....11's as ridden on the road.

Goin out to 88".......'cos fast just ain't fast enough

twinsporty
6th December 2004, 13:50
883 at least till March, then I'll have a Buellster 1200.

Smitty001
7th December 2004, 06:56
1200 Thinking about going 1450 :eek:

Flamin883
7th December 2004, 16:26
The signature says it all. I don't know if the conversion made her any faster over all,
I don't need to go much moor than 100. But I do know that she gets there a lot quicker. The other thing after the conversion is that at hiway speed or up steep hills I can still get around a slower vehicle in much less time, especialy when 2 up.

skooter
7th December 2004, 18:33
I bought a 97 1200s and customized it the way i like. If I were to buy another sporty I would look at a cheap 883 and do the engine mod to a 1200. It seems to work out cheaper and the 883 to 1200 kits that are out there will result in a faster bike than the stock 1200 which will cost more money to buy. The used market has more 883's than 1200's so finding a good one is not a problem. The only thing I have against the 883 is that some of the models have that grey powder coated engine. I prefer the polished or chromed ones.

danii
7th December 2004, 21:33
2004 883. Plan on doing the conversion around tax return time, but the power it has now suits me just fine. If the cylinders that are on mine now were black rather than silver, I would probably consider waiting even longer for the kit, but...

skooter
8th December 2004, 05:33
Not all conversions have the blacked out fins. But they can be painted. Even though the edges on the fins aren't polished they still look great. I thing the blonde fins look just fine. It's the gray powdercoated engine cases that I can't stand. If the cases are polished than the fins don't matter. Your engine looks fine. Don't forget to look into the larger counter sprocket when you convert to the 1200. A lot of people forget this. The bike will wheelie al over the place with the stock 883 counter sprocket left on. Up sizing the sprocket will lower your revs on highway and make the bike a fine cruiser.

wabiker
8th December 2004, 18:46
...converted to 1200

maddog
8th December 2004, 20:11
97 HUGGER 883/1200 Conversion / Wiseco 9.5:1 dished pistons
Pingel Fuel Valve
Thunderheader
Doherty Machine A/C W/Powervents
Dyna 2000 ign. (curve 2)
Full size Dyna Coils (2)
Nology Hot Wires
Autolite MP 4164 Fine Wire Plugs
45 slo 180 main jets

SportsterSpive
9th December 2004, 03:58
'04 883 converted to a stage 3 1250 courtesy of Nallin.


--Sean

01Sporty
9th December 2004, 04:16
I'm 6'1" 198lbs, everyone I spoke with told me "You need a 1200". I got a deal on the 01sporty and it had a 1200. That scooter has more power then I'll ever need, even riding someone. For a few weeks, I felt overwhelmed by it, but I finally got used to it and am glad the extra power's there if I need it.

Regards,

04SportNasty
9th December 2004, 07:39
2004 1200 Custom:

2 Wheels
handlebars
a motor
a headlight
some wires

maddog
10th December 2004, 00:41
I'm 6'1" 198lbs, everyone I spoke with told me "You need a 1200". I got a deal on the 01sporty and it had a 1200. That scooter has more power then I'll ever need, even riding someone. For a few weeks, I felt overwhelmed by it, but I finally got used to it and am glad the extra power's there if I need it.

Regards,
One will ALWAYS get used to extra power, but NEVER gets used to being under-powered.

maddog
10th December 2004, 02:33
2004 1200 Custom:

2 Wheels
handlebars
a motor
a headlight
some wires

What!!!! NO Tranny!!!!

Broncodog
10th December 2004, 02:38
What!!!! NO Tranny!!!!
Whats a fetish have to do with it? :laugh

Flamin883
10th December 2004, 17:59
I left the 883 front sprocket on mine after the conversion. I havn't tried to wheelie, It just happens sometime. From a stop I think you would really have to try to get the front end up, but doin 20 in first or 35 in 2nd and crackin wot pulls the front tire just off the ground. Kinda scary feeling and the whole bike wobbles. Maybe it's the SE bolt in cams that kick in around 3500 rpm. I can cruise all day long at 75-80 mph in 4th actually less vibes than 55-65 in 4th. I like 4th on the slab during rush hour as she slows down faster when you let off the throtle and the higher rpms eliminate any lag when you really whant/need to move out of the way of the cage that didn't/wont see ya.

dabronco
13th December 2004, 03:55
883? 1200? How about a 1000 XLH.

Flamin883
15th December 2004, 15:17
I'm really suprised at the low # of conversions on the poll. Only 15 not quite 14%

flathead45
15th December 2004, 15:21
dabronco , its xlch, the xlh is a girls bike :laugh :laugh :laugh :laugh

see we can find fault in anything :frownthre

01Sporty
15th December 2004, 15:57
dabronco , its xlch, the xlh is a girls bike :laugh :laugh :laugh :laugh

..And he should know, his avatar wears make-up :frownthre


Happy Holidays All,

flathead45
15th December 2004, 17:09
thats a good one dave , but I gotts the xlch , hmmm long hair, makeup , I'm soo confused

01Sporty
15th December 2004, 17:32
And it's amazing how much you look like Ozzie.

Ohh your poor kids, did you name them Kelly and Jack? :laugh

flathead45
15th December 2004, 17:39
this is the real me watching ozzy at alpine valley 2004 , my hair is a bit more red than his

oh ya my kids are micheal and elizabeth

3legdog
15th December 2004, 18:00
883 custom with limited # flame job, bobbed tail fender, 180 rear, hypercharger, and soon to have crack pipes MINT :wonderlan

skooter
15th December 2004, 18:20
I'm really suprised at the low # of conversions on the poll. Only 15 not quite 14%
I agree. Not everyone feels the need for the extra power of the 1200 seeing that the 883 performs pretty well as it is. I've riden with a few of them and they really don't have any trouble keeping up especially in town. If I didn't know they were 883's I won't notice by the way they run.

Broncodog
15th December 2004, 23:21
I'm really suprised at the low # of conversions on the poll. Only 15 not quite 14%
I think if more votes come in, you'll see that number climb

dabronco
15th December 2004, 23:57
Fer some people the conversion or the price difference between the 883 and 1200 can be a bit much.

Broncodog
16th December 2004, 06:25
Fer some people the conversion or the price difference between the 883 and 1200 can be a bit much.
Yea but whatcha gonna do with all that money........food..........rent.........kids...... ... it's overrated :laugh

dabronco
16th December 2004, 06:44
Yeah, I'm gonna git a 40' travel trailer, move in, and the kids will HAVE to move out! Then I'll live on a diet of nothing but beans and the wife will soon follow....

