Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883C Review from Canada

2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883C

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance20000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha XJ650 Maxim

Summary:

Reliable and dead fun to scoot around on

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

I'm 6' and 200+ lbs, so contrary to popular belief this is not a 'girlie' bike. It has plenty to spare to pull my fat you know what around.

Plenty of torque (although I'm looking to upgrade with a new exhaust, air filter and jets) in stock form and gas mileage is great (300+kms per tank before reserve).

Handles well, not as noisy as you would think, the rubber engine mounts really make a difference in vibration.

Forget the 1200 - do a cheap upgrade as noted about, and you'll have a little road warrior that will surprise a lot of people.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2007

28th Aug 2007, 08:19

An update on the original review... I just finished a 4775km trip from Ontario through the N.Y., Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine states up into Nova Scotia, then thru New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. Absolutely no problems with the Sporty, and it was dead fun through all the twisties on the way. I now have 30,000kms on the bike and the only issue has been a faulty rear brake switch (replaced twice under warranty). I replaced the stock seat with a sundowner sportster seat, and it is as comfortable as can be.

This is a sleeper bike - go out and look at one!

10th Oct 2007, 21:39

I am from Windsor Ontario and I own a 99 custom with 22000 kms on the bike.

I recently went on a 3000 mile trip with the bike, and contrary to popular belief, it rode like a dream once I put a windshield on it.

The bike has never caused me any problems; she runs like a top, in fact someone offered to buy the bike for 7500 and I really needed to think about it. End result I couldn't sell her because she is like a member of the family, and I don't feel like I can replace her.

Anyway, that is my love affair with the 883 custom. Thank you and buy domestic so we can all have jobs to enjoy our Harleys.

23rd Sep 2008, 05:35

I own a 2005 XL883C and have had it for about a year now.

It has under 4000 miles on the clock and it's a great 'little' bike.

No problems whatsoever so far, although I have only put about 1000 miles on it, so would be surprised if there were any.

The bike is quite heavy and not the most responsive handling, but it's great fun and just right for a long ride out.

Does more than 50MPG (UK), and only the maintenance so far has been an oil & filter change. Next I'll do the primary/transmission fluid change, which seems fairly straight forward.

Many maintenance tasks can and should be done by the owner, paying HD £100 an hour just doesn't make sense. One word of warning though, be very careful when refilling after an oil change, you may not need as much oil as the manual states. Remember, each bike is different, so fill up to a safe amount and then add a little more until it's all good!

Ride safe!

Average review marks: 9.3 / 10, based on 1 review