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Hello Guys am new to this forum Call me Dave and am soon going to be a proud owner of an Harley the only problem is that i cant make up my mind on what to buy i've been waiting for a long time to test ride the new street 750 and also want to hear the engine sound but its not possible since they dont let test riding yet and i also like iron 883 so which do you think is better to buy ? Iron 883 or Street 750 ? Help me select plsss
 

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Hello Guys am new to this forum Call me Dave and am soon going to be a proud owner of an Harley the only problem is that i cant make up my mind on what to buy i've been waiting for a long time to test ride the new street 750 and also want to hear the engine sound but its not possible since they dont let test riding yet and i also like iron 883 so which do you think is better to buy ? Iron 883 or Street 750 ? Help me select plsss

@Dave013 welcome to street forum ,plz go through forum threads theres already a Camparo thread for it ,but to make it simple test ride both the bikes back to back and decide for yourself :)
If moolah/money isn't a problem go for Iron ,I also have the same confussion :p
If go through the threads u will find out Iron is better in all areas ,except cost and only thing left is to Camparo the performance ,which will hàppen come this April :)
All said & done buy what suits you once u test drive both bikes yourself...

Santosh
 

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there have been a few comparisons

the best thing to do is go and see both

though its going to be hard to find a 750 to see

but that is the best way to go about it.
 

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saw the bike and even booked it (in a hurry on the 1st day) but the only problem is that i cudnt test drive it or even switch on the bike just to hear the sound it's really bad from Harley to do like this how do you expect people to book it ? also the waiting period is very long since its a new one but i just closed my eyes and booked it in the hopes of it turning out to be good as the other harleys now am just thinking what if i go for the iron 883 !
just got another question regarding the iron 883:
1) is it possible to upgrade its tank to a bigger since it can only accomodate 12.5 litres ?
 

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saw the bike and even booked it (in a hurry on the 1st day) but the only problem is that i cudnt test drive it or even switch on the bike just to hear the sound it's really bad from Harley to do like this how do you expect people to book it ? also the waiting period is very long since its a new one but i just closed my eyes and booked it in the hopes of it turning out to be good as the other harleys now am just thinking what if i go for the iron 883 !
just got another question regarding the iron 883:
1) is it possible to upgrade its tank to a bigger since it can only accomodate 12.5 litres ?
hey dave welcome to the show! I believe it is possible to fit a larger tank to the 883, harley even sells a mounting kit, but they dont sell the tank! Installation Kit For Large Capacity Tank-62999-07 | Fuel Tanks | Official Harley-Davidson Online Store
 

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saw the bike and even booked it (in a hurry on the 1st day) but the only problem is that i cudnt test drive it or even switch on the bike just to hear the sound it's really bad from Harley to do like this how do you expect people to book it ? also the waiting period is very long since its a new one but i just closed my eyes and booked it in the hopes of it turning out to be good as the other harleys now am just thinking what if i go for the iron 883 !
just got another question regarding the iron 883:
1) is it possible to upgrade its tank to a bigger since it can only accomodate 12.5 litres ?
The 883 Customs, I believe, come with a 4.5 gallon tank (approximately 18 liters), as do the 1200 Customs. You can easily change the fuel tank to a larger 4.5 gallon, but I have heard you also have to change the seat as there is difference in the front of the seats due to the length of the tank.
You should be able to order an OEM Harley tank in the color you want.
 

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Welcome Dave013 to the forum.

What is the best bike for you?:confused:
How long have you been riding?
How are you going to use the bike?
Mostly city and short trips? If so I’d buy the Street.
If you are fairly new at riding, buy the Street. It’s much lighter then the Sportster.
If you have been riding 500cc to 750cc bikes for a while now and you are going to tour with it, I’d buy the 883 or even you might think about the new HDs 2014 1200T.
2014 Sportster SuperLow 1200T | Touring | Harley-Davidson USA

I’m parcel to the look, the sound, the simplicity and, the character of an air-cooled motor.:cool:

Best to test ride them all and buy the one that best fits you and your needs.

o~\o
 

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Hello Shark nose i've been riding for more than 7 yrs i had an R15 and Royal Enfield 500 which i recently sold to buy a harley :) yeah i was planning for touring with it and i pretty much made up my mind with the iron 883 now the problem is color. I like both the black and amber one but can't make up my mind a little help on choosing the color would be good :) since i would use this bike for a couple of years then sell it to buy fatboy which i think now is not the right age to own that model bcose am just 23 :))
 

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I have owned a couple of Sportsters in my time and currently own two V-Rods and a couple of BMWs, both air and liquid cooled. I would not waste my time with a Sportster. They are underpowered and hideously overweight. When Harley rubber mounted the Sportster engine for the 2004 model year, they added about 50 lbs of weight to it, almost all of that in the frame since the frame was no longer using the engine cases as part of the structure as they did with previous rigid mounted Sportsters. Sportsters used to be light and very narrow. Now the weigh more than my liquid cooled, fully faired BMW K100RS, which to me is just ridiculous.