Flamin883
17th December 2004, 00:25
with the $3000 differance between 883 & 1200 and the basic HD conversion starting out at $600. I thought you would see a lot moor 883/1200 conversions on the poll.

Stephen Hawk
17th December 2004, 01:02
Factory Smokey Gold XL1200R-Cycle Shack baloney cut exhaust-high flow aircleaner-883 transmission sprocket and a butt load of comfortable fun.............

Hawk

XLFREAK
20th December 2004, 23:39
Originally I was going to get an 883 but when I started talking about chroming this and that, the salesman pointed out that what I would pay for chrome, I could get a 1200C. That and it made sense that if I was taking the missus out a lot, the 1200 would probably be nice. And it was pretty easy to rationalize the bigger, shinier bike to my wife. :p

Desertfox
22nd December 2004, 23:49
01 883 Custom is my baby. :luvsport

Desertfox
22nd December 2004, 23:53
with the $3000 differance between 883 & 1200 and the basic HD conversion starting out at $600. I thought you would see a lot moor 883/1200 conversions on the poll.


Yeah, I want to do the conversion sometime next year but putting a perfectly good motorcycle in the shop to have the engine torn open somehow goes against against the grain. Trying to get past it though :o :o

baddog32
5th January 2005, 11:18
Converted mine to a 1200 last February and did the work myself. I want to encourage anyone out there thinking about doing the conversion yourself to go ahead and do it. I am not a mechanic by any stretch of the imagination but I read everything I possibly could and then read it all again. Then, I tore into it. Its a scary sight seeing your bike in a million pieces. But, when the thing cranks back up for the first time, there is a sense of elation that you'll never get if someone else does the work. And, the first time you twist hard on the throttle after the break-in, the smile on your face will be permanent. BD :D

willprevale
5th January 2005, 11:38
Fer some people the conversion or the price difference between the 883 and 1200 can be a bit much.

That may be true but read baddog32's post concerning that very thing. :clap

xena
5th January 2005, 19:17
Sig says it all + khromewerks slip-on drag pipes, dynojet kit, and se ac. I ride with a geezer glide, and a 1200C sportster and have no prob keeping up with either one.

HD1200R
5th January 2005, 19:54
1993 XLH Sportster with 883/1200 Conversion here. I upgraded here a while ago and then broke a piston. Now in the process of completely going through the whole motor. The bike is currently in pieces with reassembly planned for this month.

A list of what has been purchased and so far completed:
Balanced rotating assembly
SE HC pistons
ported/polished 883 heads
roller rockers
hypre fyre ignition
Andrews N4 cams
S&S Super E carb
V&H SS2-R exhaust

thesmithiz
5th January 2005, 20:10
1200C, first bike and love it.

sportsterrific
5th January 2005, 20:23
'02 883 C. Good enough for me. As long as I can cruise on the highway at 80mph, I'm happy. I'll do a 1200 conversion eventually, but no hurry.

alleydude
5th January 2005, 20:47
I would have been interested in seeing an Ironhead, or even Ironhead 900 and Ironhead 1000 choice in this poll. Would have made for some interesting results.

74FeHeadXLH
5th January 2005, 21:21
Yea I agree...it would be interesting to hear from all the Feheads '74 XLH....someone earlier said (XLH) isa girlie bike...I've looked all over mine, still can't find a patch of fur anywhere....maybe I'm lookin in the wrong place :D

maddog
6th January 2005, 01:23
I would have been interested in seeing an Ironhead, or even Ironhead 900 and Ironhead 1000 choice in this poll. Would have made for some interesting results.

So whats the problem? Start your own thread..."Fe owners-900, 1000, or other ?

alleydude
6th January 2005, 02:26
So whats the problem? Start your own thread..."Fe owners-900, 1000, or other ?

It's not a problem, sorry if I made it sound like one. I would have liked to see the FE owners compared to the EVO owners, as it pertains to this site. By starting another thread for FE owners only doesn't offer a comparison. Yes, I could start another thread. Starting another thread to compare all aspects of Sportsters would step on this thread's "toes". ...or something.

IronMick
6th January 2005, 04:53
Looks like we have to start right here in Sportsterdom itself to educate the world about our bikes. Who started this pole anyway? Have you not ever heard of the XLH 1000, 900, ?

Please go to Donny Petersons website and read up on your Sportster history:

http://www.heavydutycycles.com/sporttech.htm

Broncodog
6th January 2005, 06:01
Looks like we have to start right here in Sportsterdom itself to educate the world about our bikes. Who started this pole anyway? Have you not ever heard of the XLH 1000, 900, ?

Please go to Donny Petersons website and read up on your Sportster history:

http://www.heavydutycycles.com/sporttech.htm

Yea, who started this dam pole? :shhhh :D

maddog
7th January 2005, 02:14
It's not a problem, sorry if I made it sound like one. I would have liked to see the FE owners compared to the EVO owners, as it pertains to this site. By starting another thread for FE owners only doesn't offer a comparison. Yes, I could start another thread. Starting another thread to compare all aspects of Sportsters would step on this thread's "toes". ...or something.

alleydude..No apology necessary...If you step back and look at the thread, it basically asks 883 owners how strongly they feel about bumping up to 1200cc. Fe's don't really fit into this nitche.
I may be wrong, but the 900 (really 883) bumps to 1,000cc and 1200 conv's would require a stroker kit and splitting the cases.
The 883/1200 is top end piston swap at the most basic and the question is valid for the rubbies too.

Shu
7th January 2005, 03:03
883/1200 conversion too. I voted so that ought to help out the results:) It sounds like you guys have covered all the bases....chrome vs. polished vs. powdercoat, inexpense of the conversion, happy or not happy with 45-50 hp, FE heads, etc.

In all honesty, when mine was an 883 I thought it was fine. I rode a lot with a stage 1 1200, another 883 and even a 600 Shadow and I never really had any trouble hanging with the 1200 around town, but out on the highway was a different story. However, once I did the 1200 conversion, I was amazed at the improvement and how much more pleased I was with the bike. Plus, now it is REALLY mine (those who have done their own conversions know what I mean by that).

After I wear this 1200 conversion out, I'm going to go 1450 and build it to have all of it's power in the 2000 to 6000 rpm range....but I'm sure that is many more miles down the road. The point is, for some POWER is an addiction....My name is Shu and I'm an addict. I've been an addict since I was 15 years old. There is no known cure, so it looks like I'll die and addict. Thanks for listening:)

Maggie
16th January 2005, 17:04
I ride a 1993 1200.

