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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-15-2011, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Not to PO anyone but-my bike report--(Kinda long)--

Ok, ok, I know it's not a hardly, cause y'all hate hardlys...lol...
I just wanted to comment on my experience with my bike, and my bike alone, and yeah I know its a girls bike, but I still like girls better than boys, even at my age. ...lol...
Anyway as most of you know I like the Kaw. bikes, I've had Kaw. KX dirt bikes & I've had 3 VN750s, an 03 & two 06s, the 03 was good but kept having an oil pressure problem, which I think may have been induced by me using the fram filters, (never again)... The one 06 I bought new was a great bike, but I totaled it due to a kickstand issue and the one 06 I bought used after, did not come up to par with the one I wrecked, so unable to get a new VN750 I traded it in on a new 09 XL1200 Custom Sportster, which I had the stage 1 done to new, "SE air breather & filter + SE exaust, re-cal. & set rev. limiter up from the stock 5700-5800 rpm limit" ( it won't show me the 9k I've seen on the Vulcan, but I've seen a tiny bit over 7k rpm on it) and also changed out the 21" spoked front wheel for a 19" cast, had a bit higher wider bars installed... Also have since added progressive fork springs, and a SuperBrace fork brace like I had on my 06 Vulcan, 1" longer RK air shocks, I have also went with a K&N quite larger air filter & opened up the SE exausts a bit to go with it... This could explain a bit about why I think my bike runs a lot better than what I have heard y'all talk about & how you beat the Sportys with the VN750s, I know my girl's bike will out run either VN750 I owned, thats all I can base it on, although my VNs would come out of the hole quite a bit better, or at least easier than my Sporty (higher low gear), neither would top the 118 mph I have seen on my Sporty, my best running VN750 was the 06 I bought new and called "Clyde", I did almost see 115 (between 110 & 115) mph out of it flat out, but I think my Sporty would have done a bit more than the 118 mph had I had a bit more room, plus the fact that the Sporty's speedo in almost spot on vs the Vulcan's being almost 10% fast...

BTW-I'm not posting this to PO anyone, hey you are my friends (or at least were...lol...) and you like the style of the VN750s as I did & do, but as they were discontinued in 06 they will be hard to come by and even may be hard to maintain in the future...
OK, now on to the handling part, maybe because of the suspension changes I made (don't know) but to me it handles better in the twisties than the Vulcans I had... I have not gone down on it as I did once in some W. Va. twisties on the Vulcan, and I've ridden it just as hard or really harder than the Vulcans...
I'm just thinking this is a better bike than y'all are giving it credit for, and not the high dollar bike either... If I remember correctly my 06 VN750 had a MSRP of $6,300 and the 450cc larger XL1200 Custom @ $9,999 is only +/- $2,700 more, not a big deal for 450cc extra, and don't forget there is the smaller 883cc versions @ a lot less $$$$, something like $7,999 msrp, and that is 2006 prices vs 2012 prices...
I now have a bit over 16k on the girl's bike and it has never been in a shop for any repair, or have I had to do any repair (knock wood), only the added stuff and regular maintaince (sp), only tires mounted at the local Kawasaki shop in Tullahoma, although I think the HD dealership (Bumpus) in Murfreesboro is a good dealership (but a bit higher) I've been friends with the Kaw. owner & mechanics for years...lol...
I know, I felt about the same as a lot of y'all do, but I feel this bike has proven me wrong, so far... The only down side so far has been, and is, the not so good, oil analysis lab reports I have taken, showing excessive copper, tin, & lead, indicating some excessive wear on some bronze parts, causing me to purchase the $$$ extended warranty...
Well, it does have some extra vibes that the VN750 didn't have, don't really like them...lol...
But all & all I think it is a very good replacement for the now discontinued VN750, just my take, others may be much different, and other bikes may be very different, who knows...???
Hey this is just me and only me & only my bike, don't take me wrong, I still like the VN750s, but can you tell I'm kinda liking my girls bike too...???...lol...
Just sayin, when you have to replace the VN750 don't overlook the Sportster, it's a very good replacement for that style bike....

And yes, I have my hard hat, bullet proof vest & flack jacket on...lol...

Well, here's hoping I haven't made anyone mad, and that we can still be good friends & fellow riders...
Any time you are in my area, or whatever and want to ride, lets ride...!!!
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-15-2011, 10:06 AM
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I'll have to admit hardleys have come a long way in recent years. I'm still not particularly impressed with them (especially the parts/aftermarket prices). Regardless, I love to ride, and will never fault a fellow rider for his choice of bike (unless it's a Suzuki ).

