Sportster – CB750 Choppers http://cb750choppers.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 19:44:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cb750choppers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Sportster – CB750 Choppers http://cb750choppers.com/ 32 32 Harley’s latest Evo Sportster rolls off the belt https://cb750choppers.com/harleys-latest-evo-sportster-rolls-off-the-belt/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:10:16 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/harleys-latest-evo-sportster-rolls-off-the-belt/ Harley-Davidson has just branded the latest Evo engine to come off its belt – and to say the industry has mixed feelings about it is the understatement of the year. Do you remember the first bike you made – the first one you put your loving hands on to fine-tune? For many, Harley’s Evo Sportster […]]]>

Harley-Davidson has just branded the latest Evo engine to come off its belt – and to say the industry has mixed feelings about it is the understatement of the year.

Do you remember the first bike you made – the first one you put your loving hands on to fine-tune? For many, Harley’s Evo Sportster was that bike; compact performance for spirited handling, iconic sound to accompany scoots and beauty price tags.

In short, it had everything a good project bike needed – which is probably why this latest news hit right in the nostalgia of a lot of cyclists.

The 1986 Evo Sportster, courtesy of Mike Ellis. Media sourced from Hot Bike Magazine.

“Today we celebrate the newest evolution-powered Sportster made by Harley-Davidson in York, Pennsylvania,” states Harley-Davdison on their IG account.

“A Gunship Gray Iron 883. The last of its kind, but not the last of the line. Now is your chance to own one of these legendary bikes.

Harley Sportster Evo 2000.  Media sourced from Hot Bike Magazine.
Harley Sportster Evo 2000. Media sourced from Hot Bike Magazine.

The very first Evo-fitted Sportster hit the market in 1986, where riders were given 883cc or 1100cc options for their scoot of choice – and given that the 883 was priced VERY nicely at $3,995 US, it’s no wonder the OG Harley-Davidson Sportster has helped create such an iconic community.

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A rider enjoying a bit of dust.  Media sourced from RustSport.
Harley's 1986 Evo Sportster.  Media sourced from Dennis Kirk.
Harley’s 1986 Evo Sportster. Media sourced from Dennis Kirk.

“…in 1987, Harley-Davidson offered a “Ride Free” promotion that guaranteed Sportster owners that they would get $3,995 in trade-in value for up to two years if they later traded in the 883 on a Bigger Harley,” remember Revzilla following the news from Harley.

Are you an Evo lover? What was your model of choice?

The Evo Sportster.  Media sourced from Motorcycle Specs.
The Evo Sportster. Media sourced from Motorcycle Specs.

We love to hear what you’re working on in the garage, so leave a comment below to let us know what you think. Subscribe for more updates as the best new stuff arrives and, as always, stay safe on the bends.

*Media from Hot Bike Magazine, Motorcycle Specifications, Denis Kirk’s website and Flickr*

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Harley-Davidson Sportster S, track test https://cb750choppers.com/harley-davidson-sportster-s-track-test/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 08:49:39 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/harley-davidson-sportster-s-track-test/ The Pan America 1250 was a major breakthrough for Harley-Davidson, but as impressive as it is, the big beefy ADV doesn’t quite resonate with traditional Harley customers. Buying an ADV from Harley-Davidson is like having a pizza from your favorite burger. Sure, it might have all the right ingredients, but it’s unlikely to become your […]]]>

The Pan America 1250 was a major breakthrough for Harley-Davidson, but as impressive as it is, the big beefy ADV doesn’t quite resonate with traditional Harley customers. Buying an ADV from Harley-Davidson is like having a pizza from your favorite burger. Sure, it might have all the right ingredients, but it’s unlikely to become your go-to place for your pizza cravings. You get the drift…

But, earlier this year, the legendary American bike maker brought the Sportster S to our shores. It’s a signature Harley dish with all the excess. For starters, the Sportster S gets all the usual Harley bits and bobs. It gets the typical hot rod muscles, coupled with a V-Twin beating heart, and yes, it looks stunning from every angle. In fact, with the exception of the Suzuki Katana, it scored the highest points out of all the competitors here in terms of design and X-Factor. But, unlike the Katana, the Sportster S is badass to the bone, which makes it so desirable.

