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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:04 pm 
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Folks, I'm hoping I can get some relatively unbiased opinions here. I've narrowed my search down to the HD Sportster 1200 Custom and the Honda VTX 1300. The price points are pretty much identical. I'm a more comfy on the HD, but the Honda promises a smoother ride and (by reputation) better reliability.

My current ride is a Suzuki S50 (nee Intruder VS800).

Can I get some insight from S1200 and VTX1300 riders?

Thanks all!

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They're kinda different bikes!
Sporty is kind of a hot-rod cruiser, narrower, better cornering clearances, more of a standard seating position.
VTX is more of an traditional cruiser seating position, wider, more of a cruising cruiser than a hot-rod.

If you're more comfy on the HD I'd say go for it. Which year sporty? If it's a Twin-Cam it's almost guaranteed to be as reliable as the VTX.

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yeah, it is all going to come down to which one you feel more comfortable on. i've got a vtx (albeit the 1800 - bigger motor - fuel injection - but the same basic layout otherwise - same frame) for the at least immediate future and have had absolutely no issues with it, it's very comfortable for long rides, the 1300 should be the same. one of my riding buddies has a 1200 sporty and loves his, i've ridden it a couple times and it's a great bike as well. you can't go wrong with either one, just depends on what kind of riding you want to do. i personally would never think i was going to sell my vtx (and if i don't get what i want out of it, then i'll still have it) so i can't imagine you'll have any problems with one - as long as it fits you.

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Have a '03 1200 Custom. I love it except for the vibration above 65 mph, I'm assuming you're choosing between new bikes. H-D rubber-mounted their XL's in '04. No problems with mine yet (17,000 miles), either way you go, I think you've done good.

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Thanks all! Appreciate the insight. I'm looking at new bikes here.

I've been leaning toward the Sporty, yes, mainly because when I threw a leg over it, there was almost an audible "click" as I snapped into place. It felt like home.

HD also has a 2-year warranty, vs the VTX's one, for what that's worth, and the local HD stealer has a fairly good reputation for service, from what I can tell. (Feel free to disabuse me of that opinion: it's Heritage H-D in Lisle, IL.)

I like the look of the VTX; it's a serious head-turner. And I'm willing to bet it beats the 1200 hands-down in the horsepower department as well.

But the missus and I are mainly back-road sightseeing types, puttering along at 62 mph on the blue roads and enjoying the scenery. I think the VTX's zip would be wasted on me. (She's got her own bike. Don't need the extra HP for a pillion rider!)

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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:57 pm 
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Sounds like you ve talked yourself into the Harley, Both are good bikes till you crack the throttle, and or have run a 100 000 miles and spent asmuch money on one of them as you gave for it. If your not planning on long distance trips at freeway speeds all day go with the Harlet, not that it cant,but dont take my word for it or anybodyelses take em both out on the freeway at 80 mph and see for yourself


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If your more comfy on the harley than you will probably be happier with it.

Between those 2 actually the HD is probably a tad quicker. VTX1300s aren't speed demons. The VTX is a bigger bike than the harley and will probably be smoother on the highway. Both have tons of aftermarket accessories available

Of the 2 I have ridden a sporty 12 myself, I found the engine to be very torquey and responsive.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:52 pm 
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I ride a wide glide and would take both of em for mine.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:30 pm 
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Sportster is light next to the VTX , The sportster sounds better then the VTX. The VTX will last for ever. The VTX is a better highway bike. If you are tall you won't like the sportster for long. The VTX is very heavy if you need to push it. But it all comes do to what one you like, ride them and find out.


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Ill say it like this,If your goin to ride around town get the Harley, If you like to travel on the interstate get the Honda.


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