A fat-tired, slow-slung cruiser, the 2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom lives up to its name. With plenty of chrome, wire-spoked 16-inch wheels, and an attitude-charged profile, the Custom name is covered; emulsion shocks and cartridge forks, along with Michelin Scorcher 31 tires and a bit of cornering clearance salutes the Sportster moniker.
The feet-forward stance looks good, and the pullback bars make for good ergonomics. With a cavernous 4.5-gallon tank, you won’t want to run it dry in one stint, but fewer gas stops is always a good thing. Not quite as steady as you might like on the freeway at open road speeds, the Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200C is an excellent around town bike with plenty of style.Read our Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Review.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Specs
Type: Evolution V-twin
Bore x stroke: 3.5 x 3.811 inches
Displacement: 73.4 cubic inches (1202cc)
Maximum torque: 73 ft/lbs @ 3750 rpm
Compression ratio: 10:1
Fuel system: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Lubrication: Dry sump
Clutch: Web multi-plate
Primary drive: Chain
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Mild tubular steel
Front suspension: Non-adjustable 39mm forks/4.1 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Preload-adjustable emulsion shocks/2.1 inches of travel
Front tire: 130/90 x 16; Harley-Davidson Michelin Scorcher 31
Rear tire: 150/80 x 16; Harley-Davidson Michelin Scorcher 31
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!