The best thing is that it’s not just the Sportster’s sexiness that makes it so alluring, but also the fact that it’s a Harley with the most modern and advanced mechanics to go with it. her stunning looks. The Sportster S is powered by the same Revolution Max V-Twin engine you find in the Pan America. The motor is not as powerful as in the ADV, as it has been tuned for lower torque. However, with 121bhp and 125Nm on tap, it’s still a bit manic for what it is. And the best part is that there’s nothing old school about this engine – it’s supremely refined, revs like a sportbike to its 9,500 rpm redline and delivers blistering acceleration. The Revolution Max is an absolute star!

What brought down the Sportster S’s final ratings was its ride and handling and practicality. While it’s a fun bike to ride every day, it’s still a big killer. The rear suspension has virtually no travel, which means your spine will take a beating on our roads. And this V-twin gets a lot of heat! Plus, we think it’s a bit pricey too.

All told, the Sportster S is Harley’s best attempt to modernize the brand, without compromising its heritage. Think of it as a double pancake Big Mac – deliciously good!

  • Harley-Davidson Sportster S (lap time – 01:30.9)
SETTINGS POINTS SCORE
QUALITY ten 8
COMFORT & PRACTICALITY ten 5
REFINEMENT ten 8
PATTERN ten 9
TRANSMISSION ten 8.5
DRIVING AND HANDLING ten 5.5
X-FACTOR 15 13
CHRONOGRAPH 5 0.3
VALUE FOR MONEY 20 12
TOTAL 100 69.3

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Check Out This 1976 Harley-Davidson Sportster Transformed Into A Retro Chic Bobber https://cb750choppers.com/check-out-this-1976-harley-davidson-sportster-transformed-into-a-retro-chic-bobber/ Tue, 04 Oct 2022 13:32:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/check-out-this-1976-harley-davidson-sportster-transformed-into-a-retro-chic-bobber/ There’s something about chic, old-fashioned handcrafted bobbers – it’s hard to grab attention even after adorning minimalism and having no modern attributes to brag about. The Moscow company Copper Chopper, operated by the duo Alexey and Igor, makes such beautiful motorcycles by restoring them using their artistic skills. And you can feel their creative excellence […]]]>

There’s something about chic, old-fashioned handcrafted bobbers – it’s hard to grab attention even after adorning minimalism and having no modern attributes to brag about. The Moscow company Copper Chopper, operated by the duo Alexey and Igor, makes such beautiful motorcycles by restoring them using their artistic skills. And you can feel their creative excellence in this spunky looking bobber based on a Harley-Davidson Sportsters. The two co-owners of Copper Chopper put their hearts into this project, as it was the first build they had commissioned after taking their store and turning it into a full-time business. This bobber is one of many projects that prove Harley-Davidson motorcycles are great bases for customization.


The gorgeous bobber here is a 1976 Harley-Davidson Sportster unearthed by Alexey in dilapidated condition for the project. When Alexey bought this Sportster it was rusty, abandoned, damaged and leaking too. So just at a glance, it’s easy to tell that a lot of work has gone into making this bike an attention magnet. Besides making it look like a vintage beauty, Alexey and Igor gave this bike a host of mechanical upgrades. And before you start thinking about buying this beautiful work of art on two wheels, we’re sorry to disappoint you, because it has already found a new home.

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A subtle touch of minimalism for this retro Harley

Copper Chopper’s Alexey and Igor made sure the Harley-Davidson Sportster they bought for the project didn’t lose any old-school charm in the transformation. The result includes a classic chrome rounded headlight in the front. It also has an offset taillight attached above the side license plate bracket on the left side.

