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Default Took A 2002 Custom For A Ride Today

not having a great deal of experience riding many bikes i base my comparisons on what i have ridden. i took a friends 2002 1200 custom for a ride today and have to say it was considerably slower than mine. it had a stage one done...s&s a/c, jets, basani pipes. one thing different was the huge chopper kit done. i don't think that would slow the bike down to any great extent. i loved the way the bike looks. it is a chopper kit and the front end is way out. it has the peanut tank and a bob tail rear fender. really good looking bike. i'll have to take some pics and post them. i have to say though mine was a hell of alot faster despite the additional miles. and after riding against a softail the other nite and blowing the doors off him, i still have to say...the sportster is fast.........i know there is a weight difference but they also have bigger engines and fuel injection. the more i ride my bike the more i lke it.
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If you want power and agility in a HD stick with a Sporty. I have owned a Fatboy and ridden softails as well but for my style of riding the Sporty is the best in the HD range. (Vrod well they are border line jap bike in my opinion)

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not having a great deal of experience riding many bikes i base my comparisons on what i have ridden. i took a friends 2002 1200 custom for a ride today and have to say it was considerably slower than mine. it had a stage one done...s&s a/c, jets, basani pipes. one thing different was the huge chopper kit done. i don't think that would slow the bike down to any great extent. i loved the way the bike looks. it is a chopper kit and the front end is way out. it has the peanut tank and a bob tail rear fender. really good looking bike. i'll have to take some pics and post them. i have to say though mine was a hell of alot faster despite the additional miles. and after riding against a softail the other nite and blowing the doors off him, i still have to say...the sportster is fast.........i know there is a weight difference but they also have bigger engines and fuel injection. the more i ride my bike the more i lke it.
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You're probably experiencing the differences between exhausts. Those bassani's are usually straight pipes (with some curve) unless it's the 2-1 version. If you have modified slipon's then you'll not experience the torque dip in the lower RPMS..

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I would think a 2002 would be faster than an 04 because of the weight difference. I know there were some engine mods but isn't it like 40 lbs difference? I would think it would be at least a wash.
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No the pre 04's are much slower than the 04-later bikes. LOTS of engine changes in the 04 and later bikes. Totally different animal. My buddy has an 02 1200 custom. We ran em one time from a stop light. I was bone stock he had the stage one. I was giving up about 100lbs in weight (me 50, bike 50) and I still smoked him by about 1 bike length. And he even got the jump on me at the light. I wheeled a little going into second. It was a blast.
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No the pre 04's are much slower than the 04-later bikes. LOTS of engine changes in the 04 and later bikes. Totally different animal. My buddy has an 02 1200 custom. We ran em one time from a stop light. I was bone stock he had the stage one. I was giving up about 100lbs in weight (me 50, bike 50) and I still smoked him by about 1 bike length. And he even got the jump on me at the light. I wheeled a little going into second. It was a blast.
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guess I offended you.

sorry about that thin skin.

next time I'll be sure to drop everything, rent a drag strip, do unbiased individual testing on mulitple bikes and multiple runs and then post my scientific results. Or maybe I'll just post my experiences while you go have some more coffee.

Maybe its me that needs more coffee...too early for this crap...

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Its mainly the '04 and up 1200 heads, the best flowing hd has ever made. And thats where all the hp comes from.
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ok, now i understand.
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Here is the information from Motorcyclist magazine.

Available here..http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/pe...cedata/#harley

According to them

Sportster 1200 Roadster ('04)

HP TQ 1/4 mile
67.4 @ 6000 72.2 @ 3750 13.02 @ 100.03 mph

Sportster XL1200S Sport ('98)
HP TQ 1/4 mile
57.0 @ 5250 66.3 @ 3250 13.65 @ 96.1 mph


So there is a difference.... (I wish they were the same models)
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