2006 Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster 883
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– 2006 Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster 883
There’s no feeling on earth like getting in the saddle of a simple, fun machine and just letting go. Just ask anyone who’s had the pleasure of riding a Sportster® 883. It starts with a narrow, agile XL frame. From the solo seat, over the low-rise bar, you see miles of asphalt playground ahead. That and the low price of admission make you smile. Fender to fender, this machine is all Harley-Davidson. Twist the throttle and the rubber-mounted Evolution® engine instantly reminds you that you’re astride the saddle of an American legend. Classic tank. Staggered shorty dual exhaust pipes. Ready for thrills in every bend? Rider, meet Sportster. You’re about to live happily ever after.
This most affordable motorcycle in the Harley-Davidson line offers plenty of soul. The Sportster 883 features classic Sportster styling with the distinctive “peanut” fuel tank, staggered dual exhaust, sleek solo seat and 13-spoke cast aluminum wheels. The smooth power of the rubber-mounted XL Evolution 883 engine is now enhanced by the new smoother-shifting transmission. A new sidestand reduces the effort required to lift the bike off the stand by 40 percent. The Sportster 883 is offered in four colors for 2006, including new Fire Red Pearl.
XL 883 Sportster 883 features:
Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 883 engine
Silver powder-coated engine with polished covers
New smoother, quieter transmission
New lighter clutch effort
New sidestand design
Classic solo seat
Chrome staggered shorty dual exhaust
Mid-mounted foot controls
Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
Optional Steel Laced wheels
Length 90.1 in. (2288.5 mm)
Laden2 27.3 in. (693.4 mm)
Unladen 29.3 in. (744.0 mm)
Ground Clearance 5.6 in. (141.0 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 5.6 in. (141.0 mm)
Rear Wheel 4.1 in. (104.1 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, low-rise
Instruments Speedometer w/odometer, dual
resettable tripmeter, diagnostic readout
Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver Pearl, Chopper Blue Pearl,
Fire Red 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.