2017 Harley-Davidson® XL883L SuperLow®

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Year
2017
Manufacturer
Harley-Davidson®
Model
XL883L SuperLow®

Overview

Description

The smooth ride, comfortable cruising position and easy handling are built in thanks to the suspension and seat. The ride that starts here may never end.

Overview
  • How close do you want to get to the pavement?: This is about falling in love with the ride. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time, or if you’re a veteran of countless miles on the pavement. When you throw a leg over the SuperLow® model, every feeling you get will be a good one. From the saddle and suspension to the low center of gravity and light, easy-handling frame, this machine is built to make any rider one with the road. Does it get any better than that?
  • Authentic Styling: When the first Sportster motorcycle roared onto the scene in 1957 the world had never seen anything like it. Rawboned, powerful and looking for action. The styling cues that lit up the street in those early years would soon become a part of everything from race bikes to outlaw choppers as they spread throughout the motorcycling world. Take a look at the offering for 2017 and one thing becomes instantly clear. The best way to get the style that made the Sportster motorcycle famous is to get a Sportster motorcycle of your own. The narrow frame is more agile than ever. The rumbling V-Twin and muscular front end feel more powerful than ever. The flawless steel and jewel-like fuel tank reveal their authentic motorcycle roots in every inch of detail.
  • Iconic Engine: The Evolution engine riding in the nimble Sportster frame is a prime example of the power, durability and proven reliability The Motor Company was built on. Born from the legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, it’s been the power at the center of a Sportster motorcycle since 1984. Its overhead valve design and four-cam gear train have their roots in the company’s race program, and you know it when you feel the surge of brute torque that accompanies every twist of the throttle. The air-cooled V-Twin design with a compact one-piece crankcase/transmission fits the narrow Sportster profile like a fist in a fingerless glove. We began with a strong, trouble-free design. Then gave it constant refinement to bring us to the modern powerplant of today. A testament to the unwavering hunger for advancement in motor technology that has always driven Harley-Davidson.
  • Handling: The street is the home turf of the Sportster motorcycle, and a narrow, agile frame wrapped around a strong V-Twin engine has always been its calling card. To see how far we’ve taken this basic equation, get in the saddle of any 2017 Sportster model. Trust us, the list of constant innovations and refinements you experience on the Sportster motorcycle of today is more than you want to read about here. The latest innovation includes suspension on every model, with cartridge emulsion rear shocks and a screw adjuster to further dial in the handling. It all feels tight and right, bringing confidence to the ride and a grin to the rider. Whether you’re rocketing to the next stoplight, threading through the urban grid, or busting out of the city limits to parts unknown.
  • Comfort: You might look at the raw-boned style of a Sportster motorcycle and not immediately think of comfort. That would be a mistake. Sink into the seat of any 2017 Sportster model and you discover a premium ride hidden under all the lean and mean styling. The engine is rubber-mounted to the frame, so you feel all the power of an Evolution V-Twin but none of the vibrations. The handlebar hits your fists and the pegs hit your boots just the way they should. Even better, we’ve made improving comfort for the Sportster rider our marching orders. With a wrench tucked inside the seat to adjust the rear suspension exactly the way you like it, these are some of the most versatile motorcycles to ever hit the street.
Authentic Styling
  • Premium Styling Features: The value and quality of the confidence-inspiring SuperLow® model is unparalleled in its class. With a true Harley-Davidson rumble, steel parts, premium paint and flawless chrome, this model reveals its authentic American motorcycle roots in every inch of detail.
  • Teardrop Fuel Tank: The 4.5-gallon teardrop fuel tank offers spacious fuel capacity for a low-profile tank. It's tough, iconic and it leaves a good amount of room to show off more V-Twin. The tank graphic showcases the unique styling of the SuperLow® motorcycle; as if the tank came right off the calligraphers brush.
