I ride a 2008 Xl 1200C and dont ever think i will regret having bought this bike as my first harley. Its brilliant, easy to style and if its more power you want , its easy to add on more. Just a few tips to nmake this bike even better.Obviously when bikes are made as stock we tend to find one or two things about them that we dont really like after a few rides. It is up to the individual to change what you dont like on your ride . Think of the relationship between you and your bike as one between lovers. you dont always get the perfect partner b...ut it is up to the two of you to compromise and learn to tolerate each other's likes and dislikes to make the relationship count. Her's a few tips which worked for me and might even work for you too. 1. change the stock shocks as the are not all that comfortable 2. Better breathability so change the air filter and you will definately notice the difference in throttle response 3. Aftermarket pipes definately make my day everytime i jump onto my bike and crank it. Even those who deslike noise can use quiter baffles and achieve awsome results nevertheless 4. power commander to manage your fuel system tops up the icing. Remember this is a Harley, America's icon motorcycle since years ago and it is made to keep that reputation for generations to come. If you do not have time to be passionate about what you own, you have very little to appreciate from it as evidenced by other people who just write negative things about these bikes all the time.Do not be dismayed by people who think that they know everything about bikes . No one knows everything but God!!!. FOOD FOR THOUGHT Sports feel and handling with better sitting position much more comfy compared to a sports bike! I wish it had the dash on the tank like the other model Harleys. Needs at least the fuel gauge that is visible.Standard shocks are not the most comfy!
Been riding for over 40 years. Purchased a 2004 883 custom XL and never had any problems with it. For one thing, leave it stock, don't screw with the carburator with those useless upgrades such as jet kits, drilling out the slide valve, adding open exhaust pipes or installing hotter ignition modules. This is a Harley, not a crotch rocket, if you need 0 to 60 in 4 seconds this isn't the bike for you. Yes its heavy, all steel frame construction, not like the aluminum lightweight Japanese bikes that can't handle long trips, and vibrate apart. ...The weight on the Harley's are needed for smoother long distance rides, so you don't get beat to death like on the rice burners. You also need to know a little bit about the mechanics of Harley's and keep up with the proper maintenance on it, this is critical. Its a well crafted machine that will serve you well as long as you take care of it, best of all its a Harley. Harley's were never built on the premise of a racing bike or souped up crotch rocket, and they're not for everyone, only a select few are true Hog riders and appreciate what they have. Fast accelleration, lots of power, great handling and stopping power. I like everything about it.
Great bike! You do get a bit of valve train noise but this is completly normal for these old school engines, a set of screamin eagle pipes & you cant hear it at all. Recommend the pipes as they change the bike completely.
Very easy to customise. Handles & stops well.
Hard to keep your feet on forward controls at high speed as your body is shaped like a big wind sock.
Never thought i'd love a Harley
After a bad accident on my FZR1000 in 2003 and only ever having Japanese bikes previously, It wasn’t until a good friend of mine made me get back on the horse so to speak did I ride again in 2008. The bike was his 2005 Harley Davidson FRSCA (V-Rod) and like myself up until that point he had been a crotch rocket fan. Thirty minutes later we were researching models I liked on HD’s site then once seeing the 1200 Nightster I had found my bike. Next day was a three hour drive to pick up my new bike and I haven’t looked back since. For the size of t...he bike it has more than enough power responding quickly to throttle command and stopping just as quick. Customizing the bike has been just as much fun as riding it with my new Screaming Eagle pipes, forward controls and Kuryakyn grips the first to be added. For a bike to transition from road to cruiser I would highly recommend the 1200n as mine takes pride of place in my garage still 4yrs later. Great fun bike, easy to ride with pletny of torque
The 2007 XL883R has been an awesome bike. I've been riding since the 70's and for around town and mountain riding this as been the best overall bike I have had. I comes at a reasonable price, handles great, accelerates fast and looks good.
