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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Oh man there is nothing not to like. The engine, exhaust system is stock and it is BLUE!!!

BTW, the seller practically made me ride it.

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The Honda has its battery in a similar location to that of our bike. Be sure to inspect the frame in the area underneath the battery for acid damage. If the Honda checks out ok there and per the rest of your inspection, then it's basically a "no-brainer"....get the Honda.

The Honda Shadows are some of the most reliable motorcycles ever made. You can spend more, but you really can't get more reliable. The 1100 Shadow was built for a really long time (much like our Vulcan) in part because Honda never was really able to upstage it with newer models. Also: the aftermarket world is pretty generous with this bike.

The Honda will be much cheaper in terms of maintenance and overall operating costs. Plus--it runs fine all day long on regular gas.

Yet another advantage with the Honda--it has very generous lean angles on both sides of the bike, something not easily found on most cruisers. If you enjoy riding really winding roads like "the Dragon"...then this is something to think about.

Assuming the Honda is in reasonably good shape, you won't be sorry if you pick the Honda.

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Thanx for the advice and support. I went with the honda. The man went down to 3500, as he had let the bike go down cause of the rain that softened the ground and gave way under the stand. The sheild got broken. The shield was not much count to me anyways. It was too small.
Anyways thanx.

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I looked at one. It is a 99 883 up graded to 1200cc conversion. Has 13,000 miles. The price is 3,450$.

And I looked at a 1100 honda an 02 8200 miles. Price on it is 3800. It felt a bit big, but it handles really good.

I am trying to get the rpms lower at highway speed. I think the sporty will be much the same as our vulcan. The honda will bring down the rpms but will not have the low end power that the sporty or the vulcan will have.

Any input.

And I am not tring to impress anyone but myself here.lol
Isn't 1200 cc a lot of engine for the 883 frame?
My feelings are that the Honda is newer, as designed, likely made better, and the Harley seems underpriced. I would ask why that is so.
But then, I am not really fair with Harleys.


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NR, I believe you did right, the Honda was newer & with 5k less miles, and then there was the jug & pistons switch on the Sportster to question......

Jim wrote-Isn't 1200 cc a lot of engine for the 883 frame?
They have the same frame, actually about the only difference other than price, is the 883cc & 1200cc and a bit of lower gearing for the 883s......
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Congratulations Niterider. I think you made the right choice. I haven't ridden a lot of different bikes but my curiosity is growing.

You're not leaving us now that you're riding another brand are you?

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Congrats on the new bike Niterider! Honda's are good bikes. I'm sure you'll be enjoying that one! Is it an Aero, Spirit or Sabre? (I think they made all three in 02???)
After looking it up, they did.
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Sabre:


Aero:

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Congrats on a new bike,you will enjoy the smoother ride and I personally really like Hondas,and you do have a bike the aftermarket still has a lot of support for.




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Congrats on the new bike Niterider! Honda's are good bikes. I'm sure you'll be enjoying that one! Is it an Aero, Spirit or Sabre? (I think they made all three in 02???)
After looking it up, they did.
Spirit:


Sabre:


Aero:
What I do know is that is has mags, and the big fender like in this picture. And two pipes.

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