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Harley Davidson Sportster XL1200S

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I have loved Harleys ever since I was small. There was something about them, that look, that sound, THAT reputation. All bad-ass bikers ride Harleys, right? Well, erm, no actually. Now I'm a grown-up (sort of) and I find the reality is somewhat different to the dream. The majority of Harley ... Read review

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Community Level 5DarkDave


The ultimate riding experience Review with images

AdvantagesIt's a Harley, Looks, Sound, Riding Position

DisadvantagesIt's a Harley, Weight, Spares/Servicing costs

"...to the dream. The majority of Harley riders I know are very nice chaps, with not a hint of "bad-ass" about them. They simply appreciate their bikes, and enjoy riding, and, more often than not, customising them. I entered the fold late last year. I was, at the time, in hospital recovering from a broken back and smashed pelvis following a quite nasty bike accident. Whilst incarcerated, I had plenty of time to think about what I had done, and how ..." Read review

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

XL1200S - Great

AdvantagesBrand appeal, good suspension, low seat

DisadvantagesLow tank range, vibration, no fairing

"...started to sound like a Harley should, and brought out a grin when pulling away and opening it up to overtake, I actually began to will the traffic lights to turn red so as to be able to enjoy the sound of the engine. The 1200 is pretty much the same dimensions as the 883s, but with a substantial increase in available power and should be considered if trying out an 883, don't be overwhelmed with the thought of a 1200 engine, it's not big at all ..." Read review

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Community Level 1harleysporty


Owning a 1200XLH Sport

AdvantagesLess chance of speeding ticket or visit to a&e.

DisadvantagesClonky gearbox,?price and availability of parts

"...height a problem(highest in the Harley range)And it is unwieldy at low speeds and when manouvering. It is a Harley(the oldest model still made)and this gets a few glances from passersby if the sound does not.Big and shiny my Sporty looks good and sounds good!I am enjoying it a lot. ..." Read review

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Community Level 1venetiaarc...


The best Harley around

Advantagesstrong and smooth

Disadvantagesquite big and heavy- a high seat hight

"...the sun. I also reccomend harley tours around England. I you are used to a superbike it will take time to adapt to the gearshifter but that will not take very long. There is also quite good storage space and suspension. You can choose it in all different colour combunations and decoration including tassle , studs and diamantes, which I , beoing a female quite like! ..." Read review

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Community Level 1Jeffomatic


I have one.

AdvantagesSolid old-school design

Disadvantagesnot comfortable on long trips

"I bought a used 2000 XL1200S that was in very nice condition. I have ridden it about 2000 miles and love it. It's a good bike for short trips at any speed, but not for sustained freeway riding. Too much wind buffeting and vibration. Very powerful, lots of low-end torque! It's old-school design appeals to me and the bike looks very much like it has for 50 years, but mechanically, it has improved each year. The best improvement is belt drive to the ..." Read review

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Long Name Davidson Sportster XL1200S
Bike Type Custom; Cruiser
Type Motorbike
Manufacturer Harley Davidson
Displacement (ccm) 1199.61
Stroke 4
Engine Type V-twin


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