Harley-Davidson Sportsters updated for 2009

Published: 22 July 2008

The Sportster range has received a series of updates for the 2009 model year, with the main changes focusing on the wheels and bodywork. Read below for the full list of changes on the Harley Davidson Nightster, Sportster 883 Low, Sportster 883 Custom, Sportster 1200 Low and Sportster 1200 Custom:

Enhanced Suspension: The suspension is upgraded on the 883 Custom, 1200 Low and 1200 Custom. Springs and dampening rates have been recalibrated and new damping devices were installed to provide superior ride quality.

New Front Fenders: All Sportster models get a new low-profile front fender that hugs the tire for a streamlined, custom look.

New Rear Wheel on Custom models: The 883 Custom and 1200 Custom models receive new rear wheels that weigh four pounds less while maintaining stiffness and durability. The lighter wheel improves ride quality by reducing unsprung weight. The 1200 Custom has a new chrome cast aluminium slotted disc rear wheel, while the 883 Custom rear is a Silver cast aluminium solid disc.

Nightster
Ready to wheel its way through the alleyways and backstreets, the Nightster takes the Sportster legend in a dark direction with dead-on, rat-rod styling. Black finishes cover wheel rims and hubs, forks and handlebar, hand and foot controls. Old school style fork gaiters and a bullet-hole belt guard emphasize the original look. A low suspension puts the rider at seat height of just 25.3 inches. The new smaller front and rear fenders show more of the black laced steel wheels. The soulful 1200 Evolution engine growls through a Chrome Slash-Cut Staggered exhaust.

Nightster features:

Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200cc engine
Medium Gray powder-coated engine with polished covers
Black laced steel wheels, 19-inch front / 16-inch rear
New low profile front fender
Black low-rise handlebar
Sportster Classic solo seat
Chrome Slash Cut Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Black mid-mount foot controls
Lowest-Profile rear shocks
Lowest-Profile front forks
Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
Black front forks with gaiters
Bullet hole belt guard and front fender supports
Side-mount license plate holder
Combination rear brake/tail/turn lights
Lowered front and rear suspension
Optional Smart Security System
Sportster 883 Low
Featuring low profile ergonomics with a seat height of just 25.3 inches, the Sportster 883 Low offers an exciting combination of precise handling and stunning style, including a new front fender that hugs the silver cast aluminium wheel. The 883 Low inspires confident riding for those who appreciate a lighter, nimble motorcycle with signature Evolution V-Twin performance.

Sportster 883 Low features:

Rubber-mounted XL 883cc Evolution engine
Silver powder-coated engine with polished treatment
Lowered front and rear suspension
Silver 13-spoke Cast Aluminium wheels, 19-inch front / 16-inch rear
New low profile front fender
Wide reduced-reach polished handlebar
Reduced-reach solo seat
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Mid-mount foot controls
Lowest-Profile rear shocks
Lowest-Profile front forks
Easy Reach sidestand
Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
Optional Chrome Laced Steel wheels
Optional Smart Security System
Sportster 883 Custom
Those seeking a laid-back, two-up custom ride need look no further than the 883 Custom. With a new suspension and lighter rear wheel, a 4.5-gallon fuel tank, two-up seat, and pullback handlebar riser, the 883 Custom rolls down the road with true style, comfort and authentic American V-Twin performance.

Sportster 883 Custom features:

Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 883cc engine
Silver powder-coated engine and with polished rocker boxes
New lighter Silver Solid Disc Cast Aluminium 16-inch rear wheel
Chrome Laced Steel 21-inch front wheel
New recalibrated suspension
New low profile front fender
Chrome low-rise handlebar on pullback riser
One-piece, two-up Sportster Classic seat
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Low-Profile rear shocks
Forward foot controls
4.5-gallon fuel tank
Optional Smart Security System
Sportster 1200 Low
Offering a preferred blend of performance, agility and ergonomics, the Sportster 1200 Low adds a recalibrated suspension and tire-hugging front fender for 2009. Powered by a fuel-injected 1200cc Evolution V-Twin engine, the 1200 Low also features a pull-back handlebar, a low 26.3-inch seat height, and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank. Black 13-spoke Cast Aluminium wheels are not available on any other Sportster model sold in North America.

Sportster 1200 Low features:

Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200cc engine
Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
Black 13-spoke Cast Aluminium wheels, 19-inch front / 16-inch rear
Wide handlebar on pull-back risers
New recalibrated suspension
New low profile front fender
One-piece, two-up Sportster Classic seat
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Low-Profile rear shocks
Low-Profile front forks
Mid-mount foot controls
Integrated chrome gauge housing and handlebar clamp
Black fender strut covers
4.5-gallon fuel tank
Optional Steel Laced wheels
Optional Smart Security System
Sportster 1200 Custom
Packing plenty of power and just the right mix of chrome, the Sportster 1200 Custom stays true to its name. With a new lighter-weight chrome Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum rear wheel, chrome Laced Steel 21-inch front wheel with new fender, chrome engine highlights, chrome handlebar and headlight, and a polished fuel tank console, the 1200 Custom shimmers with style. Forward controls and a pull-back handlebar riser give the rider a cool-for-cruising position in the saddle.

Sportster 1200 Custom features:

Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200cc engine
Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
New lighter Chrome Slotted Disc Cast Aluminium 16-inch rear wheel
Chrome Laced Steel 21-inch front wheel
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Chrome bullet headlight
Wide polished handlebar on chrome pull-back risers
New recalibrated suspension
New low profile front fender
One-piece, two-up Sportster Classic seat
Low-Profile rear shocks
Forward foot controls
Polished fuel tank console
4.5-gallon fuel tank
Optional Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheels
Optional Smart Security System