First time HD buyer. (Custom Sportster) please help

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by DWB81, May 19, 2016.

  1. DWB81

    DWB81 New Member

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    Hello,
    I'm actually hoping to get info and I guess for lack of a better term approval on a harley sportster that I'm looking at buying this weekend. I'm a first time Harley buyer (cruiser for that fact)
    I've always owned crotch rockets before (Suzuki/Ducati). So I know very little about HD. I was hoping for your help on a bike (custom sportster) I'm looking to purchase. Below is the link to craigslist where I found the bike for sale. I'd appreciate any input you could give me.
    Reviews, ideas, advice what to look out for, what it's worth, good or bad deal, so forth..
    Thank you for your time.
    http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/mcy/5567871264.html
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    IMO that is TOO much for a choped bobber, shop around some more you should be able to find a Dyna for that kind of money
    That will be a rough ride with no rear shocks
     
  3. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I have to agree, you can find a much better bike for that kind of money,
    Shop around, you can do much better for 7,000 dollars.

    Take a minute and visit the new member intro section of the forum and introduce yourself.
     
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  4. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
    But if you truly want to have a positive experience both with cruisers and especially Harleys you be better to take your $7,000.00 and look at newer and a un-hacked version of a sportster. I see nothing but headaches in your future with this one. Wonder why it is still for sale 16 days later?????????
     
  5. jamesearl

    jamesearl Senior Member Contributor

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    I wouldn't give half that money for that 22 year old bike.
     
  6. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    You are getting some pretty good advice here. Since you're new to Harley why not go to the local dealer and see what they have on the floor in the used section. Sit on all the models and see what fits you. You might even want to take a test ride on several models since you're new to the brand. Here's another tip. When you are looking at pictures pay close attention and pick up as much detail as you can. In the tool bag on the front of the bike is that a pair of jumper cables?
     
  7. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    After looking at the OP's profile which say's he rides a XLH1200 (said he never owned a Harley) and the CL ad is from Hawaii i'm curious if this is a real buyer or a seller looking for feedback on what the scoot might be worth. :eek:

    Just an observation.
     
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  8. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Good call Don, I am wondering if this bike is a recon and is it street legal, I do not see turn signals or a horn
     
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  9. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    I would run, not walk away from that bike.
     
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  10. SilverFoXD

    SilverFoXD Active Member Contributor

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    Rattle can paint job? Even the fork tubes are black.
     
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