The Harley-Davidson XL883 Sportster is a basic, budget way into Harley ownership: that possession prized by anyone whose idea of heaven is a long, straight, American highway and for whom Peter Fonda remains the ultimate role model.
The Harley-Davidson XL883 Sportster is not the greatest cruiser in the world: it lacks power and performance in virtually every area, but it is a Harley and it’s affordable to most. Lay back and enjoy the Harley-Davidson XL883 Sportster's ride.
Pulling in the heavy clutch and stamping into first gear with a hefty clunk, the bike thrums along pleasantly with a linear and unthreatening power delivery. There is a long throttle action and the whole bike vibrates purposefully beneath you.
This generates a vibe through the foot pegs and handlebars, which becomes seriously noticeable when you start to push on.
It is important to note though that 'pushing on' is not what Harley-Davidsons are about though. They are not sportsbikes and aren’t meant to behave as such. Whack it in top gear and cruise along gently and they will return smiles all day long.