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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-10-2018, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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I just picked up a 2006 XL 883 Custom, completely original and unmolested, almost showroom condition with only 9,400 miles on it. It's the last year of the carbureted Sportsters, has the solid 16" rear rim, 21" spoked front and the 4.5 gallon tank. This is going to be an excellent naked tourer. The only thing I'm not so fond of is the HD security system with key fob.
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From the late fall of 2012 till the end of spring in 2013 when I took the MSF course and got my license, I had a promo photo of the 'new' 2012 HD Iron Sportster on my tablet and Ipod, as the desktop photo. It was what I was planning on getting once I got my license.

Did not work out that way, mostly because the local HD dealer would not let me take an 883 sportster for a test ride, in spite of my new MC license and MSF card in my wallet, and 33 sweaty hundred dollar bills in my pocket for a down payment.

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That and similar expriences of my own is why I vow to never step into a HD dealership again. The air there is foul and heavy with 'smug'. This purchase was a private sale... $3,300 cash and the seller was a pleasant guy to deal with.

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Wow, $3300. That's a good deal. 883s in that shape here would be around $5000. 1200, $7000. Road King - $12000 - 14000. Of course, that's Canadian dollars so I guess it works out about the same...lol.

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this is getting weird, because that same $3300 I had in my pocket at the HD dealership is what I paid for my 2005 VS650, from the original owner.
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Wow, $3300. That's a good deal. 883s in that shape here would be around $5000. 1200, $7000. Road King - $12000 - 14000. Of course, that's Canadian dollars so I guess it works out about the same...lol.
Yeah, 883s tend to go for less because of their "chick's bike" or "baby Harley" status which works great for people like me.
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For 3,300 I would have bought the bike too. However, late last fall, I bought a 1999 V-Star 650 Classic with 12,000 miles and loaded with leather bags and windshield for only 1400 dollars Canadian. That's about 400 dollars U.S.....lol.
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Wow, great buy. Keep us posted after you get some saddle time.

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Wow, great buy. Keep us posted after you get some saddle time.
Will do. I took her out yesterday for about 60 miles to run a few errands and I can say that she handles pretty well under water although she doesn't carburet well when temps are in the high 30s until she's thoroughly heated up.

I'm a little restless knowing that she's now under her cover completely filthy from yesterday's ride and the rain hasn't stopped so I can't give her a good cleaning.
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I took Gina out for a ride through twisty secondary roads this morning and she has serious potential. Her suspension is lacking and feels like she has a springer front and hard tail rear so I'll be putting some Progressive Suspension fork springs and shocks on her but otherwise her brakes and sufficient engine torque made for easy riding and maintaining corner speed through turns. A common complaint I hear/read about is that the brakes on a stock Sporty are pathetic but I like them. The front brake was easily a two-finger affair with good feedback and strong enough to make the front Dunlop D401 howl. Probably the best experiences of the morning were the second-takes I got from sport bike riders when a guy on a naked American 'cruiser' donning one-piece leathers and a day-glow yellow full-face helmet waved to them.

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