2003 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 1200

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2003 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 1200
2003 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 1200


– 2003 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 1200

The XLH Sportster 1200 offers simplistic styling and the power of a 1200cc engine. The pullback buckhorn handlebar with tach and speedo, narrow 3.3-gallon fuel tank, quick detach passenger seat and black and polished motor all play a part in the styling of the Sportster® 1200.

Key XLH Sportster® 1200 characteristics

-Rigid mount 1200cc Evolution® engine
-Silver and black powdercoated engine with polished covers
-Mid-mount foot controls
-Buckhorn handlebars
-Speedometer and tachometer
-Two-piece, two-up, pillow-look seat



2003 Specifications1 XLH Sportster® 1200

Length 88.1 in. (2237.7 mm)
Seat Height (measure laden w/ 180 lb. rider) 28.9 in. (734.1 mm)
Seat Height (unladen) 29.1 in. (740.0 mm)
Ground Clearance 6.7 in. (170.2 mm)
Rake 29.6 degrees
Trail 4.6 in. (116.8 mm)
Wheelbase 60.0 in. (1524.0 mm)
Tires: Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series
Front – D401F 100/90-19
Rear – D401 130/90D16
Fuel Capacity (includes 0.5 gal. reserve) 3.3 gal. (12.5 L)
Reserve Fuel Capacity 0.5 gal. (1.9 L)
Oil Capacity 3.0 qts. (2.8 L)
Dry Weight 491.0 lbs. (222.9 kg)
Vehicle Weight In Running Order (unladen) 517.6 lbs. (235.0 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 948.0 lbs. (430.4 kg)

Engine 45º OHV V2 Evolution®
Valves Pushrod-operated overhead valves; w/ hydraulic
self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3.498 x 3.812 in. (88.8 X 96.8 mm)
Displacement 73.2 cu. in. (1200 cc)
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Fuel System2 Carburetion

Primary Drive Double row chain, oil bath,
mechanical tensioner, 56/35 ratio
Final Drive Gates carbon fiber reinforced
polychain belt, 61/29 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Transmission Five-speed
Overall Ratio:
1st 9.047
2nd 6.210
3rd 4.823
4th 3.973
5th 3.366

Frame Mild steel, twin cradle
Swing Arm Mild steel, rectangular section
Front Fork 39 mm telescopic w/ polished aluminum fork bracket
Wheels 19 in. front,
16 in. rear,
13-spoke black-painted aluminum cast (laced option)
Caliper Type Dual-piston front and rear
Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, Uniform Expansion Rotors
Front 11.5 in. x .20 in. (292.1 mm x 5.08 mm)
Rear 11.5 in. x .23 in. (292.1 mm x 5.84 mm)
Suspension travel:
Front wheel 6.10 in. (154.94 mm)
Rear wheel 4.20 in. (106.68 mm)

Engine Torque (per SAEJ607)3:
North America 68 ft. lbs. @ 4000 rpm (92.266 NM @ 4000 rpm)
International 67 ft. lbs. @ 3000 rpm (90.909 NM @ 3000 rpm)
Lean Angle (per SAEJ1168):
Right 37.0 degrees
Left 37.0 degrees

Battery Sealed, maintenance-free, 12-volt, 19 amp-hour, 270 cca
(per Battery Council International rating)
Charging 22-amp permanent magnet alternator w/ solid-state regulator
(275 watts @ 3,000rpm, 285 peak)
Starting Electric start
Lights: (As per country regulation)
Headlamp Quartz halogen 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
Tail/stop lights 8w/28w (int’l: 5w/21w)
Turn signal lights (self-canceling) 28w (int’l: 21w)
Indicator Lamps High beam, neutral, oil, turn signals

Engine Trim Powdercoated silver cases, black cylinders, polished covers
Exhaust System Staggered shorty duals
Front Fender Sport-style
Handlebars Buckhorn
Seat Two piece, two-up, pillow-look
Instruments Electronic tachometer; electronic speedometer
w/ odometer and resettable tripmeter
Rear Shocks Coil over shock

Vivid Black, Gunmetal Pearl, Luxury Blue Pearl, Luxury Rich Red Pearl, White Pearl

Warranty5 12 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 Km);
every 5,000 miles (8,000 Km) thereafter.
— Inspections of certain systems and components are required at 2,500 mile (4,000 Km) intervals —


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