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I think a better argument would have been "for anyone that smirks at Sportsters... maybe you should read the history of Harley Davidson's longest running model that is still being produced today..."

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See....I argue that all the time. The FL has been in production since 1941, 16 years before the Sportster. (XL)

The FL is still in existance to this day.

Do the math. Do the research. FL has been around longer than the XL.

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beh. ignorance is bliss. I was so happy thinking that all EK ever rode was Harleys. man was I mistaken. eh. live and learn. I agree, I probably saved a couple of 20s in future bets because of this post thank you
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beh. ignorance is bliss. I was so happy thinking that all EK ever rode was Harleys. man was I mistaken. eh. live and learn. I agree, I probably saved a couple of 20s in future bets because of this post thank you
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Triumph, indeed...

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Not a sportster? Say it isn't so!

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See....I argue that all the time. The FL has been in production since 1941, 16 years before the Sportster. (XL)

The FL is still in existance to this day.

Do the math. Do the research. FL has been around longer than the XL.
Yeah, but it still has a significant run and continues on.

Does the FL come in a 1200 engine now, because the Sportster (XL) still has an 883 which was the orignial sized engine.

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See....I argue that all the time. The FL has been in production since 1941, 16 years before the Sportster. (XL)

The FL is still in existance to this day.

Do the math. Do the research. FL has been around longer than the XL.
I agree with you to a point Dave...

I think where the confusion lies is here: The Sportster has been The Sportster since 1957. The FL has taken different forms from the first Knucks and Pans, to the Hydra Glide, Duo Glide, Electra Glide, Tour Glide, Heritage...

Yes the FL has been produced longer than the XL but the "Sportster" name has been produced with more consistency for longer. Does that make sense?


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I agree with you to a point Dave...

I think where the confusion lies is here: The Sportster has been The Sportster since 1957. The FL has taken different forms from the first Knucks and Pans, to the Hydra Glide, Duo Glide, Electra Glide, Tour Glide, Heritage...

Yes the FL has been produced longer than the XL but the "Sportster" name has been produced with more consistency for longer. Does that make sense?


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I agree. The name "Sportster" has been used longer, since 1957. It's chassis signifies it's an XL model.

The "K-Model" wasn't a sportster, although similar. 1952-1956.

The FL model started with the first 74 CID Knucklehead in 1941. It has been called an Electra Glide, Classic, Fatboy, Ultra Classic, Tour Glide, Duo Glide, Hydro Glide and etc.... Basically, anything with an FL chassis and 1200 or more CCs.

Sportster has been labeled the same, but with a 900, a 1000, a 1100, an 883 and a 1200 CC engine. Actually, I believe the 900's were really 883ccs.... But 900 sounded better.

I just love to bring that up and make people think.

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I agree. The name "Sportster" has been used longer, since 1957. It's chassis signifies it's an XL model.

The "K-Model" wasn't a sportster, although similar. 1952-1956....

Sportster has been labeled the same, but with a 900, a 1000, a 1100, an 883 and a 1200 CC engine. Actually, I believe the 900's were really 883ccs.... But 900 sounded better.

I just love to bring that up and make people think.
The 900 was an 883. If you look it up, therre never was a 900cc Sportster. It was called 900 but in reality is was 883ccs.

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The 900 was an 883. If you look it up, therre never was a 900cc Sportster. It was called 900 but in reality is was 883ccs.

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I agree. Asian bike makers are known for this. My RC51 was labeled as a 1000 cc bike. When it came time to insure it, the cut off was 999 CCS and under for one price and 1000 CCS and over for another. I argued with the insurance and won, because the bike is NOT 1000 ccs..... it was really 999 CCS.

Unlike my 1977 Kawasaki KZ 1000 which was really 1015ccs.

Its a marketing ploy. Make it sound bigger then it is..... oh....wait.....or is that a dating ploy?

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