If at some point, your Harley Davidson Sportster seems just a bit underpowered to you, but you just can’t get over the bike’s feel, then it might just be time to step into a ride like the 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Low. Of the four bikes which comprise the 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Lineup, The Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Low is undeniably the most polished.
The 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Low
Touting Harley Davidson’s mid-sized 73.3 cubic inch air-cooled V-twin, the Sportster 1200 Low is only marginally less powerful than it’s larger-displacement stablemates. This imbalance, however, is mitigated by the fact that the Sportster 1200 Low weighs in at just 581 pounds, approximately seventy pounds lighter than bikes in the next-tier Dyna lineup. The Low also carries the Sportster lineup’s distinctively sportier ride characteristics. Smaller Sportster models might be easier to flick around turns, but the 1200 Low has its share of grip, too.
If chrome is your thing, then the 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Low easily accommodates your need. The engine case, while displaying Harley’s signature attention to detail, practically shines with chrome from the accent pieces to the air cleaner to the engine case and more.
Specs for the 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Low
While the 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Low shares a name with the smaller-displacement 883 Sportster models, the similarities pretty much end there. The seat height is slightly higher at 26.3 inches, and it’s a hair longer with a 60.1 inch wheelbase. The Air-cooled Evolution engine makes for a fine commuter, returning it’s rider a respectable 57 miles per gallon on the highway, and 42 miles per gallon in the city. While 883 Sportster models aren’t very well suited to two-up riding, the 1200 Low is ready, with just the power you need to travel with a “back warmer” A five-speed transmission is old-school Harley Davidson, in light of the current 6-speed shifters being installed in the bigger bikes the last few years, but the Sportster 1200 Low still rides without overreving, even at highway speeds, in fifth gear as though it were the most natural thing in the world.
Available colors for the 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Low
While your color options aren’t particularly overwhelming for the ’11 1200 Low, they do provide some cool-looking hues. Classy and understated is the Merlot Sunglo, and Vivid Black is typical fare for Harley Davidson. Cool Blue Pearl has a timeless look to it that seems snatched right off an old Panhead bike.
Pricing starts out for the Sportster 1200 Low at around $9899, not including whatever rebates and incentives Harley decides to offer when you go looking. The two color options, Merlot Sunglo and Cool Blue Pearl, will set you back a few more bucks, bringing your MSRP to $10,189, but you could probably haggle that down a bit if you tried. Check out the wheel options here, too, before you make your purchase. Your dealer should be able to find you just the right bike for you so that you won’t have to settle for someone else’s dream bike.
While the Sportster line of Harley Davidson motorcycles clearly isn’t for everyone, the 1200 Low is an enticing second bike for those who have come to enjoy the capabilities of the smaller Sportster bikes. If you just can’t see yourself astraddle of a big Harley Twin yet, or even if you feel just a bit intimidated by the full-on touring bikes that Harley has to offer, the Sportster 1200 Low has a lot of refinement, coupled with Harley’s none-too-subtle brand awareness, without all the gimmicks you might find a bit pretentious. More than a lot of bikes on the market, the Sportster 1200 Low is all about feeling good while you’re motoring down the road.