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    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?

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    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.
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    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

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    The conversion is pretty easy and there is an insurance advantage to starting as an 883. 1250, NRHS or Hammer for the kit.

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    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.
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    What sport bike are you selling?
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    2004 zx6r

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    Sprink, is it something I could easily do in my garage? Do I need any crazy tools?

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    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.

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    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.

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