Man, if the only thing holding you back is being worried about being a 'Harley Rider', you've watched too much South Park. You'll love the sportster, but you will want to go to the 1200. The 883 is kinda weak.
"Universal Japanese Motorcycle", or UJM, is a term coined in the mid-1970s by the American Cycle magazine to cover a particular type of Japanese standard motorcycle that became commonplace following the ground-breaking Honda CB750,
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back up a bit. Who cares about "making it my own" If the bike does what you want and you love it as it is, just ride the wheels off it and learn to love it.If it's not exactly right for you in some way, change it, and if it just isn't working for you and you would rather have something else, swap it. The dealer is trying to move s a bike that he can't sell and thinks he can make money on the deal.Bottom line: What do you wan, and what talks to you? If someone built your bike exactly how you want it, it doesn't matter on bit who built or made what. It's not relevant to who you are or to what the bike is. It's just so much hipster B/S that newbies talk that have no idea what they are talking about.It doesn't matter if it's stock or not. What matters is it's yours and you enjoy riding it. And there's the rub. Motorcycles are about riding. That's where the real experience comes from. That's where you and the bike bond or break up.
Sorry to hear about your dad and yes, those bonds are precious but the bike wasn't the bond, it was a way for them to bond. Once they sold it, it moved on as they did. If you decide to keep it and change it up a bit, that's OK. I'm sure they would understand and agree that it's yours now to tweak to make it work or look the way you want it to, however minor or major those changes are. It cannot detract from what it represented for them or to you. They are moving on and so will this bike. If you want to be part of that change, that's great and if not. that's fine too.