Even the cockpit of this bobber resorts to minimalism, as it gets a pair of narrow, straight-mounted stainless steel handlebars. The handlebars come with new grips, custom brake and clutch levers. The bike also has a stainless steel chrome rear view mirror attached to its right side. However, Alexey says that this rearview mirror is inconvenient in its use, as it only shows the silhouettes of people or vehicles behind this motorcycle. The bike also gets a neatly hidden internal throttle and kill switch to go with the minimalism theme.

This Restomod Harley is built from custom parts

While Alexey and Igor opted for a minimalist look for the front and rear profiles, they put their hearts into the details for the side profile. You can see this attention to detail on a grand scale in the bespoke fuel tank, unique seat and wide cowl for the rear section behind the seat. The fuel tank and rear hood are in tune with their color scheme and two-tone blue and white curves.

However, if you look closely, you will feel that the work done by the folks at Copper Chopper is not overdone but seems subtle. It’s a custom bike, but it retains the original essence of the Harley-Davidson choppers of yesteryear. According to Alexey, he and Igor wanted this motorcycle to look traditional and stylish. Because of this, both have customized the fuel tank, rear cowl and exhaust design in the right proportions, similar to Harleys of the bygone era.

Engine gets some much needed TLC

When Alexey and Igor got this motorcycle, there was an oil leak, which indicates that the heart of this motorcycle needed major work. The two began to refurbish this engine by completely rebuilding the iron head mill upside down, followed by an intensive session of painting and polishing. This bike’s engine received upgraded parts such as an S&S cycle carburetor, electronic ignition and choke from Lowbrow Customs.

Other upgraded engine components include new polished covers, a Copper Chopper ignition cover and a pair of custom exhaust manifolds. All finished in shiny chrome, in sync with the wire wheels. The motorcycle has also received a new kickstarter pedal and shifter knot so that it offers no problems for the rider when starting and riding.

Related: Here’s Why Harley-Davidson Street Bob Is The Ultimate Bobber Motorcycle

Other mechanical changes to this very special Sportster

The engine wasn’t the only mechanical element to receive extensive treatment during the refurbishment of this Harley-Davidson Sportster to a bobber. This motorcycle is fitted with front telescopic forks and new-age rear shocks from the 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster owned by Alexey.

The bike also received new 21-inch front and 16-inch rear wheels fitted with drum brakes. To accommodate the large 21-inch front wheel, Alexey and Igor shaved off the brake mounts positioned on the fork sliders. The drum brake hub for the front wheel came from Lowbrow Customs. The bike also gets vintage-style Firestone tires, new foot pegs and a host of new nuts and bolts.

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2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 review [Air-Cooled Sportster] https://cb750choppers.com/2022-harley-davidson-iron-883-review-air-cooled-sportster/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 17:15:15 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/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 […]]]>

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

  • 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)

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • 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

2022 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 test images

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This Custom Harley-Davidson Sportster Is Perfect For Halloween https://cb750choppers.com/this-custom-harley-davidson-sportster-is-perfect-for-halloween/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/this-custom-harley-davidson-sportster-is-perfect-for-halloween/ It’s called the Harley-Davidson Spider by its makers Halloween is a great way to spend some quality (read fun) time with your family, but it’s not particularly known for being fun for bikers. After all, who in their right mind would turn their motorcycles into something scary, right? Well, Germany Bundernbike} has. Called Spider, the […]]]>

It’s called the Harley-Davidson Spider by its makers


Halloween is a great way to spend some quality (read fun) time with your family, but it’s not particularly known for being fun for bikers. After all, who in their right mind would turn their motorcycles into something scary, right? Well, Germany Bundernbike} has.


Called Spider, the custom motorcycle is a Harley-Davidson Roadster 1200 wrapped in a spooky livery alongside a number of notable changes}, making it a standout project. We’ll take a look.


