2011 Harley Davidson Sportster SuperLow Review — Riding Impressions of…

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Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow

A beginner bike that the Sportster stereotype

Harley-Davidson’s lineup has been around 1957, and though popular, the small-tanked two-wheeler has also criticism for its stiff ride and cruising range.

Though the has been widely considered best bike for beginners is one of our Ten Great Beginner Motorcycles ) the Company re-imagined the bike for in order to make it better to new riders.

Does the 2011 Davidson SuperLow succeed at welcoming new riders to the brand?

The Harley’s Iconic Sportster,

Seat height isn’t the issue when it comes to for a great beginner. intermediate or advanced beginner bike. To address the needs of new riders, asked 883 Low customers and dealers how would improve their bike, and optimized it for newbies.

The revealed three needs: 1) cruising range, 2) better and 3) greater overall comfort. Low (no pun and behold, the Sportster XL883L Though it doesn’t boast the seat height in the 2011 lineup (that honor to the Fat Boy Lo. with its 24.25 inch saddle), the SuperLow’s 25.5 tall seat receives a bucket and thicker cushioning.

Front and rear wheel have shrunk an inch for low-speed handling, suspension has been bumped to 4.1 inches at the forks and 2.5 inches at the rear shocks. Incidentally, the SuperLow’s wheels are lighter, and sit on new Michelin radial tires designed for this model.

In order to more riding range, the features a 4.5 gallon low-profile gas which should enable a range of 236 miles, based on a of its fuel economy estimates of 45 mpg 60 mpg highway. Power comes a rubber-mounted, fuel-injected 883cc with dual-staggered exhaust mated to a 5-speed transmission. its ease of operation are redesigned with more reach. steering geometry, and a tighter radius.

On the Road: Does This Make Me Look Confident?

The leg reach, as demonstrated by one of the bike’s important target audience: a

Photo © Harley-Davidson

Becoming a rider is all about building and skill, and Harley’s SuperLow both goals through a low of gravity and sharp low speed At 563 pounds, the Harley SuperLow is no but redistributed mass helps Hog feel less ponderous and easy to lift off its side The 883cc v-twin spits out a Harley exhaust snarl, a few low-price details from the disappoint, like the cheap Torx bolt at the steering and the lack of a tachometer or fuel (a warning light illuminates roughly one gallon remains in the

Low speed maneuverability is as sharp as and an informal (and admittedly bounce test performed by on the footpegs revealed a surprising of shock absorption, thanks to travel measuring 4.26 at the front and 2.12 inches at the But there’s a tradeoff for this low seat height that evident during mid and higher-speed early footpeg touchdowns. right and left lean measure 24.7 and 24.4 respectively, though those reflect so-called soft points (ie, when the asymmetrical peg feelers touch); feet off the pegs and letting fold up enables more leans, though there’s ruder awakening lurking those pretty, chrome make contact with putting an abrupt end to banked

Best to carefully modulate inbound speed when it to corner entry, as the SuperLow’s to saddle height come at the of sportiness.

Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow
Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow

Though its handling certainly has its especially on even moderately roads— the SuperLow is surprisingly of absorbing bumps and offering compliance to enable long Interstate hours are relatively with a chair like enabled by the nearby grips and foot controls that low levels of vibration at highway

Touring is also aided by the 4.5 fuel tank, which put our experience of running out of fuel the Sportster Forty-Eight into at 2.1 gallons. that bike has than half the fuel of the SuperLow. And when the going slow, the dual-piston, single front and 260mm rear brakes do a solid job of slowing this steed.

The Bottom Line:

The SuperLow, as it’s about to scrape a lift your leg, and the pipe is next to make with pavement.

Photo © J. Nelson

Beginner bikes by definition, hard sells for riders, primarily because lack the inherent sense of exuded by more menacing Sportbike enthusiasts are often to widow-making literbikes, and cruiser tend to be attracted by big-bore not skinny-tired wannabees.

The 2011 SuperLow succeeds by offering a husky stance and a level of comfort and confidence-inspiring maneuverability was previously unheard of in the Sportster Though hampered by limited angles, the SuperLow’s decent absorption, comfy saddle, and range readiness make it the functional Sportster to date.


Starting at $7,999 in black, the runs a grand more the outgoing 883 Low. which was the bike in the 2010 Harley Though it lacks the slicker, down styling of Dark Sportster variants like the 883. Forty-Eight or Nightster. the added practicality is a welcome for riders who love to pile on the and actually ride— and that’s a sure to attract both and old pros to Harley’s new 2011

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

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