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What's the deal?

I see what a new 883 costs, and what it costs to go to stage 1; make it a 1200. It's at best a few hundred bucks cheaper than just buying a 1200 to start with. And by the time you pay tax, maybe shipping, any other odds and ends, and labor if you pay a shop, it's more expensive. Is this just to be able to upgrade to a 1200 down the road for less than buying a new bike? I wonder how much cheaper that is, really.
 

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Yeap, the big bore kits are to be able to convert an 883 latter on down the road, and as Dodsfall said, if you do the work yourself it's a LOT cheaper.

The terms "Stage 1, Stage 2," and so forth are mostly slang terms and are not universally descriptive, by the way. They're used by a lot of different people and mean a lot of different things. When you hear a Harley owner talking about doing a "Stage 2 upgrade," for example, the average technician is going to be sure of at least two things: The owner doesn't really know what he's talking about but wants to sound like he does, and the owner will be paying someone else to do the work for him. :wink:
 

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Even Harley doesn't use the terms the same way each time. Some of their "Stage 1" kits have heads, which most people put into the stage 3 or 4 category, and so on and so on. There isn't any universal understanding on the tech side of exactly what constitutes a particular "stage" of upgrade. Slang and marketing.
 
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