Maggie

bud095
16th January 2005, 17:58
my 883 ran just fine ,i just wanted the(basic) 1200 conversion for a little more power so i wont have to shift as often and did i mention im a fat a$$ 270lbs 1200 fits a little better for me is all. :wonderlan

adam
5th June 2005, 05:38
hey 3 legdog, what number is your paint set? I was just curious

XLFREAK
6th June 2005, 20:36
Curious as to what everyone rides 1200 or 883 or conversion

With Stage 1 and SE11's on her and she can go fast for a short putt around town or she can just cruise along the 15 FWY to Vegas with no problems at all! Stays right along side any of the BT's on the highway....

:smoke

Loco
SoCal...

Razzdad
25th August 2007, 19:09
Noob question here. Why such a large price diff. between 883 and 1200 on a new bike? When they're building the bike at the factory the difference in parts can only be a few dollars. I'd bet that all of the 883 jugs that they screw up just get rebored to 1200 anyway! Just curious.
Joe

cyclone
25th August 2007, 20:34
I voted 883
it is a stage 1
My former sportster was a conversion with head and valve work and it
was a big difference.
So when I have saved enough money..........

P Cookie
25th August 2007, 20:37
WOW. I am glad to see so many 883s! I thought I was being cheap! I am very happy with power after my stage 1 mods. Did about 100 miles today. Power is great and I cannot wait to get out of the nastly break in period!! 50mph comes up quick!! I wish I had a tach to know if I was exceeding the recommended rev limit.

Dm ive had my 883 for bout a month. I did the break in thing for the first 200 miles. Today i had to 102 . I see no reason to break it in weak and make it a weak bike from the start. IMHO

P Cookie
25th August 2007, 20:39
with the $3000 differance between 883 & 1200 and the basic HD conversion starting out at $600. I thought you would see a lot moor 883/1200 conversions on the poll.

Where can you get the conversion for 600$?:tour

havi0412c
25th August 2007, 20:43
stage 1 jets, S/E ac, cycle shack pipes. 04 1200 custom black & blue. it seems that the factory chokes theese bikes up alot. the intake and exhaust mods made a big difference. then i got smoked last weekend by a guy with a 03 883H converted to 1250 with bigass cams and SE heads that have been ported. he had his front wheel off the ground when he passed me. awesome. he has bassani stainless exhaust, they kinda look like V&H shortshots but the pipes are parelell. they sound badass.

alleydude
25th August 2007, 20:43
Where can you get the conversion for 600$?:tour


Ebay, my friend. Ebay.

gearhead1972
25th August 2007, 23:52
1250 see sig

Folkie
26th August 2007, 00:42
883 Custom:

http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/500/medium/Bike_Side.jpg

DRAWTOOL
26th August 2007, 01:17
883, I'm 200 lbs., semi-rual, short hwy. runs, bopping around town admirin' my ugly ass in store front windows (used to be bar to bar on my Ironhead). Hit 95 in a very short time, then no mo' road. She was born an 883 and I got no reason to slice her up. I'm lazy and chome is a pain in the ass, besides, I really like the powdercoat, it could be darker. She's loud fast and sassy. I been married one million times and Sporty's are pettier than women, better behaved and a hell of a lot easier to unload.

There it is,
Even if it hairlips ever cow in Texas

ReddTigger
26th August 2007, 01:23
1208 conversion. 10.5:1 Wiseco 10 domed pistons
Screamin Eagle 1200 heads 61cc
11.09:1 compression
as of this writing 71 hp and 70.8 lbs foot

jmans883
26th August 2007, 08:14
883 stage 1 and sreamin eagle slash cut but maybe one day it will be 1200 when the wallet lets me

buckhorns
26th August 2007, 20:13
Factory 1200C, w/ Stage I.:luvsport

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o177/buckhorns/P1000093.jpg

osa
27th August 2007, 02:09
Factory 1200s, but I bought it used for a great price. If I were to buy new, it would be a 883. I would do the 1200 conversion myself and save a few bucks over the factory unit.

OSA

rikrak
27th August 2007, 09:18
:smoke 883XL basic Stage 1, Python Slip-Ons, Mustang Solo Seat, Motherwell Rack, a Tach and that little electric box that makes the rear turn signals Run/Brake and Turn Lights WITH those rear signal turn light stalks with the built in LED brake lights. Cosmetics (although the Motherwell Rack might as well be) a lay-down plate and extended headlight and front turn signal rings. I changed out the mirrors half for looks but you really need longer stalks to see behind you so I consider that 50/50-=-=Dispite what some say about (I drive alot at night) I use an 85/100 bulb up front, much improved night vision. I've read that this is the maximum one can go due to heat (some say they are too hot) I've used it 2 years without any problems :smoke but some swear it will melt your wires. As strange as this sounds I don't think I want to add anything else except (maybe) a removeable "Tombstone" windshield as it gets cooler around here.

:geek I do have a set of H-D 1200 pistons that were a bonus tossed in at purchase,
kind of on the fence about the upgrade but it's possible:geek .

XLFREAK
27th August 2007, 10:09
2007 1200 Sportster Roadster.

gomorley
27th August 2007, 12:04
1200C with stage 1.........:o)

rdgzoe
27th August 2007, 18:27
Thought I would not but just had to convert

Saddlesore
27th August 2007, 19:06
07 883C

Bone stock
and will be that way for a while...

Leumas
27th August 2007, 20:38
Conversion, originally 2006 carb 883R, now 1200, big sucker a/c, Krome werks mufflers, N3 cams and a rejet (#45 slow, #185 main, two turns out). I love it.

Mohntonite
27th August 2007, 22:19
2001, 883 Hugger, looking to bigger maybe this winter. 1200- 1212- or 1250 not sure yet. The bike actually is great for myself but I'd like a little more for when I take my wife along.

wbrakefi
29th August 2007, 14:08
Factory 2007 xl1200 L

Folkie
29th August 2007, 14:48
Factory 2007 xl1200 LHey, it's your first post. Welcome to the Forum!

:welcome :xlrocks

mid30
29th August 2007, 17:43
04 1200r here. Stock right now but pipes on order.

Folkie
29th August 2007, 18:30
04 1200r here. Stock right now but pipes on order.What pipes are you getting?

Ryan
29th August 2007, 22:22
883 with cycle shack slip ons, k&n air fliter adjusted carb for mods had it dyno tuned makes 46.1 horsepower max and 43.5 max torque. plan on getting a 1200 conversion.:)

Gone
30th August 2007, 02:18
Factory 1200C, Taxes finally paid!!