The Street 750 is a much more modern vehicle and the drive line ought to be much more durable. Sportsters still use old fashioned pressed together flywheels and crank pins running on roller bearings, and big long pushrods. The rocker geometry is not good for durability, it causes big side loads on the valve stems that cause wear. The whole valve train is a kludge that derives from the Sportsters immediate predecessor the K series, which was a flathead engine. This stuff was obsolete even when Harley introduced the Sportster in 1957, yet it remains in production even today. The Street has a much more up to date engine and, if properly designed, will easily outlast a Sportster and be less troublesome in the long run.
 

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@Desert Tortoise sir ,thank you for your honest opinion I was also in same dilemma as Dave was confused with both ,well will ride both bikes back to back when I get my hands on them ,I have pretty much made my decision on going with street 750 ...
My mind says 750 ,but my heart says Iron 883 (guess purely by it's macho look XD) will go with my mind this time ,use 750 as beginners bike(as am new to bigger displacement bikes) and once I get enough moolah/money will buy my 2nd bike after few years :D

Thank you...
 

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Sigh. A 750 cc bike considered to be a "beginners" machine. When I was a teenager a 750 cc bike was considered to be a big, high performance motorcycle regardless of who made it. Something like a Norton Commando was a bike that experienced riders aspired to. The Street 750 would likely spank an old Commando, it is certainly better made and more durable, but it is viewed as a "beginners" machine.
 

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Lol hahaha well my last bike was 250 cc one so it's kind of huge upgrade for me ,since I always admired n craved for HD ,the timing of launch could not have been perfect :D
Since I sold my previous bike & was about to buy Royal enfield continental GT ,n almost bought it lol ,close to my delivery date I got news of upcoming launch n cancelled :p
Hope I get my ride ASAP coz I don't have a bike sob sob :(
Have honda scooters no fun to ride them at all ...
 

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I can't personally speak on the longevity of Sportsters as my 91 only had about 25k miles on it when I sold it, and my current 06 only has 7k, but if you have any questions on Sportster durability, go check out the XL Forum. There are many discussions about accumulated miles on Sportys, here is an example: Miles on Modern Evo Before Engine Rebuild? - The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum
Many guys have over 100k miles and still accumulating. It may be old technology, but it seems to work. Sure, the power to weight ratio may not be the best, but then how many of us are drag racing our bikes every day?
Maintenance is minimal on the Sportster Evo engines compared to "modern technology", like valve adjustments. What is it every 10k miles for the Vrod before checking and shimming them? A Sportster does not require valve adjustments. NO water pumps, radiators, or cooling fans.
Each model has it's advantages and disadvantages. I don't see a problem with either, and I believe one will get reliability and longevity whether it be from a Street with modern technology or a Sportster with proven archaic simplicity. To each, their own.
 

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if the street sounds more like a vrod then i would go for the iron 883 i like the traditional potato sound feels great !!! for me the vrod sound its like it wont stand in the crowd because its sounds like sportsbike just saying.. but the potato sound does turn heads around here and its something unique to Harley.What say lets wait for few more days then make the ultimate decision :) but anyways am very happy that whatever i choose i will be part of the Harley family and that is something i am really really proud of !!!!
 

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I can't personally speak on the longevity of Sportsters as my 91 only had about 25k miles on it when I sold it, and my current 06 only has 7k, but if you have any questions on Sportster durability, go check out the XL Forum. There are many discussions about accumulated miles on Sportys, here is an example: Miles on Modern Evo Before Engine Rebuild? - The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum
Many guys have over 100k miles and still accumulating. It may be old technology, but it seems to work. Sure, the power to weight ratio may not be the best, but then how many of us are drag racing our bikes every day?
Maintenance is minimal on the Sportster Evo engines compared to "modern technology", like valve adjustments. What is it every 10k miles for the Vrod before checking and shimming them? A Sportster does not require valve adjustments. NO water pumps, radiators, or cooling fans.
Each model has it's advantages and disadvantages. I don't see a problem with either, and I believe one will get reliability and longevity whether it be from a Street with modern technology or a Sportster with proven archaic simplicity. To each, their own.
On a V-Rod one checks valve clearances at 15K but honestly they seldom, if ever, require adjusting. The engine is built like a Toyota engine, which also have solid lifters btw, shim over bucket. My fiancées Avalon calls for checking valve clearances every 60K but no one ever does. They go hundreds of thousands of miles without going out of adjustment enough to burn a valve. A stock V-Rod has about twice the rear wheel horsepower of a stock Sportster.
 
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