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Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster

 

 

 

 

Make Model

Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster

Year

1997-98

Engine

Air cooled, four stroke, 45° V-Twin, OHV, 2 valves per cylinder.

Capacity

883
Bore x Stroke 76.2 x 96.8 mm
Compression Ratio 8.8:1

Induction

 

Ignition  /  Starting

 

Max Power

53 hp 38.6 kW @ 6000 rpm

Max Torque

67 Nm @ 4100 rpm

Frame Mild steel twin cradle

Transmission  /  Drive

5 Speed  /  Belt

Front Suspension

Conventional cartridge forks

Rear Suspension

Dual hydraulic shock absorbers adjustable for preload

Front Brakes

Single 292mm discs 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 292mm disc 4 piston calipers

Front Tyre

100/90-19

Rear Tyre

130/90-16
Seat Height 693 mm

Dry-Weight

235 kg

Fuel Capacity 

12.5 Litres
Overview Motorcycle.com

 

The first Sportsters were introduced in 1957. By 1999 the Sportster name was still very much in evidence, the lineup consisting of the Sportster 883, Sportster 883 Hugger, Sportster 1200, Sportster 1200 Sport, Sportster 1200 Custom and the new Sportster 883 Custom.

 

The Sportster models have had the longest production run of any Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Perhaps this can be attributed to the Sportster's racing heritage or its affordable price. Or perhaps it is because Sportsters provide a torquey, about-town ride. But one thing is for certain: Sportsters have always held their own, pumping Harley-Davidson authenticity through every valve, cylinder and exhaust note to the delight of all Sportster enthusiasts and riders.

Additions to the Sportster family are always welcome and for the 1999 season along came the XL883C Sportster 883 Custom. The look of its custom styling features, the sound of its 883cc-powered Harley-Davidson engine, and the feel of its longer front end and forward controls create a great motorcycle for tremendous value. Great news for all those riders who want to join in the Harley-Davidson experience and who want to be part of the Sportster scene.

 

Borrowing styling cues from its Sportster 1200 Custom cousin, the Sportster 883 Custom boasts longer front forks and forward foot controls which not only look great and enhance riding comfort, but also give

the bike a more radical riding profile. New sleek drag bars, a chrome bullet headlight incorporating a quartz halogen 55-watt low beam and 60-watt high beam, and a sporty two-up seat add to its stylish custom flair and give the bike a little street-racerstyle. The turn signal lights are self-canceling, the seat height of the bike is a comfortable 27.56 inches (70.0cm) and the ground clearance is 6.7 inches (17.02cm). The rear suspension, which is a recalibrated version of the XL883 Hugger rear suspension, supports two-up riding comfortably. The Sportster 883 Custom features a

solid disc 16-inch (40.6cm) rear wheel and a laced 21-inch (53.3cm) front wheel. Finishing touches include a chrome speedometer.

On all Sportster models, a new sealed tail light unit helps to prevent internal condensation and possible malfunction, and there is an accessory-ready hookup. Where once there was hard wiring, this is now replaced by a circuit board, making tail light servicing easier. These overall design changes further enhance the bike's durability. The small tank's 3.3gal (12.5lit) maximum fill-up could be a little limiting especially on a long run, even though the miles per gallon return is an average 53mpg (83kpg).

Twelve months warranty with unlimited mileage is provided when you purchase the machine and the service intervals are at the first 500 miles (800km) and from that point onwards every 5000 miles (8,000km).

The Sportster 883 Custom was first introduced as a mid-year 1998 model to European markets in January 1999. Its designation for the European markets is different - there it is known as the XL53C.

 

 

 

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