2010 Harley Davidson Sportster 883

Review of the 2010 Harley Davidson 883

This Sportster motorcycle is Harley Davidson's top selling model. The main reason the Sporty is so popular is that it's a nice bike but not high dollar. Here I will be discussing the 883 because many women riders seem to gravitate towards the 883. Though I can hear a few of my male friends say this is a sissy bike but most wouldn’t know a good bike if it came up and bit them. It is okay not to be riding some big behemoth down the road. The 883 does a great job of moving down the highway. Among the most-affordable Harley-Davidson models, Sportster motorcycles offer a low, comfortable seat and smooth clutch effort. The Harley Davidson Sportster features six models for 2010, including the $7,999 Iron 883 introduced mid-year 2009 and four others priced less than $10,000.

The 2010 Harley 883 has two versions, the Iron and the Low. Today's Sportster combines expressive styling with smooth great delivery and the distinctive sound of a V-Twin engine.

Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Iron

The Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Iron has styling reminisce of old with its old school look. This V-Twin’s dark custom style is an impressive look for this bike.

Model Highlights

• Black powder-coated engine and covers
• Chrome exhaust with dual straight-cut mufflers
• Low front and rear suspension
• Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
• Black, 13-spoke cast aluminum wheels
• Chopped rear fender with black supports
• Black belt guard
• Black fork sliders and black fork gaiters
• Classic solo seat
• Black hand and foot controls
• Side-mounted license plate
• Combination stop/turn/tail lights
• Black headlamp bucket with black visor and satin trim ring
• Black drag-style handlebar and black riser

Key Features

• V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
• Rubber-mounted powertrain to reduce vibration
• 5-speed transmission
• Dual staggered exhaust
• Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer
• Disc brakes
• Mid-mounted foot controls
• Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free security fob

Engine
Displacement 53.90 cu. in. (883 cc)
Compression Ratio 8.9:1

Drivetrain
Transmission 5-speed

Wheels:

Black, 13-spoke Cast Aluminum

Fuel Economy
(EPA urban/highway test) 45/60 mpg

Dimensions
Overall Width 32.32 in
Overall Height 43.60 in.

Seat Height:
-Laden2 25.30 in. 

-Unladen 26.30 in.

Ground Clearance 3.90 in.

Dunlop tires Harley-Davidson Series, blackwall:
• Front – D401F 100/90-19 57H
• Rear – D401 150/80B16 71H

Fuel Capacity 3.30 gal.

Weight
• In Running Order 565 lbs.

Color Options
Solids
• Black Denim
• Brilliant Silver Denim

MSRP
Solids $7,999

Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Low

The Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Low offers all the style and character of a much more expensive bike. This unintimidating motorcycle is a great choice for anyone who wants to jump in the saddle and go for a ride.

Highlights

• Silver powder-coated engine with polished covers
• Chrome exhaust with dual staggered shorty mufflers
• Low front and rear suspension
• Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
• Silver, 13-spoke cast aluminum wheels
• Full-coverage rear fender with chrome supports
• Classic solo seat
• Black headlamp bucket with polished visor and chrome trim ring
• Stainless steel, pull-back handlebar and black riser

Features

• V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
• Rubber-mounted powertrain to reduce vibration
• 5-speed transmission
• Dual staggered exhaust
• Disc brakes
• Mid-mounted foot controls
• Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer
• Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free security fob
• Optional Chrome, Laced Steel wheels

Engine
Displacement3 53.90 cu. in. (883 cc)

Compression Ratio 8.9:1

Drivetrain
Transmission 5-speed


Wheels

Chrome, Laced Steel option: Silver, 13-spoke Cast Aluminum

Suspension Travel
Front Wheel 3.62 in.

Rear Wheel 1.63 in.

Fuel Economy
(EPA urban/highway test) 45/60 mpg

Dimensions
Overall Width 35.20 in
Overall Height 45.70 in
Seat Height:
- Laden2 25.30 in.
- Unladen 26.30 in.
Ground Clearance 3.90 in.

Dunlop tires Harley-Davidson Series, blackwall):
Front - D401F 100/90-19 57H
Rear - D401 150/80B16 71H


Fuel Capacity 3.30 gal.

Weight
In Running Order 583 lbs.

