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 more)
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... (read more)
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.
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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!
go for it.....! (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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.... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
Written on: 17/07/2008 by sportman918 (1 review written)
I have a Harley Davidson Sportster 883 2007 model & I don't believe I could have gotten a bike like mine that I would have been as happy with from another brand. (read more)
Written on: 24/06/2008 by dhtri (2 reviews written)
I got this Harley Davidson Sportster after a swap for a full power VMAX on a well known internet auction site. The Max was too heavy, with very limited fuel range and a nasty habbit of eating back tyres in next to no time. My first ride on the XL883 was an interesting experience. It took me a while to re adjust the mirrors as they had been set for self viewage, instead of road safety. I was quite suprised at how easy the sportster was to get along with from the ride height to the overall... (read more)
Written on: 14/06/2008 by 64woody (1 review written)
It is an experiance. Not pure speed, not laying it over as far as you can around a bend. I suppose it is about enjoying riding but staying alive. (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2008 by gadosal (1 review written)
I'm 36 years old and two years ago, I bought an Piaggio MP3 three-wheeled maxi scooter. I live in Naples, Italy and the traffic is pretty intense. I got tired of this and bought a normal 400 cc scotter after 7 months. Then one splendid day, my brother in-law let me drive his 2004 Sportster. It was love at first ride. I sold my scooter (lost a lot of money) and bought an 883 xl Sportster. All the things they say (it's heavy in traffic, it's not agile, it's slow).........it' all urban legend.... (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2008 by ghostbiker (13 reviews written)
The 1200 bike is a great bike to own. And ride looks plenty.
its a real gem.when parked up. The eingine got 5 speed in 90's that helped.it was my 3rd harley. But the faults was to blame. Why I sold it. But its a harley, and still a classic bike, since 1957. (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2008 by cobalt1999 (1 review written)
Great bike for commuting & cruising. Plenty of power and it is a stable ride. Not a bike for drag racing against sport bikes, but they aren't as comfortable and are much more touchy in the controls. If you want to relax, settle back and enjoy a ride, look at the scenery, and not be laying on a fuel tank, then it's a perfect bike. (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2008 by Numpty883 (1 review written)
This is my first bike for over ten years, mine was new and had 3 miles on it when it was delivered. I € ve sat on thousands of bikes during my time off the road and nothing felt as comfortable to me as the 883. I had the 1200 roadster bars put on it for a little higher and wider riding position. Initially the bike felt very heavy but I am more used to the lighter kind of bike. There are some very nice quality touches to the bike and the build is very good, however it is let down a little... (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2008 by Rhinoo (1 review written)
I bought the bike because it was cheap compared to the big V-twins. It was a 2007 and only 6 months old with 20 miles on it; I have owned it for 3 months and 1,300 miles and I am ready to get rid of it. I am 175 pounds and it seems under powered. Otherwise it is a good bike and dependable so far. (read more)
Written on: 06/01/2008 by jerryassburger (1 review written)
I'll start out with what I expect from a bike.... I refuse to pay $$$ for something that I have to tinker with "because it's a motorcycle". Modern technology and sound design have proven over and over that you don't NEED high maintenance engines to power two-wheeled vehicles. The Sporty- (and the Buell Blast I was looking at) do all their Motorcycle Things with belt drive, hydraulic lifters and simple engine designs. Even though the Sporty doesn't appear to be a sensible commuter bike, it in... (read more)
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