Join Date: Dec 2012
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I bought my 2007 1200 Sporty new and now have about 45K on it. I will most likely keep the bike but I can honestly say, I don't think I will buy another Harley again. The bike looks good, has plenty of pep off the line compared to the bigger Hawgs in HD's lineup but drives like a truck. It's easy for me to move around because it is fairly lite for a HD but handling can be stiff until you get use to it and cornering can get interesting with the pipes so close to the ground making aggressive curves next to impossible. The OEM seat does bite the big one hence my custom seat. Small fuel tank has always been an issue when riding on long trips with other larger bikes. Short fork travel and rear end shock travel has made for some ouch moments when hitting unexpected bumps at speed. Riding positions is good for me but I did have forward controls put on out of the dealer new since my long legs don't like being cramped for long periods of time. My real issues with the bike has been maintenance. Technically, I would have called it a lemon bike since it spent allot of time in the shop for a multitude of electrical problems as well as rocker box leaks and clutch problems. Motorcycles are not qualified for the Lemon Law here in Florida so I was pretty much scewed and had to deal with the HD warranty. All was fixed under warranty but definatly not what I was expecting from a brand new bike. Now that all the bugs are worked out and the bike is paid for, I will most likely keep it and find me a sport bike to play with as a second ride.
The up side of the bike is it does well on long rides, (up to Ohio and back to Florida last summer), short fueling about every 100 miles. The big boys, (hawgs) won't lose you in the first mile and has the power to pass effortlessly.
For the price, knowing what I know now... I would have went with another brand cruiser instead of HD. Still mulling over which sport bike I want but really like the Monster when I tried it out. It just fit me like a glove.
My 2 cents