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2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Cruisers Review Specs Price

Among the many essential features of the 2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Cruisers, performance is one that Harley-Davidson has not compromised on. XL models may not have a reputation for “speed” that other motorcycles have, but they have earned the label of “quick” motorcycle. The Iron 883 is a proud continuation of the Sporty history of handling corners and getting out of the hole faster than any other Harley-Davidson. These bikes show that the XL line has not only persisted but thrived in the budget and performance cycling markets in the United States.

2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Cruisers – Features and Specs


When the K-model, the progenitor of the XL, or Sportster series, was introduced by Harley-Davidson in 1952, the company’s workers probably had no clue they were creating a genre that would continue to flourish more than 50 years later. The 2022 Sportster Iron 883, however, is more of a tribute to the individual touches that individual owners have made to their bikes over time than the original design.

2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Cruisers

Overall, the Iron 883 exudes an intense drag-centric atmosphere that is hard to ignore. The combination of the drag bars and the mid-mount controls creates an aggressive rider triangle that tilts the rider slightly forward, allowing for more confident cornering.

The lines are considerably curled up to fit inside the 85.8-inch overall length characteristic of the Sportster series. The gasoline tank is a modern take on the classic peanut-tank style seen on the Sporty, with an additional gallon or two of capacity. Despite their obvious visual appeal, peanut tanks cannot hold sufficient gasoline.

An average stock Sportster seat is made more comfortable than a smooth Sporty seat by directing a little flow through the rolled leather and down the tank, which is controlled by the top lines. The dragster’s appearance is improved by the exposed tire, made more visible by the shaved back fender.

LEDs are used for both the front and back turn signals to make the devices compact and inconspicuous. The taillight has a low profile when turned off, making it seem more like a strut reflector. Mounted on the left side, the license plate holder not only maintains the fender tidy and the top line uncluttered but also gives the Iron 883 the appearance of a custom bike that has already been worked on.

Harley went all out with the blacked-out look. Pushrod tubes, fork tubes (but not lowers), spoke tips, and engine cover fasteners were the only motorcycle components left in pristine condition. Paradoxically, the personalized look’s seeming lack of frills is a frill in and of itself, yet it helps create that look anyway.

In 2017, a battery tender harness became standard equipment, which is great if you’re one of the unlucky individuals who has to put your bike in storage for part of the year.


No matter how you put it, the Iron 883 is a short bike. The wheelbase is modest 59.6 inches despite the long rake of 30 degrees. While the maximum lean angles are relatively small at 27 degrees to the right and 28 degrees to the left, the 4.6 inches of trail and responsive steering geometry make it easy to transition between these extremes.

2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Cruisers

Harley keeps the riding position low on the Iron 883 by slamming the rear suspension, installing a 16-inch rear tire, and installing a 19-inch front wheel. Saddle height is a little under 30 inches when the bike is empty, making it a good choice for riders of average or shorter stature. The bike’s low center of gravity and inability to handle rough terrain makes up for its just 5.5 inches of ground clearance.

The Iron 883 only weighs 564 pounds when submerged, so the lack of twin front brakes isn’t a significant concern. Dual-cylinder calipers provide braking power and reliability at both ends of the motorbike; you may select between “old school” unrestricted braking and an optional ABS package for increased safety.


The first Evo Sporty’s underwhelming powertrain was a major turnoff for me. I didn’t find any issues with my aging Iron head. History, however, is a great teacher, and Evo has had plenty of time to prove its resilience. I would go so far as to say it’s one of the best Harley engines ever, considering they had 30 years to perfect it. The new Milwaukee-Eight engines have shown early promise, but it is pretty soon to tell whether they will be as reliable and long-lasting as the Evo.

The 45-degree V-twin air-cooled engine is a classic Harley. This devilishly witty title comes from the engine’s displacement of 53.9 cubic inches (883 ccs). It has 53.8 lb-ft of torque at 3,750 rpm thanks to the throttle body and electronic fuel injection. It has more than enough power for daily driving, and it achieves 51 miles per gallon on the highway.

2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Cruisers

With a five-speed gearbox and reinforced-belt final drive, you won’t miss the extra gear that comes standard on its Big-Twin cousins. In contrast to preceding Sporties, the frame and rider are protected from engine vibrations thanks to this unit’s rubber mounts. There you have it, all you Harley-haters. Sportsters no longer include a leather case for the included bottle of Loctite.

2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Cruisers – Price

You can customize your 2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Cruisers for only $11,249 by picking out your favorite shade. ABS costs $819, and the security option adds another $415 to that total. Our apologies to Californians, but the cost of your emissions package will increase.