  • Pure Harley-Davidson Styling: Feast your eyes on the 883cc Evolution® engine and there's no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you won't find from any other motorcycle company. Silver powder-coated cylinders and cylinder heads are topped off with polished rocker covers to complete the premium Harley-Davidson look. Unmatched style and performance down to the very last detail. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the 883cc Evolution® engine makes an ironclad statement about holding on to what's right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.
  • Closed Loop Exhaust System: Designed to meet future worldwide emissions standards and the standards of future generations of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders. This closed loop exhaust system delivers heart-pounding performance in the key of the trademark Harley-Davidson rumble. With its robust, soul-stirring big twin design, durable mufflers with exhaust shields, a catalyst and mini heated oxygen sensors that improve emissions and drivability, this system is not only better for the environment, it makes riding better.
  • Tach and Gear Indicator Readout: Even though none of us would want to admit it, from time to time, we've all had to kick our shift lever back down to 1 to figure out what gear we were in. The Sportster® models get a speedometer with a gear indicator readout and a tachometer that can be activated by your trip switch. Now you've got all the information you need to keep it in the power band at the touch of a finger.
Iconic Engine
  • Evolution Engine: The Evolution® engine—known in certain crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1984. Born from legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution® engine broke new ground in displacement innovation while maintaining the hunger for power, durability and proven reliability that The Motor Company was built on.
  • Evolution® Engine Innovation: Air-cooled and durable as hell, the 883cc Evolution® engine is yet another nod to the unwavering work ethic that drives advancements in motor technology at Harley-Davidson. Aluminum heads and cylinders lighten the load of the bike and improve air-cooling efficiency. Electronic fuel injection says goodbye to carburetors and boasts increased reliability and less routine maintenance. Bottom line: the rubber-mounted Evolution® engine runs hard and rides smooth for thousands of miles so you can just worry about taking in the freedom of the open road.
Handling
  • Foundation Brake System: Like riding itself, you can never go too far when it comes to improving a bike's brakes. This is why we gave the brake system of each Sportster® model a complete overhaul designed to improve performance, fit and finish. You have 300mm brake rotors and a powerful, stylized front caliper with 34mm pistons and stylized rear caliper to match. Other system features include an improved all-aluminum integrated rear master cylinder with reservoir, all-aluminum front master cylinder with reduced friction and higher efficiency, and stainless steel braided lines. It all adds up to more confidence on the road and more power and predictability when you squeeze the brakes.
  • Comfortable Cockpit: A combination of a low bucket seat, longer travel rear suspension and easy-grip handlebar creates a comfortable riding position for a wide range of riders. Ergonomically sound, this bike helps build confidence in all aspects of your journey—from lifting it off its side stand to handling and turning, and every bump, twisty and stop in between.
  • Advanced Front End Geometry: We went to work on the geometry to create a lighter feeling, highly maneuverable front end with wider lock-to-lock steering. The result is more rider confidence, especially when operating the bike at lower speeds. Add in the lightweight front forks and triple clamps and an 18 inch front wheel diameter, and you have a smooth ride with easy handling for riders with any level of experience. This is freedom on two wheels.
  • Enhanced Low Speed Maneuverability: With an 18 inch wheel up front and a 17 inch wheel backing it up at the tail end, the light wheels and radial tires on the SuperLow® motorcycle make handling a cinch. Cast black split 5-spoke machined rims weigh less and get you through turns and other low-speed maneuvers effortlessly.
  • Final Drive Ratio: Experience smooth handling at slow speed and easy acceleration off the line with the final drive ratio found on the SuperLow® motorcycle. Electronic fuel injection coupled with trouble-free handling help create a confidence-inspiring ride that's perfect for anyone just beginning their journey on two wheels.
