2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 Review

Review Title: Primal Fun At Its Best
Ratings
Overall★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Reliability★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Quality★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Performance★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Comfort★ ★ ★ ★

This is my first Harley having only owned Japanese bikes in the past, and I can honestly say I'm starting to "get" the Harley mystique at this point. The 883 Iron is a wonderful combination of looks and performance that really spoke to me. Power is generous for its displacement and is delivered fairly evenly across the power band; the engine genuinely seems to like running at high RPMs. Maneuverability is extremely good compared to some of its siblings in the Sportster range because of its better lean angles both right and left. Low-speed maneuverability is absolutely amazing. The only drawback I see at this point is the fact that some compromises were made in the area of ride comfort. The "slammed" appearance of the bike comes at the expense of a very short rear suspension, which can be a bit jarring on bumpy roads. However, much like a Jeep, a great Harley is frequently built, not bought. At this point I've replaced the stock mirrors with different ones from the Harley line - this give me, and my wide shoulders, much better rear visibility. If you don't like the ride comfort, longer rear shocks are available. If you don't think it has quite enough power, Harley even sells an engine upgrade to turn the 883 into a 1200. I see this first 1,000 miles as the beginning of a much longer journey, and will likely continue to tinker with this bike for years to come.


Upgrades:
Tribal Collection Mirror - Black.

About the reviewer:
Author:
Height:5' 11"
Miles or hours spent on the review:1200 miles
LocationGreater Portland Area, Oregon, United States
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Submitted: October, 2012