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Would you buy a 2012 Harley-Davison Sportsters 1200 Custom

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    Votes: 3 6.4%
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http://www.jamesrussellpublishing.biz/beforeyoubuyharley.html

Has anybody read this article? I have been interested in trying out a Harley-Davison Sportsters 1200, but after reading this I just felt it wasn’t even worth the risk. I have rode Honda’s and Kawasaki’s for most of my life. I love Honda’s reliability and I can’t get enough of Kawasaki’s well-made fast sports bikes. I had an itch to try the Sportsters because I liked the sound and style of the bike. I have never owned a Harley and can only remember them from the AMF days. Has anybody owned the most recent, rubber-engine-mounted fuel injected 1200 custom Sportsters? I would be real interested in your opinions on this bike. I am not into Harley bashing because I believe all bike have something good and bad to offer. I am more interested in whether this bike is a solid safe ride and if it has enough juice to get up and go. Also if you can explain what were the maintenance issues for a newer 1200 Sportsters Model?
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I like the look of the Harleys, but I doubt that I will ever buy one.
 

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If I was going to get one it would be the 1200 Sportster, but they must be gold plated because I can't seem to afford what people are asking for a used 1200.
 

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I voted no for a 2012, BUT, this spring I did buy a '98 1200 Sportster Custom. The guy was making a "bobber" out of it but hurt his back and couldn't finish it. $3000 for it, had less than 7000 miles on it.

I redid it and this is what it looks like now.


What a blast to ride.
I get alot of waves and thumbs up from bikers and cagers alike.

 

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Among the Pirate Crowd, it's the "Girlster". I think it has a pouch where you can place your manhood while you ride it.

Do they give you a good deal on a Toyota Yaris at time of purchase?
 

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All that info in the blog is already well known, he isn't posting anything new. I say go for it if you really want it. Regular servicing and inspection should keep your Harley in good order.
 

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A buddy has a '96 1200 Sportster. He'd never have a problem with it if he'd just stop crashing the **** thing. Never leaks any oil. Never has any electrical problems. Habdles great rides smooth.
 

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I voted no with an H. Having had Sportsters in the past they have always stranded me. I maintain my Motorcycles, I care for them, I check that they are road worthy and they still stranded me. Parts break for no apparent reason. (that was VERY frustrating) I will say one positive thing about them, I did not lose any money when I sold them.
There are a lot of used ones out there, stay used and you should get a great deal.
 

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Years ago, I took my father-in-laws Sportster to the harley dealer to get a new tire put on it. He didnt have the time to do it, so I offered. The ride was only about 20 mi. That was the worst ride I ever had, barring the incident of an Indian with no brakes, going down a hill filled with trees and an abrupt ditch at the bottom ( I am CERTAIN that would have been a youtube sensation if camera phones were around then). The vibration made my hands and feet completely numb by the time I pulled into the dealer lot. I could hardly walk it was so bad. I am certain they are better now, as riding his Electra-glide later proved to illustrate. but that ride ruined my taste for harleys. It did not matter what speed or rpm I ran. The vibration was constant, and horrible.
 

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Harley is a trend, love it or hate it. I wanted one so I bought one. I still have my Goldie (2000SE) and will not trade it in but keep it until I ride in to the final sunset. My "Harley" is not really a Harley at all and have 100% American made parts on it. It is a blast to ride, the chicks dig it, and it serves the purpose I wanted from it; fun, fun, fun. If you want one, get one ! If you then decide it is not for you, sell it ! Simple really.... Here is my "Harley";

 

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An ex co-worker bought two new in 09,(1200 Customs), one for himself and one for the wife. She rolled up twice the miles he did. They went on several 4-5 day trips and no problems. It just doesn't have the greatest comfort for all-day travel. They up-traded to a pair of Heritage somethings in 2011. No Harley bashing here, just not a lot of experience with the brand...
 

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I voted heck no. Sportsters shake like a dog pooping razor blades. I WOULD have a Ultra or Street Glide. 2008 or newer. I would get a Kawasaki vulcan long before a sportster.
 

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at 6'4" tall and a biscuit under 300 pounds, I don't think a sportster would work for me at all. LOL
 

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I had a rigid 1200 Sportie and enjoyed it for short hops. It had vibration but nothing that caused me any problems. I guess everyone has their own tolerance level.

The big problem was range. After riding for an hour and a half I was looking for a gas station. I tried a Goldwing and got hooked on actually going somewhere.
 

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Sportster? Hmmm..

Sounds like LUNCH!

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I have to admit I have a sneaky enjoyment of Sportster 883s. At least the stock ones because a Silverwing Scooter can out run them. Top speed 112mph and just a shade under 15 seconds in the quarter mile. A Sportster 883R has a 15.63 seconds and a 883 Standard comes in about the same as the Silverwing 14.7 seconds. I enjoy Sportsters because I've beat a couple at stoplight drags and passed on on the highway that was trying to keep me from doing it. Of course a HD 1200 or even a modified 883 would kick the butt of my SW but they should since the have a much larger engine anyway.
Gotta say though that Sportster in the top of the thread is a good looking bike. I never did like those big skinny front tires, the one in the picture looks like old school with nice fat tires on both ends.
 

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Voted Hell no
Why would anyone go from the "BEST" to below average
Like having a Rolls Royce then getting a Lada just because others think a Lada makes you cool....LOL
 
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