  • Low Seat Height: The low, ergonomic seat on the SuperLow® model provides the ultimate in handling confidence. The combination of a low, 25.5 inch seat height plus a narrow frame makes it easy to maneuver your ride through turns and down straights at varying speeds. Just toss a leg over and crack the throttle—feel the freedom.
  • Michelin® Scorcher™ Tires: Michelin® Scorcher™ tires provide the superior performance, sensational grip, impressive durability and excellent handling expected on a race-bred bike. The exclusive deep-cut tread design improves grip and water evacuation capability. Grip performance and durability is also enhanced by the tire's rubber compounds, which use the latest generation of Michelin synthetic polymers.
Comfort
  • Mid-Mount Controls: Let your boots fall where they may, naturally to the mid-mounted controls and rider foot pegs on the SuperLow® model. An easy reach and tight rider triangle is confidence-inspiring for new riders eager to set off on their journey and riders whose legs run slightly shorter than others.
  • Comfortable Low Seat: The bucket-shaped seat on the SuperLow® motorcycle gets added foam without losing the sleek style, thanks to the latest 21 Century materials. Also not lost: the 27.4-inch seat height that makes for an extremely low straddle distance and adds to the confidence you’ll have riding this motorcycle.
Dimensions
  • Length: 87.6 in. (2,225 mm)
  • Seat Height, Laden: 25.5 in. (648 mm)
  • Seat Height, Unladen: 27.4 in. (695 mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 3.9 in. (100 mm)
  • Rake (steering head) (deg): 31.1
  • Trail: 5.7 in. (145 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 59.1 in. (1,500 mm)
  • Tires, Front Specification: 120/70 ZR-18 59W
  • Tires, Rear Specification: 150/60 ZR-17 66W
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal. (17 L)
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter): 2.8 qt. (2.6 L)
  • Weight, As Shipped: 537 lb. (244 kg)
  • Weight, In Running Order: 565 lb. (256 kg)
Engine
  • Engine: Air-cooled, Evolution®
  • Bore: 3 in. (76.2 mm)
  • Stroke: 3.811 in. (96.8 mm)
  • Displacement: 53.9 cu in. (883 cc)
  • Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel injection (ESPFI)
Drivetrain
  • Primary Drive: Chain, 34/57 ratio
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 1st: 10.41
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd: 7.436
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd: 5.531
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 4th: 4.584
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 5th: 3.931
Chassis
  • Exhaust: Chrome, staggered, shorty exhaust with dual mufflers
  • Wheels, Front Type: Black, Split 5-Spoke with Machined Rim
  • Wheels, Rear Type: Black, Split 5-Spoke with Machined Rim
  • Brakes, Caliper Type: Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear
Performance
  • Engine Torque Testing Method: J1349
  • Engine Torque: 53.8 ft. lb. (73 Nm)
  • Engine Torque (rpm): 3,750
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.): 24.7
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.): 24.4
  • Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy: 51 mpg (4.6 l/100 km)
Electric
  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional)
  • Gauges: Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock, dual tripmeter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights
NOTES:
Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2. Fuel Economy estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary. Engine torque values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren. Seat Height measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.

Specs

Engine

Engine Type
Evolution®
Displacement
53.9 cu in. (883 cc)
Bore and Stroke
3 in. (76.2 mm) x 3.811 in. (96.8 mm)
Cooling
Air
Compression Ratio
9.0:1
Fuel System
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel injection (ESPFI)

Chassis

Front Brakes
Dual-piston
Rear Brakes
Dual-piston
Front Tire
120/70 ZR-18 59W
Rear Tire
150/60 ZR-17 66W

Dimensions

Wheelbase
59.1 in. (1,500 mm)
Seat Height
Laden: 25.5 in. (648 mm); Unladen: 27.4 in. (695 mm)
Rake
31.1 deg.
Trail
5.7 in. (145 mm)
Fuel Capacity
4.5 gal. (17 L)
MPG
51 mpg (4.6 l/100 km)
Dry Weight
537 lb. (244 kg)

Transmission

Transmission
5-speed

General

Colors
Vivid Black

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