2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 review [Air-Cooled Sportster]

Harley-Davidson’s long-running Iron 883 is recently one of those basic motorcycles that keeps things simple, delivering a sporty cruising experience in an unintimidating package. This has made it a popular entry-level Sportster model for the past 13 years.Rider ergonomics play a huge role in a new rider’s (rather) confidence level, and getting their boots to the pavement is the number one priority. The 2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 has a seat height of less than 30 inches, although that doesn’t change much when you settle into the bucket-style tuck-and-roll solo seat. It is extremely welcoming. The same goes for the compact overall steering triangle. With a slightly forward leaning riding position that inspires a sporty attitude, the reach of the bars is comfortable, not far, not high. The mid-mounted footpegs are neutral, rather than providing a stretchy, feet-first feel. Riding the Iron 883 around town is a rewarding experience. You immediately feel cool because you’re on a Harley-Davidson. It doesn’t matter that it’s not a big-inch Softail. The non-two-wheeler crowd doesn’t know it – they recognize the brand, the look and the sound. You too are now part of the HD culture, and it doesn’t take much effort. Shh, no reason to spoil the picture.With a wide and muscular torque range, the air-cooled V-twin is easy to throw. The five-speed transmission sounds muscular when engaging and shifts smoothly if your shifts are deliberate. I hit false neutrals multiple times on upshifts due to sloppy footwork. The clutch lever requires satisfying pressure, but it’s not too heavy. In town, driving requires few gear changes. The V-twin’s 54 lb-ft of torque means all you need to do is twist the throttle to hurry through that lighted intersection, or roll away and take advantage of the meaty engine’s compression braking when traffic slows.Suspension travel is limited—a compromise to accommodate shorter struts—with 3.6 inches up front and just 1.6 inches in the rear. Surprisingly, the Iron 883 is a fairly comfortable ride, even on the sadly maintained streets of Los Angeles. Although there is no 39mm front fork adjustment and just spring preload adjustment in the rear, the twin shocks do a good job of soaking up bumps and bumps in the road. Credit the tall Michelin Scorcher 31 rear profile for helping to cushion hard bumps and, lest I forget, the 19-inch front wheel rolls over potholes like a champ. When the speed increases, the suspension of the Harley-Davidson Iron 883 2022 reaches its limits quickly, keeping you in control in urban areas. The Iron 883 does not engender haste, however. While I appreciate the grunt that lets me out ahead of the queue when the light turns green, I’m happy to cruise at a moderate pace enjoying the local bustle and color.The grip is responsive without being too fast; it’s predictable, perfect for the intended audience. Experienced riders will know how to get the most out of the Iron 883, as it takes a bit of body English to spin the bike at high speeds. There’s enough cornering clearance and grip from the Michelin Scorcher 31 tires for spirited driving if you’re coming onto a smooth stretch of twisty tarmac, though you’ll scrape your ankles in tight, slow corners. There is a single 300mm disc up front to handle braking. functions, and the pleasingly substantial initial lever engagement is just right – nothing grabby, just a linear response as your grip tightens. Although the brake and clutch levers are, as you might expect, non-adjustable, the reach isn’t extreme. The rear brake is a great complement to the front, helping you make smooth stops.ABS is an option we always recommend, although the $819 price tag is steep. Oh, and there’s also a $600 inflation-linked “surcharge” that HD adds to this year’s MSRP of $11,249. ergonomics. With a claimed 51 mpg and 3.3 gallon tank, the narrow bike will weave through congested roads and keep your gas station stops to a minimum. Although the 883 is stable at freeway speeds, the suspension is a limiting factor that will keep you in the slow lane if your local freeways are as rough as those in Los Angeles. Also, the upright seating position doesn’t work well at high speeds, as it’s hard to get a good grip on the tank with your legs at a 90 degree angle.At 564 pounds, the Iron 883 is no lightweight. Luckily, low-speed maneuvering is encouragingly manageable. The weight of the bike is low, and with the shorter seat height, it’s not a handful. The 2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 has the pure old-school motorcycle look. Keeping it strong while the air-cooled Sportster line is bewildered, its twin shocks, peanut fuel tank, classic offset pipes and ultra-cool side number plate paint an appealing picture, and the solo seat says you’ll do that. only. It’s a great set that inspires a sense of freedom.Photograph by Don WilliamsDRIVING STYLE2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 SpecificationsENGINE

  • Type: evolution V-twin
  • Displacement: 53.9 cubic inches (883 cc)
  • Bore x Stroke: 3.0″ x 3.811″ (76.2 x 96.8mm)
  • Maximum power: 54 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 54 ft-lbs at 3,750 rpm
  • Compression Ratio: 9:1
  • Valvetrain: tappet; 2vpc
  • Fuel System: EFI
  • Cooling: Air
  • Lubrication: Dry Sump
  • Transmission: Five gears
  • Main Drive: Chain
  • Final Drive: Belt


  • Frame: mild tubular steel
  • Front suspension; travel: 39mm non-adjustable fork; 3.6 inches
  • Rear suspension; Travel: Preload-adjustable emulsion shocks; 1.6 inches
  • Wheels: 9 black spokes with machined highlights
  • Front wheel: 19 x 2.15
  • Rear wheel: 16×3
  • Tyres: Michelin Scorcher 31
  • Front tire: 100/90 x 19
  • Rear tire: 150/80 x 16
  • Front brake: 300mm disc with 2-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 260mm disc with 2-piston caliper
  • ABS: optional ($819)


  • Wheelbase: 59.6 inches
  • Rake: 30 degrees
  • Trail: 4.6 inches
  • Seat height: 29.9 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 3.3 gallons
  • Estimated fuel consumption: 51 mpg
  • Curb weight: 564 pounds
  • Colors: Black Denim; Gunship Grey; white sand pearl

2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Price: $11,249 MSRP

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