Har­ley-david­son 1200 Sport­ster

2004-present

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

We’ve cho­sen 2004 as the cut-off date be­cause, al­though the Sport­ster has been around in one guise or an­other since 1957, the old rigid-mounted en­gines were bone­shak­ers and the 883 is just a bit too, well, weedy. This was the year they rub­ber-mounted the en­gine. Not a sports­bike in any sense of the word, but a stand­out ma­chine and you can prac­ti­cally build one from spare parts, from the wheels up. No­body leaves a Sport­ster stock (the first thing peo­ple change is the tiny fuel tank, and the sec­ond is the ex­haust). You don’t so much buy a Sport­ster as start col­lect­ing one, like those end­less D’agostini part­works that sucker you into build­ing a model of HMS Vic­tory. For four years.

What you’ll pay now £4000-£8000, de­pend­ing on spec. We’d choose an FI model from 2006 on.

But should you? Well, it’s a life­style choice. And a way of avoid­ing de­pre­ci­a­tion.

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