Take the time to sit on all three bikes. I was in the same position you were last year. I was looking at the 900 and the 883 as my first bike. I honestly really wanted to like the 883 but I got on one and it felt really cramped.Hey everyone, can you tell me why you would buy a 900 Kawi over the Harley. Be honest, because I am a solo rider, that is 6 foot and 250lbs. I am hoping to buy a new bike this year Any feed back on the power etc would be great.
All of the Sportsters since 2004 have rubber engine mounts. I had a 1999 1200S which was the basically the Buell 1200 Motor,Hotter cams,dual plug heads, higher compression, and air/over shock suspension. Added fortwards to make it feel like I was sitting down into it instead of on top of it and I'm only 5'8". It was like driving a tractor with a 327 Chevy engine. It was quick but didn't handle worth a damn. I now have an 09 Custom with a Musting seat, dropped 2 ",Scootworks risers to bring the bars up and back sligjhtly and it's the most comfortable bike in the cruiser class I have ever owned. Harley maintenace is much more intensive too. Due to the Air only cooling you beat hell out the oil in about 2000 miles. Others may have different opinions but this has been my experience. RIDE SAFELess money for a better motor & ride.The fuel injection on these bikes are smooth & responsive with the liquid cooled to keep it running great in all temps.The 1200 I believe is faster but them old school push rods & cam is way out dated.To me the 883 is a girls bike.To compare you would have to get into the Dyna Harley's they have rubber motor mounts at least.