Coincidentally, pretty much everyone I know with a Sporty has more miles on 'em than the guys with 'true' hardleys.

If you're ashamed of your traitorous ways, you could always shave the tank badges and stick Vulcan ones on it
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Excellent review, OD. I think Harleys are good bikes but somewhat overpriced. What most turns me off about them is the attitudes of some, but certainly not all, of their riders. An attitude Harley cultivates through their sales program.

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Harley can't produce a bike here in the US as cheaply as they can overseas...so they are not "overpriced" , just more expensive.

Sportsters are nice simple bikes, one should not judge a bike by who makes it but by what it does or can do.... Just like people.

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Nothing wrong with your post. The main thing is that you have a bike you enjoy owning and riding. I like the 1200 Sportster but I ride two up a lot and the Sportster is too small for that ( as is the 750). When I get a different bike it won't be a Harley only because of price. I would rather put the $3000-$5000 difference on a comparable metric bike in my pocket. It wouldn't be because of a dislike for Harleys but because of economics. I wouldn't put down anyone's choice of ride.

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yea, I hate you now OD!!!! lol

I've never cared that you own a Harley, you are one cool guy no matter what you ride!

That might have to do with the fact that I don't care much about brands lol... like Knifemaker said, it's not about who makes it but of what it can do (or how well they make it).

It does seem like a nice bike to replace the VN700/VN750... However, I got my bike for $700... Can't beat that bang for the buck lol. Definitely not in the same shape though, but it's coming along

I got a long list of bikes I'd like to try out though, so maybe in the future I might even try a sportster.
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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-15-2011, 11:51 AM
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Well, here's hoping I haven't made anyone mad, and that we can still be good friends & fellow riders...
Any time you are in my area, or whatever and want to ride, lets ride...!!!
Have a good one...Old Dog...
Hey man, thanks for posting this. I gotta say that my impression of you from what I've read in your posts is that you're an over all "stand up " guy. Helpful, honest and objective, and I've read you can ride like the wind itself. That being said, it's great to hear your personal experience with the Sporty. I won't call it a girls bike because it's the 1200 and not that it matters to me, but people around here that I've heard say that, are usually talking about the 883.
I've always liked the Sportster model because of the fact that it is the "thin" style like the Vulcan, cookie cutter front wheel, thinner tank etc. with more upright stance for a cruiser. Reminds me of the older rebel cross country riders with the mile long sissy bar and no particular destination . And you can't beat the sound of that engine's fat lungs belchin' hydrocarbons out when you're wailing on it. I have thought about the fact that the VN750 is no more. It probably will be harder to maintain eventually as you've said and especially since on many websites already, they list the Vulcan 800, 1500and Classic, skipping over ours like it never existed.
Didn't mean to be so long, just wanted to thank you for the info. I for one like Harleys (but then again I lioke pretty much anything with two wheels) and I'm glad you've stayed a member here. Your Sporty is a really nice machine. I wish you many good, fun and safe days on it sir.
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If you're ashamed of your traitorous ways, you could always shave the tank badges and stick Vulcan ones on it
lol!

Hey man why you bashin' on the Suzi's? I had an old 1100 war pig that beat the pants off of anything I had before or since...of course, that's if you didn't mind all the smoke ha ha. Anyway, peace.
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Hey man why you bashin' on the Suzi's? I had an old 1100 war pig that beat the pants off of anything I had before or since...of course, that's if you didn't mind all the smoke ha ha. Anyway, peace.
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I just had the 'pleasure' of doing some carb work on my little bro's 800 Maurauder. It was a pain, and unnecessarily complex. Aside from that, my first bike was an 81 GS850. Great bike, but more temperamental than a woman....

In truth, never met a (running) bike I didn't like!
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I just had the 'pleasure' of doing some carb work on my little bro's 800 Maurauder. It was a pain, and unnecessarily complex. Aside from that, my first bike was an 81 GS850. Great bike, but more temperamental than a woman....

In truth, never met a (running) bike I didn't like!
Ha ha, I hear that...and about liking a running bike too.

Yeah carbs are not our friends on a lot of bikes. Didn't like them on the pig either. It was jetted and air box free when i got it so it was an absolute rocket but never, ever idled right. popping, spitting, embarassing lol. Loved it so much tho, and still miss it.

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Added stuff:
Customized hard bags w/ lights
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Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
Foot rests on engine guard
Tunes

Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
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