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The 2005 Harley Davidson Sportster Range

Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster Harley Davidson XL 883C Sportster Custom Harley Davidson XL 1200R Sportster Roadster Harley Davidson XL 1200C Sportster Custom

2005 HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORTSER MODELS OFFER

MORE AGILITY, MORE SPORTSTER FUN

Stiffer Swingarm Improves Handling of All Four European Sportster Models MILWAUKEE (July 15, 2004) - Following an acclaimed redesign in 2004, the Harley-Davidson Sportster family moves forward in 2005 with an update to the rear swingarm of all Sportster models that improves handling response. For 48 years, the Sportster has been evocative of raw Harley-Davidson performance-a narrow, nimble motorcycle powered by a classic, torquey V-Twin engine. Four models comprise the European Sportster line for 2005, each powered by an XL Evolution V-Twin engine that was completely redesigned last year, with improved cooling, high-flow cylinder heads and lighter pistons and connecting rods.

The engine is rubber-mounted in the frame to isolate the rider from vibration. Stabiliser links mate the engine to the frame to enhance overall chassis stiffness. A key update to all Sportster models for 2005 is a series of component associated with the rear axle. The diameter of the rear axle is increased to 25.4mm from 19.05mm. A new swingarm was designed to accommodate the thicker axle and also to reduce flex between the frame and swingarm. A new rear wheel and new rear brake caliper also are fitted to accommodate the new rear axle. The result is a 5 percent increase in total vehicle torsional stiffness, which the rider will feel as more precise, responsive handling in all 2005 Sportster models.

All 2005 Sportster models will have a new headlight with clear-lens, reflector-optics for improved lighting performance. A small Bar & Shield cloisonné is affixed to the headlight lens.

XL 883 Sportster

The XL Sportster 883 is the most affordable Harley-Davidson model for 2005. Its rubber-mounted XL Evolution 883 engine delivers smooth power for easy get-aways and a vibration-free ride at highways speeds. All the classic Sportster styling elements are here: the distinctive "peanut" fuel tank, staggered dual exhaust and an oval aircleaner cover.

XL 883 Sportster 883 features:

  • Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 883 engine
  • Silver powder-coated engine with polished covers
  • New 1-inch diameter rear axle and stiffer swingarm
  • Chrome laced wheels
  • Low-rise handlebar
  • Classic solo seat
  • Chrome staggered shorty dual exhaust
  • Mid-mount foot controls
  • Classic 12.9 litre fuel tank
  • Factory security system
  • XL 883C Sportster Custom

    The Sportster 883 Custom offers a more laid-back profile, with forward controls and pull-back handlebars. A wire-laced 21-inch front wheel, a longer 17.4 litre fuel tank and a two-up seat give this Sportster a leaner, lower look. Ten paint combinations are offered for 2005 including solid, pearl and two-tone schemes.

    XL 883C Sportster 883 Custom features:

  • Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 883 engine
  • Silver powder-coated engine and covers
  • New 1-inch diameter rear axle and stiffer swingarm
  • Chrome staggered shorty dual exhaust
  • Chrome pull-back handlebar riser
  • Wire-laced 21-inch front wheel, disc 16-inch rear wheel
  • One-piece, two-up seat
  • Forward foot controls
  • 17.4 litre fuel tank
  • Factory security system
  • XL 1200R Sportster Roadster

    The XL 1200R Sportster 1200 Roadster offers a harder-edged, performance-oriented interpretation of the Sportster legacy. Its high-performance XL Evolution 1200 engine delivers 70-hp and 79-ft.lbs. of torque for responsive performance across the powerband. Wide, polished handlebars give the rider great leverage in turns, and dual front disc brakes and tachometer are standard. The 12.9 litre fuel tank features a classic Sportster graphic and a two-tone paint scheme. For 2005, chrome laced wheels have been added to enhance the classic looks of the 1200 Roadster.

    XL 1200R Sportster 1200 Roadster features:

  • Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200 engine
  • Silver powder-coated engine and covers with black powder-coated cylinders and heads
  • High-compression, high-flow cylinder heads
  • High-performance cams
  • New 1-inch diameter rear axle and stiffer swingarm
  • Triple-disc brakes
  • Tachometer
  • Mid-mount foot controls
  • Chrome laced wheels
  • Wide polished handlebars
  • Classic 12.9 litre fuel tank
  • Factory security system
  • XL 1200C Sportster Custom

    The Sportster 1200 Custom offers the performance of the rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200 engine with classic custom touches including a wire-laced 21-inch front wheel and slotted disc rear wheel, chrome engine covers, forward-mount controls as well as pull-back handlebars and riser. Ride it around town or head for the horizon.

    XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom features:

  • Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200 engine
  • High-compression, high-flow cylinder heads
  • High-performance cams
  • Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
  • New 1-inch diameter rear axle and stiffer swingarm
  • Wire-laced 21-inch front wheel, slotted 16-inch disc rear wheel
  • Forward foot controls
  • Chrome pull-back handlebar riser
  • Chrome bullet headlight
  • 17.4 litre fuel tank
  • Factory security system