2003 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 883 Hugger

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


– 2003 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster 883 Hugger

By taking the distinctive styling of the Harley-Davidson® Sportster® and lowering the seat to just over 27 inches off the ground, you get the perfect angle for appreciating the solid muscle of the 883cc Evolution® V-Twin engine. The Hugger seat is closer to the ground than any other Sportster model with easy-to-reach handlebars and footpegs that make it a very manageable bike to ride.

Key XLH Sportster ® 883 Hugger ® characteristics

-Lowest Sportster seat height
-Rigid mount 883cc Evolution ® engine
-Silver powdercoated engine with polished covers
-Short stroke front forks and rear shocks
-Buckhorn handlebars
-Low profile solo seat
-Mid-mount foot controls



2003 Specifications1 XLH 883 Sportster® Hugger®

Length 88.0 in. (2235.2 mm)
Seat Height (measure laden w/ 180 lb. rider) 27.1 in. (688.3 mm)
Seat Height (unladen) 27.0 in. (687.0 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.7 in. (119.4 mm)
Rake 30.1 degrees
Trail 4.7 in. (119.4 mm)
Wheelbase 59.0 in. (1498.6 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 486.0 lbs. (220.6 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®
Valves Pushrod-operated overhead valves; w/ hydraulic
self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3.00 x 3.81 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 4.10 in. (104.14 mm)
Rear wheel 2.50 in. (63.50 mm)

Engine Torque (per SAEJ607)3:
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 33.0 degrees
Left 35.0 degrees

Battery Sealed 12-volt, 19 amp-hour, 270cca
(per Battery Council International rating)
Charging 22-amp permanent magnet alternator w/ solid-state regulator
(275 watts @ 3,000 rpm, 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 w/ polished covers
Exhaust System Staggered shorty duals
Front Fender Sport-style
Seat Low-profile solo
Instruments Speedometer w/ odometer and resettable tripmeter
Handlebars Buckhorn

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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