2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow

The Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow is a throwback to what Harley ’s are all about: fun to ride, easy to own, and plenty of performance.

We all know that any motorcycle is more enjoyable when its fit, function, and styling are a perfect match to its owner. That’s why the Sportster XL883L SuperLow is such a fun bike because it offers plenty of the things riders enjoy in a low-hung cruiser. Balanced and responsive handling is a key element of the SuperLow, helping the rider and the machine glide through corners with smooth confidence. The bike’s combination of wheel size, radial tires, and front-end geometry also contributes to its outstanding maneuverability while the final drive ratio is matched to the rear wheel size to provide smooth acceleration.

The bike also offers a generous rear-suspension travel while it’s aerodynamic design comes with plenty of advantages, including a deeply cushioned seat and an easy-reach handlebar that provides outstanding comfort.

In terms of performance the SuperLow has riders covered with an Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), which Harley rubber-mounted to reduce the powertrain vibration. The engine is then mated to a five-speed transmission with a dual staggered exhaust system.

Find out more about the Harley Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow after the jump.

Model Highlights

Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow
  • Black, split 5-spoke cast wheels with machined rims
  • Wheel size: front 18 x 3.5 inches, rear 17 x 4.5 inches
  • Michelin Scorcher 11 radial tires: Front 120/70ZR18; rear 150/60ZR17
  • Front end geometry contributes to confident handling
  • 68/29 (2.34:1) final drive ratio for smooth acceleration
  • 4.5-gallon fuel tank for extended range
  • Solo seat with deep bucket shape is easy to straddle, seat height is 25.5 inches
  • Easy-reach handlebar
  • Revised rear suspension with 2.5 inches wheel travel for added comfort
  • Silver, powder-coated engine with polished covers
  • Chrome exhaust with dual staggered shorty mufflers
  • Full-coverage rear fender with painted supports
  • Sport front fender
  • Polished headlamp visor

Key Features

Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow
  • Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Rubber-mounted powertrain to reduce vibration
  • 5-speed Transmission
  • Dual staggered exhaust
  • Disc brakes
  • Mid-mount foot controls
  • Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer
  • Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free security fob


Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow
EngineAir-cooled, Evolution
ValvesPushrod-operated, overhead valves
with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters;
two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke3 in. x 3.812 in.
(76.2 mm x 96.8 mm)
Displacement53.9 cu. in. (883 cc)
Compression Ratio8.9:1
Fuel SystemElectronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Air CleanerPaper cartridge type
Lubrication SystemDry-sump
Length86.1 in. (2187 mm)
Overall Width36.6 in. (929 mm)
Overall Height47.6 in. (1209 mm)
Seat Height:
• Laden225.5 in. (648 mm)
• Unladen26.8 in. (681 mm)
Ground Clearance3.8 in. (97 mm)
Rake (steering head)31.1°
Fork Angle29.7°
Trail5.7 in. (145 mm)
Wheelbase59.3 in. (1506 mm)
Tires (Michelin Scorcher “11” front and rear):
• Front – Scorcher “11F”120/70 ZR-18 59W
• Rear – Scorcher “11”150/60 ZR-17 66W
Fuel Capacity4.5 gal. (17.0 L)
Oil Capacity (w/filter)2.8 qts. (2.6 L)
Transmission Capacity1.0 qt. (.95 L)
• As Shipped536 lbs. (234.1 kg)
• In Running Order563 lbs. (255.4 kg)
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating1000 lbs. (453.6 kg)
Primary DriveChain, 57/34 ratio
Final DriveBelt, 68/29 ratio
ClutchMulti-plate, wet
Gear Ratios (overall):U.S.
• 1st10.407
• 2nd7.436
• 3rd5.53
• 4th4.583
• 5th3.93
FrameMild steel, tubular frame; circular
sections; cast junctions
SwingarmMild steel, rectangular tube section,
stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks39 mm Showa
Rear ShocksCoil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels:Black Split 5-Spoke
with Machined Rim
• Front18 in. x 3.5 in. (457.2 mm x 88.9 mm)
• Rear17 in. x 4.5 in. (431.8 mm x 114.3 mm)
• Caliper TypeDual-piston front, single-piston rear
• Rotor TypePatented, uniform expansion rotors
Suspension Travel:
• Front Wheel4.26 in. (108 mm)
• Rear Wheel2.12 in. (54 mm)


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