2006 Harley-Davidson XL 883L Sportster 883 Low
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– 2006 Harley-Davidson XL 883L Sportster 883 Low
When the 883L hit the streets, its low-slung style became an instant favorite. Credit the dropped suspension and low solo seat bringing your back pocket to just 26″ above pavement. Combine that with a wide-stretched pullback handlebar and a nimble XL frame, and it’s a sweet ride, to say the least. What sweetens the feeling even more is the vibration-eating, rubber-mounted Evolution® engine. It provides plenty of low-end torque to get you where you need to go in a hurry. But that’s not the only thing behind this machine’s popularity. The price makes sure the 883L is high on affordability. The exclusive graphic treatment makes sure it’s never low on style.
A seat height of just 26 inches makes the XL Sportster 883L the lowest Sportster ever. Its ergonomics, designed specifically to fit smaller riders, include a solo seat with lower cushion height and positioned further forward than the Sportster 883. The handlebars are pulled further back and are wider, while mid-mount foot controls fit a wide variety of riders. Front and rear suspension is lowered and re-tuned to maintain precise handling. Offered in nine colors for 2006 with a special tank graphic.
XL Sportster 883L features:
Rubber-mounted 883cc XL Evolution engine
Silver powder-coated engine with polished covers
New smoother, quieter transmission
New lighter clutch effort
Silver 13-spoke cast aluminum wheels
Wide polished handlebar
Lowered front and rear suspension
Low solo seat
Special fuel tank graphics
Chrome staggered shorty dual exhaust
Mid-mount foot controls
Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
2006 XL 883L SPORTSTER® 883 LOW SPECIFICATIONS1
Length 90.1 in. (2288.5 mm)
Laden2 26.0 in. (660.4 mm)
Unladen 27.5 in. (698.5 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.4 in. (111.8 mm)
Rake (steering head) 29.6°
Fork Angle 29.6°
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 Capacity3 (includes 0.8-gallon 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 1000 lbs. (454 kg)
Engine4 Air-cooled, Evolution®
Bore x Stroke 3.00 in. x 3.81 in. (76.20 mm x 96.82 mm)
Displacement 53.86 cu. in. (883 cu. cm)
Compression Ratio 8.9:1
Fuel System3 Carburetor
Primary Drive Chain, 57/34 ratio (57/38 ratio)
Final Drive Belt, 68/28 ratio
Clutch 9-plate, wet
Overall Ratio: U.S. HDI JPN
1st 10.782 10.410 10.063
2nd 7.702 7.436 7.188
3rd 5.728 5.531 5.346
4th 4.748 4.584 4.431
5th 4.071 3.931 3.800
Frame Mild steel, tubular frame,
circular sections, cast junctions
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube sections,
stamped junctions, MIG welded
Front Fork 39 mm
Rear Shocks Coil-over, dual-adjustable preload
Wheels5 (Steel Laced option): Silver, 13-spoke cast aluminum alloy
Front 19 in. x 2.15 in. (482.6 mm x 54.61 mm)
Rear 16 in. x 3.0 in. (406.4 mm x 76.2 mm)
Caliper Type Dual-piston front, 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)
Front Wheel 4.6 in. (116.8 mm)
Rear Wheel 2.4 in. (61.0 mm)
Engine Torque (per SAE J607)6:
North America 51 ft. lbs. @ 4300 rpm (69 NM @ 4300 rpm)
Lean Angle (per SAE J1168):
MPG (EPA urban/highway test)7 48/57 mpg (4.9/4.1 L/100 km)
Battery Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 12-amp/hour,
200 cca (per Battery Council International Rating)
Charging Single-phase, 22-amp system
(259W @ 13V, 2000 rpm, 283W max power @ 13V)
Starting 1.2 kW electric w/solenoid shift
starter motor engagement
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 28W (21W) self-canceling
Indicator Lamps High beam, neutral, low oil pressure,
turn signals, engine diagnostics,
security system8 (optional)
Engine Trim Silver powder-coated w/polished treatment
Exhaust System Chrome, staggered shorty duals
Brake and Shift Levers Mid-mount controls
Handlebars Stainless steel, classic touring
Instruments Speedometer w/odometer, dual
resettable tripmeter, diagnostic readout
Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver Pearl, Black Cherry Pearl,
Black Pearl, Chopper Blue Pearl, Fire Red Pearl,
Deep Cobalt Pearl, Glacier White Pearl
Warranty10 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every
5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter11
1 Harley-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. Some models are not available in
2 Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
3 Includes reserve on carburetor-equipped models.
4 Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2 (87 octane or higher for XL883 models).
5 Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
6 Values shown are nominal. Performance varies by country.
7 Based on tests conducted under ideal lab conditions per U.S. EPA test procedures.
Your mileage will vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions,
trip length, vehicle conditions, and vehicle configuration. Break-in mileage will vary.
8 North American security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the
security system includes immobilizer and siren.
9 Availability may vary from dealer to dealer, and is subject to change without notice.
10 See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
11 Inspections of certain systems and components are required at 2,500 mile
(4,000 km) intervals.