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The 2000 Sportster I'm looking to buy has a vibrationin in the front end. The mirrors vibrate so bad you can't use them. The vibration other then that don't seem too bad. This bike was a 883 but was converted to 1200.

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Sorry to tell you but it's a Harley and they vibrate like that! I have owned many Harley's and that the why they are.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

Testimonial: "Thanks for info, it wasn't what I wanted to here, After talking to other Harley owners, they agree with you. Should vibration settle with more speed?"

  • Greg O'Day
    Greg O'Day Nov 20, 2009

    Yes when your going down the road it will not vibrate as much but it will allways vibrate.


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