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4. 2009 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Review

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In our review of the sixth member of Harley-Davidson’s dark-themed motorcycle, we put the Iron 883 through its paces. What is essentially a Sportster 883 Low in hip clothing for a night out on the town, the Iron 883 is designed to give newer and shorter riders a relatively affordable cruiser infused with attitude.

After sampling the Iron 883 during Daytona Bike Week, Editor Duke remarked, “Stylistically, the Iron is a great success. The matte finishes give it some rat-bike cool, and subtle touches like the fork gaiters give it a nice tinge of nostalgia. The Iron 883 truly delivers an authentic Harley experience for less than $8,000.”

Read the full review: 2009 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Review

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  • Old MOron

    Four out of the top ten were (gulp) cruisers?!
    No wonder JB isn’t allowed to call them StoooPid any more.

    • Shawn Poorman

      Haha given that Harley still controls more than half of the entire USA motorcycle market, I’m not at all surprised that their bikes and the cheaper alternatives made the list. The big surprise here to me was the popularity of the monster review. Interesting that everyone wanted to check it out but they’re still not a huge seller.

      Maybe it’s the relatively low (compared to Japanese alternatives) price/performance ratio and relatively high cost of ownership. Or maybe it just looks so good that people wanna check it out but they don’t buy because Americans insist on fairings.

      For me, I’m in love with it. But if Yamaha decides to bring us ABS on the fz 07, I think I would buy it over the monster. The new Honda cbr650f is nice as well, but a bit porky for my taste. Decisions, decisions.

  • Garrett Gerard

    How many views did this article garner? That wasn’t mentioned anywhere, and I’m just curious. I’ve been a fan since before the $11.94 subscription days, and was one of the few who actually paid the subscription. BTW, since that time you’ve really progressed nicely. The video production quality of late has been really outstanding (e.g. the Harley Livewire video). Keep up the good work.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I have the listing in order of ranking but not the raw numbers. What specific article were you asking about?