Review & Testdrive

Harley Davidson

Iron 883

Focus on precious ballance!

Even a very fan of Indian motorcycles, but if I must name one motorcycle brand that has dominated pop culture, definitely that's Harley Davidson more than any other. 

Dressed on extremely favorite and traditional HD colours like  Scorched Orange/Silver Flux, immediately gained my attention!

It is not the sort of ostentatious motorcycle that comes to mind when you think of a Harley. Instead, it’s a more stripped-down version that is a part cruiser and part retro sportbike. It is an all-black affair with the Iron 883 with very little use of chrome. In the heart of the beast is a massive black powder-coated 883cc engine with black rocker covers (valve covers). A round air-filter cover sits on top of where the V-engine converges and black exhausts beautifully adorn the right profile.

The low seat, only 760mm off the ground, combines modern comfort with an authentic “tuck and roll” design inspired by the early days of the bobber but you have always the option to fit a second passenger seat. Once seated you will find yourself in a forward, aggressive riding position holding onto low-rise drag-style handlebars. You also get a handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock, dual trip meter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights. The Iron 883 gets self-canceling indicators with a button on each bar. It took a while to get used to, but they seem to work pretty well.

You aren’t seated in a position where your arms and legs are strenuously outstretched in front of you. Instead, the foot-pegs are placed closer to the middle of the bike for a more natural riding position. The Iron 883 runs on black nine-spoked wheels with a mechanical look machined into the spokes. The Iron 883 is belt-driven. 
The Iron 883 will sense your presence and you can simply press the ignition to bring the 883cc air-cooled engine rumbling to life. The bike draws dynamism from the Evolution V-twin 883 cc air-cooled engine that sits in a bare-bone chassis and generates 
51 PS / x38 Kw @ 6000 rpm worth of maximum power along with 68 Nm of peak torque at 4,750 rpm.


All these numbers translate to a tremendous time on the saddle. As mentioned earlier, the natural ergonomics go a long way in accentuating the riding experience.

People who consider this Sportster Iron 883 to be a strict cruiser are missing out half the fun. Yes, it most likely is the best cruiser on two wheels in the country, but the narrow and torquey Iron 883 is a phenomenal worker in city traffic too.

The suspension works shockingly well on beat-up urban streets until you exceed the rear shocks’ travel. However, if you’re headed for a sizeable pothole, prepare for a hard hit. For a motorcycle that weighs 256kgs, the Iron 883 takes corners surprisingly well. The ground clearance comes in at 140mm and some of the shoddily made speedbumps will not sit well with this cruiser.

Braking duties are undertaken by a single front disc and 260mm rear discs. They might not be the best brakes we’ve come across but that’s possibly because of the machine’s cruiser geometry. There isn’t the same sense of weight transferal to the front that other bikes give you under braking. Nevertheless, they are decent enough for your daily jaunts.

I have very few complaints like the missing of a duble front brake discs and an even more comfortable rear suspension specially for a long distance rides.

It isn’t every day that you get to ride a Harley. The Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 883 is a great entry-level, Harley Davidson. It isn’t too overbearing or intimidating, and neither is it confined to cruising capabilities. For a Harley Davidson motorcycle, the Iron 883 does a tremendous job of balancing its responsibilities as an amazing cruiser and a decent city companion.

The Iron 883 is a superbly handsome motorcycle that is a certified head-turner in the streets. The bobbed fenders, side-mount license plate, comfortable tuck-and-roll solo seat or the optional second passenger seat, machined highlights, and seemingly massive engine all do their jobs to instill pride of ownership. And that is a major allure of owning a Harley Davidson, the pride and joy that comes with it. 


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