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Old 19-01-2014, 10:22 AM
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Right im getting to the age where my taste in bikes is changing.
Spent many years only riding sports bikes then progressed to modified naked bikes.
Currently ride a tweaked 98 Hornet but im finding my self drawn to certain Harleys.
I particularly like the 883 iron can you learned gentleman let me know what you think?
Im really not into big assed chrome cruisers I like stumpy angry looking bike's
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Old 19-01-2014, 11:00 AM
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I have both the 1200 sportster, (07), & an 883(01).

The 1200 has a lot more punch, probably half as much again as the 883.

Both are good reliable engines, ( same bottom end ), & a conversion is easy, & costs about 700 tops.

I have chopped my little 883, & it is much lighter than stock, this has given it lots more 'zip'.

Stock bikes handle nicely, but for two up work the rear suspension will bottom out on bumps, Hagon shocks make a serious difference to this.

The 04 or 05 up bikes have a rubber mounted engine, this adds about 50lbs in weight, the earlier bikes are a bit more nimble, & have a gearbox that can be removed from under the chaincase.

If you get an earlier bike go for the five speed, the four speed was a bit more problematic.

My comments don't really cover the 'Iron', but a bit of background info none the less.

I'm enjoying my 883 chop so much that I am going to sell my '07 1200r.
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Old 19-01-2014, 11:43 AM
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Old 19-01-2014, 09:38 PM
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Hire one for a week. Then you will stick to your Hornet.
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Old 19-01-2014, 10:03 PM
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Old 20-01-2014, 08:00 AM
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Old 24-01-2014, 10:29 PM
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Go to lincoln hd , with your license and some utility bills .
Have a go on their demonstrators .
Look interested in buying one ask for another go and you might be able.
To blag one for a day or two.

It will be a completely different ride to your Hornet ,
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I'll be interested to find out what you end up with but as I've never really been into Harleys I haven't an opinion to offer.
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Like you my tastes changed. I got loads of good advice from the forum. I road tested/hired both the sportster 883 iron and the triumph bonneville in the end. Liked them both in different ways. The sportster was an acquired taste and whilst I liked the look, it didn't feel right, kinda rough compared to a jap bike. The triumph did everything well, but then so did my 95 NTV, which still have as it was still a great bike after all these years.
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Old 26-01-2014, 11:52 AM
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Go to lincoln hd , with your license and some utility bills .
Have a go on their demonstrators .
Look interested in buying one ask for another go and you might be able.
To blag one for a day or two.

It will be a completely different ride to your Hornet ,
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I popped in there last year and they where great and said I could try what I liked, just never got round to it.
Seems the Harley fleet is pretty massive and the modifications are endless.
Im going to wait till the the weather picks up then try a few.
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Old 26-01-2014, 03:30 PM
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If you get up there whilst the weather is shit you will probably
Be able to get out on whatever they've got for as long as you like ,
No cleaning neither !!
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Old 27-01-2014, 01:13 PM
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I got that Harley twinge last year and was looking at an 883 iron until me wife came into the shop and said I looked like 'a monkey on a mangle' on it. Also up close, there's a lot of unecessary plastic about them.

I ended up taking out the fat bob for an hour and loved it. Just not enough to get rid of me ZRX or Beezer to buy it.

One day though, cuz it ceratinly ticked a lot of boxes
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sportys are good but get a nice buell chop lot more go and it aint a fekkin stocker....grub from the ncc is a good bet for one of them

on sportys... 4 speeds come in two types, Friday afternoon/ Monday morning models, or, the rest....had a few of each.....gearbox history goes all the way back to the 50's kr's think theyre cracking bikes if you know what your doing, seen a few owned by mechanical criminals with no problems too
5 speeds.... hmm..... supposedly less problematical.... maybe if done righthad some that took abuse some that took fits......


or you could go all boring and get a new triumph, or get interesting like, and buy a real triumph from the early eighties and before( don't forget an aa membership)

you want cheap fast get a 4 speed 883 and wiseco 1200 it, it'll wheely like a bastard due to the hot cams until it pops

Harleys are agricultural over engineered slugs when new, fiddle with em yerself(or preferably buy a post fiddled one!) and enjoy, a new un can easily be a lesser bike than a previously enjoyed one(when done right)
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Old 29-01-2014, 09:51 PM
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or you could go all boring and get a new triumph, or get interesting like, and buy a real triumph from the early eighties and before( don't forget an aa membership)
It depends if you want British and dependable or nostalgia

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I have ridden several H-Ds akchewerly from sportsters to Road Kings. So ner ner ner ner nerrrrrrrr

I found the sportsters way too small for my 6 foot frame and the big twins were ok but they just didn't do anything for me. I tried my best to like them but I just cannot understand the hype and the BS surrounding them. I like my Triumph Tridents because they're the perfect size for me and I like the triple cylinder engine. I would love an old Bonnie but I do a lot of miles and one wouldn't be practical.
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I have ridden several H-Ds akchewerly from sportsters to Road Kings. So ner ner ner ner nerrrrrrrr

LOL...ok, mostly knocked by peeps that have never ridden one.

