Harley Davidson Sportster 883 - XL883 Reviews

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The Harley Davidson Sportster 883 - XL883 motorcycle features 883 cc overhead-valve engines and iron heads.
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★★★★☆

“First Harley in 30 years of having a motorcycle license”

Written on: 09/07/2014 by Brabroncy (1 review written)

Bought a 2013 XL883 and love it except for the rough ride. Does anyone else feel like they have been beat up after riding their XL883? My arms, shoulders, & back get sore. It seems so stiff when I go over bumps or RR tracks. Any suggestions or quick fixers so I will enjoy my Harley more than I already do?… Read Full Review

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“I Am Impressed,There is no Bike Like a Harley davidson.”

Written on: 07/05/2013

I am 65 and this is my 5th.bike.I have a 2008 xl 883.You almost need a crpw bar to pry me away from it.What first impressed me was belt drive,electronic fuel injection,"Power:big time,quite so i dont bother my neighbors,comfort,and ease of handling.Ihave owned big rice burners but man you have not rode until you have rode a Harley.what more can i say god bless the people of Harley Davidson. Rusty… Read Full Review

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“ladies first harley 08 xl883”

Written on: 11/08/2012

First,I am a 52 yr old woman,5'5" tall,140 lbs, who hasnt ridden in 30 years!I bought a suzuki gz250 to get back in the hang of it...DONT waste your money!get the harley davidson xl883. its WAY easier to handle! easier stop and go,turns,better control,not to mention,way more power.great looks and great harley sound! get compliments all the time,and it is all stock.only had this for about a month,so we will have to see about durability and reliability and how it is on a long ride. when I first… Read Full Review

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“Came back to motorbikes in last 2-years after a long...”

Written on: 30/12/2010

Came back to motorbikes in last 2-years after a long time off them. Bought an 883R as I'd always fancied a harley and it was a cheap way into the harley badge. Since them bought a 1200C and kept the 883R, I love Sporties, they've got so much character, they're not fast, they never said they were! Would 100% recommend to anyone who's wasn't a speed freak.

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“I am 53 years old and have had bikes since I was...”

Written on: 11/09/2010

I am 53 years old and have had bikes since I was 16....well mopeds and then bikes. I have owned all sorts of bikes from a GT250 Suzuki to a CBR 1000 Honda and a BMW R100RS and last Christmas I decided to sell my Bandit and give up biking, so I sold the Bandit....that lasted for two weeks and then I missed having a bike! I bought a 2007 Sportster with 800 miles on it and all I can say is it's the best thing I ever did! I love riding my Harley, I have put another 1100 miles on the clock this… Read Full Review

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“I have an 07 883 XL with vanes and hines exhaust. What...”

Written on: 04/03/2010

I have an 07 883 XL with vanes and hines exhaust. What a great bike i prefer these than the big beefy Harley,s . Just put the 883 R chrome handle bars on it and forward controls for a wider hand position and strectched leg riding position FANTASTIC FANTASTIC change . Love this bike , the looks the sound and the way people look when i pass by them… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“good all round bike but i hade to change the seat...”

Written on: 15/12/2009

good all round bike but i hade to change the seat standard one is uncomfortable.feels a lot better with forward controls.i runs well but a little underpowered but better with a stage one tune… Read Full Review

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“1st bike i own XL883C, cool ride for begginers!...”

Written on: 04/11/2009

1st bike i own XL883C, cool ride for begginers! 80-120km/h excelent ride, smooth and comfortable! fuel range about 20km/lt good acceleration! i am 1.83mts tall @100kgs, saddle bags sissy bar, and also tall wife! Still the bike runs very fast! very easy to manouver! still 200kgs on the bike and you can handle it easy!
Cons.tall guys... ride 1hr+ and forward controls not enough!
Very happy!
go for it.....!… Read Full Review

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“Best general purpose bike on the market: Looks great,...”

Written on: 25/10/2009

Best general purpose bike on the market: Looks great, more than adequate performance, uber reliable. I have 30000 plus miles on mine w/o as much as a cough. Post 2003 XLs have a rubber mounted motor and are SMOOTH. Gets a bit cramped two-up on long trips, but solo is unbeatable for any purpose from commuting to touring. NOT your dad's oil leaking, vibrating, high maintenance monster. The Sportster is the worlds longest running production bike with 50 some years on the road - the bugs are… Read Full Review

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“just bought my first ever harley after wanting one for...”

