How Reliable Are Harley Sportsters?

Why are Harley Sportsters so cheap?

Because tons of people buy them because they’re HD’s entry level bike.

And then they drop them because their performance leaves a lot to be desired unless your 90lbs and/or a really relaxed rider.

So there’s a lot of used ones for sale.

A 1200 was actually one of the fastest accelerating bikes that HD offered..

How fast can a Harley Davidson 883 Sportster go?

100 mphHow fast will Iron 883 go? Sportster Iron 883 will easily go above 100 mph.

What is high mileage for a Harley?

For sports bikes, 25,000 miles can be a lot. Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are built to last much longer. If a bike has good maintenance records, no signs of damage and no oil leaks, even a bike with 40,000 to 50,000 miles can be expected to last a long time.

What is the best starter Harley Davidson?

The 5 Best Starter Cruisers Not as fast or affordable as modern as the Street 500 or Street 750 the Iron 883 is still our top choice when starting down the Harley path. Harley-Davidson’s Sportster range has been around for decades and remains near the top of the MoCo’s best-seller list.

How many miles can a Harley Sportster last?

RE: How many miles out of a Sportster If you service it like you should, you should easily get 100k out of the top end before it needs refreshing. The bottom end should last way past 100k. In all honestly, very few people ever put 100k miles on a Sportster before they move on to something else.

Is a Sportster 1200 A girl bike?

Among the Harley community, the Sportster is generally and derogatorily called a “girl’s bike” because it’s the smallest of the three Harley engine families: Sportster; “Big Twin” and V-Rod. And indeed, a lot of the women who buy Harleys do ride Sportsters. They will typically trade for bigger, better, faster.

Do bikers ride Sportsters?

But to get back to your original question is yes there are members of MC’s that ride sportsters. There are several XLF members that are MC members. So don’t listen to people that do not know what they are talking about. I’ve always had Sporties and I used to ride with club years ago.

Which is faster Sportster or Dyna?

I have a stroked and poked 103-inch dyna and my friend’s iron 883-turned-1200 sportster is significantly quicker and faster up to 80mph. The sportster is more nimble for around town riding too. … I’d say if you can, go with the Dyna.

What is the fastest stock Harley?

1 2001 V-Rod – 0-60 in 3.5 seconds This bike will hit 60 in only 3.5 seconds, making it the fastest production Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a force to be reckoned with.

Are Harley Sportsters good bikes?

As mentioned before, the Sportster really is a bike you can keep forever and upgrade and build as you go. That said, if you do sell it, it is also one of those bikes you can sell for at least the same amount you bought it for, unless you were dumb enough to buy new.

Do Harleys break down a lot?

Harleys break down for several reasons. A major reason is the predisposition of Harley owners to modify their motorcycles excessively. Often, people perform these modifications without expert guidance and cause problems for the bikes later on. There is also the failure of Harley owners to maintain their bikes properly.

What was the best Harley ever made?

Top 10 greatest Harley-Davidsons of all timeH-D 11F.1936 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead.1948 Harley-Davidson FL.1965 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide.1962 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster.Harley-Davidson XLCR.Harley-Davidson FXRT.1990 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.More items…•

How many miles will a Harley Davidson engine last?

A modern (post 1998) Harley-Davidson of any model that is well maintained should be expected to last 20+ years and 150,000+ miles.

What is the top speed of a Harley Davidson Sportster 1200?

118 mphTop Speed: 118 mph (Est.)

Is a Sportster a real Harley?

The Harley-Davidson Sportster is a line of motorcycles produced continuously since 1957 by Harley-Davidson. Sportster models are designated in Harley-Davidson’s product code by beginning with “XL”. In 1952, the predecessors to the Sportster, the Model K Sport and Sport Solo motorcycles, were introduced.

What is the best year Harley Sportster?

The Top 10 Harley Davidson Sportster Models of All-Time1969 Harley Sportster XLH. … 1971 Harley Sportster. … 1978 Harley Sportster. … 1980-1981 Harley Sportster. … 7. 1983 Harley Sportster XLX61. … 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster. … 2010 Harley CRD XR 1200. … 2014 Harley XL 883N IRON 883.More items…

What is the most reliable Harley engine?

’94-’03 Evo Sportsters, the most reliable bike H-D has ever made and probably ever will make. Evo Big Twin is a close second, but the unit construction of the Sportster avoids so many potential issues you face with a bike with separate engine, trans.

Which is better Sportster or Softail?

A Softail and Sportster will feel and ride completely different. The Softail will feel low, torquey and stable at speed on freeways and highways. The Sportster will feel taller, more topheavy and higher-revving at freeway speeds, with more vibration. The Sportster will corner considerably better in the twisties.

Why are Harley Davidsons so unreliable?

The reputation that Harleys are unreliable came from the AMF years. Even those bikes were not all bad as some people believe. AMF ramped up production faster than quality control could keep up. There was nothing wrong with most of the bikes AMF produced, but there was a high percentage of lemons.

Is Harley getting rid of the Sportster?

Although there’s been no official word from the mothership in the US, Harley-Davidson’s French importers have confirmed that the Sportster will be no more, as well as the 750 Street range (although purists won’t be shedding many tears for those bikes).

Why do Harley riders hate Sportsters?

The hate for this bike that comes from OUTSIDE the harley circles is that this bike always loses in a shootout against other bikes of similar cost and power (e.g. Bonneville). It really depends. The Sportster 1200 has the best power to weight ratio in the Harley line up.