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Old 12th March 2009
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Default 1200 Low...

What are you members opinions of the Sportster 1200 Low? I like the mid controls on this bike but am wondering what the overall ride on this sled is. Any opinions? A good friend has a chance to pick one up for $5000.00 with 8500 miles on her and I thought you people might have some good insight.
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Default 1200 Low

I'm 5'2 120lbs... I have an 2006 Sportster 1200 low and I think its just right for me. Its really made for a person with a shorter stature... I love it becuase its so light and easy to manuver and the seat is moved up more forward to the tank for us shorter people. Depending on how tall you are... You could add forward contols but if your over 5'8 this bike could be too small for you.

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i have an 1200 Low. It is the same chassis as any other sporty. I am around 5'9" and about 190 pounds. I put the shocks on the highest setting and put on adjustable highway pegs from Harley. I took my sundowner from the 05 and cut out the seat pan and it rides nice.

I like it. If the overall bike is a good buy, then shocks, seat, bars etc... can be changed to make it fit like a glove.
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Jenn (at 5' 4" 120-130 lbs) says it's great.

Me at 5' 11" 220 lbs) was a little cramped on the stock seat, and HATED the suspension.

But you can change the suspension.

If buying used, I would buy the 1200R for the suspension and dual discs, but the 1200L is a great bike and doesn't take too much to sort out the suspension if you're bigger.
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I have an 06 1200L that I bought new. 5' 6", 225 pounds. I have 43,000 miles on her so far and love it!
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I have a 06 low I bought new , I'm 6' 2" 220. I put on mustang solo seat and highway pegs and love it though I need better shocks
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I'm 5'9". I've got forward controls and a mustang seat. It seems to fit pretty well, although I wish I had different bars. The suspension doesn't bug me, but all I have to compare it with is the Electra Glide...

I'd buy another one.
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I have a 2008 XL1200L Annv. Edition and I'm 5'7" 190 lbs. It's my 3rd Sporty and I love the ride and the way it handles.
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The things I'd be concerned about with the L are the shorter travel in the shocks and (I assume) reduced lean angle. I have a C and the scraping in the corners really bugs me. Also when riding two up, even the C has a tendency to bottom out on the shocks (my wife and I combined only weigh about 225lbs). Unless your freind is 5'5" or less I'd just wait for a bike that is already set up exactly the way you want. As with just about anything else there a plenty of fish in the sea.
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5-8 and 180 lb here 06 not so lo, all sportys have poor suspension IMHO, i likes the looks, black + chrome, the chrome engine kit is $1000 plus install, shocks bolt on and longer superior cartridge forks fixed the front suspension, 6 puck hawghalters caliper, ferado pads and brake-tech floating rotor, it depends what YOU want, i like my bike only wish it were lighter
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