We match up Harley’s 2013 Sportser Iron 883 against a new competitor, Star Motorcycles’ 2014 Bolt, and its old nemesis, the 2013 Triumph Bonneville, in this mash-up of urban cruisers.
- Wring out the Iron 883’s throttle and be rewarded with a healthy shot of torque.
- The Sportster Iron 883 was the first bike to scrape pegs in the shootout and its softly damped fork with little travel sacrificed stability in the corners if you carried any type of speed.
- The 2013 Sportster Iron 883 is infused with the requisite Harley high level of fit and finish to go along with plenty of character.
- Harley's hand-finished tank with the Candy Orange paint pops against the black canvas provided by the bike's powder-coated engine, rocker covers, frame and handlebars.
- Fire up the Sportster and it’s the old familiar Harley sound and sensation as the “Blockhead” engine, in one variation or another, has been around since 1984.
- The Harley Iron 883 has a torquey engine that makes most of its power between 3200 - 4200 rpm.
- Drag-style bars, a small round headlight and analog speedo add to the tidiness of the Iron 883's front end.
- The Harley Iron 883 seat has great styling and is padded nicely.
- For gettin' around town, the 2013 Sportster Iron 883 has a short wheelbase and tight rider's triangle that makes low-speed maneuvering a cinch.
- It's hard to beat the look of the Iron 883 Sporster as Harley's paint is unparalleled and its machined wheels are the best-looking of the bunch.
- When we headed to the hills and got the Sportser up to speed, it initially tracks well and is capable of holding a line, but the more spirited the pace became, its shortcomings in this test became more evident too.
- Mount up, boys, it's time to ride!
- It was a showdown at the OK Corral as the Sporster Iron 883 duels against the 2014 Star Bolt and 2013 Triumph Bonneville in this battle of urban cruisers.
- 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 Horsepower/Torque Chart
- The Harley Sportster Iron 883 has lowered suspension, the lowest seat height of the bunch and a compact rider's triangle that suits riders of smaller stature perfectly.
- The signature Harley rumble comes thundering through the Iron 883's short, staggered pipes.