Buying Guide — Harley-Davidson Sportster

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Harley-Davidson XL 1200L Sportster Superlow


The Harley-Davidson Sportster is an motorcycle that was introduced in as a competitor for the high-performance bikes produced by the British that selling in the United States in numbers. The Sportster was one of the first to be fitted with rear-suspension parent bike, the Model K was the first) and it was also the first of the to be fitted with a higher overhead-valve engine.

The look of the sportier Harley-Davidson was immediately of the popular British bikes were dominating the sports-oriented scene in the late 1950s, it had a similar profile to the Triumph and proved to be very popular in the demographics in the US motorcycle market.

The 900cc V-twin engine had a 45 offset and could produce at 5,500rpm, it had a top speed of somewhere in the range and a total weight of Somewhat amazingly, that engine would stay in for 28 years until it was replaced the Evolution engine in 1986.

This long production run is news for prospective Sportster as it means there’s a vast for spare parts, an immense of mechanical know-how and a brilliant of people around the country who to meet other Sportster talk shop and offer hard-learnt advice.

Some in the community will try to tell you the Sportster is a “beginners” bike but I with that sentiment strongly – The very first were essentially motorised they were designed to be manoeuvrable and capable of racing Indians, Cyclones, Hendersons, and Popes with relatively few The large, highway cruising, plated motorcycles we all associate the Harley-Davidson brand nowadays didn’t come about many decades later, the Sportster is actually the truest of the original DNA of the company.

A Timeline of the

1957 – This was the first of the Sporster, it used the Ironhead engine, it had twin-spring rear and was aimed squarely at younger who valued speed and performance everything else.

1972 – The Ironhead engine was most notably with a new capacity in place of its original volume.

1975 – This was the that the DOT specified that all sold in the USA had to have a standardised, gear shift. The Sportster was from right to left and other bikes did the same, the Norton Commando.

1986 – The all Evolution engine was introduced either an 883cc or 1100cc volume. This marked the end of the for the now legendary Ironhead power-plant, a remarkable 28 year production

1988 – Due to popular demand, the engine option was increased in to 1200cc, this engine has been kept through to the day, as has the original 883cc

1988 – The classic butterfly was switched out for a more modern velocity unit.

1991 – The now 4-speed transmission is replaced an all-new 5-speed unit.

1991 – A belt drive the chain drive on the 883 Deluxe and all of the models, the belt drive is now with the Harley-Davidson name and away with the tedious of maintaining the chain.

1993 – drive was now standardised on all Sportster 883 meaning the entire line is now belts.

1994 – HD made the oil tank and clutch standard on all in the Sportster range, this be a continuation of the slew of improvements to the model line throughout the A new, weather-proof electrical with fully-sealed connectors was introduced, further improving

1995 – The long run of the mechanical comes to an end with the introduction of an speedo on all models.

1996 – The Sportster Custom is introduced for the time. This bike is a with some of the chrome, and refinements usually only on larger Harleys. It’s known as a “starter cruiser” and has a popular member of the Sportster for over 17 years now.

1998 – XL1200S This performance Sportster was fitted dual spark plugs and cams, it became popular those who wanted a solid for building a faster, higher Sportster.

2000 – Sealed bearings and better performing brake callipers were across the range, continuing slow but steady improvement for the model.

Harley-Davidson XL 1200L Sportster Superlow

2004 – This was a big for the Sportster, the frame had been redesigned and now used a rubber system for the engine to reduce The battery was now enclosed, the bike had a redesigned hamcan, transmission and a new oil tank. There were other modest changes, this the biggest update the range since the introduction of the engine in 1986.

2005 – one minor change this the rear axle was expanded to 1″ for stability.

2006 – The new and hotly XR1200 is announced in Europe. The is a modern interpretation of the now legendary race bike, it uses the Evolution V-Twin as the stock with a new Down Draft II fuel injection system.

2007 – Fuel injection is now as standard on all Sportsters.

2008 – The axle is slightly enlarged and the axle is decreased in size a both are now metric and have the size – 25mm.

2010 – The control unit is moved more room for aftermarket selection, one of the most popular purchases for Sportsters.

2014 – is another big year for the Sportster, to 2004 and 1986. An all new electric is installed on all Sportsters, larger are now standard, keyless entry is the Evolution engine has an increased ratio and ABS is offered as an option.

Sportster Sub-Models


The was introduced in 2007 and became popular. It has a retro feel, the engine and is one of the better looking Sportsters (in my opinion). It went on to the “Iron” and “Forty-Eight” which are specified below.

This is an 883cc parallel to the Nightster, it’s now one of the cheapest of the you can buy new and offers great value for looking for a fun, simple that’ll still be running the start of the next century.

Harley-Davidson XL 1200L Sportster Superlow
Harley-Davidson XL 1200L Sportster Superlow
Harley-Davidson XL 1200L Sportster Superlow
Harley-Davidson XL 1200L Sportster Superlow
Harley-Davidson XL 1200L Sportster Superlow


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