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Middleweight Standards Comparo

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Nice article. As the owner of my fourth Sportster-a 1200R, I must agree that overall it is a radical improvement from its '03 and earlier versions. It can still be easily smoked by most of the other "small" bikes in the test, but the grin factor when riding this bike thru curves is astounding.

The saddle continues to be an ergonomic pain-in-the-arse, the headlight equals a weak batteried flashlight and the stock Showa suspension combines nicely with the dummlopp "rim protecturrzz" to compromise handling. That said vast improvements are only(!!) hundreds of dollars away: Race Tech up front, good shocks in rear, Bridgestone BT45Vs, an aftermarket out curves! IMO, of the 65 or so bikes I've had the 1200R ranks up there with the best for being lotsa fun to ride. My BMW R1150GS will easily show her saddlebags to the 1200R, but the 1200R is the usual choice for riding. DFO
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Well balanced comparo of equally sized bikes, one twice as big as everyone else. What next, a litre bike shoot-out including the 2-litre Kawi?

- cruiz-euro

The moral winner is the Harley. That's the only middleweight that is 40% heavier than the rest.

- cruiz-euro
Fit in pretty well?

Well what have we here, a "middlewight comparo", six bikes between 500-650cc, and a 1200cc. Weighing 40% more than the average of the rest.

Well, Tatd, if you are ever asked for jury duty to a beauty contest, just say no.

- cruiz-euro
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