Color Options
Solids
• Vivid Black
• Scarlet Red
• Brilliant Silver Pearl
• Flame Blue Pearl

U.S. MSRP
Vivid Black $6,999
Solids $7,289

Final thoughts

When it comes down to it there isn't much of a difference between the two. The big difference is really just cosmetic. The 883 is an all round good motorcycle for any rider out there. It is a good bike for the beginner/intermediate rider and will keep an experienced rider happy for many years. It all comes down to preference and what style we like. When it comes to motorcycles I like many types, styles and makes. I currently ride a Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 but have a passion for Ducati's. I have been riding for 40 years and started on a Yamaha 90 Enduro out in the California desert at Red Rock Canyon. I have grown up in a family of riders and we all have gone through countless bikes over the years. Some I have liked and some I did not. I know that many Harley riders would not be caught dead riding anything else. For me I kind of feel sorry for them because they have limited themselves and are missing many bikes out there that are fun to ride. I do enjoy riding my Sporty but then I like variety.

So my final thoughts on the 883 is you can't go wrong. I always say riding is about having fun. If you find a motorcycle that makes you happy, more power too ya.

Happy riding and keep the rubber side down.

Check out the 2011 Harley Davidson XR1200X or head in a completely different direction and check out the 2010 Royal Enfield Bullet - a blast from the past without the worries of owning a vintage bike.

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ilawyermarketing 5 years ago from San Diego

Thanks for the great hub! Im looking at buying my first bike and after doing some research my choice is between the HD iron 883 and the Honda Shadow Phantom. Both seem to be great intro bikes but the HD is such a great looking machine that it might be the one i choose.


Ray 6 years ago

I picked up an 883 Iron about 4 months ago and i love it its my first harley i rode a norton commando 850 M11A before that. i can only get it up to a 150kmph struggling is that right coz my Norton got up to 105mph with more to go


ROBERT B 6 years ago

I BOUGHT A 883 CUSTOM LOW SHE,S SWEET,CHROMED HER OUT AND SHE,S THE EYE OF THE TOWN CALIFORNIA THAT IS.I HEARD THE GIRLY THING THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE YEA,THESE ARE THE THE OLD MEN BIKERS RIDING OLD NEWS.I,M AS HAPPY AS A TOM CRICKET SPORTING AROUND SHARP NEW FRESH NOT TO MENTION FUEL INJECTION PURE POWER WITH A TWIST OF VANCE AND HINES LOVE IT SOOO BE YOURSELF MAKE UP YOUR ON MIND POWER TO YA BIGGIE.


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mkott 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Hi Leigh,

Many street bikes are top heavy and if you go out on your own for a ride being able to manuever the bike around is important. Make sure you are wearing a good pair of boots with good grip this makes a difference. For me the 883 feels a little top heavy but was easy to move around. When I go out alone I let someone know exactly where I am going and carry a SPOT which I can send out a signal, which will email my location to a friend or family member. A bike being top heavy can seem a bit much when you first ride it but after a few rides you won't notice it. Don't know if any of this helped.


leigh 6 years ago

Hi i'm almost 70 ..woman and I ride a 600 VLX but would like to ride a Harley...was thinking about the 883 lo...is this bike top heavy? I was looking a a herriage delux but it's seems to heavy to have to push around if I'm out by myself....what do u think? thanks Leigh


Mike 6 years ago

I have a 2007 Sportster. Bought it brand new and am glad I did. It is a sweet ride. I put on a different seat for long distance rides and really have a great time traveling the country. This bike is a keeper!


Bruno 6 years ago

I have always loved the 883 & would love to get the 883 Iron as a city bike, currently own a Strom 1000. I also have owned many different bikes. I just wish they still made/shipped the XR650 here in Oz


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mkott 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

Ride what makes you happy.


GAOLER 6 years ago

Bought an 883 low last year for my wife, It is as much fun to ride as any of the bikes I have owned. From time to time I get to ride it. I have been riding for over 30 years and it is definitely not a girls bike. I know lots of people riding 750 shadows and 800 suzukis and no one ever calls those bikes girly bikes. Any one who would either has not ridden a sporty or just likes a couch on wheels.


Jimbo 6 years ago

I'm a middle-age man and I ride a 2009 883 Low, and I love it. Nice bike, comfortable ride. It's everything I need.


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mkott 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada Author

LOL! No Wayne you did not. Most women I know that ride a 650 are riding a Sportbike that gets up and goes, then others ride the bigger cc cruisers. Women sometimes gravitate towrds the smaller bikes because they are not intimidating but once they get used to riding they usually move up in size.


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Wayne Orvisburg 6 years ago

Good hub. I want a Harley but couldn't pony up the cash. I got a Yamaha VStar for much less. Bummer is I bought a 650 and I see a lot of women on these. Did I buy a girl's bike? LOL!


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

That's a sweet ride! Good hub!

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