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4.4 (62 reviews)
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David Bass

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Motorcycle reviewed 2003 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom view listing

1.0
I have tried extensively to purchase a petcock valve for my 03 Harley and they keep telling me that the card is declined, it's has a few hundred dollars more than the purchase on it. The money is there but it evidently is not good enough for California Motorcycles. Don't understand why you would not accept Vi... read more
I have tried extensively to purchase a petcock valve for my 03 Harley and they keep telling me that the card is declined, it's has a few hundred dollars more than the purchase on it. The money is there but it evidently is not good enough for California Motorcycles. Don't understand why you would not accept Visa. Anyways someone else will πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²
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Will Richardson

Illinois

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Motorcycle reviewed 2000 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom view listing

4.8
I've had this bike a few years now and I truly love her, she is a great all around bike. You can run to the store to pick up something for dinner, use her as a computer, cruise her to bike night, or just take off for a few days and go ghost. She's like the Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles. And you'll hear &qu... read more
I've had this bike a few years now and I truly love her, she is a great all around bike. You can run to the store to pick up something for dinner, use her as a computer, cruise her to bike night, or just take off for a few days and go ghost. She's like the Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles. And you'll hear "get a real bike" usually from a bagger bro. But let's be honest. How many motorcycle models can claim the honor of being in constant production sense 1957. That says a lot about the loyalty to the Sportster line. I'm not a stone Harley owner, I also own a 73 Honda chopper. So I don't bleed black and orange, but for what I want her to do (witch is pretty much everything) she does it willingly. So don't let the name Sportster discourage you, will be pleasantly surprised.
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E. Kish

Liverpool, New York

Reviewed on January 17, 2010

Motorcycle reviewed 2003 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom view listing

5.0
I've been looking to buy for a few years now, haven't ridden since my teen years. There's a lot of choices out there, but in my eyes, nothing beats a Harley. I focused in on a sporty, since it's been so long that I've ridden, and the sporty is the exact machine that worked for me. Fast, nimble and a load o... read more
I've been looking to buy for a few years now, haven't ridden since my teen years. There's a lot of choices out there, but in my eyes, nothing beats a Harley. I focused in on a sporty, since it's been so long that I've ridden, and the sporty is the exact machine that worked for me. Fast, nimble and a load of fun. Now that I'm back in the saddle, looking to fill the garage with Harley #2, hmmmm I see a fatboy in the future!
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Pat Quinn

Ottawa, Ontario

Reviewed on September 19, 2009

Motorcycle reviewed 2001 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom view listing

5.0
I own an 883 and a 1200 and I love the both of them. I have put a lot of chrome on them, they look good and run great. I agree in saying it is an awesome bike. Lots of power and the 1200 can go and keep up with thge rest of them. Great bike, awesome weight to power ratio.... read more
I own an 883 and a 1200 and I love the both of them. I have put a lot of chrome on them, they look good and run great. I agree in saying it is an awesome bike. Lots of power and the 1200 can go and keep up with thge rest of them. Great bike, awesome weight to power ratio.
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Shane Milmore

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Reviewed on August 4, 2009

Motorcycle reviewed 2001 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom view listing

5.0
I have A 2003 Road king, a 2009 Ultra Classic, and also a 2001 1200 Sportster C. The Sportster may not be as smooth as a ride as the Classic, but I think it's a very good bike. Good ride, handles well, quick, and smooth. I added more chrome but still an awesome ride. For a 5 speed Sportster or even a 1200cc b... read more
I have A 2003 Road king, a 2009 Ultra Classic, and also a 2001 1200 Sportster C. The Sportster may not be as smooth as a ride as the Classic, but I think it's a very good bike. Good ride, handles well, quick, and smooth. I added more chrome but still an awesome ride. For a 5 speed Sportster or even a 1200cc bike, it's at the top of the line. I give 5 stars. If you're looking to get a Ultra Glide ride from a Sportster, you're way off, but if you're looking for a good ride, and not so much money, and to stay with the Harley family, Sportster is the way to go. 5 Stars.
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Brad Helmick

Clarksville, Tennessee

Reviewed on September 7, 2006

Motorcycle reviewed 2003 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom view listing

5.0
I have rode bikes for the past 15 years and this bike is my first Harley. It is by far, the most smooth and satisfying ride that I have owned. The styling and handling of the bike is excellent.... read more
I have rode bikes for the past 15 years and this bike is my first Harley. It is by far, the most smooth and satisfying ride that I have owned. The styling and handling of the bike is excellent.
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CJ

pompton plains, New Jersey

Reviewed on July 29, 2004

Motorcycle reviewed 2002 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom view listing

5.0
After many years of owning Japanese bikes, I finally got my first Harley. Great choice for a first bike, one of the nicest sporsters I have ever seen. Tons of chrome, drag bars, forward controls, etc. Added some drag pipes and carb rejetting, a small sissy bar and now all the guys with their big Japanese crui... read more
After many years of owning Japanese bikes, I finally got my first Harley. Great choice for a first bike, one of the nicest sporsters I have ever seen. Tons of chrome, drag bars, forward controls, etc. Added some drag pipes and carb rejetting, a small sissy bar and now all the guys with their big Japanese cruisers are a bit jealous. Only problem with this bike is at speeds over 65 vibration can be a bit of a problem, but thats why the speed limit is 65 right? With 2 people on board bike is a bit small, so I'm looking at one of the Dyna models now to move up to. I want a bigger bike, but I will still keep my little Sportster, as there is no better around-town bike for the money.
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Shawn Wylie

Crescent City, California

Reviewed on July 26, 2004

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5.0
I've ridden several different types of bikes and I've found that this bike is so much fun to ride. It is also very easy to handle. Anybody could ride this bike, male or female. I'm not giving mine up.... read more
I've ridden several different types of bikes and I've found that this bike is so much fun to ride. It is also very easy to handle. Anybody could ride this bike, male or female. I'm not giving mine up.
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bill

Rockville, Maryland

Reviewed on February 21, 2004

Motorcycle reviewed 1999 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom view listing

5.0
This is a classic. So far I have had no problems, whatsoever. I bought it w/about 14.5k miles. Strong bike. Only downside I can think of is cornering -it'll drag the foot pegs, but its designed for the road. It's a pretty fast bike. I'm extremely happy with it. Great buy for the money.... read more
This is a classic. So far I have had no problems, whatsoever. I bought it w/about 14.5k miles. Strong bike. Only downside I can think of is cornering -it'll drag the foot pegs, but its designed for the road. It's a pretty fast bike. I'm extremely happy with it. Great buy for the money.
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Jim

Morgan Hill, California

Reviewed on September 26, 2003

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5.0
Got mine and love it. With the drag bars on it the bike is in a class of it's own. The best bike for it's size for riding through wine country.... read more
Got mine and love it. With the drag bars on it the bike is in a class of it's own. The best bike for it's size for riding through wine country.
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