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HD won't acknowledge the problem with cam chain tensioner shoes wearing out, installing the gear to gear conversion kit only buys a little more time because the pinion gear bearing can't take the stress of a gear to gear set up, maybe if the takeover happens, maybe they will address the problem and build a high milage engine for the big bikes, if they put the sportster 1200 engine in the ultra glides i may have bought one, the 1200 was best engine HD ever produced...imo. it easily broke a hundred thousand miles and got over 50 mpg
 

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HD won't acknowledge the problem with cam chain tensioner shoes wearing out, installing the gear to gear conversion kit only buys a little more time because the pinion gear bearing can't take the stress of a gear to gear set up, maybe if the takeover happens, maybe they will address the problem and build a high milage engine for the big bikes, if they put the sportster 1200 engine in the ultra glides i may have bought one, the 1200 was best engine HD ever produced...imo. it easily broke a hundred thousand miles and got over 50 mpg
Yeah I hear that S&S build a big bike engine modeled after the sportster design. Just can't justify the price of 20 grand or more, and the engine could grenade at 25 to 30 thousand miles. OR really at anytime.
 

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Yeah I hear that S&S build a big bike engine modeled after the sportster design. Just can't justify the price of 20 grand or more, and the engine could grenade at 25 to 30 thousand miles. OR really at anytime.
i can't speak for an ss engine but the HD 1200 `really didn't have any mechanical problems to speak of and there were fast as hell too, if you get a chance to ride one you'll love it, there's no comparison to the 883 sportster or even 1000 cc model, i still have an old 1965 900 sportster that screams pretty good but still doesn't compare to the 1200. problem is i can't kick it anymore so it's been sitting for a very long time in my basement.
 

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i can't speak for an ss engine but the HD 1200 `really didn't have any mechanical problems to speak of and there were fast as hell too, if you get a chance to ride one you'll love it, there's no comparison to the 883 sportster or even 1000 cc model, i still have an old 1965 900 sportster that screams pretty good but still doesn't compare to the 1200. problem is i can't kick it anymore so it's been sitting for a very long time in my basement.
I rode a 1200 once, had alot of low end power. But felt really narrow, and wasn't as comfortable as I would have liked.
 

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i can't speak for an ss engine but the HD 1200 `really didn't have any mechanical problems to speak of and there were fast as hell too, if you get a chance to ride one you'll love it, there's no comparison to the 883 sportster or even 1000 cc model, i still have an old 1965 900 sportster that screams pretty good but still doesn't compare to the 1200. problem is i can't kick it anymore so it's been sitting for a very long time in my basement.
I rode a 1200 once, had alot of low end power. But felt really narrow, and wasn't as comfortable as I would have liked.
I rode a 1200 Sportster for about 45 min or so during my big trip a few weeks back. It was fun to ride, sure it was a bit faster than my Vstar1300, but not by much... When I think of "fast" I think my of FZ1, now that is a fast bike.
Also the ride was super rough, every little bump in the road was felt.
 

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I rode a 1200 Sportster for about 45 min or so during my big trip a few weeks back. It was fun to ride, sure it was a bit faster than my Vstar1300, but not by much... When I think of "fast" I think my of FZ1, now that is a fast bike.
Also the ride was super rough, every little bump in the road was felt.
I hear ya, I liked my Bolt. But you felt every little bump. She just wasn't made for the long run. Alot of folks travel for 100s of miles on them. Guess I like a sofa ride, instead of a lawn chair LOL!
 
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