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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Considering selling my Sportster

    I've put maybe 100 miles on it this summer (put around 5k on the SV). I love that it's an old bike, and different from the million other Harleys I see out there, but I always have that doubt in my mind: Will I make it to work? Am I leaking oil (or more than usual)? I enjoy mechanic-ing, but it's disappointing not being able to ride it more often.

    I'm thinking I might sell it, save up a bit, and buy a more modern 1200 Sportster - should be faster, more reliable, etc. I'm just afraid I'll end up wishing I hadn't sold the old girl :P


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    I'd say let it go if it makes you paranoid all the time and you don't want to go through re-building it and sprucing everything up. Sell it in the spring, though.

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    After all you have into that? Keep it man, if for no other reason than the occasional awesome-looking whip around town, and the fact that you made something from nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    After all you have into that? Keep it man, if for no other reason than the occasional awesome-looking whip around town, and the fact that you made something from nothing.


    Also, why not have it serviced at a shop? Would that improve your confidence in it?

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    Have you rebuilt the motor? Bikes, especially old ones, are easy to work on. Just rip the whole thing apart, replace all the engine seals and various gaskets, and stop worrying about leaks. If you're worrying about burning oil, replace all the rings.
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    Yeah I mean, I'd be loathe to sell that bike too, dude. That's a wicked ride.

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    i'd say keep it especially if your second guessing yourself about doing it.

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