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.

  • 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Evolution V-Twin powertrain
  • Transmission:
    five speed transmission

Model Highlights

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  • 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

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  • 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


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Engine Air-cooled, Evolution
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves
with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters;
two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3 in. x 3.812 in.
(76.2 mm x 96.8 mm)
Displacement 53.9 cu. in. (883 cc)
Compression Ratio 8.9:1
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Air Cleaner Paper cartridge type
Lubrication System Dry-sump
Length 86.1 in. (2187 mm)
Overall Width 36.6 in. (929 mm)
Overall Height 47.6 in. (1209 mm)
Seat Height:
• Laden2 25.5 in. (648 mm)
• Unladen 26.8 in. (681 mm)
Ground Clearance 3.8 in. (97 mm)
Rake (steering head) 31.1°
Fork Angle 29.7°
Trail 5.7 in. (145 mm)
Wheelbase 59.3 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 Capacity 4.5 gal. (17.0 L)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.8 qts. (2.6 L)
Transmission Capacity 1.0 qt. (.95 L)
• As Shipped 536 lbs. (234.1 kg)
• In Running Order 563 lbs. (255.4 kg)
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1000 lbs. (453.6 kg)
Primary Drive Chain, 57/34 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 68/29 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Transmission 5-speed
Gear Ratios (overall): U.S.
• 1st 10.407
• 2nd 7.436
• 3rd 5.53
• 4th 4.583
• 5th 3.93
Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; circular
sections; cast junctions
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube section,
stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 39 mm Showa
Rear Shocks Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels: Black Split 5-Spoke
with Machined Rim
• Front 18 in. x 3.5 in. (457.2 mm x 88.9 mm)
• Rear 17 in. x 4.5 in. (431.8 mm x 114.3 mm)
• Caliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
• Rotor Type Patented, uniform expansion rotors
Suspension Travel:
• Front Wheel 4.26 in. (108 mm)
• Rear Wheel 2.12 in. (54 mm)


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