2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Cruisers – Technical Specifications


Length 86 in. (2,185 mm)
Overall Width 33.5 in. (850 mm)
Overall Height 44.9 in. (1,140 mm)
Seat Height, Laden 25.7 in. (653 mm)
Seat Height, Unladen 29.9 in. (760 mm)
Static Ground Clearance 5.5 in. (140 mm)
Rake (steering head) (deg) 30
Fork Angle (deg) 30
Trail 4.6 in. (117 mm)
Wheelbase 59.6 in. (1,515 mm)
Tires, Type Michelin® Scorcher® “31” front and rear
Tires, Front Model Scorcher® “31”
Tires, Front Specification 100/90B19 57H
Tires, Rear Model Scorcher® “31”
Tires, Rear Specification 150/80B16 77H
Fuel Capacity 3.3 gal. (12.5 l)
Reserve Fuel Capacity, Fuel Injection (warning light) 0.8 gal. (3 l)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.8 qt. (2.6 l)
Transmission Capacity 1 qt. (.95 l)
Primary Chain Case Capacity N/A
Coolant Capacity N/A
Weight, As Shipped 545 lb. (247 kg)
Weight, In Running Order 564 lb. (256 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1,000 lb. (454 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front 335 lb. (152 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Rear 665 lb. (302 kg)
Luggage Capacity -Volume N/A


Engine Air-cooled, Evolution
Valves Pushrod-operated overhead valves, including hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore 3 in. (76.2 mm)
Stroke 3.811 in. (96.8 mm)
Displacement 53.9 cu in (883 ccs)
Compression Ratio 0.375694444
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper cartridge type
Exhaust Black exhaust headers and black mufflers
Lubrication System Dry-sump

2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Cruisers


Primary Drive Chain, 34/57 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 29/68 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Transmission 5-speed
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 10.41
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 7.436
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 5.531
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4.584
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.931
Gear Ratios (overall) 6th N/A


Frame Specs Mild steel, tubular frame, circular sections, and cast junctions
Swingarm Specs Mild steel, stamped junctions, rectangular tube section; MIG welded
Front Fork 39 mm
Rear Shocks Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels, Optional Style Type N/A
Wheels, Front Type Black 9 Spoke with Machined Highlights
Wheels, Front Width 2.15 in. (55 mm)
Wheels, Front Height 19 in. (483 mm)
Wheels, Rear Type Black 9 Spoke with Machined Highlights
Wheels, Rear Width 3 in. (76 mm)
Wheels, Rear Height 16 in. (406 mm)
Brakes, Caliper Type Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear
Brakes, Rotor Type Solid, uniform expansion rotors (Floating front)
Brakes, Front Diameter 11.8 in. (300 mm)
Brakes, Front Thickness 0.2 in. (5 mm)
Brakes, Front is dual No
Brakes, Rear Diameter 10.24 in. (260 mm)
Brakes, Rear Thickness 0.28 in. (7.1 mm)
Front brake lever free travel N/A
Rear brake pedal free travel N/A
Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Optional
Suspension Travel, Front 3.6 in. (92 mm)
Suspension Travel, Rear 1.6 in. (41 mm)


Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
Engine Torque 54 ft-lb (73 Nm)
Engine Torque (rpm) 3,750
Power (Hp/kW) 54 HP / 40 kW @ 6000 rpm
Lean Angle Testing Method J1168
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 27
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 28
Maximum hill-starting ability N/A
Fuel Economy Testing Method Estimated City/Hwy
Fuel Economy 51 mpg (4.6 l/100 km)
CO₂ Emissions Testing Method N/A
CO₂ Emissions N/A


Battery Sealed lead acid, maintenance-free, 12V, 12 amp/hour, 200 cca (per Battery Council International Rating)
Charging Single-phase, 30-amp system
Starting 1.2 kW electric, including solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation), Headlamp 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
Lights (as per country regulation), Tail/Stop Incandescent
Lights (as per country regulation), Front Signal Lights Incandescent bullet turn signals
Lights, Rear Turn Signals Incandescent bullet turn signals
Gauges Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock, dual trip meter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights
Auxiliary Lamps N/A
Electric Power Outlet N/A
GPS System N/A
Reverse Gear N/A

Warranty And Service

Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) after that

Iron 883 vs Yamaha Bolt

The Harley has a smaller engine displacement than the Bolt’s 58 cubic inches (942 ccs). The Harley has a steep 60-degree mill, whereas the Bolt uses the more conventional 45-degree drop for its air-cooled V-twin engine. What does it signify, except how it looks? Since none are built for off-roading or flat-track racing, it may be the personal preference in exhaust notes.

The Bolt costs $7,999, slightly less than the Sporty’s $11,249 advertised price. When comparing the many colors that Harley provides, the price difference becomes more glaring. While the price gap between the Bolt and the Iron 883 isn’t huge, I feel it’s important to point out that the Bolt is providing serious domestic market competition to the Iron 883. I’d also want to point out that every penny counts when you’re first starting.

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