883 compared to 1200

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by jamesearl, May 10, 2019.

  1. jamesearl

    jamesearl Well-Known Member

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    Is there a big difference? I always figured there was.I've had a 883,and there's a sporty "72" that's caught my eye.But I'll leave it alone if there's not a substantial difference.
     
  2. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Experienced Member

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    It's 25% larger, more torque and HP. Also more potential for performance upgrades. If it's newer than 2004, it has the counterbalanced engine which is much smoother on the highway.
     
  3. Harttoo

    Harttoo Well-Known Member

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    There is a noticeable difference.Easy way to tell is go ride each at a dealer.
     
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  4. NCBILL

    NCBILL Active Member

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    At my age, I enjoy my Sportster 883. It's an XLC and has plenty of power for my use, mostly around town and less than 25 mile trips.
    My only wish is that they would have made 5th gear a bit taller for lower RPM's at 60+ mph.
     
  5. gator508

    gator508 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with you on this when I had my SE1200 I always wanted a taller 5th or a 6th
     
  6. jamesearl

    jamesearl Well-Known Member

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    Granted,they are a little buzzy at 70mph.I'm wondering if the 1200 is significantly quicker.I've ridden a 883,had one a couple years.So If anyones had both or has both,What's the difference?
     
  7. gator508

    gator508 Well-Known Member

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    I have never ridden an 883, so I couldn't say.
     
  8. jamesearl

    jamesearl Well-Known Member

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    I didn't think any difference besides engine,but I looked and the trannies are diff.too final,5th is 3.9 on the 883.And 3.5 on the 1200
     
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