87-1100
31st August 2007, 03:43
1987 XLH1100 Sportster. I've actually had people ask "When did Harley start making an 1100?", and a couple argue that Harley didn't build it.

screech69
31st August 2007, 05:56
1200 nightster, first bike and loving it!

Gone
1st September 2007, 04:03
'94 1200, it has 38,000 on it and never been apart (or so the dealer who sold it to me claims).

I was actually looking for a 883 (cheaper) and was planning a conversion over the winter. This 1200 appeared at a price I was willing to pay.

jrazo
2nd September 2007, 02:43
1212 conversion

Leumas
3rd September 2007, 21:50
1200 R conversion

KCS
7th September 2007, 23:15
883. I bought my bike for commuting. It is great in the city, especially heavy traffic. Light enough to be maneuverable, but powerful enough to be fun. I simply could not justify the extra cost of the 1200. Here in South Africa the 1200 is 50% more expensive than an 883.

Cheers

KC

bigdaddy1515
8th September 2007, 04:22
conversion 883/1228

sportysrock
10th September 2007, 23:47
883. I bought my bike for commuting. It is great in the city, especially heavy traffic. Light enough to be maneuverable, but powerful enough to be fun. I simply could not justify the extra cost of the 1200. Here in South Africa the 1200 is 50% more expensive than an 883.

Cheers

KC


Ain't that a bitch - 50% more $.

harleyridesagain
11th September 2007, 00:36
I bought the 2007 883 custom. I like the forward controles. The stretch tank is sleak at 3.3 gallon. Black pearl paint is nice and I find it lacking in nothing. Will definetly do the conversion to 1200 or more just because I know I can and more is, well, it's more!

Ameri-Deutsch
15th September 2007, 21:00
883 baby! what can i say, im loyal

uteotw
17th September 2007, 21:02
May as well use my first post ever to say I have a 2007 XL883. When it came to a new 883 or a used 1200 w/7,000 miles, I decided to go new. I got the good Harley 2.99% financing that way and I know exactly where it's been and how it's been treated. Though I may do the conversion at some point, with the newly-added forward controls the bike has everything I need right now, and most importantly--it's a Harley.

Folkie
18th September 2007, 00:27
May as well use my first post ever to say I have a 2007 XL883. When it came to a new 883 or a used 1200 w/7,000 miles, I decided to go new. I got the good Harley 2.99% financing that way and I know exactly where it's been and how it's been treated. Though I may do the conversion at some point, with the newly-added forward controls the bike has everything I need right now, and most importantly--it's a Harley.Congratulations on the bike, and welcome to the Forum!

:welcome :xlrocks

gomorley
18th September 2007, 01:07
Hey uteotw welcome to the forum from England :o)

Donz5oh
18th September 2007, 07:46
Blacked out 07 883R, and welcome to the forum uteotw.

uteotw
18th September 2007, 15:41
Thanks for the welcome--Kinda like getting the low wave on the road--nice to be part of the brotherhood (esp. since I was not prepared for the crap I'd get for riding a Sportster instead of BT, but I don't care).

trash4spams
18th September 2007, 18:19
I ride a 1200 R 2006 with Andrews N4,Mukini HSR 42 and a daytona Ignition

mnkybrz
19th September 2007, 06:29
'04 883 Custom, turnout pipes, S.E. air cleaner, re-jetted.

Roadster_Rider
19th September 2007, 06:46
Factory 1200 here :D

6o66er
24th September 2007, 12:27
1998 XL1200C. Garage-built bobber. I dunno what brand most of my parts are because I usually get em off craigslist or the junkyard....lol.

It's fast and it looks good, that's all I care about.

gomorley
24th September 2007, 13:39
1998 XL1200C. Garage-built bobber. I dunno what brand most of my parts are because I usually get em off craigslist or the junkyard....lol.

It's fast and it looks good, that's all I care about.

We need photos.

6o66er
24th September 2007, 14:14
They're in my new to the forum post here (http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?threadid=85227) :D

pmorales
25th September 2007, 18:25
'91, 883 deluxe, bought with 6K miles a few months ago. Slash cut pipes (cycle shack, I think), SE air filter, forward controls, corbin seat.
Monday and Tuesday of last week, rode 600 miles from Houston to San Antonio and through Texas Hill Country (with silly smile on my face all the way). A buddy was riding a beautiful '06 1200c. Hauling ass on I-10 in early morning, my speedo read 95 and change, his read 100+. 21" skinny tire made him nervous and he chickened out. Needless to say, I'm happy as can be, but will consider conversion once I hit 15K miles. Want to go cheap and reliable but strong enough to put the spank on him (marginally is enough) from stoplight.

mold99
28th September 2007, 00:29
99 1200S bought with 6k miles, stock except for straight shots, in the process of restoring my 1970 xr750/1000, and will ride it again within 2 years.

Mojack
28th September 2007, 01:28
883 converted to 1200. Looks like the previous owner went with bored out cyl. and probably still 883 heads. I've left the motor alone for now.

Rock Bottom
29th September 2007, 03:41
2005 XL883C Stage 1, got it off ebay last year with 4000 mi. on the clock.
Looks stock in the motor dept. Will be changing that in Jan.

lincoln1975
2nd October 2007, 05:06
check out my conversion job

saeed883
2nd October 2007, 12:27
I ride a 2007 883. I will convert my bike after 2 years.

Gogsyboy
3rd October 2007, 04:14
I ride a 2003 1200c with a Wide Glide and Fatboy front end.

Donz5oh
3rd October 2007, 08:59
hurry up and get more posts, I wannna see some pics!!!

mray55
4th October 2007, 16:50
1200 low Stock. will post new pics next spring as it will change for next year.
http://img228.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscn1188ln4.jpg

bmoore07883l
5th October 2007, 05:55
I ride an 07 883L and it moves my 225lb butt arround plenty quick. I love the bike, no desire for a 1200 just yet, my 883 is running a consistant 66 mpg on the highway and only a little under that it town.

sprtrjl
5th October 2007, 06:45
I rides a 2004 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Deluxe! Iffin youse gots a beef wit dat, we's goin to da ally and fite! By Gawd!

Make shit up much?

hillers03
13th October 2007, 23:05
:yikes :gun With sponsors from nrhs you would think alot of you would have the convession.

Donz5oh
13th October 2007, 23:18
Where the hell are you people riding that you get 60+ MPG? I can only get about 42-45 with my 883R. And thats with premium. Tell me your secrets, I must know.;)

Gone
13th October 2007, 23:34
Where the hell are you people riding that you get 60+ MPG? I can only get about 42-45 with my 883R. And thats with premium. Tell me your secrets, I must know.;)

You should be getting mid 50's. Stop and go in town will sure drag that down. To be sure, a few people don't know how to figure mpg correctly either, so take some of what you read with a grain of salt.

