2004 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883

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 2004 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883
2004 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883

– 2004 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883

2004 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883

With its redesigned engine and new chassis, the Sportster 883 sets a new standard for middleweight custom motorcycles. The lower seat height (27.3 inches), reduced clutch lever effort and rubber-mounted engine help make the Sportster 883 more comfortable and easier to ride, but its stiffer frame and enhanced brakes mean it still delivers the agile handling that is the heart and soul of a Sportster.

Key XLH Sportster ® 883 characteristics (FPO)

Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 883 engine
Lighter 883 clutch springs reduce lever effort by 25 percent
Silver powder-coated engine with polished covers
Low-rise handlebar
Classic solo seat
Chrome staggered shorty dual exhaust
Mid-mount foot controls
Classic-look 3.3-gallon fuel tank




2004 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883 – Specifications
MSRP: Please see dealer for pricing


Length 90.1 in. (2288.5 mm)
Seat Height 27.3 in. (693.4 mm)
Seat Height (unladen) 29.3 in. (744.2 mm)
Ground Clearance 5.6 in. (141.0 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 57H
Rear – D401 150/80B16 71H
Fuel Capacity (includes 0.8 gal. reserve) 3.3 gal. (12.5 L)
Reserve Fuel Capacity 0.8 gal. (3.0 L)
Oil Capacity 3.6 qts. (3.4 L)
Dry Weight 555 lbs. (252 kg)
Vehicle Weight In Running Order 574 lbs. (261 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 999 lbs. (454 kg)

Engine Air-cooled Evolution®
Bore x Stroke 3.00 x 3.81 in. (76.20 x 96.82 mm)
Displacement 53.86 cu. in. (883 cc)
Compression Ratio 8.9:1
Fuel System2 Carburetion

Primary Drive Chain, 57/34 ratio (57/38 ratio)
Final Drive Belt, 68/28 ratio
Clutch 9-plate, wet
Transmission 5-speed
Overall Ratio:
1st 10.944 9.792 9.467
2nd 7.542 6.732 6.663
3rd 5.834 5.220 5.143
4th 4.806 4.301 4.278
5th 4.071 3.643 3.643

Frame Mild steel, tubular frame,
circular sections, cast junctions
Swing Arm Mild steel, rectangular tube sections,
stamped junctions, MIG welded
Front Fork 39 mm
Rear Shocks Coil over, dual adjustable preload
Wheels 19 in. front,
16 in. rear,
13-spoke silver cast
Caliper Type Dual piston front and single piston 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 5.6 in. (141.00 mm)
Rear wheel 4.1 in. (104.10 mm)

Engine Torque (per SAE J607)3:
North America 51 ft. lbs. @ 4300 rpm (69.0 NM @ 4300 rpm)
Lean Angle (per SAE J1168):
Right 32 degrees
Left 32 degrees

Battery Sealed 12-volt, maintenance-free, 12 amp-hour,
200 cca (per Battery Council International rating)
Charging Single phase, 22-amp system
(259 watts @ 13v, 2,000 rpm, 283 watts max power @ 13v)
Starting Electric start
Lights: (As per country regulation)
Headlamp Quartz halogen 55-watt low beam,
60-watt high beam
Tail/stop lights 8w/28w (5w/21w)
Turn signal lights (self-canceling) 28w (21w)
Indicator Lamps High beam, neutral, oil, turn signals,
engine diagnostics, security system (optional)4

Engine Trim Silver powder-coated w/ polished treatment
Exhaust System Chrome staggered shorty duals
Brake and Shift Lever Midmount controls
Handlebars Low-rise stainless steel
Seat Solo
Instruments Speedometer w/ odometer,
resettable tripmeter and diagnostic readout

Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver Pearl, Sierra Red Pearl,
Impact Blue Pearl

Warranty6 24 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 –

1Harley-Davidson reserves the right to discontinue models or change
specifications at any time without incurring any obligations. Vehicle
specifications may vary from country to country depending on local
laws, and some models are not available in certain countries.
2Measurement reflects 180 lb/81.7 kg operator weight.
3Values are nominal. Performance varies by country.
4North American security system includes immobilizer; outside North
America the security system includes immobilizer & siren.
5Availability may vary from dealer to dealer, and is subject to change
without notice.
6See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.

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