Harley-Davidson Roadster 1200 “Spider” by Bundnerbike

According to its creator, the idea here was to make an underappreciated insect – the spider – likable by infusing it with the globally popular Harley-Davidson Sportster. Based on this, the first notable aspect of the Harley Spider is its livery. The boutique opted for a sinister dark gray base coat in a matte finish paired with custom candy green wheels for a standout contrast. In the lead there are several graphs – cobwebs, skulls and the text Harley in a Halloween font – which adds a bit of dread to the package.

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More serious upgrades, however, came elsewhere. The bike maker cut out the rear subframe and replaced the stock tail with a flat, track-like unit. Likewise, you sit on a custom leather saddle while resting your hands and feet on taller aftermarket handlebars and knurled footpegs, respectively.

The Sportster’s 1,202cc twin-cylinder engine remains as is on the inside, but sports a gray finish on the outside. You also get a custom rope-wrapped exhaust system and an air filter swap to enhance the aural experience. Meanwhile, the suspension and brakes appear identical to the OEM units, as does the analog instrument cluster.

Can you buy it?

Unfortunately, the Harley-Davidson Spider is not up for grabs and we believe it was a private project. However, there are other custom Harleys for sale at Bundnerbike that you can check out. Or you can also contact the bike manufacturer and get a quote for a similar build, in case you already have something in mind.

Images: Bundnerbike

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This is the best feature of the Harley-Davidson Sportster S https://cb750choppers.com/this-is-the-best-feature-of-the-harley-davidson-sportster-s/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 17:01:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/this-is-the-best-feature-of-the-harley-davidson-sportster-s/ Harley-Davidsons are known for their mechanical appeal with air-cooled V-twins and growling exhausts. But things have taken a gratifying turn recently amid the dramatic ups and downs the automaker has been through. In 2019 they made a pretty bold move to ditch the iconic Milwaukee cores for a modern engine called Revolution Max. Pushing things […]]]>

Harley-Davidsons are known for their mechanical appeal with air-cooled V-twins and growling exhausts. But things have taken a gratifying turn recently amid the dramatic ups and downs the automaker has been through. In 2019 they made a pretty bold move to ditch the iconic Milwaukee cores for a modern engine called Revolution Max.

Pushing things further, Harley-Davidson decided to pair this new engine and iconic name with the Sporster S powered by a Revolution Max 1250T V-Twin. This motorcycle is based on the “High-Performance Custom” concept that was introduced in 2018, along with the Pan America ADV and the Bronx Street Fighter.

While we got the ADV, the Bronx was not given the green light. Besides all the modern elements used in the new Sportster S, it’s the story behind the nameplate that makes things more interesting. The name “Sportster” is synonymous with HD fanatics as it has been around since 1957. The older Sportster line was known for its simplicity and was a go-to choice for custom motorcycles.

Its steel cradle frame and spectacular air-cooled 45-degree V-twin engine were hallmarks of the good old days. All of these put a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of the new Sportster S to live up to the legacy. Fortunately, it has some of the widest tires in the motorcycling world to take care of things!

The Sportster S is everything a Harley-Davidson can be; in a cool looking hooligan package.

The best feature: a modern engine for a modern hooligan

The engine is the boldest and best feature of the Sportster S. Although it is the same engine architecture as the Harley-Davidson Pan America ADV, the Revolution Max engine used in the Sportster S has undergone many internal changes to better match the “Sportster” nameplate. This power-cruiser is packed in a 60-degree Revolution Max 1250T and the torque levels here are divine!

It produces 121 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed belt-driven rear-wheel gearbox. The numbers are par for the course for a cruiser, but it’s the way HD has split the torque in this bad boy that puts a wide grin on the pilot’s face. The “kick” goes low in the RPM meter and peaks at 6,000 RPM. Power peaks at 9,000 rpm and so the Sportster S is a little short of its top speed.

