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- The 2005 Sportster is steady in the corners and anchored on the straights.
- Although it's not exactly a race machine, the Sporty is surprisingly nimble for a cruiser.
- Mid-corner stability is one of the highlights of the redesigned chassis.
- In 2004 H-D redesigned the Sportster and what emerged is a remarkably good motorcycle.
- The suspension on the '05 Sportster isn't perfect, but it's up to the task for real world riding.
- Hard parts scrape at modest lean angles, but clearance still beats most cruisers.
- The 883cc engine is pretty peppy for a small bore Twin.
- H-D's look good even at a standstill.
- With enough power to get into trouble, there is no problem showing most cars your backside.
- There are four different models of the Sportster available in 2005, including the custom model show here.
- a pair of 298mm discs help to slow the Sportster, while a single 298mm disc out back completes the process.
- The controls are milled from quality components. Few companies give the details as much attention at H-D.
- Components such as the pipes and air cleaner can easily be swapped out thanks to the vast Screamin' Eagle accessory catalogue.
- A kevlar belt is the final drive mechanism and should give owners plenty of maintenance free days of riding.