Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: I split my time between rural central Iowa and rural southwest Iowa
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The price on this bike is a little high for a 2007, but it has enough options on it to account for the higher than expected price. Out the door was still less than showroom price on my Street 750, which had been discounted about 20% from list. As the salesman said, if I bought all of those options he'd give me a free stripped down bike to put them on and still come out ahead on the deal.
At the start of my first test ride the extra shaking at idle had me alarmed, but it gets smoother as you ride.
The first Sportster I rode was a newer 1200 Custom. The ride was indeed better than the 2007 that I later purchased. In both cases the route went over some railroad tracks and a couple of bridges to see how the bikes handled bumps. The occasional kick in the seat to save $5k is worth it. The pre-load on the rear shocks should be checked and adjusted if necessary. It was previously owned by a couple that was doing some two up riding, so it should already be set up for my bulk. I'll check that at the dealership before loading the bike.
I kept going for sixth gear on the test rides, but then again, I keep looking for seventh on the Street. Obviously with fewer gears, more horsepower and more torque the shift points are going to have to change. The manual will supply some guidance. On test rides I pretty much guess the shift points by sound. Shifting whenever the engine got a little whiny seemed to work out to hitting top gear at 60-65 mph.
On the Street I was looking at adding highway pegs or forward controls, a Memphis Shades batwing fairing, and a Tuffside seat cover to make the bike more comfortable for the longer rides. All that adds up to a lot of money being spent on the little bike. This one comes with all of those comforts and achieves my goal of having a second bike. I think it is going to be a good decision in the long run. I'll keep you guys informed as I get some miles on the Sportster.