But it’s the couple heaps that are sure to get you hooked. The “T” in the engine name makes all the difference to the Sporster S. While it shares nearly everything with Pan America, the Harley madmen have split to give it distinctive internals like new pistons, cylinder heads and speed stacks. The airbox design and 2-1-2 exhaust layout are unique to the Sportster S, adding to its character.

All of these elements come together to provide a harsher exhaust note that might hurt the feelings of HD fans who adore the iconic potato note! But change is inevitable and the direction Harley-Davidson has taken with the Sportster S is all the more desirable. Without the impressive Revolution Max engine, the Sportster S will only “look” the hooligan part!

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Harley-Davidson Sportster S is a comfortable Power Cruiser

The mountain of torque perfectly distributed throughout the rev range makes the Sportster S a very comfortable cruiser. Also for a change, there’s no steel cradle frame to make you nostalgic here. HD used the 1252cc Revolution Max engine as the stressed component. This is a first for Harley and the front, mid and rear frames all bolt directly to the engine mounts.

This arrangement allows for increased chassis rigidity, not to mention the weight savings that come with fewer pipes. The low-slung design also helps improve its stability. Speaking of which, the Sportster S gets huge Dunlop GT503 tires. The 160/70-17 front tire is even wider than the rear tire found on a Harley-Davidson Street Bob 114! Yeah, that’s huge.

Suspension duties are taken care of by fully adjustable 43mm Showa USD forks and a link-assist monoshock coupled to the asymmetric swingarm. Braking duties are taken care of by heavy-duty Brembos. The rider triangle, according to HD, is exactly the same as the Forty-Eight. The low-slung design with a seat height of 29.6 inches; and the forward-facing stance gives it a fierce outlook.

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Flat track-inspired styling is a breath of fresh air

The styling is fresh, but Harley-Davidson has also managed to merge some classic elements. The raised twin pipes, rear section and even the shape of the fuel tank are inspired by the Harley-Davidson XR750. There are bobbers and even cafe-racers with the little front fender and those bar end mirrors. The sleek LED lighting setup and sleek design give it a nifty character, unique from all other Harleys.

2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster S is a desirable cocktail

There are also plenty of tech features, which include five riding modes and a full suite of IMU-supported assist features that include things like angled traction control and even wheel control. All of these bits can be integrated via a concise yet crisp four-inch TFT color display.

The display even supports Bluetooth connectivity that seamlessly connects your smartphone for navigation, caller ID, and more. The main competitors of the Sportster S are the Indian FTR 1200, the Ducati Diavel and the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster.

The HD Sportster S is truly a cocktail of fun, comfort and pure hooliganism. The 2022 Sportster S starts with an MSRP of $15,499 and comes in three sick shades. Whoever said Harley would lose her aura with her new wave of machines; the Sportster S is an appropriate answer that says – NO!

Source: Harley-Davidson

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Here’s why we love the 2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster S https://cb750choppers.com/heres-why-we-love-the-2022-harley-davidson-sportster-s/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/heres-why-we-love-the-2022-harley-davidson-sportster-s/ When the Harley-Davidson Sportster was this new last time, the cold war had just started and punk rock fashion was popular. It may have caught your eye when you saw the bike in the photo and immediately assumed it was a Sportster. Since its introduction in 1957, the Sportster family has spawned hundreds of variants. […]]]>

When the Harley-Davidson Sportster was this new last time, the cold war had just started and punk rock fashion was popular. It may have caught your eye when you saw the bike in the photo and immediately assumed it was a Sportster. Since its introduction in 1957, the Sportster family has spawned hundreds of variants. But more than that, they served as an entry point into the world of Harley-Davidson as the most profitable series of all.

A motorcycle manufacturer with so much heritage and passionate customers can be confusing. Or maybe you have a problem with Harleys and think they are destined to always be old. You would be wrong. The Sportster S has a lot of really encouraging features. I’m excited about the all-new 2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster S. It’s fantastic to ride, has great specs, and looks fantastic.

