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Old 09-04-2012, 06:32 PM
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Default sportster 1200 v triumph speedmaster

Has anyone had dealings with both of the above bikes?
both in contention of been my next bike so would like a view from someone who has rode/had both.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:39 PM
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Can only tell ye about the speedie good bikes a bit under powered on the older models. The newer EFI can be re mapped and with a bit of fettling can be not too bad.

Not much in the way of after market stuff available in the UK. If yer after bling or performance mods the states are the best place. A lot of folk say to change the rear shocks and put progressive springs in the forks for better handling.

If ye can, change the coils Triumph coils are shite on the Speedies and Americas, go for Nology with wires.

Headlamp is also a bit hit and miss ye could be better with a candle ....
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:08 PM
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Its a sportster all the way for me but you the only one who can decide and if you doubt the Harley best to go with the Triumph. Harleys are a way of life for most owners rather than a performance, I love me Harleys but I wouldnt say any have great handling cornering and all that, but I love em/
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having previously test ridden both of these bikes in the past, this is my way of thinking.......Triumph...has brakes that well...brake!!!
Triumph...has suspension that well...suspends!!!
Triumph....nothing fell off during the test ride!!!
Triumph....It's British!!!
All of the above the Harley failed on in my opinion......Why you would buy a bike that needs it's suspension sorting so it works and brakes sorting so it brakes and 14 bottles of loctite so bits don't fall off every time you ride it....Well????

But this is just my own personal experience......

Currently saving my dosh for a Speed Master.......say no more.....

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Tried the Triumph and found it way underpowered, pretty gutless. Lights were shite. Not at all impressed with soggy suspension and felt like I was sat above the bike if that makes sense. Just couldn't get to grips with it. Just didn't feel like a big bike, sort of fragile and flimsy. Brakes would probably be improved with braided hoses.

Had several Sportsters and I have to tell you that I fucking love them. Only reason that I sold the last one is beause I made it look like a very small bike. (I am not exactly a midget).

DON'T let any of the know all know fuck all idiots put you off a Sportie. For a 1200 they are physically a small bike, but they will pull your arms off. When I sold my last one (Sportster Sport) it had scuff marks right off the edge of the tread. Twin disc front brakes and braided hoses, rear single disc with braided hose were very good even under hard late braking. Comfortable on long rides, very easy to chuck about in town. Tick along motorways at 75 - 80 all day. Ignore all the bollocks about it being a girls bike. Routine and regular maintenance keeps on top of anything that does vibrate. You make it yours and get to know it that way. I have never had a problem with a Sportie. Had 6 of them altogether.

You didn't say if you were looking at new bikes or used bikes. You can pick up a very tidy used Sportster for around 4000. Most of the add ons will already be there, just chuck the chrome shite in the bin or evilbay. Look after it and it will keep its value. No idea on the Triumph prices.

If you are looking at both as possible new bikes, then I would suggest that you get the longest possible test ride on both of them before you part with money.

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I had a 1200 Sportster - wish I still had it, nowt fell off it!
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having previously test ridden both of these bikes in the past, this is my way of thinking.......Triumph...has brakes that well...brake!!!
Triumph...has suspension that well...suspends!!!
Triumph....nothing fell off during the test ride!!!
Triumph....It's British!!!
All of the above the Harley failed on in my opinion......Why you would buy a bike that needs it's suspension sorting so it works and brakes sorting so it brakes and 14 bottles of loctite so bits don't fall off every time you ride it....Well????

But this is just my own personal experience......

Currently saving my dosh for a Speed Master.......say no more.....
Enjoy your triumph, you know little about Harleys, there are a few models that handle well & brake well out of the box.

One of my bikes is the model chopper mentioned xl1200s
fully adjustable suspension front and rear and twin plug heads uprated ignition etc all as stock. A better handling bike than any stock speedmaster imho, and it doesn't need 'loctite so bits don't fall off every time you ride it'.

I'm sure you'll enjoy either bike choprocker, if you were closer I'd offer a test ride on mine.
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i went for the 1200 sportster xlr
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just seen this thread.
Harley lasted 2 months, could not get on with it, more the engine otherwise was a good bike apart from the suspension, that was shite.
sold it and bought a triumph Bonneville, since then had a thruxton and now back to a newer Bonneville, I love em.
when I jumped on the Bonneville it really showed how heavy and how bad the brake were on the Harley but you get use to that and ride accordingly.
Am now looking for a speedmaster to go with the Bonneville.
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just seen this thread.
Harley lasted 2 months, could not get on with it, more the engine otherwise was a good bike apart from the suspension, that was shite.
sold it and bought a triumph Bonneville, since then had a thruxton and now back to a newer Bonneville, I love em.
when I jumped on the Bonneville it really showed how heavy and how bad the brake were on the Harley but you get use to that and ride accordingly.
Am now looking for a speedmaster to go with the Bonneville.
Should have listened to me in the first place.......never fails.....knew ye would make the right decision in the end
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