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Old 15-04-2012, 11:24 PM
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Whats a 883 HD like---seen one today and seemed about right size for me. ?
Not too much shiny stuff either.
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Old 16-04-2012, 07:58 AM
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In my limited experience of them, I find them quite gutless. I'd compare the one I had with say a Yam XS400. It'd be OK for local bombing about stuff but if possible I reckon you'd much be better off with a 1200 if poss.
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Old 16-04-2012, 09:59 AM
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Harleys of any sort are definitely an acquired taste. I hated my 883 when I picked it up, rode it home from London down the M4 in snow and sleet and all I noticed was how gutless, rough and uncomfortable it was. Tried it again a few days later when the sun had re-emerged and I absolutely loved it - with the conditions in its favour I just enjoyed grooving about at a speed the 'bike dictated, listening to the exhaust note and enjoying the whole "mechanicalness" of it.
Did thousands of miles on it and sold it for an FXR, since had another 883 and a 1200. The 1200 is by far a better 'bike all round. Smoother, more powerful, more willing to rev' (as it's not a long stroke motor) and the same weight etc. A 1200 upgrade is simple and cheap if you want to go that way.
Both handle and stop reasonably well, hold together, require minimal maintenance and are ridiculously cheap to own and maintain compared to sports 'bikes. Bugger all servicing, cheap brakes and tyres, and both will do between 50 and seventy to the gallon...
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Old 16-04-2012, 11:17 AM
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I have an 883 but upgraded it to 1200. for me that is the best combination you can have the gearing is far better than a standard 1200 and the torque is superb.

Not a big job if you can wield a spanner but once done and you have added a decent filter and pipes it makes sense to get it set up properly on a Dyno by someone who knows what they are doing.

Personally I love my sporty, I bought it well cheap from an ebay ad with the intention of tarting it up and making a few quid but a few weeks in I crashed it a couple of years ago after taking a pheasant in the face. The insurance wanted to write it off as a non-financially viable repair, withdrew the claim and rebuilt with parts I have sourced of ebay auctions. Once I had it all back together decided to keep it as a bar hopper.

Still tweaking it, every time I think I have it finished I look at it and think "mmm that might work"


And yes I know I am in the minority on here but I have it with plenty of chrome. The Primary cover took a real hit in the crash, was not holed but gouged. A set of chromed tin covers came up on ebay cheaper than I could source a replacement ali cover so decided to keep the chrome.
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Old 16-04-2012, 08:48 PM
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i just bought a tatty 883 at the weekend there, not ridden it yet so cant make any comments on that side but its a piece of piss to work on.
plan is to convert to a 1200 during the winter when im stripping it right down.
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i have just laid a deposit on a 1200 sportster.
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Old 18-04-2012, 01:41 PM
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i have just laid a deposit on a 1200 sportster.
Well I hope you wipe it off before anyone wants to ride it...
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Well I hope you wipe it off before anyone wants to ride it...
lol, yes very good
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I have only borrowed one for a day and I didnt get on with it. Purely the lack of get up and go and its physical size. I am 5'8' with long legs ... that flapped around in the breeze. Loved the 'Street Bob' though.
If you can afford it go for a bigger spec Harley. I would if I was allowed to have more toys.....
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Old 20-04-2012, 11:56 AM
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i just bought a tatty 883 at the weekend there, not ridden it yet so cant make any comments on that side but its a piece of piss to work on.
plan is to convert to a 1200 during the winter when im stripping it right down.
Ooo...any photos ? May I ask how much you paid .... and will you tell me ?
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Old 20-04-2012, 01:48 PM
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Huh! Thought this was a bikers site not a bloody Harley riders site...



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Thanks for replies--food for thought
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had 883's, good bike, but better when converted to 1200
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Ooo...any photos ? May I ask how much you paid .... and will you tell me ?
replied to this earlier but post has gone?
anyhoo, i paid 1750 for it, will post a pic on the pusbook page
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i had the 1200 sporty, put santee straight drag pipes and K&N fast flow airfilter on it, opened that lump up like you wouldn`t believe, pulled like a steamtrain, great bike, but just to small for me
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That's cos you're 9 feet tall, Phil.....
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