2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom H-D1 Review

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Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster Custom
Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster Custom

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster Custom H-D1 | Review

Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 H-D1 | Cruiser Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson knows how to turn out a custom cruising motorcycle, and the Sportster 1200 Custom is no We tested a 1200 Custom out with H-D1 accessory apes, a solo seat, and one paisley red paint job. is lots to love here.

a leg over the invitingly low 28-inch and plant both feet on the ground. Although the Sportster the scales at 584 pounds (claimed weight), like all Harleys, the carries its weight nice and which makes handling non-intimidating.

Tip it off the kickstand, thumb the button, and listen to the iconic H-D rumble from the cool staggered exhausts. Yes, Sportster is a 1200cc bike the muscle and grunt to get your but really, piloting the beast is Shhh!

There is a satisfyingly muscular when you shift into 1st and the undersquare 73.4 cubic Evolution engine eases from the curb with the confidence of 71 ft/lbs of force you.

With plenty of on tap, you can cruise along as laid back, or as aggressive as you Second gear down the is a satisfying ride, catching from passers by, envious of relaxed, unfettered vibe. As ebbs and flows, you roll on or off the never shifting a gear nor a beat.

Or kick it up a notch 3rd, carving through the and making time. With forward and high with the mini apes, and your firmly planted on the semi-forward the Sportster 1200 paints a stance.

Looking cool comes at the expense of comfort, but the on the Sportster 1200 are well Even with the taller the riding position isn’t a or backache-producing experience on all-day and H-D found the perfect mid-point outstretched and bent legs.

At freeway speeds, about the time you’ll find shifting up to 5th gear, the Sportster Custom continues to be a smooth, ride. The rubber-mounted motor vibration to a minimum (except you want it, at idle), making a mount you can comfortably take for a ride without becoming With high handlebars, an seating position, and no fairing, I to collect a lot of wind blast at speeds.

Surprisingly, there is buffeting up to 70 mph.

Cruising the hills on the Sportster 1200 can be as or pulse rousing as you please. The moves through turns with enough cornering for a lively ride. The 16-inch Scorcher’s fat footprint tracks the beefy rubber giving of confidence, especially when or debris crosses your Despite the wide front steering is not heavy.

With 30 degrees of rake, the sits in a nice spot pure sporting and cruising.

The effective rear rotor can most of your deceleration If you plan ahead, you’ll touch the right lever on handlebar. When immediate action is required, the Sportster’s larger 300mm disc up uses the wide rubber to effect. Also, at both Harley has given the 1200 braided steel brake and more-rigid calipers.

The optional ABS into action when I the foot pedal a bit too hard; ABS works, thought it is not remotely

Suspension on the Sportster 1200 is hobbled by the meager just-over-two of travel at the rear wheel are twice as many up front). a fine ride on smooth but over patchwork pavement and the and bumps of under-maintained urban the preload-adjustable dual shocks take enough of the edge off to be The high-profile tires add some but it’s still inadequate.

The faster the pace, the worse the Stick to decently maintained and you will be just fine.

on the bike are mostly spot on, good feel and action at the and foot levers. Finding at a stop, or even while up to a stop, isn’t as easy as I’d though.

I am not a fan of H-D’s individual and right turn signals. H-D they are right where you them to be, but the thumb-activated buttons get a from me. I do not have small wear women’s large I have to readjust my throttle for my thumb to reach the button.

The saving grace is that are self-cancelling.

As an around-town bike, the 1200 Custom is hard to The power is easily managed, yet when you need it. Getting up to speeds only requires a twist of the throttle. In rural country, you’ll be satisfied the handling of the Custom, with thanks going to the confidence fat Michelin Scorcher tires.

with a 4.5-gallon fuel stops for gas are infrequent no matter you’re riding.

Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster Custom
Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster Custom

The big-inch certainly have their yet a maneuverable and agile bike the 2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster Custom is always going to be an ride for urban dwellers. H-D1 customization options you to “own” the Custom to whatever you choose. Harley promotes the Custom as a fat custom, and it lives up to the

Photography by Don Williams

Riding Style

Helmet: RX-Q Vibe

Jacket: Women’s Moxie 3-in-1

Gloves: Harley-Davidson Women’s Heated Gloves

Pants: Bros Aegis-K

Boots: Footwear Rosa

2014 Sportster 1200 Custom


Engine…Air-cooled, Evolution

overhead valves with self-adjusting lifters; two valves per

Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster Custom
Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster Custom
Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster Custom
Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster Custom

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