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H-D unveils new Dark Custom Sportster

H-D unveils new Dark Custom Sportster

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jan. 26, 2009
Harley-Davidson is introducing the latest member of its Dark Custom line, the Iron 883.

Since their introduction in 1957, when the modern rebel culture was being bred from restless veterans and hot rod pioneers, Sportster motorcycles became the starting point for many legendary choppers of the 1960s, while also getting pumped up for championship dirt racing and dare devil stunt riding in the 1970s.

The Iron 883 model continues that tradition with responsive handling, smooth clutch effort and durable carbon reinforced drive belt within a minimalist design. Decked in black from fender-to-fender, the new Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle features an 883 Evolution engine with front fork gaiters, a drag style handlebar and side-mount license plate holder. The Iron 883 starts at $7,899 MSRP. 

“The Iron 883 defies the plastic conventions of other motorcycles at this price,” says Mark-Hans Richer, chief marketing officer for Harley-Davidson. “It’s got old school style, a new school ride and gives the owner a platform for creative customization.”  

The Iron 883 joins Harley-Davidson's blacked-out Dark Customs line.With Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and performance tuning with a broad torque curve, the Iron 883 delivers plenty of power for the city scene. The pipes on the straight cut short dual exhaust flow the distinctive Harley-Davidson V-Twin sound.

The black chopped rear fender with its combination stop/turn/tail lights shows more of the 150 mm rear tire and black, 13-spoke cast aluminum wheel, while the front tire also rides on a black wheel. The rest of the Iron 883 gets a darker-suited presence with black front forks and fender supports, fuel tank, oil tank cover, belt guard, drag style handlebar and mid mount foot controls.

A one-piece, solo classic seat with a height of 25.3 inches fits the lone rider, while a passenger seat and a backrest in complementing black finishes can be added as accessories. The Iron 883 is available in Black Denim and Brilliant Silver Denim colors.

As the latest of the Harley-Davidson Dark Custom motorcycles, the Iron 883 is stripped down and ripe for custom creativity alongside the Nightster, Night Train, Cross Bones, Fat Bob and Street Bob motorcycles.