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Yes, another Harley question/thread. But in this one I'm really looking for an answer.

I mentioned in another post that I'm contemplating spending the winter doing one of those Ryca kit conversions on either a Suzi Savage or an HD Sportster. It'll be a fun way to get to a second bike. For a handful of reasons, I'm thinking the Sportster may be the better way to go. I'll try and find a cheap, well kept one from the past 25 years.

So my questions....are there bad years for Sportsters? Anything to keep in mind when I get around to shopping?
 

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Yes, another Harley question/thread. But in this one I'm really looking for an answer.

I mentioned in another post that I'm contemplating spending the winter doing one of those Ryca kit conversions on either a Suzi Savage or an HD Sportster. It'll be a fun way to get to a second bike. For a handful of reasons, I'm thinking the Sportster may be the better way to go. I'll try and find a cheap, well kept one from the past 25 years.

So my questions....are there bad years for Sportsters? Anything to keep in mind when I get around to shopping?
AMF era, stay away
 

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I figure I'm looking from 1990 on. I think that rules out AMF.

For the kit to work, I can't get any of the "custom" series. I've seen a bunch of 883s that look pretty good for around $3K. With cash in hand, I can probably get one for less.
 

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I think the savage would be more fun to drive. lightweight and fast. cheaper too. can buy a good bike for $1000.00
 
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Yes, another Harley question/thread. But in this one I'm really looking for an answer.



I mentioned in another post that I'm contemplating spending the winter doing one of those Ryca kit conversions on either a Suzi Savage or an HD Sportster. It'll be a fun way to get to a second bike. For a handful of reasons, I'm thinking the Sportster may be the better way to go. I'll try and find a cheap, well kept one from the past 25 years.



So my questions....are there bad years for Sportsters? Anything to keep in mind when I get around to shopping?

Search in a broad range, with cash in hand, there are at least 50 on my local craigslist and im certain 4500 bucks woulD net you an unused 2010 plus. The bottom line get the cheapest, and tallest one, you can find. Its so easy to find a reasonable 2010 plus, I probably wouldnt consider an earlier one.


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Why? Nothing special about the 2010 or newer. They haven't changed much on the Sportster engine since 2004 when they rubber mounted them. A 2004 engine is the very same as a 2014 engine.

I agree, simply, newer is better. I can get a 2006 for about 3500 with very low mileage and if I wasn't 6'2" who knows.

Anyway bry, you can see it might be worth doing a search and ship. Send me home... i might even be willing to get some weird looks as I ride a sportster to NE.


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I see similar here. Good thing is I can afford to wait, and turn down folks who don't want to pay my price.

The 6'2" thing worries me a bit as well, since I'm the same. But I figure at the end, this isn't going to be my primary. Likely only going to get ridden on local jaunts.

Have to figure out garage tetris first. Or procure a shed or storage unit to do the work in. Just wondering what to look out for right now.

(By the way, the reason for Sporty over Savage is that the kit is cheaper on a Sporty, though the Savage is certainly cheaper than the Sporty. The kit is also easier to install on the Sporty. A bit less involved. [I'm a novice at this, though willing to learn.] A Sporty has more power. And a Sporty might have higher resale later, should I go that way. And, dare I say it, I can also then say that I've owned an H-D!)
 

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I see similar here. Good thing is I can afford to wait, and turn down folks who don't want to pay my price.

The 6'2" thing worries me a bit as well, since I'm the same. But I figure at the end, this isn't going to be my primary. Likely only going to get ridden on local jaunts.

Have to figure out garage tetris first. Or procure a shed or storage unit to do the work in. Just wondering what to look out for right now.

BeLieve it or not, we are about the same size now bry. I was gonna buy a thruxton last wEek but I just couldNt ride it. A ryca sporty cafe could be Done for less than 5000 bucks... The orthopedist would cost you plenty...


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I see similar here. Good thing is I can afford to wait, and turn down folks who don't want to pay my price.

The 6'2" thing worries me a bit as well, since I'm the same. But I figure at the end, this isn't going to be my primary. Likely only going to get ridden on local jaunts.

Have to figure out garage tetris first. Or procure a shed or storage unit to do the work in. Just wondering what to look out for right now.

(By the way, the reason for Sporty over Savage is that the kit is cheaper on a Sporty, though the Savage is certainly cheaper than the Sporty. The kit is also easier to install on the Sporty. A bit less involved. [I'm a novice at this, though willing to learn.] A Sporty has more power. And a Sporty might have higher resale later, should I go that way. And, dare I say it, I can also then say that I've owned an H-D!)

The savage kit is downright expensive and if it wasnt built for smaller people, the Sportster is my favorite Harley.


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Keep in mind you can get a real Triumph cafe racer for about 4400 bucks! No wrenches necessary.


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Good on you for dropping the pounds. I've dropped about 15 over the past few months, and it really does feel better.

Anyhoo, part of the fun is with the tinkering and wrenching, so I don't want to buy a second bike just to have a second bike.

My other option, much cheaper but maybe not as much fun, is a suspension upgrade on the GS. What do you have on yours? Mine are still stock. And they've got 37K on them.

Of course, I could do both...but I still have that garage problem.
 

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Yep Jay. That one has been circled on my list. Its been out there for a while. He reposts it on CL every week for the past month or so. There are a few others in that range on Albany CL too.
 

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The Sportster is a great engine. Why Harley doesn't put that engine in a frame that fits larger people ( average sized actually) makes me scratch my head. A Sportster is quicker than a big twin, and is a blast to ride, but they're so darn small.
 

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The Sportster is a great engine. Why Harley doesn't put that engine in a frame that fits larger people ( average sized actually) makes me scratch my head. A Sportster is quicker than a big twin, and is a blast to ride, but they're so darn small.

Ahem... Because they are more beholden to the shareholders than bikers... If a mid life crisiser could buy a nice sized Harley for 10k... Why would he spend 18k? And you wonder why I dont like it....


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