XL883L Sportster 883 SuperLow
NEW Black side covers to match bodywork finish
NEW Paint color options and graphics
o Black, split 5-spoke cast wheels with machined rims
o Wheel size: front 18 x 3.5 inches, rear 17 x 4.5 inches
o Michelin® Scorcher® 11 radial tires: Front 120/70ZR18; rear 150/60ZR17
o Front end geometry contributes to confident handling
o 68/29 (2.34:1) final drive ratio for smooth acceleration
o 4.5-gallon fuel tank for extended range
o Solo seat with deep bucket shape is easy to straddle, seat height is 25.5 inches
o Easy-reach handlebar
o Revised rear suspension with 2.5 inches wheel travel for added comfort
o Silver, powder-coated engine with polished covers
o Chrome exhaust with dual staggered shorty mufflers
o Full-coverage rear fender with painted supports
o Sport front fender
o Polished headlamp visor
2012 Harley-Davidson XL883L Sportster 883 SuperLow Features and Benefits
o Evolution® V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
o Rubber-mounted powertrain to reduce vibration
o 5-speed Transmission
o Dual staggered exhaust
o Disc brakes
o Mid-mount foot controls
o Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer
o Optional Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System with hands-free security fob
USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: Vivid Black $7,999, Color Option $8,299, Two-Tone Option $8,499
Length 86.1 in. (2187 mm)
Overall Width 36.6 in. (929 mm)
Overall Height 47.6 in. (1209 mm)
o Laden2 25.5 in. (648 mm)
o Unladen 26.8 in. (681 mm)
Ground Clearance 3.8 in. (97 mm)
Rake (steering head) 31.1°
Fork Angle 29.7°
Trail 5.7 in. (145 mm)
Wheelbase 59.3 in. (1506 mm)
Tires (Michelin® Scorcher® "11" front and rear):
o Front - Scorcher® "11F" 120/70 ZR-18 59W
o Rear - Scorcher® "11" 150/60 ZR-17 66W
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal. (17.0 L)
(warning light at approximately 1.0 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.8 qts. (2.6 L)
Transmission Capacity 1.0 qt. (.95 L)
o As Shipped 536 lbs. (234.1 kg)
o In Running Order 563 lbs. (255.4 kg)
o Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1000 lbs. (453.6 kg)
o Gross Axle Weight Rating
o Front 339 lbs. (154.0 kg)
o Rear 661 lbs. (300.0 kg)
Engine Air-cooled, Evolution®
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3 in. x 3.812 in. (76.2 mm x 96.8 mm)
Displacement 53.9 cu. in. (883 cc)
Compression Ratio 8.9:1
Fuel System3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper cartridge type
Lubrication System Dry-sump
Primary Drive Chain, 57/34 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 68/29 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Gear Ratios (overall): U.S.
o 1st 10.407
o 2nd 7.436
o 3rd 5.53
o 4th 4.583
o 5th 3.93
Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube section, stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 39 mm Showa®
Rear Shocks Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels4: Black Split 5-Spoke with Machined Rim
o Front 18 in. x 3.5 in. (457.2 mm x 88.9 mm)
o Rear 17 in. x 4.5 in. (431.8 mm x 114.3 mm)
o Caliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
o Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, uniform expansion rotors
o Front 11.5 in. x .2 in. (292.1 mm x 5.1 mm)
o Rear 10.24 in. x .28 in. (260.1 mm x 7.1 mm)
o Front Wheel 4.26 in. (108 mm)
o Rear Wheel 2.12 in. (54 mm)
Engine Torque5 (per J1349):
o North America 55 ft. lbs. @ 3500 RPM (75 Nm @ 3500 RPM)
Lean Angle (per J1168):
o Right 24.7°
o Left 24.4°
(EPA urban/highway test) 51 mpg (4.6 L/100 km)
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed lead acid, maintenance-free, 12V, 12 amp/hour, 200 cca
Charging Single-phase, 30-amp system (375W @ 13.5V, 2000 rpm, 405W max power @ 13.5V)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
o Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
o Tail/Stop Lights 8W/28W per lamp
o Turn Signal Lights 28W self-canceling
o Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security
Warranty8 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval9 First 1000 miles (1600 km), every 5000 miles (8000 km) thereafter
1 Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered.
Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication.
Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation.
Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest information. All models feature 6-speed transmission (V-Rod® models and Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.
2 Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
3 Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
4 Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
5 Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
6 The combined fuel economy numbers were derived using a combination of estimated city and highway values. Fuel economy estimates are derived from US EPA exhaust emission certification data on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family under ideal laboratory conditions. Your actual fuel economy will vary depending on your personal riding habits, road and driving conditions, vehicle condition and maintenance, tire pressure, vehicle configuration (parts and accessories), and vehicle loading (cargo, rider and passenger weight). Break-in mileage may vary.