Nice braking, good acceleration, great handling(fun around town) and versatile enough for dirt roads, rubber mounted engine has reduced all that vibration of past.
Rides a little hard on bumps.
Since having Cams done,Carby Mikuni 42,Ignition Module,V&H Short shots. Bike starts immediately! Full of Power! Customising can be done with different tank,Bars,Wide Glide Front,Struts instead of springs,240 Rear can be done. Its up to the individual to change what they do not like.
Can be upgraded to perform far Better at reasonable costs.
Original Seat..Could have longer Forwards..Get rid of that Cover at top of Front forks 883cc Custom XL 2005 model..Look of Front Cover is too boring
The "Harley-Davidson Sportster 883" is similar to most Harleys in that it is a great bike for the open road, but if you go near any pot holes, or if you try to take it on a gravel road, or even off-road it is completely pathetic. These bikes are not meant to be used on anything except on a clear smooth road. As with all bikes they are a lot of fun, but they are also very dangerous. You could be the best driver in the world, but if a Kangaroo comes along, or an idiot in another car, then you are a goner.
Its a Harley
The most dangerous bike I have ridden.Total garbage.Do not waste your money. Suspension is terrible. Not reliable. Uncomfortable,painfull seat.Dim lights.Turn signals hard to use.Vibration is bad. Horn is weak. Electrical problems.
Bad brakes, horrible handling,too heavy, way slow, severe wobbling. dangerous tires,hard starting, sputters and coughs,noisy top end, falls apart,leaks oil
Piece of Garbage
I have been riding bikes for 30 years and the last bike I owned was a HD Superglide. I wanted a smaller HD to use mainly around town. I bought a 2006 HD Sportster 883 Custom. What a shockingly bad bike. When you opened the throttle there was no way to know if the bike would accelerate, stall or cough and then go. On many occasions I pulled up to a set of lights to have them change. I would then open the throttle only to have the bike die at the lights. Morgan and Wacker told me that I would have to spen...d a heap of money on pipes and upgrades to get it to run. I told them any Jap bike runs perfectly as soon as it leaves the shop. I expect no less from a more expense bike. I sold the bike at a big loss and bought a BMW. Now that is a bike. If you want a Harley get a real one and not the Sportster. It should be called a S...ster. It looks good. It runs like s... The brakes barely work.
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Questions & Answers
I bought a new iron 1200 a few days ago and I just found that it’s full of slight scratches especially on the fuel tank.
Tank is full of circle scratches and it’s seems that somebody was cleaning the bike with wrong cleaning equipments..
I’m going to bring back the bike to dealer for sure..
Also I started to worry that my bike was not a brand new.
Is there any chance of that scenario?
Is there any way to confirm that my bike is actually brand new?
I will appreciate your help guys !
The only way to fudge the mileage on a newer Harley is to replace the speedo AND the ECU, which becomes expensive, as the vehicle mileage is recorded in the ECU. A new speedo will sync to the existing ECU and display the bike mileage straight away. Almost all paint has swirl marks, and if you use the bike it will pick up a few marks just through regular use, so unless they are actual scratches or chips I wouldn't stress too much.
How much does the 1600 ks service cost?
Hi Brett. Average cost of a H.D. service according to the blogs I read seems to be around $ 350. I could not specifically find a first service cost. Non H.D. dealers might be cheaper but probably best to keep it " in house " for the first few services. Hope this helps. Cheers, Michael.
I think I’m needing a clutch on my sportster xl1200c 2005 , I just bought bike and clutch lever has to be all the way in and if front brake is not applied and in gear bike creeps foward? I’ve replaced clutch cable and adjusted clutch several times it’s still the same? I was told by the original owner that bike has a Rivera primo pro performance clutch , any one know if I can reuse the basket over again and just replace the friction and steel plates, I don’t know what was replaced, I’m thinking and spending 600 bucks on the Barnet scorpion performance clutch assembly with new hub and pressure plate, any info would be great. thanks Paul k Longisland
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