2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow Review — H-D Sportster

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Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster – First Ride Evolution is but worth it.

Not since the Great Engine Mounting of 2004 has a big change been made to the In fact, the big change came year, when H-D used a new technology on its new XR1200 Sportster, everybody liked so well H-D it might not be a bad idea to use it on some of the bikes, too. That’s it’s the radial motorcycle . a recent invention of the Michelin Company, circa 1984.

The motorcycle tire uses its construction to lay down a bigger patch for more grip, the reduced friction of its inner typically allows it to run cooler a bias-ply tire, thus suiting the radial to high-speed More grip and better handling are things the venerable 883 about as much as a housecat a wristwatch, might be your reaction but, in fact, the new is a much nicer machine to as a result of its new rubber and the changes accompany it—which include shocks out back wrapped in springs, a restuffed seat, a new bend and even revised geometry.

It all, not surprisingly, adds up to a that rides smoother and better. It’s a little to say what percentage of the smooth new is due to the tires, and what part is to the new shocks and seat foam, but the case, the SuperLow XL883L more effectively dispatches the bumps your coccyx to recall riding over on month’s Iron 883 test

Over bad pavement, where all Sportsters feel somewhat riding a depleted uranium through an armored outhouse (at around 550 pounds, they’re little bikes), the SuperLow more like a modern rolling over some Nice work.

Compared to the front wheel assembly tire, brake rotor) it the new 120/70ZR18-Michelin-shod front is less a pound lighter, but its smaller reduces spin inertia by 25 percent, according to H-D’s Weber, Principal Engineer of Dynamics. Out back, where a radial on a 4.5-inch wheel the old 150/80-16 bias-ply tire, the is more dramatic: a weight of 5 pounds and 38 percent less inertia.

That much unsprung weight jacking up and a few inches from your is a difference you can feel in a number of Not only does it help a better ride, the lighter of the new tires/wheels at both ends of the notches up all aspects of performance. The quarter-mile run of 14.42 seconds at mph is three-tenths quicker and 5 mph faster what the Iron 883 pulled The 0-60-mph time is fourth-tenths at 6.1 seconds.

It can’t hurt that bike spun the dyno 5 harder than our last 883 to the tune of 49.9 hp.

Uh, where we? Tires, right… The overall of the new radial out back is only a few less than that of the old tire (it looks like so one tooth bigger on the countershaft keeps gearing close to

Engineer Weber, who also on the XR1200. compliments Michelin on how they listened to and worked with H-D to produce a pair of that really complement the front that gives steering feel and precision, and a that works with the to provide confident, steady-state

That much less mass really lightens and the Sportster’s steering, not that it was all that heavy. The XR1200 project is what got the SuperLow rolling, and that experience led the H-D to the idea that more would benefit the SuperLow New triple-clamps and fork blanks trail from 4.6 inches to 5.5 inches on the new bike.

Together with a new pullback the SuperLow does provide nice, neutral, precise with a greatly reduced toward the parking-lot-speed front-wheel endemic to bikes like the variety, narrow-handlebarred Iron 883 (a Harley’s research says new really dislike). The new bar also away with the Iron’s ergos we complained about month. It reaches back to most riders in a neutral, place that’s good for around town, as well as freeway hops and pretty everything in between.

It’s all so and precise and good and happy, it like H-D even upgraded the internals! What a beautiful day, let’s ride the wind! Wow!

Feel how it bends into this Gee, the old Sporty feels a transformed GRAAAUNNCH. Wobble,

Sigh…all the build-up makes it sadder that the SuperLow on with truly reprehensible clearance—maybe even worse before. No, we’re not talking pace: The first peg-feeler occurred while stuck a dually pickup on our favorite twisty section. Shortly following a bit more scrapage, peg feelers broke off.

Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow
Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow

No big loss, really, but after gone you’ll want to some caution: On the right the exhaust pipes would nothing better than to you into oncoming traffic. On the the kickstand tang would to direct you into yon rock How can this be?

It all seemed so promising moments before…yet another romance quashed, Crying style. You return dejected, chicken strips on your new Michelin radials visible on Earth.

On a positive note, if you to teach yourself to “hang there is no better trainer, and in maxing out the spring preload on the shocks does provide a more clearance. In any case, experienced riders need to what they’re riding at all and exercise due caution.

Alas, is giving the people what want, and what beginning want (the prime for the Sportster) is a low seat. H-D’s Planning Manager for the Sportster, Falkner, says women about 50 percent of 883 Low buyers, and 60 percent of the bike’s audience is than 35 years old (and mind that most women out riding seem to be than my 5-foot-8 self in to way younger).

Among buyers with than two years of riding says Falkner, the 883 ranks way up Making those people on the showroom floor is Job One, and a low seat is how you do it; going around is a bridge new riders can scrape when they come to it.

In to giving the people what want in terms of increased and better suspension, Sportster also asked for more capacity, and they got it in the form of the tank from the 1200 Returning around 45 mpg, the should have excellent but our low-fuel light comes on at 120-130 miles anyway because our 4.5-gallon H-D tank holds 4.2 gallons when completely dry).

On our SuperLow, still about 1.4 gallons in the when the light comes on. Oh the one other thing new riders is cheap: The SuperLow will for $7999.

So close, and yet…a little too to the pavement for our taste. For beginners, that’s okay. If you like the and cornering clearance isn’t an you care about, this is the sweetest-riding Sportster ever in a line. (And in truth, I recall my baby brother, the City fireman, ever about his Nightster’s cornering And the SuperLow is H-D’s “entry-level”

What the heck, why not pick one up, and if, you’ve found your sea you find yourself levering the off the ground all the time, it’s a step up to the new XR1200X. And a giant for motorcycle kind.

Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow
Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow
Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow
Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow
Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow


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