Recently, I decided that I want to purchase a used Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle. It is a goal that I am really working towards achieving. In recent months, I have had the opportunity to ride my good friend’s 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster several times and I’m very glad that he has let me ride it. Not only has riding this motorcycle enhanced my goal of acquiring my own Harley Davidson Sportster, but it has also solidified my thoughts concerning which size Sportster to aspire to own.
Since I am thinly – built, the 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster seems a little bit too heavy for me to ride comfortably and consistently. Enter the Harley Davidson 883 cc Sportster, which is slightly smaller in size then the 1200 cc Sportster motorcycle. In years past, I owned and regularly rode several vintage Triumph motorcycles, which are close in size to the Harley Davidson 883 cc Sportster. While I would like to purchase an 883 cc Sportster, I still look forward to riding my friend’s 2005 Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster any time the opportunity presents itself. Presented here, after riding the motorcycle several times, is one motorcycle afficianado’s consumer product review of the 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster motorcycle.
Looks / Appearance
One of the things that I like most about the 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster motorcycle is the appearance of the bike. Not all 1200 Sportsters look alike. If you look at various Harley Davidson 1200 Sportsters from recent years, you will see obvious differences in the appearance of the various models. These differences include changes in seat, gas tank, wheel, handlebar and other part designs. To me, the sleek, fluid lines of the 2005 Sportster make it a very exciting looking and attractive motorcycle.
Because the 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster motorcycle is now almost five years old, the price being charged for one of them would be reflective of the age of the bike. Because it would obviously be a used motorcycle, the asking price would be set by a private owner or dealership and could fluctuate greatly, based upon wear and condition, geographical location and a host of other factors. Many of the 2005 Harley Davidson 1200 Sportsters that are advertised in newspapers and on line feature asking prices of between $5,000 and $8,500.
The 2005 HarleyDavidson XL 1200 C Sportster offers very good handling, all around. This bike features a good center of gravity and the weight seems to be evenly – distributed. Acceleration off – the – line is quick and responsive and it maintains a lot of power and torque. The brakes and clutch on the 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster are easy to use and effective and shifting is also easy to do. Overall, this motorcycle is a real pleasure to ride.
Size (Weight / Dimensions)
The engine in the 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster motorcycle is a 1200 cc (73 cubic inch) powerplant. This bike weighs – in at 562 pounds and its overall length is approximately 89 inches, with a wheelbase of a 59 inches. The ground clearance is roughly 4.4 inches and the seat height is approximately 26.5 inches.
The V2 engine in the 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster features 76.2 x 96.8 mm (3.0 x 3.8 inches) bore x stroke and 69.00 Nm (7.0 kgf-m or 50.9 ft.lbs) at 4200 RPM torque. This air – cooled motorcycle features a carburettor – based fuel system, with two valves per cylinder. A five – speed transmission and belt drive are featured and the clutch is multi – plate in oil bath. Front and rear brakes are Single disc and the fuel tank holds 4.60 gallons.
All things considered, the 2005 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster motorcycle is a top – rate motorcycle that is great – looking and always exciting to ride. This motorcycle is highly recommended by this consumer writer.
Personal experience with this motorcycle