Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH 883 Reviews from United States of America - Page 3 of 3

2000 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH 883

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance19361 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki VS700 Intruder


Classic V Twin perfection!


Output shaft seal, bad when new, replaced free by the dealer.

Positive battery cable broke, made too short at factory. After a 2 hour search for the problem, fixed by owner.

General Comments:

Has been a very reliable, fun, economical motorcycle.

Handles very good.

Got 19,361 miles from the original front Dunlop tire!!!

19,361 miles on the front brakes pads, and they're still good. (And yes, I use the front brake HARD!)

Averages 45 MPG in town, got a high of 61 MPG on a back road cruise.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2008

2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH 883

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles


Love it


Had to replace the coil.

Replaced front brake pads.

Replaced both tires.

Bought another seat.

Lowered rear with shorty shocks.

General Comments:

The bike is pretty fast for this old man.

Rode to Reno, NV and The Redwood Run from Central CA.

Ride is stiff due to shorty shocks.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2007

2000 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH 883

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 2 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 2 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CBX 6 cylinder 1100cc


Horrible piece of junk


The first few rides during break-in the engine would leak oil from the air cleaner housing. A couple of dealer visits and it seems better now.

Always has had trouble keeping highway speed (65mph) and cannot pass traffic or accelerate very well at highway speeds.

Currently it dies while driving down highway without warning, seems electrical because it is sudden.

Also dies when coming to a stop occasionally.

Rattles a lot (I don't mean vibrates - of course it does that), the sound of metal slapping metal.

In the beginning it had a horrible time when first started each day. Modifying the airbox seems to have helped. It used to die a lot.

Overall the quality is very poor.

General Comments:

Poorly built, poor running.

Not dependable.

Looks nice.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th August, 2006

30th Aug 2006, 10:00

Wow, I didn't even have issues like that with my AMF built 1977 FXE when it was new, and I kept that for 9 years.

I've found that the Yamahas I've owned have been super reliable bike. My current Maxim 650 is 24 years-old and going strong.

But there is nothing like a Harley for that great V-Twin engine, timeless good-looks and nostalgic feel.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 10 reviews