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Offering my opinion from a Harley's perspective. The Sportster is kinda small if you wish to give your girlfriend a ride from time to time. I am about 1.8m, 80kg, for you to estimate according to your own size. I don't think it will be a comfortable ride, especially when you or both of you have little bags to manage as well. It is often mentioned that 883 is under powered, better to get 1200. Personally have not tested the former before but its food for thought there.

 

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i've spoken to a 48 owner, the tank is small and mileage per tank is lesser than 200km? is it the same for the 883? how about the maintenance? does it cost a bomb? apart from the normal oil change and the regular stuff, what's unique to harley maintenance?

 

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The mileage is indeed low, my stupid low fuel light comes on at about 120km. Understand that there is probably another 3 litres to go, which totes up to at most another 50km, give or take a little.

 

I don't think it's much better or worse than the 883, lower engine capacity means more throttling to achieve the same performance. It eventually depends on your riding style. As for maintenance, my 2011 Nightster is only about 13,000km. Nothing major yet, can't advise you. Have done a few servicing at an independent shop, about $100 each time for 3 bottles of engine oil and 1 bottle of transmission. Note that if you return to HDS, there is an hourly service charge to pay for the time your bike spends there. I was told for minor servicing, they will charge you two hours @ $60 per hour. Honestly I think you can change your own oil at your carpark, its very easy. But oil disposal is a problem and I don't want to be an ass and pour them down the drain only to drink it back as Newater.

 

Nothing unique about maintenance so far but I have not bit major milestones. It's not a practical bike for me, so its used only on weekends. Personally, I think it sucks as a day to day bike. You gotta lug your bag on your back when you ride and the exhaust is darn hot when you are stationary. If you have a laptop to carry for work everyday, think it's gonna piss you off with a heavy haversack. Laptop, raincoat, your own stuff, water bottle = plenty of weight to carry around.

 

Anyway, just sharing my experience. I have another bike with side panniers which is so much more convenient and comfortable as a workhouse.

 

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The mileage is indeed low, my stupid low fuel light comes on at about 120km. Understand that there is probably another 3 litres to go, which totes up to at most another 50km, give or take a little.

 

I don't think it's much better or worse than the 883, lower engine capacity means more throttling to achieve the same performance. It eventually depends on your riding style. As for maintenance, my 2011 Nightster is only about 13,000km. Nothing major yet, can't advise you. Have done a few servicing at an independent shop, about $100 each time for 3 bottles of engine oil and 1 bottle of transmission. Note that if you return to HDS, there is an hourly service charge to pay for the time your bike spends there. I was told for minor servicing, they will charge you two hours @ $60 per hour. Honestly I think you can change your own oil at your carpark, its very easy. But oil disposal is a problem and I don't want to be an ass and pour them down the drain only to drink it back as Newater.

 

Nothing unique about maintenance so far but I have not bit major milestones. It's not a practical bike for me, so its used only on weekends. Personally, I think it sucks as a day to day bike. You gotta lug your bag on your back when you ride and the exhaust is darn hot when you are stationary. If you have a laptop to carry for work everyday, think it's gonna piss you off with a heavy haversack. Laptop, raincoat, your own stuff, water bottle = plenty of weight to carry around.

 

Anyway, just sharing my experience. I have another bike with side panniers which is so much more convenient and comfortable as a workhouse.

 

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Thank you! real help for me. Sad to know there's so much trade offs for living with such a beauty. Will reconsider.

 

I was thinking of getting small saddle bags for first aid, tools and rain coats but i live in a HDB and likely my stuff will be gone sooner or later if i were to get a sportster.

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Thank you! real help for me. Sad to know there's so much trade offs for living with such a beauty. Will reconsider.

 

I was thinking of getting small saddle bags for first aid, tools and rain coats but i live in a HDB and likely my stuff will be gone sooner or later if i were to get a sportster.

Can fit a box

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Thank you! real help for me. Sad to know there's so much trade offs for living with such a beauty. Will reconsider.

 

I was thinking of getting small saddle bags for first aid, tools and rain coats but i live in a HDB and likely my stuff will be gone sooner or later if i were to get a sportster.

Can fit hard lockable saddle bags. I am fitting mine soon... as soon as I get time to work on it. It's sitting on my floor for too long... m riding a 2000 Sportster sport.

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Can fit hard lockable saddle bags. I am fitting mine soon... as soon as I get time to work on it. It's sitting on my floor for too long... m riding a 2000 Sportster sport.

 

Bro, did you get them locally? Mind sharing a photo how they look like?

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Riding Harley is a lifestyle, but there are ppl that do daily ride.

 

for tempest, there is always an option to change it to a 3 gallon tank. 48 is a peanut tank, so only have 7 litre of fuel...I'm riding a 48, and I do have a trax box behind me. as well, I have the option to remove the box if I wanna the riders look. Just get the quick release bracket, and u can be on touring mode or riders mode...but if got passenger, then will be a bit challenging cos this bike is for rider and passenger not quite comfortable.