The all-new Harley-Davidson Sportster S has a lot under its tank! Harley or cruiser fans who want to upgrade their looks, performance and technology may find this an attractive option. It’s actually the first Harley-Davidson that makes me wonder if this might be my brand new Harley-Davidson.

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Harley-Davidson Sportster S Revolution Max 1250T Engine

Let’s start with what may well be the most crucial element of the Sportster S: its engine. Despite the Sportster’s famous racing performance on the flat track, they have surpassed the production model in technology and driving prowess by more contemporary competition.

The water-cooled Revolution Max 1250T motor serves as its heart. Although it’s tuned for a more manageable 121 horsepower rather than the 150 it produces on H-Pan D’s American Adventure Bike. lower end of the Sportster S model’s rev range. Compared to the power units of previous models of the same displacement, this new engine and transmission combination is significantly lighter and more compact.

The Sportster S has a ton of tech features to go along with its powerful engine. Using a precise TFT instrument module keeps the design sleek and vintage to access all that technology. Other than that, the beefy Brembo brakes help provide confidence when stopping. In slow motion, there is no “potato-potato” sound; instead, it buzzes and roars like a big Ducati twin. Once again, you would have a hard time understanding that this is a Harley by continuing.

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Harley-Davidson Sportster S Killer Neo Retro Style

Since its introduction in 1957, the HD Sportster has gone virtually unchanged, except for some minor engine and cosmetic changes. The design of this bike immediately sets it apart from previous versions produced by the Milwaukee-based company. There is not a single piece of chrome found; instead, each surface is gracefully matte or luxuriously reflective. It’s got a Batman-garage-worthy attitude, thanks to the long, stretched wheelbase and short cockpit sitting on it. The overall design language is definitely Harley, but they hid it in all the right places to make it look more modern.


In fact, the Sportster has a certain iconic status. It appears to have been cut, cast, or chiseled from a single, huge piece of metal, as it sits low and imposing. Although much of that styling sorcery, the Sportster S’s muscle cruiser appearance is reminiscent of the V-Rod series. Compared to substantial V-Rods, it’s about 175mm shorter and only 40mm longer. In a way, it’s a hog that jumped on the neo-retro trend, and wow, did they do it justice.

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Harley-Davidson Sportster S Modern Features We All Needed

The Sportster S gets a new 4-inch round TFT display, which Harley is packed with technology and features. The digital cluster is beautifully integrated and easy to use. When paired with the HD app, a brilliant 4′′ circular digital display will show you navigation instructions and driving directions. And also provide you with all the essential information you need. With a suitable headset, you can manage your music and cruise control while driving on the highway using the buttons on the grips. Standard features include traction control, cornering ABS, drive modes and LED headlights.


The Sportster S will be criticized by die-hard fans as being too trendy, soulless and in need of a double shock. We advise them to keep an eye on the 975 Nightster. Overall, though, it’s absolute that Harley pulled off a respectable stunt with the Sportster S, with all the bells and whistles. The new Harley-Davidson Sportster S is arguably the most technologically advanced, capable and best looking Sportster Harley has ever released.

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This 7-second Harley-Davidson Sportster drag bike is $100,000 https://cb750choppers.com/this-7-second-harley-davidson-sportster-drag-bike-is-100000/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 21:08:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/this-7-second-harley-davidson-sportster-drag-bike-is-100000/ How much are you willing to pay for a Sportster? It’s easy, right? A 2022 Iron 883 sells for $11,249. If you’re not willing to shell out that much money for an all-new Sporty, older models fetch as little as $3,000 on the used market. Now here’s the real question: how much are you willing […]]]>

How much are you willing to pay for a Sportster? It’s easy, right? A 2022 Iron 883 sells for $11,249. If you’re not willing to shell out that much money for an all-new Sporty, older models fetch as little as $3,000 on the used market. Now here’s the real question: how much are you willing to pay to get this Sportster going fast?

