2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 1200C
Awesome bike, expensive HD repair cost
Volt regulator died on a trip.
Old and faulty ignition module incapacitated the bike.
2 dead batteries (as a result of above).
Throttle cable split.
This beauty was my first Harley and I loved it. I had no issues with one of my 750 mile road trips, and for that I'm grateful (sport seat was surprisingly comfy as well; and the drag bars were a good fit for me and the bike).
It cost over $1000 to fix in the space of 3 months afterwards, however. First, the ignition module went, then the 2nd battery, then the volt regulator. The volt regulator flopped on another road trip, and left me stranded 100 miles from home.
The throttle cable broke after going over a bump on a questionable road. Spent an hour and a half rerouting the secondary cable just to get me home. Luckily, I broke down across the street from a cable guy who had some tools I didn't have in my travel box, and let me borrow them (i.e. the carb bolt hex-keys; otherwise I would have been "up the creek").
All things considered, I adored this bike and would get another in a heartbeat. I would be wary, however, of electrical gremlins that could be lurking.
Mechanically this bike was a dream, requiring nothing more than an oil change or two and proper tire inflation. Plus, its Screamin' Eagle pipes were the bee's knees when it came to sound. Throaty and attention grabbing, but not obnoxiously loud.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th November, 2012