When Harley-Davidson makes changes to the Iron 883, they stay faithful to at least one important aspect – performance.
While XL models have never been known as 'fast' bikes, they certainly have a well-deserved reputation as 'quick' bikes.
Nothing in the Harley world comes out of the hole like a Sporty, or handles the corners like one, and the Iron 883 maintains that tradition with aplomb.
It looks like a worked-over custom bike right off the showroom floor, and that's as it was intended.
Harley took the blacked-out look to the Nth degree.
This also plays into the custom look, as this lack of frills is actually a frill all its own.
Overall, the Iron 883 has a drag-centric vibe that is hard to ignore.
The drag bars and mid-mount controls form an aggressive rider triangle that puts the rider into a slightly forward-leaning stance – a perfect cornering position if you like -- to take your curves with a little mustard on them.
The Iron 883 weighs in at 564 pounds soaking wet, so the lack of dual front brakes isn't that big a deal.
oth ends of the bike get strong, honest braking from the dual-cylinder calipers, and you have the choice of going “old-school” with non-augmented brakes or going for the safety net offered by the optional ABS package.
In keeping with Harley tradition, the 883 cc engine is an air-cooled, 45-degree V-twin that cranks out 53.8 pound-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm, which is plenty of power for zipping around town.
It's one of the best engines Harley ever made, and they've had 30 years to perfect it.
Unlike Sporties from the past, this engine has rubber mounts that isolate the frame and rider from engine vibration.
So take that, Harley haters. Sportsters no longer come with a leather-bound bottle of Loctite.
A five-speed transmission and reinforced-belt final drive connect the engine to the drive wheel, and while it doesn't have the sixth gear of its Big-Twin cousins, you really won't miss it much.
MSRP on the 2022 Iron 883 is $11.3k in a choice of
Black Denim, Gunship Gray, or White Sand Pearl.