Apparently, GMS Race Team motorcycle builder and tuner Gregg Dahl is willing to drop $100,000 to turn his Sportster into a seven-second race bike. Of course, we use Sportster very loosely in Gregg’s case. He may have based his quarter-mile monster on Harley-Davidson’s legendary mid-size cruiser, but it looks more like a Theseus ship at this point.

The base Sporster model packs a 54-cubic-inch V-twin that produces 54 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than enough grunt for many beginners, diehard converts and urban riders, but it certainly doesn’t provide drag strip authority. Dahl changes all that with a 172 cubic inch engine. That’s nearly 3.5 times the size of the original Sporty factory.

To handle all that extra sauce, Dahl separated the transmission from the crankcase and redesigned the fuel system and belt drive. Of course, this is in addition to the chassis work needed to make the middleweight bobber a barless beast. Dahl’s investments are paying off, however, with its Sportster build clocking a quarter-mile time of 7.62 seconds in November 2020.

Unfortunately, the pandemic and resulting supply chain issues and resource shortages did not help Dahl improve on that record time. In New Alexandria at Keystone Raceway Park in Pennsylvania, GMS racing team Mike Mott could only record a run of 8.16 seconds at 169 mph. Although the team couldn’t beat its previous record, Dahl is sticking with the Sportster platform for its affordability.

“We just approached it with the idea that we weren’t afraid to break anything. You know, if I blow it up, it’s okay. So we did some sketchy stuff and got away with it,” admitted Dahl (and every other Sportster customizer in the world).

No, many of us don’t have the means or the dedication to build a quarter-mile, seven-second Sportster, but it’s absolutely no surprise that there is one.

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The Best and Worst Things About the Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 883 https://cb750choppers.com/the-best-and-worst-things-about-the-harley-davidson-sportster-iron-883/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/the-best-and-worst-things-about-the-harley-davidson-sportster-iron-883/ Harley Davidson’s Sportster has been a mainstay in the line since its introduction in 1957. Still the smallest and simplest of Harley models, it nonetheless gained huge following and is still available in select countries, including the United States. United. However, it won’t be long until it’s phased out by increasingly stringent emissions regulations, not […]]]>

Harley Davidson’s Sportster has been a mainstay in the line since its introduction in 1957. Still the smallest and simplest of Harley models, it nonetheless gained huge following and is still available in select countries, including the United States. United. However, it won’t be long until it’s phased out by increasingly stringent emissions regulations, not to mention the arrival of the new Sportster S. While you can still buy one, we’ll tell you. explain the advantages and disadvantages of owning and driving an iron. 883, the baby of the Sportster range.

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It may be small, but it’s a real Harley

All Harleys have an air-cooled, V-twin engine beating between your legs and the Sportster is no different. The Iron 883’s Evolution engine puts out 49 horsepower and 54 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t huge for what’s a relatively heavy bike (565 pounds), but it does it all with typical Harley styling and, more importantly, the sound!

It has the typical low-end torque demand that’s just as well as the engine doesn’t have a high rev limit. A five-speed gearbox and belt final drive are installed. But, overall, it’s 1005 a real Harley Davidson.

Feel the vibes, baby

Although the motor is flex-mounted, the Iron 883 has some of the worst vibration of any motorcycle on the market today. Let it sit idle and the whole bike is buzzing with shaky vibrations.

Start up and the vibration subsides a bit, but there’s still plenty of vibration through the bars, seat and footpegs. It’s not too bad at city driving speeds and some would even say the vibrations are part of the charm, but speed up and things get pretty nasty quickly.

On the open road

It might be a cruiser, but, to be honest, the last thing you want to do on the Iron 883 is sail for any appreciable amount of time or attempt high speed cruising.

Simply put, the Iron 883 can’t produce enough urge to go out of its own way at highway speeds and the ergonomics are terrible for long days in the saddle, which you will if you want to go anywhere !

Harley claims a top speed of over 100 mph but that doesn’t say how long it takes to get there, nor that at that speed the vibration and wind blast is enough to deter you from riding a motorcycle for life. !

