Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Blue Springs, MO
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I used to own a Nightster and have been around Sportsters quite a bit. In fact the first bike I rode was a Sportster.
They are the only Harley I like. They are heavy and slow. They look awesome.
That said, The Iron 883 has a nice price, but you will want the 1200 eventually. It's not too expensive to convert (NRHS has nice kits) but makes a HUGE difference in the way it feel, mostly in the bottom end. The 1200 always some punch where the 883 seems a bit anemic in comparison.
It's NOT at all like a Street Triple, but I'm sure you know that. Turning is slow and imprecise, acceleration is exciting but not actually fast. It shakes like crazy. Despite all of this, they are still pretty charming. It's a great bike for just tooling around on and roasting back tires.