Test Harley-Davidson special series

Test Harley-Davidson special series

Test Harley-Davidson special series

Sportster Iron 883

Black is beauty. According to this motto, the Americans put out special series at regular intervals in order to make individual series more attractive again. For example with the Iron 883.

GA Harley dealer recently revealed in confidence: “If a model is not noticed in my showroom for a long time, I take it out, paint all parts black and put it on display again.

I’ll bet you the machine will be sold in no time. ”Is that true? Anyway, black motorcycles are back in fashion. And for this reason the Harley-Davidson special models Sportster 1200 Nightster, Night Train and Street Bob with their predominantly black paintwork are selling splendidly. And now Harley’s latest creation: the Iron 883. From the tank to the wheels, it even has more black parts than any other model in the Harley family. Only the “Staggered Shorty” exhaust system on the right has a seductive sparkle in chrome. But apart from its attractive appearance, there are other, more valid reasons that make the Iron 883 attractive. Namely the price. Years ago, who would have thought they could ride a new Harley for the cost of a Japanese mid-range motorcycle? The Iron is available for 7990 euros and is also available in a beginner-friendly 34 hp version. The standard 883 is 200 euros cheaper, but you have to do without expensive spoked wheels and a security system with keyless remote control.

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Test Harley-Davidson special series

Test Harley-Davidson special series
Sportster Iron 883


+ Engine cultivated with smooth throttle response
+ Low load change reactions
+ Low-maintenance drive
+ Very economical to use
+ Comfortably low seating position

– Suspension weak and not dampened
– Brakes could be more effective
– Two people only at an additional cost
– The bench is only slightly upholstered
– Immobilizer equipment missing

Technical data Harley Iron 883


Air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 45-degree V-engine, four lower, gear-driven camshafts, two valves per cylinder, hydraulic valve lifters, bumpers, rocker arms, dry sump lubrication, injection, Ø 45 mm, uncontrolled catalytic converter, alternator 357 W, battery 12 V / 12 Ah, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, five-speed gearbox, toothed belt.

Bore x stroke 76.2 x 96.8 mm
Displacement 883 cm3
Compression ratio 9: 1
Rated output: 39.0 kW (53 PS) at 5900 rpm
Max. Torque: 70 Nm at 3750 rpm

landing gear
Double loop frame made of steel, telescopic fork, Ø 39 mm, two-arm swing arm made of steel, two spring struts, adjustable spring base, front disc brake, Ø 292 mm, double-piston floating caliper, rear disc brake, Ø 292 mm, single-piston floating caliper.

Cast aluminum wheels: 2.50 x 19; 3.0 x 16
Tires: 100/90 19; 150/80 16
Tires in the test: Dunlop D 401

Dimensions + weights
Wheelbase 1510 mm, steering head angle 60.0 degrees, caster 117 mm, spring travel f / r 145/54 mm, seat height * 740 mm, weight with a full tank * 261 kg, payload * 193 kg, tank capacity / reserve 12.5 / 3.8 liters.

Guarantee: two years
Service intervals: 8000 km
Colors: matt black, matt silver
Price: 7990 euros
Additional costs: around 350 euros

Top speed 1170 km / h
0-100 km / h 6.4 sec
0-140 km / h 12.8 sec

60-100 km / h 7.2 sec
100-140 km / h 8.8 sec

Speedometer deviation
Effective (display 50/100) 47/97 km / h

Country road: 4.1 liters / 100 km
Fuel type: Super
Theoretical range: country road 305 km

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