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Harley Davidson, Sportster, xr1200x -

I've long been interested in the Shortlived Harley Davidson XR series. Very likely because there just wasn't many of them around, and then the whole concept was a big departure to what was considered a Harley. Admittedly initially it was with repulsion, which in time turned to curiosity, then fascination. For me, it was not 'love at first sight'. One guy described the overall aesthetic as a bike that 'looks ugly from all angles. I'd agree it's a bit of an oddball but absolutely not ugly from all angles. It also depends whether we're talking about the first or second...

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Harley Davidson, motorcycle reviews, Sportster, xl1200, xl883 -

Harley says that they’ve “really changed the Harley Davidson 883 inner workings.” – not just cosmetics. Is it just another marketing scheme? In a word, “no.” Before the launch, HD wanted to create a Sportster that you could buy to keep rather than using it as a stepping stone to the bigger Harleys. Our weekend aboard the XL 883 & XL 1200C certainly proved that point. The most significant difference on all 2004+ Sportster models is the new rubber mounted engine that required a complete reworking of the frame. These changes resulted in a stiffer chassis and smoothed out the...

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883, Harley Davidson, learner, Sportster, xl883 -

Discussing the pros and cons of buying a Harley 883 Sportster for a first bike.

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bmw, boxer, flat twin, Harley Davidson, R NINE T, Sportster, sportster roadster, vtwin, XL1200CX -

Some may argue that this is a bizarre comparison, but these machines are similar in as many ways as they differ. Both come from two of the most authentic brands steeped in legacy with both cracking the 100-year vintage with HD slightly edging BMW by a few years. Both bikes are air-cooled, twin-cylinder engines boasting approx. Each run 1200cc engines that have had plenty of years running their respective unit. RRP for these bikes is quite close. Here in Australia The top-spec BMW R Nine T is around $1000 more than the HD, while the ‘pure’ model can be had...

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Harley Davidson, Iron 883, motorbike review, Sportster -

This review is still relevant, while the Iron 883 came out in 2010 - the Sportster hasn't changed much since 2007. Significant changes were 2004: Rubber-mounted engine, 2007 all Sportster Harley models went to electronic fuel injection. Unless you like vibration or mucking about with carbies - you want both of these upgrades. The day had come where looking at the pictures of the Sportster Harley Iron 883 were traded for the real thing.  How did I come across the Iron 883? I have liked the Sportster for many years now, and not because it is the cheapest Harley -...

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Harley Davidson, motorcycle reviews, Sportster, xl1200, xl883 -

Harley says that they’ve “really changed the Harley Davidson 883 inner workings.” – not just cosmetics.  Is it just another marketing scheme? In a word, “no.” Before the launch, HD wanted to create a Sportster that you could buy to keep rather than using it as a stepping stone to the bigger Harleys. Our weekend aboard the XL 883 & XL 1200C certainly proved that point. The most significant difference on all 2004+ Sportster models is the new rubber mounted engine that required a complete reworking of the frame. These changes resulted in a stiffer chassis and smoothed out the...

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