2003 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 883

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2003 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 883
2003 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 883


– 2003 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 883

The Sportster 883 offers classic, no-nonsense styling. With a slender frame, narrow tank, classic solo seat, low-rise handlebar, staggered shorty dual exhaust, this bike keeps it simple. At the center of it all is an 883cc Evolution® V-Twin engine, that responds with hefty chunks of torque.

Key XLH Sportster ® 883 characteristics

-Rigid mount 883cc Evolution® engine
-Silver powdercoated engine with polished covers
-Narrow, loop frame
-Twin coil-over vertical rear shocks
-Low-rise handlebar
-Classic solo seat
-Chrome staggered shorty dual exhaust
-Mid-mount foot controls



2003 Specifications1 XLH Sportster® 883

Length 88.1 in. (2237.7 mm)
Seat Height (measure laden w/ 180 lb. rider) 28.0 in. (711.2 mm)
Seat Height (unladen) 28.3 in. (720.0 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 489.0 lbs. (222.0 kg)
Vehicle Weight In Running Order (unladen) 506.6 lbs. (230.0 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 948.0 lbs. (430.4 kg)

Engine 45º OHV V2 Evolution®
Valve Pushrod-operated overhead valves; w/ hydraulic
self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3.00 x 3.812 in. (76.20 X 96.82 mm)
Displacement 53.86 cu. in. (883 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, 61/27 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Transmission Five-speed
Overall Ratio:
1st 9.717
2nd 6.690
3rd 5.180
4th 4.267
5th 3.615

Frame Mild steel, twin cradle
Swing Arm Mild steel, rectangular section
Front Fork 39 mm, telescopic
Rear Shocks Coil over shock
Wheels 19 in. front,
16 in. rear,
13-spoke 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):
North America 49 ft. lbs. @ 4500 rpm (66.486 NM @ 4500 rpm)
International 49 ft. lbs. @ 4500 rpm (66.486 NM @ 4500 rpm)
Lean Angle (per SAEJ1168):
Right 37.0 degrees
Left 37.0 degrees

Battery Sealed 12-volt, maintenance-free, 19 amp-hour, 270 cca
(per Battery Council International rating)
Charging 22-amp permanent magnet alternator w/ solid-state regulator
(275 watts @ 3,000 rpm, 285 watts 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 w/ polished covers
Exhaust System Chrome staggered shorty duals
Front Fender Sport-style
Handlebars Low-rise stainless steel
Footpegs Isolated
Seat Solo
Instruments Speedometer w/ odometer and resettable tripmeter

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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