HD Forty-eight 1200

by Karin

Well I dont actually have this bike yet, but my husband wants to get me it next spring. I really like the look of it and I was wondering if anyone has any experiences riding one and what they thought of it. This will be my first bike!

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Sep 14, 2011
hd forty eight 1200
by: michelle

I started on a 1200 Hd sportster long before I had my license. I brought my bike before I knew how to ride a motorcycle. I loved my 1200 Sportster. Dropped her a few times but stepped up to a Softail HD after 2 yrs as a rider, it's awesome. Now in my 3rd season. I love my Softail. I haven't dropped her yet and nearly rode her 4000miles this 1 yr.
I think if your going to ride ride the Sportster. It'll teach you what you really need to know in a bike and what ever you ride next will be really easy.
p.s I'm 44
Know anyone who wants my sporty?

Sep 14, 2011
HD Sportster 1200
by: Christine Aleta

This is my bike, which I've been riding for about a year. I'm constantly told it's 'top heavy' but I'm not aware of that...Like the other woman who commented, it's all I know. One thing I like about it is I can pull it up from a leaning position w/o any trouble. With other bikes, I have to turn the handles (front tire) all the way to the right and then bring it up which takes time and is a pain.

I love my bike. I had HD dealer put on saddlebags last week. They are great! I've sat on other bikes and always come back to my Sporty. I told my b.f. that I will have this bike forever! I'm only 5'4" and if I can handle it, anyone can!

Sep 14, 2011
Harley Davidson
by: Anonymous

I have been riding a HD 883 sporty since I started riding, which was only a year ago. I have heard over and over about how hard a sporty is to handle and how uncomfortable I was going to be. My bike handles fine for me, probably because it is all I know. I have put about 7500 miles on it this year and have had no problems.....until I test drove the 2012 models at an HD Demo event. Wow! All I can say is that a softail Heritage Classic is 1,000 times more comfortable, and surprisingly easy to handle. I do not regret starting on a sporty, is has been great to learn on, light enough to pick up when I dropped it and plenty powerful enough to keep up with all my friends on big bikes, but if you plan on going on any long trips, you should sit on and even test drive (HD Demo events are great for this) a bigger bike. If you start on a sporty, you will probably be ready for an upgrade within a year, especially if you plan on going on long rides.

The biggest difference between the sporty and the other bikes I rode was the suspension. A sporty is a bumpy ride, which in turn makes handling a bit more of a challenge. If I could start over I would start on my 883, but I would not be so determined that I was gonna ride that bike forever, an upgrade will be due someday.

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