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Harley-Davidson Sportster


The Harley-Davidson Sportster is the longest continuously produced motorcycle in the H-D lineup. The first Harley Sportster XL, with a 55 cubic inch, 4-stroke engine and four-speed transmission, was introduced in 1957. It replaced the Harley K flathead motorcycle and was built in response to the Japanese and British bikes that were flooding the US market at the time. 
Motorcycle USA had the pleasure of rolling over the mountains of Oregon on the Pacific blue pearl 883cc Sportster.
The Sportster is Harley-Davidson longest-running production motorcycle.


The following year, the H-D Sportster XLH was introduced with higher compression and larger valves. This started the evolution of the Sportster that has seen plenty of performance upgrades over the years while maintain the same, signature Sporty styling. Until 2007, the Sportster was easily recognized by its signature peanut fuel tank. That same year, the Harley Davidson ride received H-D’s Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection, the last of the Harley line to switch over from being outfitted with a carburetor.

The Harley-Davidson Sportster is available with two different engines sizes, the Sportster 883 or the Sportster 1200, and each model has three variations, Low, Custom, or with the blacked-out treatment of the Iron 883 or the Nightster 1200. The Motor Company’s Sportster is powered by a rubber-mounted 883cc or 1200cc Evolution V-Twin engine mounted in a narrow, nimble frame. With its low sticker price and easy-handling nature, the Sportster is often used by entry level motorcycle riders and is a gateway bike to Harley-Davidson motorcycle ownership.
Harley-Davidson Sportster Motorcycle Reviews
2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X First Ride
Monday, July 05, 2010
Motorcycle USA heads out to Eastern Wisconsin to test Harley-Davidson’s updated 2011 XR1200X around the beautiful Road America circuit. Can this ‘standard’ really take the rigors of racetrack abuse?
2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883L Comparison
Monday, March 01, 2010
See where the 2010 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883L stacks up in our Middleweight Cruiser Shootout.
2007 Harley-Davidsons First Rides
Thursday, August 17, 2006
The Motor Company brings more motor and a 6-speed tranny for its '07 Big Twin models.
2007 Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster
Monday, June 11, 2007
The Sportster turns 50 year this year, making the popular gateway to Harleydom the longest continuously produced model of the American motorcycling icon.
2005 Harley-Davidson First Rides
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
MCUSA gets a chance to ride three of the four new models H-D has released for 2005.
2003 HD Sportster 883 Comparison
Thursday, August 21, 2003
Not every motorcycle requires you take out a second mortage as this capable quartet of cruisers proves.
Harley-Davidson Sportster Project Bikes
2005 H-D Sportster Project Part 2
Friday, September 09, 2005
In Part 1 we merely installed some simple cosmetic upgrades to the bike, but this time we addressed the bikes biggest flaw: It's stock! Well, not any more.
2005 H-D Sportster Project Part 1
Friday, March 25, 2005
Sure, a stocker H-D looks good off the showroom floor, but we're not merely enhancing aesthetics here; we're personalizing.
H-D Sportster Project Bike
Friday, February 18, 2005
Why settle for ordinary when you can go for extraordinary? We're taking a stock Sporty from mild to wild in with our latest project bike.
Harley-Davidson Sportster First Looks
Harley Releases 2010 Sportster Forty-Eight
Friday, January 22, 2010
Harley-Davidson revives the 'peanut' tank in its newest Dark Custom motorcycle, the 2010 Sportster Forty-Eight.
Iron 883 Sportster H-Ds Newest Dark Custom
Monday, January 26, 2009
Harley-Davidson introduces its newest Dark Custom, the Iron 883, a Sportster with a chopped rear fender and blacked-out features.
Sportster Gas
Thursday, December 28, 2000
Remember to turn the gas off on your Sportster, even when just stopping for a few minutes.