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2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883L Comparison Photo Gallery

See where the 2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883L stacks up in our 2010 Middleweight Cruiser Shootout.

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The low MSRP may be the biggest highlight of the Sportster.
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2010 Middleweight Cruiser Shootout Horsepower Dyno Chart: Sportster Dyno stats:
46.6 hp @ 5,600 rpm (second-highest)
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2010 Middleweight Cruiser Shootout Torque Dyno Chart: Sportster Dyno 45.3 lb-ft @ 5100 rpm (third-highest)
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2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883L Dyno Numbers
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Our four cruiser riders rolled into Julian, California. To raise hell? No, there's this great pie place. No, we're not joking.
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The 883 Low's ergos favor smaller riders, with our taller testers feeling cramped behind the controls.
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Purpose built for the smaller-statured, the Sporster Low features a close reach to the bars and pegs.
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Classic lines that haven't changed much since its inception more than 50 years ago, the Sportster's styling stood out.
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We enjoyed getting to know the old Sportster again. It may not be the ideal mount for larger riders, but it is an affordable, and fun, entry to the H-D brand.
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The Sportster chassis the most rigid of the lot.
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The low MSRP may be the biggest highlight of the Sportster.
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The small instrument cluster was notable
placement, making it easier to view while
on the move.
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Its a shame the new 883 Iron could not be had for our test, as its looks and feel would have better meshed with the shootout competition and our test rider dimensions.
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The push-rod, air-cooled Twin
of the Sportster anchors the entire styling
of the American bike.
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The 39mm non-adjustable fork and preload adjustable rear shocks don’t hinder spirited rides, though the low ground clearance does.
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The ergos took some getting used to, but the Sportster won over riders with its spunky Twin.
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Dyno charts and rider descriptions don’t do the engine full justice, as the Sportster sounds the best too.
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Far more slender, with a narrow tank and frame, the Sporty style reduces itself to the most elemental aspects of riding.
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The Sportster zips around with ease, but the low pegs hinder cornering on twisty roads.
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Better classified as a standard than a crusier, the Sportster’s upright riding position contrasts the feet-forward ergos of its shootout rivals.
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The 26.3 inch seat height, combined with its remarkably trim width, makes touching the ground effortless.
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More spare and stripped down than its shootout competitors, the visual differences of the Sportster alone are striking.