Donz5oh
13th October 2007, 23:44
even the stealer said it was rated at 50, and I do weigh... less than the bike! I'm still cool with the MpG that I'm getting, only spending $6-$7 per week using premium. I am literally saving over a hundred dollars a month in gas riding this bike. Ya gotta luv that! Its almost paying for itself in the gas that I save.

Folkie
13th October 2007, 23:58
:yikes :gun With sponsors from nrhs you would think alot of you would have the convession.Why ?

tomheck2112
14th October 2007, 00:43
1991 1200 new to me and loving it!

kledhead
14th October 2007, 01:28
1250 mean green machine. Milled and ported heads, titanium valves, bored to 1250, s&s with port matched intake and a hypercharger, crane hi4 ignition, andrews n-8's, thunderheader, and every other thing known to man. 1200 conversion is not that expensive if you do the disassembly and reassembly. 100 for boring, couple of hundred for pistons and 60 for gaskets. Biggest h.p gain for the money.

He asked what you ride, not your life history!

Moved On / My Own Choice
14th October 2007, 03:41
Where the hell are you people riding that you get 60+ MPG? I can only get about 42-45 with my 883R. And thats with premium. Tell me your secrets, I must know.;)

I smell a fuel myth....

...first off, there's nothing particularly wrong with 42-45 on a late-model sporty.

A lot of it depends on fuel formulation.

IF your area/state requires oxygenated fuels for emissions purposes, you're going to get slightly lower MPG on them... as low as 40 mpg.

IF you don't have to suffer with reformulated fuels, you MAY see as HIGH as 50-55 mpg on the highway, with uhhh judicious wrist position.

Premium vs. regular under most conditions won't mean jack of a difference, though ironically premium, used in the wrong motor, CAN ACTUALLY HURT mileage...

Kev

rvguy
14th October 2007, 03:58
I get a hair under 47 mpg with the stage I and ride pretty hard. This isn't hwy miles. I can see an easy 50mpg if driving 55 - 60 mph on the hwy. I don't think I could drive that slow on the hwy. hehe

I was suprised at the even #'s 1200 vs. 883. Conversions tip it in the 1200's favor. I wonder at the 883 to 1200 conversion vs. upsizing to a BT. Kinda good to see so many sporty owners opting to stay sporty instead of going BT. I know and respect all the "reasons" to go BT. I'm gonna stay sporty. :tour

Moved On / My Own Choice
14th October 2007, 04:05
I get a hair under 47 mpg with the stage I and ride pretty hard. This isn't hwy miles. I can see an easy 50mpg if driving 55 - 60 mph on the hwy. I don't think I could drive that slow on the hwy. hehe



Well, first off, it's weird, you'd THINK that the EFI Sportys running so lean and all would produce better MPG.

But then you look at the EPA ratings, turns out they are rated less around town (as if they have better throttle repsonse and make more power around town) and rated MORE on the highway (as you'd expect, leaning out at constant throttle).

THINKG IS, we've been mostly seeing 40 mpg on Jenn's 07 1200L, when it seems to me we used to see 50 mph much more often on her 05 883L.

HOWEVER, I will note that when we strayed far enough from home on tha tEFI bike so that possibly we got non-reforumlated fuel, we saw better than 50 mpg... FOR THE FIRST TIME...

Kev

shotgun46
16th October 2007, 20:48
I had an 883/1200 or what ever and it was freeking fast I sold it cause it hurt me to ride it then I found out I have Arthtitus so then I got an 883 what a disapointment traded that for a 97 1200 C and I love it ! an 883 aint for me !

halcyonp33
16th October 2007, 21:39
1200 C here. Stage 1. MPG ok, but about 49 hwy / 40 city

Old_Goat57
20th October 2007, 20:33
It makes me laugh when people can't imagine my wife and I riding our 883 for more than around town short trips.

This year, for Street Vibrations, we rode to Reno (about 160 miles) with gear in the saddlebags, and a loaded sissy-bar bag on the back, enough stuff for 4 days, and cruising at 75 mph with all the other bikes was no problem. I'm sure we will be taking longer trips this year, as well.


The bike is much different now than when it was new, with the addition of saddlebags, better seat, bars, and most of all, the RK air shocks. All of this was done with our comfort in mind, and it all works well together

The engine is perfectly happy at 4,000 RPM, but I may install a different compensator sprocket to drop the RPMs to about 3200 at 70 MPH, but that's something I would do with a 1200 upgrade anyway.

I spoke to a fellow XL rider who owns a 1200 wo was amazed when I told him we rode our Sportster to Reno - his response was "Wow! I guess I can riide mine that far too..."

It's time to get rid of people's perceptions that Sportsters are good for "starter" bikes or bar-hoppers, but not much else.

Harley Davidson (corporate) is partly responsible for that perception, as I have shown my bike to many HD dealers who mistake it for a Dyna. They don't realize what can be done to a Sportster with stuff that is NOT in the HD catalog.

madmike75
20th October 2007, 21:47
punched to a 1200......87' custom

Geekster
20th October 2007, 22:14
1200 '08 Nightster it is... I used to ride a juiced-up 1986 883. Riding my wife's 883L isn't quite a thrill - there's too much punch lacking. So much, actually, that she finally decided to convert hers to 1200 this winter.

gymrat523
24th October 2007, 04:20
my 883 alwys gets 45 to 50 mpg, even on a 600 mile trip, interstate, still got 48, maybe the smaller engine works a little harder at 65 or 70, my buddie has a street bob and got the same exact mpg on the trip.

Gone
25th October 2007, 03:20
Any idea what the cost is to convert a 88C to a 1200? I already have bologna slip on mufflers with a high flow air filter and jetting. The HD dealer estimates $1200 and that seems like a bunch.

Glyder
25th October 2007, 05:17
Any idea what the cost is to convert a 88C to a 1200? I already have bologna slip on mufflers with a high flow air filter and jetting. The HD dealer estimates $1200 and that seems like a bunch.


Depends. Basic conversion with just a rebore,pistons, gaskets and some type of ignition ,since I see you have a carb,with you doing the labor aint much at all. Harleys kit is a complete 1200 top end kit...heads and all. You can get the HD kit from Zanottis for around $950 and you do the labor. You want bigger ya gotta go with an aftermarket such as NHRS and that starts getting expensive to do it right...heads and all.

