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Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Handbook (Performance Handbook Series) Paperback – December 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Performance Handbook Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks Intl; First Edition edition (December 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879386010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879386016
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best deal is a good used copy though.
Grant H.
This book really gives you the little details that will help you make the most of every dollar on performance modifications .
Kevin Geist
Sometimes, his praise of the rubbermounts gets sappy, but overall a good treatment.
M. B. Akins

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
This easy-to-read handbook discusses all aspects of Sportster performance, from engine to suspension modifications. It provides suitable modifications at every price point, from dirt cheap to very expensive. I used it to customize my 1999 883 and am delighted with the results. It also provides valuable lessons for anyone interested in modifying any motorcycle. I would recommend this book to anyone planning to customize their ride.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eric on August 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Great book to get your mind on sensible tuning your Sportster. The book describes all possible good and not so good ways to tune the engine, but is mainly focussed on tuning the 883 and converting an 883 to an 1200.
If you allready own a 1200 you might be looking for information which is not available in this book.
Still a valuable piece in your library.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By road_king on February 8, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was my bible for one of my bikes, a 1990 sportster 883-1200 conversion. It covers a lot of the history of the sportster & theory on what can be done to hop it up & keep it rideable. Even if you aren't going to do anything yourself you should probably read this book so you'll know what to have done. It's a nice read too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cameron M. Krise on July 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Pass on the hype.....this book is a soft general overview. However it lacks on technical details. It focuses mainly in two areas, 883 coversion and history. Again the 883 conversion IS NOT TECHNICALLY DEEP and I would even venture to say lacking. I was disapointed in this book. Not recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Buzz backs up his performance recommendations with solid test data and easy to understand engineering explanations. I followed his guidance and got the performance figures he said I would. It's an educational and entertaining book that I read over and over.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Mckinney on March 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
Buzzelli's masterpiece on H-D Sporster performance. Not simply his opinions, but recommendations are backed up by tried and true testing. If you're a Sportster owner--get this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Lukz on March 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Though this book discussed and touches on many different performance modifications it lacks ANY true technical information and is merely a good read for those interested in history and development more so than how to get true performance gains. Most of the technical information is severely outdated (late 80's and early 90's) and supports methodology which has been proven as a performance LOSS in this day and age (such as mirror finish port polishing!)

Is a nostalgic rag to be read but not a guide to go by...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin D. Hall on December 23, 2009
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I bought the book to help me pick components for a complete build. It did a better job of giving me the history. I would have appreciated a little more detail about component numbers and what parts fit with what. It spend more time telling me about the 2004 upgrades. If you have a bike older than 2004 do not buy this book. He dose not talk about much other than 2004!
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