7 North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
8 See motorcycle owner's manual for complete details.
9 Inspections of certain systems and components are required at 2500 mile (4000 km) intervals. See Owner's Manual for full details.
2012 Harley-Davidson XL883L Sportster 883 SuperLow - Press Releases
MORE HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODELS WITH TWIN CAM 103™ POWER IN 2012
V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition and Dyna® Switchback Bagger Join the Model Line
MILWAUKEE (July 20, 2011) – Harley-Davidson offers more Big Twin performance for 2012 as its Twin Cam 103™ powertrain is standard equipment on Softail® and Touring motorcycle models and most Dyna® motorcycle models. Harley-Davidson will offer two new models for 2012. The V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition celebrates a decade of power-cruiser performance, while the new Dyna® Switchback is a convertible custom-touring motorcycle with detachable hard saddlebags and windshield. In addition, the Night Rod Special has significant updates for 2012 with refreshed bodywork and optimized rider ergonomics. Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM rolls out the gleaming new CVO Road Glide® Custom, a limited-production, high-performance touring masterpiece.
Harley-Davidson believes every motorcycle it sells can be a custom of one. Harley-Davidson H-D1™ is a comprehensive offering of customization tools for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner. H-D1 tools include Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories listings in print and on-line catalogs, Fit Shop and consultation services at Harley-Davidson dealerships, and factory customization and Bike Builder tools on www.harley-davidson.com. H-D1 offers almost unlimited opportunities to optimize fit, function, style and performance and turn a Harley into a motorcycle that is truly personalized to its owner.
Harley- Davidson heads into 2012 with 32 models, each born of experience that spans generations and a passion for riding that will never diminish.
Highlights of the 2012 Harley-Davidson line include:
The Twin Cam 103™ engine powers all 2012 Dyna®, Softail® and Touring models with the exception of the Dyna Street Bob® and Dyna Super Glide® Custom. This engine produces up to 100 ft lbs. peak torque, an increase of approximately 6 percent over the Twin Cam 96 engine it replaces as standard power for many of these models. The Twin Cam 103 is equipped with automatic compression release. It features identifying badges on the derby cover, timer cover and air cleaner trim ring.
A Security Package that pairs Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob is available for all 2012 V-Rod®, Dyna®, Softail®, Touring and CVO™ models. The Security Package is standard equipment on CVO™ models and on the Road Glide® Ultra, the Electra Glide® Ultra Limited, and the Road King® Classic. The Security Package is a factory-installed option for all other models.
The Night Rod® Special is updated with new tapered tail section, lighter-weight wheels, an inverted front fork and improved ergonomics. Harley-Davidson celebrates a decade of power cruising with the V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, finished in Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork that evokes the anodized aluminum bodywork of the original V-Rod model that introduced the liquid-cooled Revolution V-Twin engine in 2002. All V-Rod models will carry V-Rod 10th Anniversary badges.
The new Dyna Switchback combines hard saddlebags and a windshield with the eager handling and Twin Cam 103 performance of the Dyna chassis. It's a custom-touring bike ready for a long weekend trip, until the detachable bags and windshield are removed. Then in seconds the Switchback becomes a custom street cruiser with a gleaming headlamp nacelle, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels and a mini-ape handlebar. This convertible concept makes the versatile Switchback two motorcycles in one.
All Harley-Davidson Softail models get the performance boost of the Twin Cam 103 engine for 2012. The Fat Boy and Fat Boy Lo have a new reduced-reach handlebar for more-comfortable ergonomics. A lower, narrower seat shape places the Fat Boy rider in a new "in the bike" position. The Softail Deluxe and Heritage Softail Classic will be available with a new optional "tubeless" Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair.
The Twin Cam 103 powertrain gives all Harley-Davidson Touring models assertive power for passing. On Touring models, the Twin Cam 103 is equipped with an oil cooler. All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new "tubeless" Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option.
The Harley-Davidson Sportster® line appeals to a broad range of riders with six 2012 models ranging from the race-inspired XR1200X™ to the accessible SuperLow® to Dark Custom roadsters like the Iron 883™, Nightster® and Forty-Eight®. The Sportster® 1200 Custom can be personalized for fit, function and style with H-D1 factory customization, a process that allows customers to use the Bike Builder tool on harley-davidson.com to build the motorcycle from a selection of options that are installed as the bike is assembled by Harley-Davidson Motor Company or are installed by a dealer after the motorcycle is delivered. New 1200 Custom color options have been added to Bike Builder for 2012.
The new CVO Road Glide Custom is one of four limited-production 2012 models from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM, each turned out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, and the most-powerful V-Twin engines offered in production Harley-Davidson motorcycles. CVO Road Glide Custom is a hot-rod bagger with a frame-mounted fairing topped with a smoked Wind Splitter windshield, a high-output, amplified Harman/Kardon® Advanced Audio system, and a color-matched, low-profile fuel tank console.
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