2009 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 [Features & Specifications]


The evolution of the Harley-Davidson hot rod continues for 2009, as most Sportster models roll into the new year on retuned suspension. Five Sportster models retain the raw, soulful styling that represents the uninhibited essence of motorcycling. Responsive handling, the flat torque delivery and distinctive sound of an American V-Twin engine, and classic styling cues make Harley-Davidson Sportster a motorcycle that just keeps getting better.

When it debuted in 1957, the original Sportster projected a tough and rebellious attitude that was born on the gritty dirt tracks and drag strips of that era. That spirit lingers in every new Sportster model, from the retro-bobber Nightster to the glittering chrome of the long 1200 Custom.

Sportster models are powered by the Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) XL Evolution V-Twin powertrain, rubber-mounted in the frame to reduce vibration and tuned to deliver a flat torque curve for responsive performance. Among the most-affordable Harley-Davidson models, Sportster motorcycles offer a low, comfortable seat, smooth clutch effort, and a durable carbon fiber reinforced final drive belt.

New on 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 :

Enhanced Suspension: The suspension is upgraded on the 883 Custom, 1200 Low and 1200 Custom. Springs and dampening rates have been recalibrated and new damping devices were installed to provide superior ride quality.

New Front Fenders: All Sportster models get a new low-profile front fender that hugs the tire for a streamlined, custom look.

New Rear Wheel on Custom models: The 883 Custom and 1200 Custom models receive new rear wheels that weigh four pounds less while maintaining stiffness and durability. The lighter wheel improves ride quality by reducing unsprung weight. The 1200 Custom has a new chrome cast aluminum slotted disc rear wheel, while the 883 Custom rear is a Silver cast aluminum solid disc.


2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883  features:

Rubber-mounted XL 883cc Evolution engine
Silver powder-coated engine with polished treatment
Lowered front and rear suspension
Silver 13-spoke Cast Aluminum wheels, 19-inch front / 16-inch rear
New low profile front fender
Wide reduced-reach polished handlebar
Reduced-reach solo seat
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Mid-mount foot controls
Lowest-Profile rear shocks
Lowest-Profile front forks
Easy Reach sidestand
Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
Optional Chrome Laced Steel wheels
Optional Smart Security System
Sportster 883 Custom
Those seeking a laid-back, two-up custom ride need look no further than the 883 Custom. With a new suspension and lighter rear wheel, a 4.5-gallon fuel tank, two-up seat, and pullback handlebar riser, the 883 Custom rolls down the road with true style, comfort and authentic American V-Twin performance.

Specifications of 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883  :

Length 89.10 in. (2263.14 mm)
Overall Width 35.20 in. (894.08 mm)
Overall Height 45.70 in. (1160.78 mm)
Seat Height:
• Laden2: 25.30 in. (642.62 mm)
• Unladen: 26.30 in. (668.02 mm)
Ground Clearance 3.90 in. (99.06 mm)
Rake (steering head) 29.6°
Fork Angle 29.6°
Trail 4.60 in. (116.84 mm)
Wheelbase 60 in. (1524 mm)
Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, blackwall):
• Front – D401F 100/90-19 57H
• Rear – D401 150/80B16 71H
Fuel Capacity 3.3 gal. (12.49 L)
(warning light at approximately 0.80 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.80 qts. (2.65 L)
Transmission Capacity 1 qts. (0.95 L)

• As Shipped 563 lbs. (255.37 kg)
• In Running Order 583 lbs. (264.44 kg)
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1000 lbs. (453.59 kg)
• Gross Axle Weight Rating
• Front 335 lbs. (151.95 kg)
• Rear 665 lbs. (301.64 kg)
Engine3 Air-cooled, Evolution®
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3 in. x 3.81 in. (76.20 mm x 96.77 mm)
Displacement3 53.86 cu. in. (883 cu. cm)
Compression Ratio 8.9:1
Fuel System9 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper cartridge type
Lubrication System Dry-sump

Primary Drive Chain, 57/34 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 68/28 ratio
Clutch 9-plate, wet
Transmission 5-speed
Gear Ratios (overall): U.S. HDI JPN
• 1st 10.782 10.782 10.782
• 2nd 7.702 7.702 7.702
• 3rd 5.728 5.728 5.728
• 4th 4.748 4.748 4.748
• 5th 4.071 4.071 4.071


Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube sections, stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 39 mm
Rear Shocks Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels4 (Chrome, Laced Steel option):
Silver, 13-Spoke Cast Aluminum
• Front 19 in. x 2.15 in. (482.60 mm x 54.61 mm)
• Rear 16 in. x 3 in. (406.40 mm x 76.20 mm)

• Caliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
• Rotor Type Patented, uniform expansion rotors
(diameter x width):
• Front 11.50 in. x .20 in. (292.10 mm x 5.08 mm)
• Rear 11.50 in. x .23 in. (292.10 mm x 5.84 mm)

Suspension Travel:
• Front Wheel 3.62 in. (91.95 mm)
• Rear Wheel 1.63 in. (41.40 mm)

Engine Torque5 (per SAE J1349):
• North America 55 ft. lbs. @ 3500 rpm (74.58 NM @ 3500 rpm)
• World 51.29 ft. lbs. @ 3750 rpm (69.55 NM @ 3750 rpm)
• Japan 49.07 ft. lbs. @ 3500 rpm (66.54 NM @ 3500 rpm)

Lean Angle (per SAE J1168):
• Right 29°
• Left 31°

Fuel Economy7
(EPA urban/highway test) 45/60 mpg (5.23/3.92 L/100 km)

Battery (per Battery Council International Rating) Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 12-amp/hour, 200 cca
Charging Single-phase, 30-amp system (357W @ 13.5V, 2000 rpm, 405W max power @ 13.5V)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with 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, low fuel warning, low battery, security system6 (optional)


source : Harley Davidson

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