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Old 12th April 2012
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NOPE.... Go 1200... then go 1250...If your money comes like mine this should take you years. then you'll be ready for a BT(sofa on wheels)
I cant imagine wasting the money on a 1200 only to bump it to 1250. Does not compute.
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ive got the 900 cc iron head, its awesome , im in another world when im riding her , she could be any cc.
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I owned a ZZR1200 before my converted 1200. I rode a new 883 Low and it got around, but was no way comparable to that rocket. I kept looking for a pre-2004 883 to buy/convert, and found this converted '96. The point is this, a new 883 can be uninspiring depending on whatever you are used to. A 883 with the "taxes paid" will pick up close to 10 HP, over plain stock and have more low end torque. I wonder what you would pick up with some cams & head work.
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My 883 was fine until I carried a pax then I needed more power in the end I found I needed no pax and made it a solo

I payed the harley tax for about 50 Hp as a 883 and my BT buddies left me in the dust

with the Wiesco plan I'm getting closer to 70 Hp as a 1200cc

BUT! I found my pleasure in it as a solo, Now as a solo and 1200cc my big twin Buds can't lose me and in mountain rodes I leave them

I found the Sportster a poor choice to travel BUT I keep expermenting to find a way to travel
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So..... the big question ZAKK is what size and what have you done to that '72 Sportster you list in your profile???

The big question that others have stated also is..... what type of rider are you?? Easy going, then an 883 might be fine. If you like to play around every once and a while, then a 883 might not be best choice.

Me, I get the need to play every once and a while.

For reference, My last bike was a Suzuki LS650 (big single cylinder 650cc "thumper") (a.k.a. Savage or S40). With a freer breathing exhaust and rejetting to Un-EPA it, it could walk away from an 883 until about 50 to 60 mph, where the 883's could finally get their legs and catch up. My 1100 on the other hand has way more balls. If I control myself and ride easy I can get 40 mpg city and 50+ mpg highway, but........ if I want to play
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So..... the big question ZAKK is what size and what have you done to that '72 Sportster you list in your profile???

The big question that others have stated also is..... what type of rider are you?? Easy going, then an 883 might be fine. If you like to play around every once and a while, then a 883 might not be best choice.

Me, I get the need to play every once and a while.

For reference, My last bike was a Suzuki LS650 (big single cylinder 650cc "thumper") (a.k.a. Savage or S40). With a freer breathing exhaust and rejetting to Un-EPA it, it could walk away from an 883 until about 50 to 60 mph, where the 883's could finally get their legs and catch up. My 1100 on the other hand has way more balls. If I control myself and ride easy I can get 40 mpg city and 50+ mpg highway, but........ if I want to play
I still have the 72. Its been giving me some problem lately but theyre getting worked out. I think I'm gonna go with the 883 and if I feel the need for more Ill put the conversion kit on it, price wise that seems to make sense.
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I haven't pulled the trigger on jug augmentation....yet. Still sporting 883cc's since '07. I'll eventually do it.
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if you are working your way up the CC scale, then an 883 will do just fine (as the others have said) 883 is basically the same as the old 900's a small lightweight bike with tons of punch.

but if your coming down the CC scale, you'll never he happy with an 883 til ya pop on the big swing kits.

in the 60's all ya could get from harley was a 900 sporty, or a 1200 bigtwin. now ya got that same choice wit just the sportster. and the bigtwinkies just get the 88"er
harleys are NOT speed demons, not even the "sport" bike. there are 250cc bikes out there that will run circles around a stock twinkie

I, myself, would be happy with a good running 883. but when it started giving me trouble, I'd jump on the conversion in a heartbeat.... there is no replacement for displacement....
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i have a 2000 883, a 1999 1200 and a 76 FXE shovel
the 883 is the slowest of all my bikes,
it's the slowest off the line and through the entire range.
the 1200 it the fastest off the line and every where else.
my 1200 will lift the front wheel in 1st and 2nd
and it's bone stock, my 883 is stock and will lift in 1st if i rev and clutch it.
my shovel will lift pretty easy in 1st but it's not stock.
go for the 1200 they are way more power, and why buy a bike and have to do the 1200
kit right away get the 1200 and ride.
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if you are working your way up the CC scale, then an 883 will do just fine (as the others have said) 883 is basically the same as the old 900's a small lightweight bike with tons of punch.

but if your coming down the CC scale, you'll never he happy with an 883 til ya pop on the big swing kits.

in the 60's all ya could get from harley was a 900 sporty, or a 1200 bigtwin. now ya got that same choice wit just the sportster. and the bigtwinkies just get the 88"er
harleys are NOT speed demons, not even the "sport" bike. there are 250cc bikes out there that will run circles around a stock twinkie

I, myself, would be happy with a good running 883. but when it started giving me trouble, I'd jump on the conversion in a heartbeat.... there is no replacement for displacement....
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