as far as seat mine as stock, im sure you get aftermarket and be more comfortable. there were a couple reasons for getting rid of the harley.. one, my cousin got a vstar, i rode it and fell in love. my wife wouldnt ride the sportster with me, she rode with me on his and said i like this ill ride this one.. also my cousin and i were planning a trip to tx, and i DIDNT want/need to ride the sporty that far.. lol so now i have the vstar havent missed the sporty at all, my wife still wont ride with me.. and the vstar made it to tx and back without a single prob. during the yr i owned the sporty i rebuilt the starter, rebiuld the carb, replaced the belt, brakes, throttle cables.. and several other things.. ive had the yammy 4 months and have only replaced tires and changed the oil !! im yamaha for life at this point! much better bike.. i know the bigger harleys are nicer.. yada yada.. but an old harley guy told me once.. " ya know what the HD stands for?" no .. what? " hundred dollar,.. every time you turn arround youre spendin a hundred dollars".. there is alot of truth in the statment!Well as of Saturday I'll own one of each so I'll let you know how it goes. I've heard a lot about the hard seat on the Sportster. Was that the source of your discomfort, or was it something else? The V Stars have a much more relaxed riding position, but I'm sort of looking forward to being more upright. I find myself slouching a lot on my V Star and that isn't good for my back.
1200 sportster was my first as well...Mine was a 2006...Ya know, the ones with the "rubber mounted" engine that is supposed to stop vibration......yeah it didnt do too good of a job lol. After a good ride you could really feel it in your hands.how many of you have had a harley and and said to heck with it? i did .. had a sportster 1200 first bike for me i loved it but the vstar was so much more comfortable! traded even! thanks craigslist.. LOL
I love my 1300, and have ridden the Liner as well. My next bike is going to be a full bagger with tour pack, such as the Ultra Classic. I love the Yamaha Venture, but want bigger than a 1300cc engine. My dream bike would be a full dresser Liner. Why won't Yamaha build us one? Grrr...You have obviously not ridden a 'Liner.
I was typing a similar reply but the liner's capacity of the gas tank is at least a full gallon shy for serious interstate touring. On the liner the gas gage needle becomes the reason for stopping way before my arse complains about the stock seat.You can always build one roxtar,not even much difficulty and would still be cheaper than a HD probably.
My riding buddy's HD fully dressed Ultra classic gets worse gas mileage than I do on our trips by quite a bunch. I get 40mpg. His ride is fuel injected with about the same size tank capacity and he fills up quite a bit earlier that I need to out of necessity. He has no mods either. I find that odd to be honest, but he's used to it. It breaks up our trips every 100 miles or so.I was typing a similar reply but the liner's capacity of the gas tank is at least a full gallon shy for serious interstate touring. On the liner the gas gage needle becomes the reason for stopping way before my arse complains about the stock seat.