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Nice looking boxes, mind posting up a pic once you have installed them? Thanks for the info, will go find it now. :)

Haha.. got to find time.... had to relocate the signals first. Hopefully will get it done soon. Sportster is a fun bike to ride with lots of character. If you planning to tour with it.... I wouldn't advise. Possible though. Mine vibrates at 100 so badly, the mirrors are useless... or maybe that's just me and my frame mounted engine.

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Hi guys, need some opinions here. Am thinking of relocating my rear signal lights further back but was told that for LED versions of the lights, there is no kit from HD itself that is able to do it. Has anyone done it before with a third party kit? I ride a 2011 Nightster. Please share your advice if you have had experience. Much appreciated

 

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Hi All,

 

I have a used Badlander seat that fits IRON 883. Going to let go at SGD$150 if anyone is interested. Self collection at SengKang .

 

Kindly sms me at 90223203 for fast deal.

 

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Hi, Sorry guys that i have to post here. I am letting go my Sportster XLH 883. Nice Original Turquoise Green. very good condition. Hardly ride. COE till 31 Dec 2017.

 

I cant seems to post my thread in Garage Sales. i have sent in request though but no reply yet.

 

anyone keen pls let me know. (Mobile: 96880689) Thank you.

 

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Hi, Sorry guys that i have to post here. I am letting go my Sportster XLH 883. Nice Original Turquoise Green. very good condition. Hardly ride. COE till 31 Dec 2017.

 

I cant seems to post my thread in Garage Sales. i have sent in request though but no reply yet.

 

anyone keen pls let me know. (Mobile: 96880689) Thank you.

 

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Price u lookin at??

 

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Hi guys,

 

I am just wondering what are the main differences btw a 95 XLH883 and a 2012, Iron883?

 

Besides the obvious like the carb vs. EFI.... are there are main body difference (frame? fork height? seat height?) etc..

 

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hi guys,

 

new rider here, anyone know if the 1200 conversion kit for a harley iron 883 is legal?

 

"Increasing the engine capacity such as enlarging the cylinder bore of the engine may lead to premature failure of the engine and other related components. Hence, this may also adversely affect the safety and exhaust emission characteristics of the vehicle and is therefore not allowed." -> under LTA "MODIFICATIONS NOT ALLOWED".

 

Reference:

https://www.onemotoring.com.sg/content/onemotoring/en/lta_information_guidelines/modifications_and_vehoffences/modification_guide/modification_not_allowed.html

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hi guys,

 

new rider here, anyone know if the 1200 conversion kit for a harley iron 883 is legal?

 

Legality aside, engine is the heart of any bike. If you are interested in 1200cc, go straight for that as it save you time and money (n Legality). Get a design n build direct from Harley Davidson factory.. Not from a workshop ( no offense to all my workshop). HD factory build and test those engines to get it right everyday. That's why I get a 1200cc and not a 883. I won't want my nightster to have a "heart " surgery. I have done much surgery on my commute bike engine - eg rebuilt etc.. I won't and want that for my Nightster.

 

 

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Hi Everyone!

 

Will be getting a 2013 XL1200CB Custom Limited soon. Am so excited to own my first Harley! Would like to do some light modifications as follows:

 

1) Solo Seat

2) Tank Lift

3) Relocate Ignition and Coil

4) Gas Cap

5) Air Cleaner

6) Sissy Bar

7) Points & Derby Covers

8) Footpegs & Grips

9) Saddlebags

10) Touring Windshield

 

Any idea where I can get these done for a reasonable price? I see all this and more on sites like Revzilla and JP Cycles, but would be great if a local workshop stocks these items... Anything I should note about ordering stuff online?

 

Besides Harley Davidson themselves, are any other shops to recommend for servicing/repairs/installation etc? Saddlebags for example are not a simple bolt on process, if I get them online, will need someone to install them for me. How are shops like Ace Customs, Vicious Cycles, and Custom Burner?

 

Also, what are the servicing intervals like and how much does it typically cost? Do you folk think it's better to go back to the Harley dealership for this? Many thanks in advance for any and all feedback or recommendations, and apologies for all the noob questions! Just too excited! :bouncefire:

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Anyone jus bought an after market exhaust recently? Jus wanna know whether it still can be registered by LTA. Planning to get Jekyll & Hyde.

 

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Who did u get it fm? Do u know what's the list of LTA approved pipes for the sportster? N does the approved pipes applicable for all sportster variants or specific to each model?

 

In terms of performance, say the 48, wat bikes is it comparable with? I've shortlisted the 48 as my next bike along with yamaha MT10, Honda CB1000, NC750 and BMW F800GS

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