2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883R
The Sportster is a thrill to ride and looks sporty
So far only normal maintenance items have occurred, rear tire replacement, primary chain adj., belt adj. and reg. oil changes. I have the shop manual and have easily performed all the work myself.
The only beef I have is the back shocks seem a little weak (high setting). With my wife on back we bottom out every now and then. I'm 230lb and she's around 150lb. I bought it used and the people were bigger than us. So the shocks are either spent or I'm asking too much of the bike. The dealer said the shocks were OK. May we're just too heavy together and need a bigger bike?
I like the flexibility of the smaller bike. I don't take trips farther than 150mi in a day.
My friends all have bigger bikes and I'm usually quicker off the line, and I also like the acceleration from the Sporty.
I get the question "when are you going to get a bigger bike?" all the time. I've ridden bigger bikes, I have the money, but can't get too excited over them. Actually I would like to keep this bike and maybe get a cruiser, but I'm not sure how much use it would get.
I'm ready to ride it for a third season. I'm retired and have the time to enjoy it when the weather is nice.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th January, 2009
As far as the shocks are concerned, you don't need a bigger bike. The stock rear shocks are just weak and keep bottoming when I (200 lbs) take my wife (140 lbs) for a ride.
Progressive Suspension makes replacement shocks for the 883R (2005 on; Model 412-4065B, fully black version), which can be had for less than $250 a pair on the net.
Ioan (Switzerland),'05 883R.