Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Bike Overview
The Sportster 883 is the perfect entry level bike for those who want to buy into the Harley-Davidson brand but can’t afford the price tag of some of the higher spec bikes. It is a good all-rounder offering enough power and torque when needed despite the smaller engine size. This cruiser is ideal for shorter journeys; although it can handle the long, open road this isn’t where the Sportster 883 performs best. To get the most from your Sportster 883 then you need to stick to riding around town and as the 883 immediately attracts all eyes to it, it is probably where you will get the highest level of enjoyment as well. Riders report that it is a comfortable and solid ride, with little complaint about the riding position.
As with all Harley-Davidson bikes, the build quality is exceptional with everything from the finishes to the alarm system being well constructed and thought through. Ultimately, however, the Sportster 883 is about as low-tech as you can get and it is worth bearing in mind that you are buying into a brand more than buying a bike with all the latest bells and whistles. You can’t necessarily get away from highlighting the issues the bike has; the engine is small, the ride can be clunky and it doesn’t offer the opportunity for pillion although add-on kits can be purchased. There are certainly better bikes you could buy for the same money, but they wouldn’t be a Harley-Davidson and, ultimately owning one is about making a statement rather than outperforming the other bikes on the road.
Look at the Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 in action…
Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Bike Spec
- Top speed103mph
- Weight (Dry)222kg
- Seat height711mm
- EngineFour stroke, V-Twin, 2v
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Really comfortable to ride short or long distances.
Never had issues with the quality of a Harley Davidson
Really good reliable brakes.
New mounts make a smooth ride.
Not built for speed but, smooth to ride.
Small tank, really cheap to run
Lovely bike for short rides on good roads . Avoid the potholes if you hit one You certainly will know about it, and all even worse with two up .
As long as you garage the bike and keep it sprayed up with duck oil or similar it will stay fresh . Only thing gone wrong with my 2014 model is one of the indicator warning lights on the on the dash does not illuminate.
Brakes are good, but it is a heavy bike has abs. Which I suppose would be good in the wet if you have to anchor on. But the fat tyres are great as you do not get caught up in any ruts etc The bike feels very planted on the road.
I like the ride, as I’m quite short, don’t lean into them corners to much as you will see sparks from the bottom of your foot pegs.
It’s a bike to chill and chug around on, but has plenty of power for that.
I don’t think you buy this type of bike for fuel economy. I can’t really comment as I don’t do the mileage .
Takes ALL that UK roads can throw at it
May only be 883, but it will cruise at (above) the UK limit all day long, and has enough grunt for the overtakes and other times when 'more' is needed.
Although the brakes are excellent, maybe twin disks on the front???
It hasn't stopped stopping
The rider on top is the only thing that needs improving to not be scared of the cold.
Solid ride, good rider comfort after upgrading to Progressive shocks front and back, needed (especially with pillion passanger). Different cornering to non cruiser style bikes but still good.
Good Quality torque, not as fast as Honda CB500 at top end. Who needs speed when you've got these looks.
Good build quality. Only changed battery and key fob batteries.
They work well.
Custom bars bringing comfort
Engine could do with a bit of go
Striped and rebuilt
Although the engine is rubber mounted I think the ride is still a little hard
When I got this bike I had intended to convert it to a 1200 but after riding it for a while it has proven to be quite a competitive machine
My bike does not have the biggest fuel tank and am on the look out for the larger option to buy.
There is nearly nothing I can say is wrong but I find the transmission a bit clunky when you put it in gear from neutral
For the size and weight of this bike the brakes are ample
Best not to take corners on it … driving in traffic is like wrestling a cow.
Not very fast, but very very loud.
Spends about half it's life in London's west end, so slightly cheaper than the tube as there is two of us on it.
Solid as a rock.
Very smooth ride but feels like a bike at the same time. As with most Harley’s it is fairly heavy
Bike has ample amounts of torque which gets you to speed comfortably and effortlessly
Great on fuel and insurance
Very will engineered, reliable and everything left with a smooth perfect finish
Brakes are average enough to stop you, a lot of aftermarket bits for these machines meaning upgrading isn’t an issue!
Nice solid ride.
about 50/60 mpg
All good so far
Yep they work
The bike rides smoother than the CX500 Custom but it is heavier and it does not lean over as far particularly on right hand corners as the exhaust contacts the surface quite easily
This is an air cooled V-twin. There is plenty of low down torque even if it is easy to hit the Rev limiter in the lower gears when overtaking. Just need to remember to use the torque and listen to the sound.
Fuel consumption is in the 50 to 55 mpg bracket so quite good. Given it has a 17l tank the range is good. Fuel consumption is about the same as my CX500 Custom, but is ride quicker. The CX only has a small tank and goes onto reserve after 80 miles, so a range which is double that will be useful when I eventually get the necessary permission to go for a long weekend ride.
Build quality looks to be good. Only time will tell if it will last.
I have not ride a bike with "modern" brakes. All I can say is that they perform K OK for me but then I am not a sport bike rider.
Can handle the country roads in Scotland no problem
Pulls no problem in all gears, standard exhaust is a little quiet
Around town you get around 60 miles per tank due to the small tank longer rides are better but for the looks you sacrifice distance
Not had any issues in the year I have owned it so far
Brakes aren’t amazing but they do stop you and abs helps
Handling is okay. Because of the type of engine it gets a bit viby at higher speeds, but it's not a bike you buy to go fast on. A bit on the heavy side.
Not powerful at all but really great feel to the engine. You don't ride them fast & tend to short shift more than on other bikes because it feels good doing it.
5000 miles between services, which can easily be done by the owner if they have a little mechanical knowledge. Fuel consumption is good. Regularly get 50 - 60 mpg.
Poor paint. Never broken down. Ridden all year round & have done 40,000 miles on it.
Neutral switch issues