Written on: 29/09/2009

just bought my first ever harley after wanting one for so many years, i have a Harley Davidson Sportster 883, cant complain at all, good points.... the riding posistion is very comfortable even on long journeys,fuel economy is very good,the breaks are very good since introducing double discs on the front,cant really finda bad thing to say at the moment and hope i never have too,just an all round good quality cruiser,say no more… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great bike, value for the money. The Sportster 883 is...”

Written on: 30/07/2009

Great bike, value for the money. The Sportster 883 is a great cruiser for any type of riding. It's easy on gas and the fuel injection is super. No more letting it warm up, it cranks right up and ready to run. I think everbody should own a XL 883 and start riding. You get alot of bike for the money and Harley's never brake down. It's a good bike, ready to get another one… Read Full Review

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“The Harley Davidson Sportster 883 - XL 883 is a very...”

Written on: 29/03/2009 by stevefour (1 review written)

The Harley Davidson Sportster 883 - XL 883 is a very good reliable bike. Handles very well. Add some python slip-ons and screaming eagle air cleaner w/ k&n filter and get a boost in preformance and a great sound. Great starter bike or someone who doesn't want to mortage the house for a big twin… Read Full Review

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“Overall, the Harley Davidson Sportster 883 - XL 883 is...”

Written on: 09/03/2009

Overall, the Harley Davidson Sportster 883 - XL 883 is a great bike to begin with. Will likely be moving up in the future to big V-twin. Good points are Pretty flat torque curve for the majority of the rpm range, decent acceleration when riding solo, comfortable seat, great handling. Bad points are two-up riding is uncomfortable on the stock seat for the passenger after about an hour. Acceleration suffers significantly with a passenger… Read Full Review

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“This bike is without doubt fantastic value for money....”

Written on: 09/02/2009

This bike is without doubt fantastic value for money. Comfortable, loud , raw but pretty looking. It is American steel and ouzes class. I have had my 07 Harley xl for 10 months now and have still to arrange my first road trip. A real head turning Iron horse in pacific blue… Read Full Review

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“If you want a bike for head down tail up riding then...”

Written on: 01/01/2009 by Tohatsu (1 review written)

If you want a bike for head down tail up riding then the Harley Davidson Sportster may not be for you. But for those looking for an enjoyable biking experience, then this is it… Read Full Review

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“My orange Centennial 2003 Harley Davidson Sportster XL...”

Written on: 25/11/2008 by alberthoorn (2 reviews written)

My orange Centennial 2003 Harley Davidson Sportster XL 883 is a real experience. You have to ride it regularly to keep used to it. It always attracts people, when they see it. It is a beautiful Harley after all.
It has its quirks but when used as conceived (slow cruising) the bike is excellent and due to the relaxing engine character and the stability and once driving
when purchased 2nd hand with 3000km (now 11.000km) on the odo the engine was stock and was mainly vibrating instead of offering… Read Full Review

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“I've had my 2008 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 XL for...”

Written on: 02/11/2008 by Baddog19 (1 review written)

I've had my 2008 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 XL for six months and done about 3000kms.
In stock form the bikes are really inadequate in all areas a motorcycle needs to be good in.
I have done everything possible to improve my bike since I bought it.
Here's a quick list of what you need to do to bring these bikes up to an acceptable level of performance:
The brakes are rubbish for such a heavy bike, spongy and weak. Change those shitty rubber hoses to stainless braided lines front and rear. They… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Overall...im not happy with my bike i got a 06...”

Written on: 05/10/2008

Overall...im not happy with my bike i got a 06 custom.. My friend a r 95..from london to spain many problems came up!!!
etcetcetc....for a 3 or 2 years old bike they should be touchless!!!
but nevermind...my next step will be a dyna!!!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“A lot of strange folks out there buy a Harley... just...”

Written on: 12/09/2008 by naxos (1 review written)

A lot of strange folks out there buy a Harley... just to polish! I have seen many on ebay with 30.....45.....70 miles on the clock....some 3 years old! For heavens sake.....RIDE THE DAMN THINGS! They just get better and better the more you ride them! I know a dude who has 170,000 on the clock! Engine never been touched! Buy one! And ride into the sunset on a legend… Read Full Review

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“Good looking bike comfortable over long distance,...”

Written on: 20/08/2008 by stevie883r (1 review written)

Good looking bike comfortable over long distance, gutsy engine, sounds well, not too bad. 883R good mid range power, loads of torque, good seat height, not bad handling… Read Full Review

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