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09-02-2015, 10:55 PM
Sooooo... I'm thinking of leaving the sport bike world and move onto "cruiser" style bikes... i have a chance to get my hands on a 883 sportster custom for $3200, in doing so i think I'm going to sell the sport bike and use that money to upgrade the 883 to the 1200 with some other mods and put the rest towards and used car.

whats everyone's thoughts on the 883? does anyone have any experience with the 1200 conversion... if so how'd you like it?

09-03-2015, 12:36 AM
In my mind it would be easier to get a 1200 from the get. You'll be sadly disappointed with an 883. Sportys are a great bike to do with as you wish. Talk to Sprink about them.

09-03-2015, 12:47 AM
sadly i dont have the money to outright buy a 1200 right now, and cant get a loan... but the conversion kit is only 900$ to go from 883 to 1200

09-03-2015, 07:08 AM
The conversion is pretty easy and there is an insurance advantage to starting as an 883. 1250, NRHS or Hammer for the kit.

09-03-2015, 07:59 AM
It's not just the jugs and pistons though, the primary and final drive ratios are different too. We picked up the wife's 1200L for 6k. 2007 with EFI. It's a fun bike.

09-03-2015, 10:54 AM
What sport bike are you selling?

09-03-2015, 12:28 PM
2004 zx6r

09-03-2015, 12:31 PM
Sprink, is it something I could easily do in my garage? Do I need any crazy tools?

09-03-2015, 06:45 PM
Ive owned both the 883 and the 1200 sporty. The difference in insurance costs between the two wasnt that much. If your patient, you can find a decent low mileage 1200 at this time of year pretty reasonable. For what your going to spend converting the 883, your not going to save much (if any) money. The sportster is a great short trip/around town commuting bike. Anything longer than about 60 miles was pretty uncomfortable for me.

Gas Man
09-04-2015, 02:05 AM
I echo a lot of what was said.

I will add that be sure to get a 2007 or newer so they have EFI. That gave so much added power that the 07 883 made more power than an 06 1200.

09-04-2015, 11:15 AM
I would say 04 or newer. The carbed 04-06 aren't bad bikes, but they are jetted really lean stock. I would stay away from 03 and older. The frame change in 04 gives you the rubber mounted engine.

If you could stretch your budget a little I would seriously recommend you test drive a used super glide before you pick up a sportster. For not much more money you get a lot more bike.

09-04-2015, 05:54 PM
2003 and earlier sporties have a solid mounted engine and "buzz" a bit more, but are almost 100 pounds lighter. If you want the rubbermount, I would go 2006 or later. They upgraded a lot from 2004.
Sportster is a small bike. Not great for 2 up unless you are both on the lighter side.

The engine work is easy, I had the pistons installed in the cylinders so only needed hand tools and torque wrenches. Aside from brakes, fasteners are SAE, so you may need new tools, lol.

09-04-2015, 05:55 PM
Also, the stock suspension sucks, so look for a bike that someone has made upgrades.....