Actualy if the dealer only charges you $1200 and thats installed thats a pretty good price. If its just for the kit you can do better on your parts.

oldtriumph
25th October 2007, 16:33
2007 883. I will probably convert to 1200 once it's out of warranty, but so far I'm impressed with it. Two up with luggage at motorway speeds hasn't been a problem - it pulls well and feels like it's got more left.

Leumas
25th October 2007, 17:51
J&p Cycles Silver cylinders with Wiseco 10.5:1 pistons, incl. rings and wrist pins etc Pt No 420-260. Black cyliner/piston kit 420-261 (same as 420-260)price $514.99.. all in, you do the labor. I used the silver ones and sprayed them black cos the black ones were out of stock in June 2007. COMES WITH GASKETS......

Use existing 883 Heads - for great low end torgue......

Andrews cams - around $330 PLUS CAM COVER GASKET. for a set depending on the grind You settle on. Get mild ish grind and they'll bolt in with no valve spring, lifter, rocker mods......I used N3 really pleased with THE results.....

Or just go 1200 conversion and DO OTHER MODS LATER...PHASE IT AND THE COSTS.

Regards :) Leumas

Mischka
31st October 2007, 20:43
I tested both the 883 and 1200. When I felt the strong acceleration of the 1200 I had to have it.

unfiguroutable
6th November 2007, 19:33
883L with SE stage I and drag pipes.

tlowing
13th November 2007, 22:09
89 XL1200 I just bought saturday.

Screwdriver
15th November 2007, 00:34
I just bought a new 07 883...picking it up in a couple hours.

drhooligan
16th November 2007, 14:01
Any idea what the cost is to convert a 88C to a 1200? I already have bologna slip on mufflers with a high flow air filter and jetting. The HD dealer estimates $1200 and that seems like a bunch.

I have the Screamin Eagle conversion package for sale in the classifieds. These are the 1200 jugs with 10:1 pistons for the 883 heads for $325. This is a good way to and will make the bike much more fun to ride. Check it out.

Sylvan
17th November 2007, 03:26
I thought 883's were girls bikes? That would be like going to the grocery store on your lawn mower. LOL

I couldnt imagine having to tolerate anything less than a 1200.

Folkie
17th November 2007, 03:50
http://www.harley-davidson-hangout.com/forum/images/smilies/zh_smilies/sign0023.gif

DudleyDoRight
17th November 2007, 03:59
http://www.bittermancircle.com/my%20images/BeatDeadHorse.gif

rev1970
18th November 2007, 17:53
started out as a 1200 but now its a 88" i could never own a 883 way to slow i rode my friends for like 20 min. wow is that thing slow but hi like's it but hi is like 5'6" i'm 6'1"

Folkie
19th November 2007, 00:25
What's his height got to do with it?

Ridin Harley
19th November 2007, 00:34
883. Runs great, I am happy with it and very thankful for it.

blacksmith
22nd November 2007, 18:44
I ride an 883 but I plan on converting it one day.

JayFL459
22nd November 2007, 18:51
883 Stock Buy, Wasn't enough for my 200 lbs. 1200 Big Bore Conversion Wiseco pistons, Hastings rings, 9.5:1 Compression, Screamin Eagle High Flow AC V&H Straight Shots ... Much better :)

flhtrick
23rd November 2007, 14:02
05' 883 for now . I had planned on converting it right away but the 883 is quicker than remember so it might stay an 883 for a while.
Rick

gymrat523
23rd November 2007, 18:53
I have rode both and the 883 is fine for me, is quicker and faster than I ride most of the time and I really don't have the self control for a real fast bike, as Kev says it's funner to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.
http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/813/medium/Jun27_0005.jpg

SCAGNETTI
25th November 2007, 19:33
You Can't Go Wrong With The 1200 As Factory Platform To Start With.

el jinete fantasma
28th November 2007, 17:52
So much for the claim that "so many" 883s are being converted to 1200 in that "controversy" thread.

LLOYD883
28th November 2007, 19:32
Right-on ludlow555, my thoughts exactly.

I love my 883 the way it is. :banana

chubster93
29th November 2007, 02:34
1993 883 Evo. S/E stage 1, S/E slip-ons, fat bob style tank, 2up saddle, windshield & Kuryakin forward controlls.

sportyJosh21
3rd December 2007, 17:51
05' 1200 custom

Landserpunk
4th December 2007, 21:38
'08 883. Why would you need more?
SE Air Filter
ECM Upgrade
SE Slip-ons
Power Comander

Pushes my #200's + excellent.

85 on interstates...cruising speed. Come on.
"Girl's bike", sounds more like someone is trying to make up for a lack of something to me....:rolleyes:

Landserpunk
4th December 2007, 21:44
*Not trying to start anything, but some people like theirs more, we like ours more. Dont say that we basically suck because we dont like the type of bike you like.

Folkie
4th December 2007, 23:30
Who're you talking to?

Landserpunk
4th December 2007, 23:33
I thought 883's were girls bikes? That would be like going to the grocery store on your lawn mower. LOL

I couldnt imagine having to tolerate anything less than a 1200.


This person.

Donz5oh
4th December 2007, 23:52
883s are just fine for me, for now. I am a firm believer in adding more power where possible.

That being said, my 883R will break the speed limit in record time, let me go more than fast enough to kill myself if I'm not careful, and always gets second glances and compliments from other bikers.

I will do the 1250 NHRS conversion when my warrenty runs out, but until then, I am more than happy with this bike.

Kit1
5th December 2007, 00:17
So much for the claim that "so many" 883s are being converted to 1200 in that "controversy" thread.

Oh that's right, I seem to recall most of them converting from 1200 to 883's NOT!!!!! Dobber.

Folkie
5th December 2007, 00:37
This person.Oh right. Well, in that case I agree with you!

