Harley-Davidson XL883 Sportster Standard

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Harley-Davidson XL883 Sportster

2006 Harley-Davidson XL883 Standard

Photo courtesy of and Doc’s Harley-Davidson of Bonduel, WI.

As any biker knows, the Sportster has been a bit of a raw-boned rogue of a When it debuted in 1957, it was the thing on two wheels, other rarities such as Vincent Shadows.

Throughout the 1960s, the 883 and the Triumph Bonneville 650 were the two most notorious for their It was, however, a clue the much smaller displacement was even in the same league.

changed in 1969/1970 with the of the 750cc Triumph Trident BSA Rocket 3 triple and Honda inline four. Those absolutely put the Sporty on the trailer. in a line at least.

Several ago, a good friend of at college had a 1980 Sportster He had turned it into a decent by fitting better shocks, low handlebars, higher spring fork springs and stickier I spent quite a bit of time on old four speed, chain bike and found it a fair bit on the highway than the later models, because he had also it taller.

Nowadays, some of the Harley look upon Sportsters as bikes, or beginner bikes. It has a long time since were considered hot wheels, though a stock 1200 is actually faster through the mile than any of the Big Twins. The new with its adjustable suspension, chassis and greater lean is a better bike for sport than any other Milwaukee

The Motor Company vastly the Sportster in the past decade. gone is the paint-shaker vibration due to a new heavier) frame with engine mounts. Also, the replacement of the old CV carburetor with fuel injection meant accurate mixture and better throughout the rev range.

After owned or ridden a number of hp motorcycles over the years, I mostly grown out of stroking my ego and that brute speed. I do like larger displacement, turning engines with of torque, much as I prefer V8 cars.

It was this in mind I sampled the last of the standard suspension XL883’s at my local now sadly out of business due to the economy. I whether the basic 883 still had cojones to put a grin on this face.

The bike was a medium metallic monochromatic simplicity. Engine were polished aluminum, not and clear coated. The sole is a speedometer with … for turn signals, neutral and beam.

The handlebar reminded me a lot of BMW “S” units. Rather narrow and it places one in a slightly forward crouch that makes riding much more than those high best suited for those who to pose, rather than

Insert key in the ignition lock on the side of the steering head, and the starter. The classic H-D rumble the shorty duals filled the A nice tone, without too darn loud.

I always did riding with loud to be tiring on all day excursions.

The seat is firm and lacks support. As the bike from a company commonly sells bikes in the range, it lacked a rear rear footpegs, tachometer and any save the turn signals.

Click into first and ride off. What is is the relative quietness of the drivetrain. did do a good job taking an early engine design and making it quiet, more durable, fuel efficient and slightly powerful. Piston squirters oil to the underside of those nearly 4” to help keep them on this air-cooled engine.

The of the V-twin comes through the and pegs, but thankfully doesn’t your derriere to sleep any due to the rubber mounts. They

The transmission, while it could not with the clickety click of a engine, is typically better the BMW twin I am used to riding. It relatively light engagement, shifting without false and was far easier to find neutral first at a stop than any Sporty I had ever ridden. action was also quite progressively engaging and a fairly lever.

What about Well, that depends on you are used to and how fast you want to go. At 43 rear wheel horsepower, certainly no speedball.

Somehow it seems enough, at least for of smaller stature riding Running it up through the gears fifth, top cog. I didn’t it anywhere near maximum as it was a new bike, but ran it up to just a tad over no sweat.

I would expect it would top out at 90 or so, limited by power, aerodynamic and gearing.

The upright riding provides a fairly secure The footpegs on the rubber bikes sit than the solid engine so the feel is less cramped. the extra width means a less ground clearance, so with racer inclinations look elsewhere, if 42hp indication enough.

For just around town, short or the occasional ride to the coast, I thought it would be just I’d probably change the seat, the suspension and add a passenger seat and the same stuff my buddy did 30 ago. I might also fit a brace and stainless brake for better feel. (These are available from your H-D dealer. -Editor.)

The factory injection means there’s tuning options. There are catalogued Screamin’ Eagle legal mufflers, a high air filter and performance ignition most Sportster owners immediately avail themselves of upgrades to unleash additional The bike also runs without the stock EPA restrictions.

You can economically upgrade your motor to 1200cc, should the move you, and turn pussycat into a tiger. See Harley dealer for details.

For excursions, fit up one of Harley’s excellent detachable Plexiglas windshields, the one I fitted to my Wide Glide, and on some soft leather and hit the road. With the 3.3 gallon tank, at 55-60mpg on the highway a range of 140 miles is possible stopping for petrol.

The compelling about the Sportster is that EFI, hydraulic valve reduced maintenance final drive and spin on oil filter, is easy to access. Performing inspection and maintenance is a breeze to the complexity of most modern This is not a trifling matter at $100/hour shop rates.

If you are at all with wrenches, a Sportster is an way to get into (or back into) without flattening your At the price of far more mundane the five or so large for a clean Sportster will provide you many years of memories and I might look at a similar Bonneville, but then again, I not.

Sadly, the “standard” Sportster mid-mount footpegs, tall and seat, has gone out of production, in of XL883 “Low” and “Custom” A pity, if you ask me.

To me, its just another of a machine that’s been so long most of us take it for but it has evolved into something, nice. Bet that was the furthest from the mind of a 1960’s owner with kick-start and a magneto ignition!


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