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Harley-Davidson introduces essential new element

Harley Davidson XK 883N

26th January 2009

Following the successful launch of Dark Custom at the 2008 International Motorcycle and Scooter Show, Harley-Davidson has today introduced a new motorcycle to the line-up – in the form of the XL 883N Iron™. Priced at just £5,375 on the road – less than its Roadster® and Custom counterparts – the new model provides an excellent entry-level opportunity to the stylish Dark Custom range.

The XL 883N Iron™ evokes memories of the rebellious nature of the original Sportsters® while pushing motorcycle minimalism to the edge with its stripped down styling, front fork gaiters and drag style handlebars. Decked in black from fender to fender, the new Harley-Davidson® Iron™ 883 benefits from the 883 Evolution™ engine, responsive handling, smooth clutch effort and a durable carbon reinforced drive belt.

A black powder-coated 883cc Evolution™ powertrain with black covers boosts the machine’s performance and style credentials. Teamed with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and performance tuning with a flat torque curve, the Iron™ delivers plenty of power for city cruising, while the distinctive V-Twin sound rumbles from pipes on the straight cut, short dual exhaust.

“This is a fantastic looking motorcycle that we expect to appeal to a younger group of potential Harley-Davidson customers,” says Harley-Davidson UK and Ireland Marketing Manager, Greg Willis. “Our new Dark Custom range drew a huge amount of interest and attention at last year’s International Motorcycle and Scooter Show and the Iron™ provides an amazingly low investment opportunity for entry into an aspirational brand that continues to produce innovative motorcycles.”

Available in Black Denim and Brilliant Silver Denim colours, the Iron’s dark theme continues with black cast aluminium wheels, front forks and fender supports, air box cover, oil tank, belt guard, drag style handlebars and mid-mount front foot controls. The black chopped rear fender with its combination stop/turn/tail lights show more of the 150mm rear tyre. A passenger pillion and/or backrest can be added to complement the classic Sportster® solo seat with a height of 643mm.

The Harley-Davidson XL 883 Iron™ will make its UK debut on stand N560, hall N15 at the MCN London Motorcycle Show at ExCel between 29 January and 1 February 2009.

The Harley Davidson 883 Iron features and highlights:

  • Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 883 cc V-Twin black-powder-coated engine
  • Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Black air box
  • Black front forks with gaiters
  • Black belt guard and front fender supports
  • Black cast 13-spoke wheels, 19-inch front / 16-inch rear
  • Black low rise drag style handlebars
  • Black mid-mount foot controls
  • Black low profile front fender
  • Black chopped rear fender with combination rear brake/tail/turn lights
  • Chrome staggered shortly exhaust with dual mufflers
  • One piece, solo Sportster classic seat
  • 643 mm seat height
  • Unique fuel tank graphics
  • Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System as standard
  • Classic 12.5-litre fuel tank