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Old 11-11-2008, 11:23 AM
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Default 883 vs 1200

I am thinking about getting my wife her first bike just to ride around town. We would be getting on the highway through town at times and I didn't know if the 883 would be good on the highway or not. Does anyone have any input?
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:25 AM
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883 is great at about 80.
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:43 AM
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love my 883. good on the freeway unless you like to cruise over 80. vibration on mine kicks in at 78
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I have no issues at all with my 883. If you're going to be on the highway, get a windshield. The detachable ones are excellent and easy to remove in seconds. I haven't had any vibration problems yet. I'd guess the bike will top out a little over 100, but I've only gotten it up to a little over 90. I use it mostly for daily commuting and then, when time allows, a hundred miles or so on the weekends. It's got all the power you'll need for solo riding. I almost always have kid on the back on the weekends and I've never had power issues. Go for it!
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:42 PM
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since when does 883cc equal 250cc???

go ride one and when you are crying and begging for your rolling couch back then you will have your answer

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250 is not freeway safe becuase it barely makes any power for that kind of speed.

some people talk about the 883 as if its not capable of riding any faster than 40 mph or going around the block.

883cc is way more than enough, hell race class bikes are 600cc and dont even make as much torque.

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Old 11-11-2008, 02:07 PM
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it will be fine, i can do 75-80mph 2-up around oregon
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nothing wrong with an 883... and later on if she (or you) get the bug you can always convert....
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883 vs 1200?

Well let's see;

883 = 53 HP @ 6,000 RPM, 51 FT.LB TQ @ 4,300 RPM

1200 = 70 HP @ 6,000 RPM, 79 FT.LB TQ @ 3,500 RPM

But actually for normal riding (unless you are a speed freak) the 883 will do anything that needs to be done....

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Old 11-11-2008, 05:06 PM
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I would get her the 883. I have the 1200. It's more power than what she might need or want.
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my 883 goes fast enough for me. It does fine in 70 mph traffic.
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