Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Custom review

The most laid-back baby Harley

Ben Cope's picture
By Visordown on Thu, 1 Jan 2004 - 12:01

Details
Manufacturer:
Harley-Davidson
Category:
Custom
Price:
£ 5795
Overall
3
Much bigger fuel tank capacity than other 883 models
Big bike looks with a small motor

Not tested

The 883 Custom is exactly what it says on the tin - a stretched out, feet forward cruiser version of the more town-orientated Sportster. The forward controls and pullback bars compliment each other to give the rider a more laid-back riding position. The much larger 17-litre fuel tank and two-up seat allows for better touring capabilities.

Not tested

The 883 Custom is exactly what it says on the tin - a stretched out, feet forward cruiser version of the more town-orientated Sportster. The forward controls and pullback bars compliment each other to give the rider a more laid-back riding position. The much larger 17-litre fuel tank and two-up seat allows for better touring capabilities.

Length (mm) 2275
Dryweight (kg) 255
Seats 2
Seat Height (mm) 673
Suspension Front 39mm forks
Suspension Rear Twin coil over shocks
Adjustability Front None
Adjustability Rear Dual adjustable preload
Wheels Front 21" chrome laced
Wheels Rear 16" disc
Tyres Dunlop
Tyres Front MH90-21 54H
Tyres Rear 150/80B16 71H
Brakes Front Single 292mm disc, twin piston caliper
Brakes Rear Single 292mm disc, single piston caliper
Tank Capacity (litres) 17
Wheelbase (mm) 1520
Ground Clearance (mm) 112
Rake (degrees) 30
Trail (mm) 119
Chassis Mild steel, tubular frame with circular sections
Cubic Capacity (cc) 883
Valves 8
Torque (ft/lb) 51
Torque Peak (rpm) 4200
Bore (mm) 76.2
Stroke (mm) 96.8
Compression Ratio 8.9:1
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Exhaust Layout Staggered exhaust with shorty dual mufflers
Cooling Air
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Belt

Score Breakdown
Overall
3

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