2003 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883 Custom

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2003 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883 Custom
2003 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883 Custom


– 2003 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883 Custom

The low seat height and boulevard styling, with drag bars and forward foot controls, give the XL Sportster 883 Custom a radical profile. The unique chrome speedometer mounting on the drag bars, the chromed, bullet headlight, and sleek, two-up seat add a little street-racer style. The wheel treatment, 21-inch laced front and solid 16-inch disc in the rear, adds to the custom styling.

Key XL Sportster ® 883 Custom characteristics

-Rigid mount 883cc Evolution® engine
-Silver powdercoated engine and covers
-Tall, chromed riser with drag style handlebar
-Chrome bullet headlight
-Laced front wheel, disc rear wheel
-One-piece, low-profile, two-up seat
-Forward foot controls
-Low-profile rear shocks



2003 Specifications1 XL 883C Sportster® Custom

Length 89.0 in. (2260.6 mm)
Seat Height (measure laden w/ 180 lb. rider) 27.6 in. (701.0 mm)
Seat Height (unladen) 28.0 in. (687.0 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.7 in. (119.4 mm)
Rake 31.0 degrees
Trail 4.7 in. (119.4 mm)
Wheelbase 60.0 in. (1524.0 mm)
Tires: Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series
Front – D402F MH90-21
Rear – D401 130/90D16
Fuel Capacity (includes 0.5 gal. reserve) 3.3 gal. (12.5 L)
(HDI 4.4 gal. / 16.7 liters)
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) 517.6 lbs. (235.0 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 21 in. laced front,
16 in. rear disc
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 6.1 in. (154.94 mm)
Rear wheel 2.5 in. (63.5 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 33.0 degrees
Left 35.0 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 @ 3,000 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
Foot Supports Forward controls
Front Fender Sport-style
Handlebars Low-rise
Seat Two-up
Instruments Speedometer w/ odometer and resettable tripmeter

Two-Tone Sterling Silver and Vivid Black, Vivid Black, Gunmetal Pearl,
Luxury Blue Pearl, Luxury Rich Red Pearl, White Pearl

Warranty 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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