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Old 12-11-2012, 10:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Isn't '96 the year that Arnold rides in the first Terminator movie? Sharp bike!

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Nope...that was a '90 and it was Terminator 2 .
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Itīs not brain science or anything. Buy the Fattie and keep the Sporty.
Problem solved.

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Old 12-12-2012, 08:44 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Buy the bike ya want, keep the Sporty. When it comes time you think you have the Fat Boy ironed out put a ridiculous price on the Sporty.. it will sell. Thats when the Fat Boy will need to go into the shop for a couple of weeks, over a problem. You'll be p!ssed ya sold the Sporty. But the story has a happy ending.... get the bike you want.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:26 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Kind of a no brainer. You want a FatBoy and you found one at a good price. If you can afford it, buy it and keep the sporty. If you can't afford it, check out the FB first to see what it will need. How old are the tires, if they are over 5 years old they should be changed. Date code is stamped on the side of the tires. 4 numbers, first 2 are the week, last 2 are year. How old is the battery? The fuel will likely to have gummed up also. You could easily need to throw 500 to 1000 into the Fatboy to make it reliable. I have never met anyone that didn't love their FatBoy. I can't say that about Sportser owners.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:52 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Don't know the condition of the FB but 3000 miles in 16 years it at least needs new tires. They gotta be dry rot if not flat.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:20 AM   #16 (permalink)
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If you don't want it, everyone else here does...

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I don't want it, but I would buy it to turn around and sell it for a profit.

Just never been a big fan of the FatBoys. I guess it's the big beefy front tire. I've always liked tall skinny front tires like my Rocker C...

Either way, the FB is a great bike, and I think you'd like it over your Sporty. The ride will be exponentially better than that lightweight Sporty. My uncle has a Sportster 1200 Custom and it isn't the smoothest ride on the planet. Softails aren't called Softails for no reason, although my Rocker C rides pretty damn rough....But I guess that has more to do with the huge 240 rear tire than anything.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:44 PM   #17 (permalink)
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My springer is a 96. With the EVO/tranny set up hard mounted to the frame, you're going to want a new tranny if you take long trips on the highway. Between 65-70 gets real uncomfortable with vibration on those bikes. I put a Ultima 6-speed on the springer and I can easily cruise 80-85 mph with minimal vibration.

Overall I love the springer. It has issues that you would expect a 16 year old bike to have, but nothing major. My vote is for the Fatboy...but that's coming from someone with a springer AND a sporty! :-)
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:02 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Like the EODGuy said, the biggest issue with an EVO softail is that it's not rubber mounted and it's not counterbalanced. Vibration can be an issue and, actually, is the reason Bert Baker designed his first 6spd OD trans. He had an EVO softail and it was unrideable above 75mph.
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Like the EODGuy said, the biggest issue with an EVO softail is that it's not rubber mounted and it's not counterbalanced. Vibration can be an issue and, actually, is the reason Bert Baker designed his first 6spd OD trans. He had an EVO softail and it was unrideable above 75mph.
True story: I rode for 100 miles at 70+ mph before my six-speed. Both of my arms were tingling so bad that if I snapped my fingers, I could feel it in my chest. That was a 1100 mile trip...lol.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:32 AM   #20 (permalink)
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so when did they stop making EVO's non rubber mounted??

just curious.
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