2015 - 2019 Harley-Davidson SuperLow
Powered by the 883 cc Evolution engine, the SuperLow XL 883L delivers modest performance and nimble handling. The slammed suspension puts the rider’s butt close to the ground where even the shortest inseams can feel confident and in control with both feet down flat. While this ride isn’t quite as entry level as the Street 500/750, it is the smallest of Harley-Davidson’s traditional designs and typically serves as a trainer bike for folks interested in air-cooled cruisers.
Add saddlebags, a detachable windshield and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank to a Sportster and you have a mini-tourer — that happy balance between an around-town bar-hopper and a hit-the-interstate pocket-bagger. It’s been a long time — over 10 years — since Harley did away with the vibration-’o-plenty hard-mount engine. The SuperLow 1200T enjoys the benefits of the rubber-mounted Evolution engine with a smoother ride and better rider comfort for long miles in the saddle.
Departing from the traditional Sportster peanut tank, the SuperLow 1200T comes with a teardrop fuel belly and the quick release windshield lets you go bare for an around-town ride or pop it on the bike for trips up the highway.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson SuperLow 1200T.
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Make no mistake, the SuperLow lives up to its name as a bike for short riders. Really short. Anyone taller than about 5-foot-5 or so is going to feel cramped in their legs and arms due to the seat that shoves your tukas well forward of a regular seat. You can swap out the saddle for a standard one to get a bit more legroom, and that makes the SuperLow comfortable for riders as tall as 5-foot-8 or so.
In profile, the SuperLow cuts something of a different figure than a standard Sportster as the teardrop tank and short seat changes the flyline in ways that are subtle, yet collectively change the profile significantly. The 883 cc engine is based on the original Evolution Sportster plant that first rolled way back in 1986 to give this engine style the longest production run of any engine to come out of Milwaukee with the notable exception of the long-discontinued flathead/side-valve engines from back in the day.