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Old 05-30-2007, 09:00 AM
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What is the life expectancy of a Sportster.

How many miles can you get out of one before a rebuild would be required ?

If you don't beat on it I mean , just average driving .
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Oh you should be able to get at least 2,000 miles on the sportster before trading it in on something bigger. Then it will only take 10 miles on the fatboy before you realize you screwed up and want the sportie back..
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What is the life expectancy of a Sportster.

How many miles can you get out of one before a rebuild would be required ?

If you don't beat on it I mean , just average driving .
If you're not spanking it constantly, it'll probably outlast you.

There's an 883 that's been regularly serviced at my local dealer with around
120,000 miles on it and nothing major has gone south.

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More miles than you can ride...They are very tough. In fact, I cant think of any that have been rebuilt.
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In the end you'll all end up on a King or the like.[sm=closed.gif]
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If you service it like you should, you should easily get 100k out of the top end before it needs refreshing. The bottom end should last way past 100k. In all honestly, very few people ever put 100k miles on a Sportster before they move on to something else. Somebody should do a thread/poll comparing mileage and year model of the Big Twin riderscomparedto Sporty riders. I'm certain that you will see the average annual mileage of the Big Twin riders to be higher than the Sporty riders. Sure, I know there will be some Sporty guys with some high mileage, especially after the first year of ownership, but very few continue to rack up high miles on a Sporty year after year.........Before some Sporty ownergets their panties in a wad......Read my sig...I own both a Big Twin and a Sportster.
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'05 883C 28kWhy would I possibly want to spend 2x or 3x the cash to do what I do now, ride?
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Why would I possibly want to spend 2x or 3x the cash to do what I do now, ride?
The main reason I can see would be if you were doing a lot of two-up traveling. The OL and I do 2-3 long road trips a year. First, I know we couldn't carry everything that we carry now on a Sporty. Second, I know we wouldn't be as comfortable.

If it were just me, I know that I wouldn't have any trouble racking up high miles on a rubber mounted Sporty.
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I like your sig, really shaky, is that a gif file? Cool!

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If you service it like you should, you should easily get 100k out of the top end before it needs refreshing. The bottom end should last way past 100k. In all honestly, very few people ever put 100k miles on a Sportster before they move on to something else. Somebody should do a thread/poll comparing mileage and year model of the Big Twin riderscomparedto Sporty riders. I'm certain that you will see the average annual mileage of the Big Twin riders to be higher than the Sporty riders. Sure, I know there will be some Sporty guys with some high mileage, especially after the first year of ownership, but very few continue to rack up high miles on a Sporty year after year.........Before some Sporty ownergets their panties in a wad......Read my sig...I own both a Big Twin and a Sportster.
How many miles can you get out of a Ironhead before rebuilding the top end?
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