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– 2005 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883L

XL Sportster 883L
The new XL Sportster 883L features ergonomics designed specifically to fit smaller riders, and that make it easier to lift off its sidestand. A seat height of just 26 inches makes the 883L the lowest Sportster ever. A new solo seat has a lower cushion height than the seat on the XL Sportster 883, and the seat is also positioned further forward. New handlebars are pulled further back and are wider than those on the XL Sportster 883. Mid-mount foot controls will fit a wide variety of riders. Front and rear suspension is lowered and re-tuned to maintain precise handling while making it 40 percent easier to lift off its sidestand. The Sportster 883L will be offered in five colors, with a special tank graphic that differentiates it from other Sportster models.

XL Sportster 883L features:

Rubber-mounted 883cc XL Evolution engine
Silver powder-coated engine with polished covers
New 1-inch diameter rear axle and stiffer swingarm
Wide polished handlebar
Lowered front and rear suspension
Low solo seat
New fuel tank graphics
Chrome staggered shorty dual exhaust
Mid-mount foot controls
Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank

Length 90.1 in.

Seat Height

Laden(1) 26.0 in.

Unladen N/A

Ground Clearance 4.4 in.

Rake Steering Head/Trail 29.6º / 4.6 in.

Wheelbase 60.0 in.

Fuel Capacity(2) 3.3 gals.

Oil Capacity 3.6 qts.


Dry Weight 553.0 lbs.

Running Order N/A

Engine(3) Evolution®

Displacement 53.86 in.³

Bore x Stroke 3.00 in. x 3.81 in.

Engine Torque(4)(5) 51.0 ft. lbs. @ 4300 rpm

Fuel System(6) Carburetor

Compression Ratio 8.9:1

Miles per Gallon(7)

Carb. 57 hwy / 48 city


Primary Drive Chain

Gear Ratio (overall)

1st 10.944

2nd 7.524

3rd 5.834

4th 4.806

5th 4.071


Front Silver 13 spoke cast aluminum alloy

Rear Silver 13 spoke cast aluminum alloy

Tire Size

Front 100/90-19 57H

Rear 150/80B16 71H

Electronics Optional security system

Instruments Electronic speedometer; odometer; resettable tripmeter; diagnostic readout

Indicator Lamps Oil pressure; engine diagnostics

Brakes (diameter x width)

Front 11.5 in. x 0.20 in.

Rear 11.5 in. x 0.23 in.

Lean Angle (per SAEJ1168) 30º / 31º

Exhaust System Staggered shorty duals

Vivid black, brilliant silver pearl, sierra red pearl, chopper blue pearl

Wide polished handlebar; lowered front and rear suspension; low solo seat; new fuel tank graphics


Vivid black $6,895

Pearl or Sunglo $7,115

Two-tone N/A

Anodized N/A

Wheel option $320 (laced)

H-D® factory security system $275


California emissions

Carb. $120


Freight (applies to the 48 contiguous states and Alaska only) $195

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