BillSmith
6th December 2007, 18:30
2004 XL 883 to 1200 blacked fin jugs and pistons only included a set of V&H straightshots and SE a/c during the build

Kinda had to situation. Bought a used bike. Bad tranny shaft, bearing and bent exhaust bracket. Labor is unbelievable to replace, so... why not do all those upgrades I might have done over time and insure I won't have to go back in and replace motor parts. I'm 6+, 250 and this set-up hauls my arse plenty fast. Loud too. Break-in almost over.

redshiftsteve
10th December 2007, 00:58
was an 883 but now 1200 with the odd small bolt on

EGNBLU
10th December 2007, 03:18
Was an 06 883r, at 625 miles the motor was yanked out and taken to NRHS.
Now it is 1474cc. Still breaking it in but the fun factor has gone up unbelievably. Still looks pretty much stock. Next project is upgrading the suspension.

clarencebyrdxl
14th December 2007, 02:26
Both. 06 883L, 07 1200R

wagoneer12
14th December 2007, 02:28
35,000 miles on my 883. When its time for a top end I'll take it out to 1200 or more. The older I get the more my penis is shrinking anyway, so it will be time to compensate.

phantomryder
14th December 2007, 15:59
I purchased an XL 883 for my son, 2002 with only 2750 miles. At that price who wouldn't buy an 883. He has inquired about a 1200 conversion. I told him to wait till the engine needs the upgrade or just save the money and purchase a big twin. That way you can have 2 bikes.
http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/653/sportster_pics2_003-5x7.jpg

bryant
14th December 2007, 23:30
1200 here, wouldnt mind a tad bigger.

Mojave
15th December 2007, 16:04
883R conversion to 1200 - 10.5 to one, large valves flowed, etc. In hindsight I think just a straight 1200 9.5 to one leave the heads alone conversion would have been fine. The 883 was OK with just me but with two I couldn't pass at will. Now if I could just get 80 pounds off it.

druber13
22nd December 2007, 19:04
factory 1200R

druber13
22nd December 2007, 19:10
hey I got my 1200 for a steal, I would of bought a 883 for the same price!!! I like both models

inthewind
24th December 2007, 19:34
Went ahead and got a 1200 Low. :)

khaskins
28th December 2007, 23:56
883, very happy with it. Goes fast enough for me. I'd upgrade, but I don't want to cause problems... You know if it ain't broke don't f:censork with it. Runs great, gets good mileage, does not eat oil. Does not over heat. Just keeps on ticking.

hudb
4th January 2008, 23:51
1200 but have always wanted an 883r

DBaum
8th January 2008, 22:34
I have a 1200

Zeke13
10th January 2008, 18:02
got a 2008 1200R. + V&H Slipons. FulePak and SE Breather due soon.

beuz
10th January 2008, 18:05
Have two 883.

RAV
11th January 2008, 02:58
just got an 883

Folkie
11th January 2008, 08:15
just got an 883Just? Never say "just". That's like saying you've 'just' got a Sportster. :frownthre

57pan
12th January 2008, 00:24
I'm riding an 883 for now, plan someday to upgrade it to a 1200.

Folkie
12th January 2008, 00:33
I'm riding an 883 for now, plan someday to upgrade it to a 1200.Welcome to the Forum!

welshturk
12th January 2008, 00:56
'91 1200 Conversion, Crane "Street" cams, Manley Valves, Screamin' Eagle Ignition Module. Performance Pipes (not sure what exactly tho, just that their Genuine H-D. I'll post a pic sometime. Maybe someone will enlighten me).

jerryvig
12th January 2008, 01:28
Bought an 883 Custom in 04 and recently did the 1250 conversion. Have Vance and Hines straightshots, S&S air cleaner on a CV40 and upgraded ignition. Dynoed at 68 1/2 hp, 73 1/2 torque. Can't wait to do the heads and cams.

elteee69
14th January 2008, 06:10
I know im over three years late on this thread but cant we call IH's sumthin better than "other", like maybe the "original XL" or the "First Sporty" or "Grandfather of All Things not BT" ?
Got carried away there, sorry :smoke

redneck-rider
20th January 2008, 20:27
02 Sporty custom, sampson big cannons, big cams, port and polish head,bored to 1250,s&s super e carb, wide open k&n breather, forged pistons(for my NOS setup when i get :D)I want to go faster than my friends super charged sporty, he flys down the hiway and at 75mph he pulls the front wheel of the ground ,at 60 mph i can only break the back tire loose :frownthre, i wanna put a 150 or 160 for my rear he is running a 200 conversion,handles bad but he hooks up great

Gone
23rd January 2008, 04:39
1200 1996 custom-tearin' it down and choppin' the hell out of it this winter-can't wait for my first spring ride
Martin G

yonder
27th January 2008, 22:34
I don't have mine yet. I'm using my tax refund in March to put down on a new Harley. Considering both the XL883 standard and the XL1200N Nightster. I'm slightly leaning towards the 883 just because it is more of a blank slate, and will give me a lot more spare $$$ to upgrade. Also I keep reading the 883->1200 upgrade is going to be more satisfying to ride than a factory 1200, and the upgrade costs less than the difference between the factory bikes.

Landserpunk
28th January 2008, 21:50
I don't have mine yet. I'm using my tax refund in March to put down on a new Harley. Considering both the XL883 standard and the XL1200N Nightster. I'm slightly leaning towards the 883 just because it is more of a blank slate, and will give me a lot more spare $$$ to upgrade. Also I keep reading the 883->1200 upgrade is going to be more satisfying to ride than a factory 1200, and the upgrade costs less than the difference between the factory bikes.

Exactly what I am doing. I must say, making the bike "yours" is a lot more satisfying than buying it right off the floor. Taking me more time than I would like (lack of funds :doh), but will be more than worth it once I get it finished!

tomheck2112
28th January 2008, 22:46
1991 1200c

Folkie
28th January 2008, 22:58
Exactly what I am doing. I must say, making the bike "yours" is a lot more satisfying than buying it right off the floor. Taking me more time than I would like (lack of funds :doh), but will be more than worth it once I get it finished!I think someone should warn you: it's never finished! :)

Little_Dave
29th January 2008, 18:26
Mines a 2003 883 sporty, but I shall be getting it back in a couple of weeks as a trike, I shall see how it goes for a bit, and if it needs it, I'll upgrade it to a 1200 later.:banana

joecool
31st January 2008, 04:17
I like my 883 just fine. It will ride with a passenger just fine. It's got enough power for me and gets me to where I need to go with decent gas milage.

xl envy
1st February 2008, 09:49
1200 all the way

Aaron White
7th February 2008, 03:20
well mine is a 883 now but soon to be a 1200 after the custtom paint gets done

356 speedster
8th February 2008, 00:32
'03 883 Hugger for me. So far I am pleased with mine.

gypsysailor
12th February 2008, 04:00
07 1200C
V&H SSS
SE air
HD Remap
10" mini Apes

keelbolts
20th February 2008, 16:02
I went down the other day to look around the dealership. First time in a HD dealership in 30 years. Learned to ride on a K Model so I sat on a Sporty. Still fits. 883 runs about 7k delivered. That's pretty good. The upper end Sporties run as much as 12k. Not so good. Now I'm thinking I might have to get one in 883. Sporties ran 883 when they were among the fastest bikes on the road. Did they get flabby like me?

