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Old 14th August 2011
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Was doing a search on the iron 883. And i found this. Are they really that bad? Whats top speed on an iron 883 before the wobble?

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Was doing a search on the iron 883. And i found this-http://forum.svrider.com/showthread.php?t=143555
Are they really that bad? Whats top speed on an iron 883 before the wobble?
That´s the opinion of one person used to sport bikes, sure he won´t like it if he expected something similar at what he is used to.

Better try it yourself and make your own opinion.

If you asked me, then I tell you the low suspenssion is hard but a lot of people seem to love the look of it.

Sure is underpowered, is a 500lb bike with like 40hp, thing is do you need more?
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easy enough to give it more hp, I have almost doubled my horse power @ 76hp. wobble is easy to fix as well, simple fork brace and new springs, do it fine.
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If the guy is used to riding an SV...then i am sure it was quite a different feeling for him.
I've never had a wobble on my 1200. It certainly doesn't have the precise, buttoned-down feel of a good sport bike...but going around corners like ape-shit, or smokin' 1/4 mile times isn't the reason to buy one of these things.

My .02 about the slammed suspension...
I have the custom. With progressive 412's it rides surprisingly well, but there is no way hell I'd go with any less travel. The "low" bikes look awesome, but the first thing I would do is jack the thing up to at least Custom specs ( preferably to R specs ) and get cool looks and a nice FUNCTIONAL machine.

Is the 883 underpowered? Compared to what...a GSXR1000RR? Yep...way underpowered...but then again, so is the 1200, and about 99.99% of the motorcycles out there. I stepped off a CBR1000RR, and when riding my 1200 in the manner which it was meant to be ridden, it rarely, if ever, feels underpowered in real world operation. I would imagine the 883 performs adequately in it's proper environment as well.

My first ride on the sporty was eye opening as well. It felt very....raw....rude...crude. These bikes are about the ride...not how you ride. About going out on a sunny day just to cruise around with no place to go, and in no hurry to get there. That sort of satisfaction doesn't take tons of power. If none of this sounds interesting, then i definitely suggest you try and get a ride on one before buying, because you may decide you want something else.
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I have an 883 iron I have ran it up 90 and never experienced a wobble it has all the power I need. They are great Bikes, I love'em, I don't knock other people for what they ride its a shame that a few people gave everyone else a bad rap, its a cruiser its not a touring bike its not a crotch rocket either, try if you like it great if not keep looking till you find the kind of bike you like, I had a 550cc Yamaha Seca it has way more power than it
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The speed limit most places is 60 mph. Most of these super duper sport bikes are ticket magnets. As for "wobble" I have no idea WTF he's talking about. Speed wobble has moreto do with rake and trail more than anything else. I'vehadmy 883 Custom conversion up to 100+ MPH with no problems. However the front end tendsto get very light at that speed.
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Never had a wobble on my 883 either (at speeds much higher than he mentions). Never thought the front end felt light either.
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I've had my iron running down the parkway at 75-80 mph and it felt smooth as silk. After a few mods to rider position the bike is very comfortable. Ride one and decide for yourself.
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My 883 is fast and has upgraded suspension. When I bought this Sportster I knew the suspension would need to be changed by the time I arrived home.
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lol,
Anyone stepping off a jap bike is going to feel a Harley very different.
This is why my 883R felt so blinding after my ironhead and Triumph T140.
I will say that the newer evo sportsters seem to lack a little in the build quality of chassis/suspension parts but they are easily upgraded.
Its a shame that these bikes are so strangled by emission controls when they leave the show room too.
Once again an easy fix.
The great thing about our bikes is that they are an open canvas when we buy them and we have loads of options to make our ride speciel.
Jap bike owners will never get that owner in put.
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