I agree with the feeling of the bull-shit that goes with so many twats that ride them, newbies mid life crisis that think they are bikers at the weekend.
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had a 1200r sportster lasted 2 month, traded it for a triumph Bonneville t100 which I should have bought in the first place, sportster was a nice bike and I cant complain about it but I just could not get on with the engine.
if you want a cruiser do try the triumph speedmaster and maybe even the new Bonneville etc.
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Old 30-01-2014, 01:39 PM
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never riden a Harley and i have only ridden a Triumph once and that was a hired Bonneville on Holiday once and that had the worse ground clearance of any bike ive ridden. Gave it back with slightly less pegs than it started with.
As i have got older things are starting to ache after one or two crashes over the years (used to race a bit) so now i fancy something a little less manic but still looks and sounds the bollocks.:rock
The only thing putting me off Harleys at the mo is the huge costs of extra's
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never riden a Harley and i have only ridden a Triumph once and that was a hired Bonneville on Holiday once and that had the worse ground clearance of any bike ive ridden. Gave it back with slightly less pegs than it started with.
As i have got older things are starting to ache after one or two crashes over the years (used to race a bit) so now i fancy something a little less manic but still looks and sounds the bollocks.:rock
The only thing putting me off Harleys at the mo is the huge costs of extra's
Keep it standard once you have done a stage one on the bike, no need for bling. Plenty of 2nd hand stuff on fleebay that has been taken off bikes.
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LOL...ok, mostly knocked by peeps that have never ridden one.

I agree with the feeling of the bull-shit that goes with so many twats that ride them, newbies mid life crisis that think they are bikers at the weekend.
And here's proof. Me in 98 in California on a hired Heritage Softtail. Now that thing did not have any ground clearance and would scrape the boards without even trying!

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Keep it standard once you have done a stage one on the bike, no need for bling. Plenty of 2nd hand stuff on fleebay that has been taken off bikes.
Dont do bling but like performance, power and reasonable handling. I know Harley's arnt designed to be flung around but being aboe to hold a libe in a corner would be nice
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never riden a Harley and i have only ridden a Triumph once and that was a hired Bonneville on Holiday once and that had the worse ground clearance of any bike ive ridden. Gave it back with slightly less pegs than it started with.
I'm not saying Harleys can't be made to crack on at a fair old pace but if you think the new Bonnies have no ground clearance, wait till you try a Harley (Buells may be different). I've had the boards / pegs down on every one I've ridden and I'm not a hyper fast rider.
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What I like about my roadking is it's slowed me down (a little) I now cruise at the speed limit ,with a nice rumble . I can ride to the bottom of France in 1 day in comfort or up to Skye it's done now 45 thousand miles and never missed a beat ,the engines just run in and get a comfortable 180 miles out of a tank , I ride it in ice , rain what ever shit gets thrown at em .we've done more holidays on that than we have in the car but also I'm lucky and have a fzr exup for when I want to try and loose my license ,but due to aches and pains can't do the distance .we got rid of a bmw gs for the hd and it's the best thing I've ever done
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never riden a Harley and i have only ridden a Triumph once and that was a hired Bonneville on Holiday once and that had the worse ground clearance of any bike ive ridden. Gave it back with slightly less pegs than it started with.
As i have got older things are starting to ache after one or two crashes over the years (used to race a bit) so now i fancy something a little less manic but still looks and sounds the bollocks.:rock
The only thing putting me off Harleys at the mo is the huge costs of extra's
don't think that's down to ground clearance more to position of foot pegs etc, thruxton are a bit more up and back, remember bonnies/thruxton exhaust don't go underneath too, much better clearance than most inline 4's
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I think if you ride a Hornet and you like it maybe you should stick with it, I've got three V-twins and a race tuned R1, they are nothing alike, If you like one you are unlikely to like the other.

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the Hornet is fun but i do prefer twins i have had 2 Aprillia Falco's and they where belting just feckin unreliable.
I think till i try one i guess i wont know either way but its always good to hear folks opinions etc.
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The only V twin I've ever rode was the 900 Monster Ducati. Brilliant bike, not ultra fast but turned heads wherever you went. Never ridden a Harley but followed one down to Faro and that boy could ride. I don't think it matters what bike you ride, if you are good you can make it do more than would be expected.
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