*UPDATE: The 1988 Sportster has been sold, but the 2009 is still available.*

At The Motorcycle Shop, we pride ourselves on having an eclectic collection of both new and preowned motorcycles and scooters. And so it seems we always have a couple of Harleys for your consideration.

And right now is no exception. Here are a pair of Sportster 1200 bikes representing two different eras in Harley-Davidson history. In front is a 2009 Sportster XL1200; behind it is a 1988 Sportster XLH1200. In many ways, they are quite similar; in others they couldn’t be more different. Let’s start with the newer bike…

The 2009 Sportster is 1-owner bike, and you can see from the photos that has been extremely well cared-for. It’s predominantly black, with some chrome and matte grey finishes to provide contrast. It features a custom exhaust (of course!) but appears to be mostly stock, although it’s definitely not a basic vanilla Sporty. Since it’s a newer model it features fuel injection and rubber engine mounts to reduce vibration. Hop on the saddle and ride this one proudly down the road!

On the other end of the spectrum is this 1988 Sportster. It simply evokes “old-school Harley” from the look of the engine to the shape of the gas tanks — with two gas caps! (Spoiler: one of the caps is a dummy unit.) Of course it has custom exhaust along with plenty of other custom touches. It also features alloy wheels which were all the rage back in the 1980’s. Since it is a product of the 1980’s it has a carburetor tucked behind that chrome air cleaner. This bike is definitely a conversation starter!

So which one would you choose? Yes, that’s a tough question. The 2009 Sportster is $7,995, while its older sibling is a reasonable $2,995. So it all depends on what you’re looking for in a bike — contemporary good looks or that old-school charm that can’t be reproduced without the passage of time. Either way, you won’t go wrong — both these bikes are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. So be sure to visit the The Motorcycle Shop and see them in person as soon as you can. But don’t delay…someone is going to want one of these — or perhaps both — soon enough!