2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH 883
Great for what it is
The valve rocker covers leaked oil.
This motorcycle was purchased new in 2001. It was a 883 Hugger model that I bought for my wife, but rode frequently. I added forward controls, a windshield and bags. Later I added a stage one kit.
This was actually a very good motorcycle. While my wife had this bike, I had a 1200 Custom that wasn't nearly as good. This little bike worked perfectly the whole time we owned it. It rode better, was more comfortable, and started every time we hit the starter. Sure, it was a tad slow, but it was a good little bike. I actually began to prefer this bike over my 1200 Custom. It was a lot more comfortable to ride.
After a couple of years,the valve/rocker box covers began to leak oil. I replaced the seals and that fixed it. I suppose I could have let Harley do it under warranty, but I didn't want all the hassle of dropping it off at the dealer, getting a ride home, waiting two weeks, getting a ride back, etc.. I fixed it myself in like, an hour.
Overall, the 883 Hugger was a swell motorcycle, and we would still have it if my wife was still riding. I give this bike two thumbs up.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st January, 2012