2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Iron Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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Harley-Davidson XL883N Sportster Iron

2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Comparison

The Iron 883 flexes its against the new kid on the block, the 2014 Bolt, and its long-time rival, the Bonneville, in our 2013 Sportster 883 Comparison video.

It comes as no that the 2013 Iron 883 is a sharp-looking bike. It’s to beat Harley’s paint, The Company going the extra by hand-finishing the tank. The machined stand out as the best of the bunch, and on the everything is tightly packaged. better way to make the bike’s Orange paint pop than to set it a black canvas, from the of the 883 engine and its rocker covers to the and handlebars.

Character is one thing never in short supply on a

That character extends to the rubber-mounted 883 Evolution engine. up the Sportster and it’s the old familiar sound and sensation. The “Blockhead” in one variation or another, has been since 1984 after But it’s also amongst the strengths and weaknesses, as that and roll translates to plenty of at idle. Get it up to speed in the high rpm and a hard vibration transfers to the

Getting onto the freeway in fourth gear at 70mph it like my foot was going to off the peg. It renders the mirrors useless too because everything a blur.

Harley’s hand-finished with the Candy Orange pops against the black provided by the bike’s powder-coated rocker covers, frame and

When we headed to the hills and got the up to speed, it initially tracks and is capable of holding a line, but the spirited the pace became, its in this test became evident too.

Fire up the and you’re greeted with the old Harley sound and sensation as the engine, in one variation or another, has around since 1984.

Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 Dyno Chart

Wring out the 883’s throttle and be rewarded a healthy shot of torque. The powerplant makes most of its between 3200 4200 rpm and with the way it can pull up from a low rpm without lugging. On the other end of the in a wide-open fifth gear we found a nice top end surge. For around town, there’s than ample power.

And while a peek at the dyno confirms its power delivery is linear, it also has the shortest of the three. First gear out at approximately 42mph and often we ourselves short-shifting to maximize its Off the line it couldn’t launch the authority of the other two, in because its clutch engages so in the lever release that by the it does, the other two are hooking up and out.

Compared to the peppy it felt particularly sluggish. The that it’s the heaviest of the bunch doesn’t help either.

We were surprised to the Sportster is the heaviest in this because its slender profile it seem smaller and more at slow speed maneuvers the Bolt. This is due in part to its wheelbase, at 59.8-inches it’s two smaller than the Star, and a seat set at a laden 25.7-inches. also lowered the suspension and back, so the Iron 883 sports the center of gravity of the three.

benefits low-speed handling and parking lot maneuvers a cinch. It allows riders to cut the bike in for easy U-turn action.

When we headed to the hills and got it up to the Sportster initially tracks and is capable of holding a line, but the spirited the pace became, its became more evident. The fork is softly sprung and have much travel so it stability at speed in the turns. the Bolt, its lean angle quickly, and the footpeg feelers down early and often.

If any type of lip in the road like the at the entrance to just about parking lot, the fork out harshly with a 220-pound onboard.

One area unaffected by the fork was bringing the bike to a as the Iron 883 didn’t demonstrate an of fork dive under braking. Conducting our acceleration out at Chuckwalla allowed us free to mash some brakes and braking pressure when on both front and rear is even. The Sportster’s Michelin tires grab asphalt while the back tire lock up and fishtail like the unit of the Bolt did.

And the rear single-piston caliper on the disc provided solid the same couldn’t be same for the arrangement on the front.

Harley-Davidson XL883N Sportster Iron

“The Sporster’s weight most, perhaps, during where its single-disc front felt the least potent. The felt wooden compared to the feel from the Bonneville and the Bolt,” said Motorcycle Managing Editor, Bart

If there’s one thing that’s as as the lumping cadence of the Harley and the signature note emanating its exhaust, it’s The Motor transmission. It’s common that the fast spinning engage with an audible thanks to gearing ratios set to the immediately accessible torque is also Harley’s signature.

But the gearbox on the Iron 883 delivers sure shifts and deserves for reliability. As mentioned, its gearing as wide as the other two, so are running through those more so than the other in the test. Fortunately, missed aren’t an issue.

We had more with the way first gear engage until the end of the release of the lever that allowed the bikes to get the drop on the Sportster.

One we did like about the Iron 883 is the way you can up to the slender-profiled bike. Its airbox jut out like the Bolt and its cylinder aren’t as bulky either. a seat that drops in to the bike, mid-mount controls tuck your legs in, and bars within easiest of the three, the rider’s triangle on the 883 allows for an intimate connection the motorcycle.

It’s by the far the easiest to get feet on the ground at full-stops and has an ideal for riders of smaller stature. My wife, who is a rider, sat on it and said the was perfect for her. But for me at six-foot-tall and for who is even taller, the rider’s crunches us up a bit because it is so compact.

the 2013 Iron 883 doesn’t up to the other bikes in engine and handling, the crew from built it like a tank. The between the neck and downtubes are the frame is sturdy, and there’s a Sportster’s last for years.

Sportster definitely hits fit and finish. Instrumentation, levers, feels more solid and than the other two rides. The tank on the Harley feels and the whole bike may shake, but it feel like it’s to fall apart.

The Bolt and Triumph tanks flimsy by comparison and the controls Madson said.

Harley’s is the original that everyone to emulate. Because of its price and purpose as a gateway bike, it is a important model for The Motor At $7999, it costs $300 than the Bonneville, a couple less than the Bolt we tested, but is priced the same as the Bolt.

And while its timeless sets the bar, the bike short in the all-important performance and it felt dated which the 2013 Iron 883 to third-place in our Cruiser Shootout.

Harley-Davidson XL883N Sportster Iron
Harley-Davidson XL883N Sportster Iron
Harley-Davidson XL883N Sportster Iron
Harley-Davidson XL883N Sportster Iron


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