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2016 Sportster Forty-Eight or 2015 Dyna Fat Bob

  • 2016 Sportster Forty-Eight

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So I Haven't test ride either yet, I will this week but I could use any advice I can get. Its important I get a bike my wife and I can take long trips on. The Forty-Eight has a 4.2 gallon gas tank. The Fat Bob is good for two-up though, is the difference regarding riding two-up between the two going to matter enough? While I love the look of the Forty-Eight, the Fat Bob may be more comfortable and I still love the look. The Forty-Eight looks better in my opinion.
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Personally I consider the 48 a solo rider and if you are just starting to ride, that's what I'd get. Ride it for a year or so and then get a two up rider. It's best to not endanger a passenger without truly mastering riding solo and that can take years but after a season you should be good to go. The whole dynamics of any bike changes drastically going two up. If you are dead set to get a two up rider then I'd go with the fatty. But you can, with much extra money, get the 48 to go two up, I just wouldn't do it.
 

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Hog is giving you good advise if you can afford to do it that way.
 

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Personally I consider the 48 a solo rider and if you are just starting to ride, that's what I'd get. Ride it for a year or so and then get a two up rider. It's best to not endanger a passenger without truly mastering riding solo and that can take years but after a season you should be good to go. The whole dynamics of any bike changes drastically going two up. If you are dead set to get a two up rider then I'd go with the fatty. But you can, with much extra money, get the 48 to go two up, I just wouldn't do it.
What would I need to change on the 48 to go two up? And also just curious why wouldn't you do it? Thanks for the advice
 

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What would I need to change on the 48 to go two up? And also just curious why wouldn't you do it? Thanks for the advice
Have you even sat on one? There is barely enough room for one person. That’s why. Look up a two passenger saddle for one to get started and you’ll see how small the passenger area is. If you got a skinny butt gal it might work but she’ll want a sissybar as well, just to keep from rocketing off the back. Then some heavy duty shocks. You might be able to go two up for awhile but if she’s smart she’ll leave you the first chance she gets. It’s just not a two up bike as far as I’m concerned. But it’s her bottom.
 

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As a long time Sportster rider, and I love mine, stay away from the Sportster for 2 up riding. It just ain't built fir it. And if you're planning on long trips, fuhgeddaboudit, you would be extremely uncomfortable in a very short time.
 

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I'm prejudiced, I just like the Dyna better, so that's what I voted for. Also I've watched youtube videos of people traveling on a Sportster, but they're always traveling one up. I think two up, you'd be more comfortable on the Dyna, but I'm prejudiced. :cool:
 

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I don't think prejudice has anything to do with it RG. Two up on a Sportster is terrible for a long ride. Dyna would be my choice as well, even though I don't do long rides.
 

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I'm beginning to wonder if I'm going to get to take a long ride. If it isn't corona virus shinola, it's some expense cutting in to my vacation ride fund.
 

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I was just thinking back to the day I spent riding a Sportster. It would not be comfortable for me with a passenger, but then I'm 6'2" and back then, about 200 lbs. If I were a bit shorter and not so fat, I don't know. Short two up rides might be okay, don't know about a long ride two up.
 

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I am woman that rides her own sportster. De
finately not a 2 up bike for long rides! My old man rides a dyna and spent alot of mile
s on the back of that bike. Way better choice for 2. Not ideal really but when he put detachable backrest on it was pretty good.
With that said, on my sporty i gave him a ride (just a short one when nobod
Y could see him riding bitch haha) but it was too much weight for the bike and the shocks, my tire rubbed the fender. I took passenger pegs off even now. Its
Not a 2up bike. I
should also say between the 2 of us we don't weigh even 300lbs. I also agree you def should ride awhile b
efore having a passenger.
Just a ladies opinion
 

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Have you made a decide yet? Or are you still having some internal debate? If all else fails, find a cheaper Sportster, maybe 10 years old or so, still have the same engine, still be fuel injected, but it will be cheaper, (probably with some nice accessories) you can pay it off sooner.

If it meets your expectations, great! Trade it for a new Sportster when you pay it off. If it doesn't meet your needs, trade it for a newer Dyna after it's paid off.

Just another wrench to throw in to the works. :oops:
 

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Have you made a decide yet? Or are you still having some internal debate? If all else fails, find a cheaper Sportster, maybe 10 years old or so, still have the same engine, still be fuel injected, but it will be cheaper, (probably with some nice accessories) you can pay it off sooner.

If it meets your expectations, great! Trade it for a new Sportster when you pay it off. If it doesn't meet your needs, trade it for a newer Dyna after it's paid off.

Just another wrench to throw in to the works. :oops:
Good thinking RG. I never buy new. My current Sportster was eight years old when I bought it. Been through a lot but no regrets. Been heavily modified and love it that way, but definitely not a two up bike.
 

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Have you made a decide yet? Or are you still having some internal debate? If all else fails, find a cheaper Sportster, maybe 10 years old or so, still have the same engine, still be fuel injected, but it will be cheaper, (probably with some nice accessories) you can pay it off sooner.

If it meets your expectations, great! Trade it for a new Sportster when you pay it off. If it doesn't meet your needs, trade it for a newer Dyna after it's paid off.

Just another wrench to throw in to the works. :oops:
Thanks you for the advice. That's what I'm going to do! I think I'm gunna go cheaper and get more comfortable riding. I can't wait to start riding! It'll be new to me!
 
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