VIN: 438661
MAKE: Harley-Davidson®

It was one of the early Dark Custom™ motorcycles. A dark pioneer of raw, blacked-out, stripped-down custom aggression. It's been moving forward ever since. Check out the beefy suspension. Custom details like the rolled leather seat and jaw-dropping pipes and wheels. All the details are dialed in tight. The Iron 883™ motorcycle. Welcome to the state of the Dark Custom™motorcycle art.

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.


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.


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.

Model Year2017
Model2017 XL883N IRON
Riding Style
Length85.8 in.
Laden Seat Height85.8 in.
Unladen Seat Height28.9 in.
Ground Clearance4.3 in.
Rake Steering Head30
Trail4.6 in.
Wheelbase59.6 in.
Front Tire Size100/90B19 57H
Rear Tire Size150/80B16 77H
Fuel Capacity3.3 gal.
Oil Capacity2.8 qt.
Weight Shipped540 lb.
Weight Running Order562 lb.
EngineAir-cooled, Evolution®
Bore3 in.
Stroke3.811 in.
Displacement53.9 cu in
Compression Ratio9:1
Fuel SystemElectronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Primary Drive TrainChain, 34/57 ratio
1st Gear Ratio10.41
2nd Gear Ratio7.436
3rd Gear Ratio5.531
4th Gear Ratio4.584
5th Gear Ratio3.931
ExhaustBlack, staggered shorty exhaust with dual mufflers
Wheel OptionBlack 9 Spoke with Machined Highlights
Front Wheel TypeBlack 9 Spoke with Machined Highlights
Rear Wheel TypeBlack 9 Spoke with Machined Highlights
Caliper TypeDual-piston front, Dual-piston rear
BrakeDual-piston front, Dual-piston rear
Engine Torque Testing MethodJ1349
Engine Torque53.8 ft-lb
Engine Torque RPM3,750
Lean Angle Right27
Lean Angle Left28
Fuel Economy51 mpg
Electric LightingHigh beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional)
Electric GaugesHandlebar-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