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Old 6th November 2007
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I am fairly new here and do not have a ride at present ( former Honda rider ) but I really like the latest sportsters. My question is, why do so many riders I meet badmouth the sportster? They say I will grow out of it in a short period of time. Won't like it for long rides, especially if I have my gal on the back. My use of the bike would be for a 23 mile comute into work and some rides on the weekend. How do I defend the sportster?

Your thoughts guys and gals, I am in the Salt Lake City valley area and may wait to buy till next spring with winter coming on.
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Yeah, it's a "chick bike", "half a Harley", "starter model"....yada, yada,yada.

Twinkies are trucks, Sporty's are hot rods. Buy what makes you happy, personally, I'm happy with my Sporty!
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most of them are just jealous. I can't tell you the number of new BT's that start talking smack, then we line up and when I'm done smokin 'em they want to know what hopups I have done. I simply tell them thinner headgaskets for higher compression, 23t front 49t rear for sprockets, lowered 4" and that my sporty was designed as a "sport bike".
It usually makes even more mad to know my 4 speed smoked their 6 speed too.
After that they don't talk much crap! I kinda look forward to it now.
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Why defend it at all?

Getting defensive is exactly the reaction they want.

And if you have to defend it at all, don't do it with words. Do it with speed on a twisty road.
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Here's some reading for your pleasure.

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I am fairly new here and do not have a ride at present ( former Honda rider ) but I really like the latest sportsters. My question is, why do so many riders I meet badmouth the sportster? They say I will grow out of it in a short period of time. Won't like it for long rides, especially if I have my gal on the back. My use of the bike would be for a 23 mile comute into work and some rides on the weekend. How do I defend the sportster?

Your thoughts guys and gals, I am in the Salt Lake City valley area and may wait to buy till next spring with winter coming on.
Don't bother defending it. Just ride it! Most riders don't badmouth others' bikes. Do you really care about the opinions of those that do?
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The only people who are overly concerned about what other people ride are poseurs. Those dudes standing next to their Softails with fringe blowing in the breeze don't like it when someone chooses to ignore their perception of what is cool. They've never ridden a Sporty because they caved in to what others had told them was cool. They can't think for themselves and don't like it when they encounter someone who can.
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Get the bike that you feel most comfortable on. That's the most important thing. Remember that girls ride BTs, sportsbikes, trikes, quads and drive cars, trucks, so they could all be classed as "girls stuff" as well.
Don't go off what others say, go off what you think and enjoy it coz you will know that you made the right choice for you.
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The only people who are overly concerned about what other people ride are poseurs. Those dudes standing next to their Softails with fringe blowing in the breeze don't like it when someone chooses to ignore their perception of what is cool. They've never ridden a Sporty because they caved in to what others had told them was cool. They can't think for themselves and don't like it when they encounter someone who can.
couldnt of said it better myself.
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I'm lucky enough to own an UltraClassic and a Sportster and I love them both. One of my biker friends could not understand why I bough another Sportster when "I already had a real Harley." I asked him why he bought his Camero when he already had a Suburban. He just gave me his dumb look.

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