Originally Posted by dwhit
Why not the harley 883? I have the vulcan and like it ut was wondering if you have the harley why not stick to the 883. just curious what differences you have noticed
Excellent question. Since I haven't yet ridden a 900 Classic LT, I can't comment on how it rides, but I have ridden a 883 Sportster recently. In fact it was just about 3 days ago. Here are some of my comments on that bike.
It had a quick detachable windshield, but it was woefully inadequate at blocking much wind. The wind noise was terrible, IMO. I'm not sure if any larger windshields are available for the 883.
The small size 21" front tire doesn't suit me for riding, handling, or looks. In addition, it doesn't do a very good job of absorbing the bumps in the road.
The bike had no saddle bags.
The bike had no footboards, only pegs.
It had no passenger seat or passenger backrest.
It had a solo Mustang seat, but the handlebars were too far forward for me to be able to sit upright and ride comfortably in the seat. Consequently, I spent most of the 25 mile test ride sitting on the front edge of the seat rather than sloping my shoulders forward to reach the grips. BTW, I'm 5' 11" tall. At a minimum, I'd have to replace the handlebars or add some risers that brought the grips back toward me.
The mufflers were rather quiet, though with enough money they could be replaced and/or improved.
The bike just didn't handle bumps or irregularities in the pavement very well. There was some vibration, though that wasn't a major problem.
My back didn't hurt when I took the ride, but that evening and for the next day or two it was sore in the lower back. Perhaps if I weren't 60+ years of age I wouldn't mind, but since my age is what it is, I want something that is comfortable to ride.
Overall, the Sportster just wasn't what I was looking for in a bike. I'm sure that I could have spent $3,000 or so in improvements and made it much more to my liking, but I just couldn't see sinking that much extra money into it in addition to the purchase price.
For about the same money, I could buy a 900 Classic LT and not have to spend much if anything extra to get the ride and features I want. I'm assuming here that the 900 LT rides much better than the Sportster I rode. I don't know that for a fact, but hope to find out soon.