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Old 25-02-2008, 07:11 PM
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So,how come sportsters are considered to be "girls" bikes,the smallest at 883cc,is still a big engine,or at least it was when i started biking,the 1200 is bigger than the old v-rod,is that a "girls"bike too,didnt the shovel come in 1200 guise also ? and the 45 @ 750 ish ?
what's the score ?is it a "mines bigger than yours thing",surely any 1200cc bike would be more than adequate for any of britain's roads.

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Old 25-02-2008, 08:00 PM
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They are small in stature bikes.
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Sportsters are a nice bike. The 883 with a 1200 kit on it is a beast to be reckoned with. My brother in law had the conversion and he surprised quite a few power rangers

I think the girls bike thing comes from the physical side of the bike. it is smaller than the evo's or twincams
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Old 25-02-2008, 08:07 PM
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Quite a nice bike, smallest Harley, not particularly a ladies bike, just a nice bike that a lot of ladies ride...if they can afford one... John
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Old 25-02-2008, 10:28 PM
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I think people who dismiss the Sportster as a girls bike have no clue personally.

Personally I'd stick to the 1200 but they are a lot of fun, good handling, punchy engines and I think the Nightster looks the bollocks.

They are a bit small for me physically but then again I'm 6' 5". Perfectly OK for normal humans though!
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A greatly underestimated bike. I used to own an early Evo 1200 Sportster, four speed. Cost me a couple of hundred quid to upgrade the brakes and about sixty quid for Progressive fork springs. The rear shox were new. A bit of tweaking on the suspension and a good engine service. Altogether cost me less than 3 grand.

Bike went like the clappers, I made it handle and the upgraded brakes were bloody good. Never had a problem with it and I regret parting with it. If the budget allowed I would have another one today.

I find most people making silly comments about Sportsters either don't know what they are talking about, have never owned one or are just jealous. Nothing girlie about a Sportster.

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I used to have a sporty,got it cheap.
I found it could be made to hustle as what it lacked in top end it made up in light weight around the corners.
I know a mate on a GPZ1100 struggled coming back from Hartside.
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So,it seems like a "my bike's bigger than yours" or "mines more expensive than yours" thing.I've ridden Sportsters 883's/1200's and big twins ,and liked them both,the ONLY thing i cant get away with is the small tank,looks great but does'nt feel right to me when riding it,n,dont particularly like the look of the bigger,more practical tank.
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I think people who dismiss the Sportster as a girls bike have no clue personally.

Personally I'd stick to the 1200 but they are a lot of fun, good handling, punchy engines and I think the Nightster looks the bollocks.

They are a bit small for me physically but then again I'm 6' 5". Perfectly OK for normal humans though!
Quite agree with you Im 6 .1 but I have the 1200 custom with forwards which ia a lot more comfortable for the legs
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