2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883R from Aruba
Fun to ride, and reliable, cheap transportation
There have been several corrosion problems with this bike. Mirror posts and horn are rusting. The black paint on the front forks flaked off in several small patches, and HD would only replace one front fork under warranty.
After almost a year, the new fork is still in good shape, leading me to think that the factory shocks had a bad paint job.
I covered the patches on the bad shock with bullet hole stickers, seems to be holding up fine.
Always garage kept, and washed once a month.
Due to the wide handlebars, this bike has a large turning radius; pulling in and out of parking spaces sometimes involves backing up a couple times.
My only real complaint is all the holes in the seat that I guess are for comfort ventilation. After riding in the rain or washing, I have to push on the seat and gradually force the water out, so that no mildew or rot gets into the padding inside the seat.
Do all my own oil changes, and after over 8000 miles, this bike has never been serviced except the front shock replacement. Even still on the original tires! Bought in 2008 as a dealer leftover, got a deal! Added a Custom Chrome luggage rack that mounts on the license plate rack and fender, so I can carry small items.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st December, 2010