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Offline BMWRider

Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« on: January 08, 2019, 08:01:50 am »
Please need some feedback regarding the harley 883 sportster, want to get one for posing around and yes going to the nail salon  :biggrin:.  But want to know how they are to live with, are they dead slow on the highways or are they not that bad.  Feedback on owning a harley, and if I should rather look around for the 1200 sportster. 
 

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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 08:08:58 am »
Self respect man, get some :imaposer:
There is a Jonway in the market........ :lol8:

Sorry, you have done this to yourself :spitcoffee:

More serious,  I think Whitedelight on the forum is your Harley man. Maybe ping him.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2019, 08:10:32 am by Eendstop »
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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2019, 08:11:37 am »
I know but also like wearing tight jeans every now and then  ;)
 

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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 08:12:24 am »
 :sip:  Uber will get you to the nail salon a lot faster.  :spitcoffee: :lamer:
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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2019, 08:12:46 am »
@GeVarlik had a 883 and a 48. He can maybe shed some light.

Best is to go to Harley and try to ride both and decide for yourself. But yes the 883 is low on power but more importantly suspension is very average.
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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 08:32:13 am »
My Brother has an 883.

For me it's fine.  I love cruisers in that you can ride around the blog doing 60km/h and it feels like something awesome. There is theatre to it.  On my KTM I need to go and do stupid shit or go on a 1500km trip to feel like I'm doing something ya know.

His has forward foot controls which get to be a bit of a pain at 130+ as the wind wants to force your feet off them.  He also has fairly low bars so the riding position isn't the best but those are all adjustable things.

I had it up to 140 in 4th the other day but it's definitely running out of puff there, you shift to 5th and it hasn't got much more to give.  Having said that, I don't imagine the 1200 would be THAT much better, they doth rev like diesel tractors :biggrin:
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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2019, 09:00:09 am »
As I recall, the XL1200S Sportster Sport model was the fastest of the H-D's.
It came with 10:1 compression and twin plugs per cylinder

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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2019, 09:06:01 am »
Koop een, hulle is awesome. En baie goed geprys 2de hands. Wie het suspension nodig op die teerpad, anyway?
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Offline Kortbroek

Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2019, 09:09:45 am »
Best is to go to Harley and try to ride both and decide for yourself. But yes the 883 is low on power but more importantly suspension is very average.

It's a harley. I didn't know they had suspension...  :pot:
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Offline Dwerg

Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2019, 09:12:28 am »
Best is to go to Harley and try to ride both and decide for yourself. But yes the 883 is low on power but more importantly suspension is very average.

It's a harley. I didn't know they had suspension...  :pot:

Yes well there's that....  :imaposer:

Get a hard tail it will handle better  :P
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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2019, 09:14:21 am »
Riding a Harley on a potholed or uneven surfaced road is hell.

If you have any back issues it is bound to be made worse by the riding position.
 

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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2019, 09:23:51 am »
Take an Indian Scout for a test drive after you've tried the Harley out, they look stunning & though I've not ridden one myself I have been told it is a joy to ride.
 

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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2019, 09:27:11 am »
They main thing is every now and then every 4 months we go on a 300-400 km trip clarens or dullstroom and was wondering if I will be able to cruise at 140km/h or will it feel like im killing the engine.
 

Offline merlin

Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2019, 09:32:02 am »
Friend of min bought the 2018 Sportster Forty-Eight 1200cc. His first bike and it took some convincing to get him to buy the 1200 iso the 883.
Even as a beginner he says he's glad he went for the bigger engine.
He loves the bike to bits.
 

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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2019, 09:42:57 am »
That suspension story is true haha.  Took my brother out for a ride on the cradle road and and some point we swapped bikes for a bit. 

The surface looked completely smooth but I was bouncing around like nobody's business hahah :imaposer:    All part of the vibe I guess.  :biggrin: :biggrin:


I've also heard good things about the Indian Scout, makes actual horsepower as well.

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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2019, 09:49:34 am »
I'm not a Harley fan but I would not mind a 883, its the only Harley that I like.
 

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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2019, 10:32:06 am »
Has anyone noticed that H-D's are photographed on the exhaust side ONLY... ?

OK... MOSTLY ?

Is this because the other side looks like shite...?

IMHO, the models with the separate gearbox (i.e. NOT the Sportster)
the transfer /gearbox / clutch / output drive looks like a large lump of lard stuck on to an otherwise svelte slim motorcyle.
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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2019, 10:48:28 am »
Last year I took a Sportster 1200 for a 40km test ride.

I am 1.93m, so I did find it a bit cramped.

The suspension is very hard, but the bike has lots of character :thumleft: I found it very nippy from low speeds and just like big Harleys 110 kph is the sweet spot.

As a shiny milk & bread runner it's a winner and it will be lot's of fun, but do yourself a favour and buy the 1200, there is a huge difference in power compared to the 883  :thumleft:
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Offline heinzz

Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2019, 10:55:06 am »
Either you like them or you don't. I don't have the Sportster but the Dyna which is pretty much the same except for a bigger engine and longer wheel base.
I come from off road bike riding and this was the first road bike I bought and for what reason I can not tell you. I bought it new 12 years ago and currently it has 30,000km on the clock and still serves a purpose even if it is to go for a 150km ride now and then with the wife. It is fun and like Roadhawk said I don,t need to go and do something stupid with the other bikes on gravel to have fun. My cruising speed is 140 and don't think I need to go faster.

Just remember to get a thick skin as you will need it.

Ooo and for the shopping, I use the GS more for that purpose as I can pack a case of beer.. and.. and
« Last Edit: January 08, 2019, 11:02:08 am by heinzz »
 

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Re: Please dont shoot, harley 883 sportster question
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2019, 11:12:13 am »
I've had both 883 & 1200 Sportsters.

Great little bikes for messing about on but the 883 is a bit low on power for highway speeds.
1-up it is happy at about 110 km/h.

I found them to be a bit cramped,  especially 2-up & have since moved to a Dyna & I'm now on my 2nd one of those. First had an 88 ci & I'm now on a 96 ci.
<edit> as previous posters have mentioned , the suspension is pretty crap but is easily (but not cheaply) fixed.

Ride both @ the dealership & see...

My 2c - If you absolutely must have a Sporty, try for a 1200.


« Last Edit: January 21, 2019, 01:59:04 pm by Wild Hearted Son »
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