I have my BMW for long hauls, but I like the power delivery on a Harley. I hate to be the turd in the punchbowl, but if you're in such a hurry that an 883 Sporty is too slow, why ride a Harley? There are dozens of Jap bikes that will run circles around a Sporty with half the displacement. It seems to me, the reason to ride a Sporty is for the Sporty ride. If you're in a hurry get a 'Busa.

Little_Dave
21st February 2008, 10:53
Was quoted the other day, for the 1200 upgrade, 600, ( about $1200), thats stripped, Wiseco pistons, balanced etc. Compared with the H-D quote, it's about 2/3 of the price! :clapIt's a lot cheaper than buying a 1200 at the start!:tour

Shocker78
23rd February 2008, 01:31
factory 06 1200C

Likemlouder
23rd February 2008, 05:33
883 conversion i like the sportster either way never met a harley i didn"t like had a 250 sprint once oh well thats another story ride safe:banana

idigther
23rd February 2008, 06:04
Factory (for now) 1200R fulie. Oil cooler and other necessary items added incl the "idiot light" insert for the sissybar . Puts a brake and running light at the cager's eye level. Some Skull Collection items I have sitting in boxes go on next, derby cover, timing cover and more. Love this bike.

Krypto
23rd February 2008, 06:23
:chopStock 08 1200N w/ mini apes & forward controlls added. Some things yet to add & some to remove.:sporty:

Sojourner
23rd February 2008, 07:12
Im still loving my 883C. Of I have considered, and may at some point increase the displacement, but I still haven't felt compelled to do so. Went riding last weekend with the wife for a couple hundred miles which included some freeway riding. Never felt the bike was under powered for the conditions. Passed cars as needed and cruised 75-80 happily. The 883 is not a crotch rocket, but it is a lot of machine.

ksbackwoods
25th February 2008, 19:47
883 for now , will probably do the conversion when time and funds alow.

jimstogs
27th February 2008, 21:03
Mine is Still an 883C, I talked to Dan yesterday though, and the heads and Cylinders should be here soon!! Will be waiting for a couple days beyond for the Flywheel I purchased from HD I am sure.

Takingabreak
27th February 2008, 21:43
Mine is a factory 96CID.

Billsxl1200c
3rd March 2008, 21:59
Factory 1200 Custom.

XL<MARINE>883C
6th March 2008, 08:37
once i get my bike and get used to it im gonna turn it into a totally custom hot rod of a motorcycle. panties will drop.


*Global Instability equals job security*

06sportie
12th March 2008, 04:05
883 but man i want that extra horsepower

BlackHillsDrifter
16th March 2008, 00:02
07 1200 low. I love it!

donnieray
22nd March 2008, 19:27
I love my 1250 conversion, just getting it broke in.

tensejed
29th March 2008, 20:01
2000 883 custom. fresh air, drag pipes with punched out baffles.
fast enough for me
im older thou and dont want a bagger yet anyway

nightster_owner
30th March 2008, 06:01
1200 with light mods

Little_Dave
31st March 2008, 00:36
Mine is a factory 96CID.
Strangest looking sportster I've ever seen!:doh

H@mbone!
5th April 2008, 21:24
883 for now next winter going to have a big bore kit done.

Martinrobert
11th April 2008, 20:03
1200C -- mostly stock - Stage 1 aircleaner only and some chrome....Just bought new bags -- will post photos when they come in and are installed.....:D

unclesumo
14th April 2008, 19:13
The 883 is plenty for me. I've owned bigger and faster but overall the sporty works for me. Commuting, rallys, and weekend mountan riding it does it all willing with no complaints!!:tour

Little_Dave
15th April 2008, 02:31
I shall keep my trike at 883 for this summer to see how she goes and if I think she's underpowered, I'll get her opened up to 1200 this coming winter, I can get it all done for 600, which is pretty reasonable compared with the local Harly shop prices.

murphyslaw
17th April 2008, 08:20
factory 1200

dodge310
17th April 2008, 10:16
The 100th anniversary 883c for me. For now atleast. May take it to 1200 once I get other things straightened out on it. But for now its fine.

BluBoy
21st April 2008, 02:24
Brand new Pacific Blue 883. Sorry, no pics yet. :o
Been wantin' a Sportster since High School,....uh.....some 35 + yrs ago.
Told the wife I needed it for the commute to work, not a total lie. :)

honkytnkmn
23rd April 2008, 18:37
Brand new Pacific Blue 883. Sorry, no pics yet. :o
Been wantin' a Sportster since High School,....uh.....some 35 + yrs ago.
Told the wife I needed it for the commute to work, not a total lie. :)

:clap:clap I've been wanting a sportster since high school also! 20 years ago, finally got mine last spring!!

erikr le rouge
27th April 2008, 09:08
I ride a conversion.

Why ?

Firstly, the 8R was my first motorcycles, then I wouldn't have a bike whith too much horsepower

Secondly, the price, in 2003 in France, 8R cost 8470€, and 1200 sporty around 12000€, a conversion cost 1000€.... the choice was quickly made

jaskolka
28th April 2008, 13:28
The 1200 has so much power. Twist the throttle and HOLD ON tight!

I'm selling my baby. I just spent the morning yesterday with a can of chrome polish and some tears...lol.
The only reason she is saying bye bye is I "really really" want a new Miata.
If you are in the philly area and are interested then look it up:
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/mcy/655835319.html

As for polishing a bike, I do reccomend using a motorcycle jack. It makes it so much easier to clean the wheels and the lower part of the bike.

hrg
28th April 2008, 14:26
883 for 5 years, but few days ago i made a conversion, man, that's the difference:banana

HrlyRdr20
1st May 2008, 03:00
1200 custom...V&H slip ons....and 2 tires :D

KaotikEvo
10th May 2008, 18:04
All of the above, just one at a time :)

Little_Dave
12th May 2008, 01:04
I brought my trike back on Friday, ashort journey of about 65 miles. I think the gearing is a wee bit higher than the original 883, as I found it slower when overtaking, so there maybe an excuse this winter to go to a 1200 conversion. I shall wait and see over the next few months. She drives great though!:clap

Folkie
12th May 2008, 01:15
I found it slower when overtakingMaybe because it's heavier?

Bill2
13th May 2008, 18:30
I brought my trike back on Friday, ashort journey of about 65 miles. I think the gearing is a wee bit higher than the original 883, as I found it slower when overtaking, so there maybe an excuse this winter to go to a 1200 conversion. I shall wait and see over the next few months. She drives great though!:clap

How about some pics of your trike?