Suspension

We’re afraid that’s not good news on the suspension side either. Even though the engine might be the happiest in town, the suspension might give you second thoughts.

The suspension components are rudimentary and, as if that weren’t enough, there’s little travel, especially in the rear, and even the slightest bumps in the road will have you heading for the nearest osteopath.

The front suspension isn’t much better, the forks feel way too bad to control all that weight, while the spring is too stiff.

It’s infinitely customizable.

Many owners view a Harley as a blank canvas on which to paint their own vision and the Sportster Iron 883 is no different. In fact, it would probably be hard to find a standard 883 iron anywhere in the world.

Not only does the Harley Davidson accessory catalog groan under the weight of official Harley replacement parts, but the independent aftermarket also offers a wealth of aesthetic and bolt-on performance upgrades.

Additionally, many Sportsters have seen the basic ingredients such as the frame extensively modified to create something more unique.

Much heat

This big chunk of an air-cooled engine produces a fair amount of heat, especially from the rear cylinder which sits right next to the rider’s thighs. At low speeds, like in town and in hot weather, the heat can quickly become unbearable.

On the open road, that’s not much of a problem, unless you’re riding in particularly hot weather. This is not an issue unique to the Sportster Iron 883, but it is something to be aware of.

Brakes

There’s really no excuse for bad brakes on a motorcycle anymore, but Harley Davidson seems to champion them on the Iron 883. A single front disc isn’t unusual on cheaper models, and usually they work quite well.

However, the 300mm disc at the front of the Iron 883 is squeezed by an undersized two-piston caliper and simply doesn’t have the bite or initial force to shave weight off any speed. It might as well be oak, so much does it feel like wood.

Oftentimes cruisers compensate for poor front brake performance with a very powerful rear brake but, unfortunately, the Iron 883 doesn’t even have that.

ABS is not even standard but must be fitted as an option.

Is everything bad?

Absolutely not. If you take the time to remember that this is an entry-level cruiser, it starts to make a lot more sense.

Yes, the Iron 883 is expensive (over $11,000), underpowered and overweight, but it’s also great in its own way. Yes, it has a heavy clutch, poor brakes, sluggish steering, clunky gearbox and the engine heat issue, but it looks and feels like a real Harley.

And that’s all many riders want: the true old-school Harley Davidson experience, combining looks, a V-twin engine and that sound. The rest of the bike may be basic but no one can deny that it isn’t honest.

The build quality is excellent

Harley struggled with it, shedding a poor reputation for build quality and reliability. But it really seems like they’ve got the issues under control and there’s no reason to stray from the brand anymore.

The Sportster Iron 883 is solid and rattle-free. The paint looks great whether on the tank, frame, engine, exhaust or wheels. The materials seem to be carefully chosen and the fit and finish are excellent.

It will make you feel good

What if it was the smallest model in the HD range? There is simply no riding experience comparable to that of a Harley Davidson. Other manufacturers have tried to copy that indefinable something that a Harley has but all have failed, leaving an undisputed leader in the true American motorcycle experience.

The Iron 883 is a true Harley Davidson in the traditional sense: imperfect, yes, but deep down an honest bike that just wants to please and be loved. Luckily, it’s very easy to look past the flaws and love it for what it is: something completely unique in motorcycling: an American legend.

FAQs

Q: Is Harley Iron 883 good for beginners?

Yes. The saddle is good and low, the bike is well balanced and it’s not too powerful to be intimidating

Q: Is the Iron 883 worth it?

At over $11,000 that’s expensive, but what’s the price of an original American icon?

Q: How fast does an 883 iron go?

The maximum speed is estimated at 105 mph, but you’ll be tired before you reach it!

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Gleam Machine: Rodsmith’s Ironhead Sportster cafe racer https://cb750choppers.com/gleam-machine-rodsmiths-ironhead-sportster-cafe-racer/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 15:57:02 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/gleam-machine-rodsmiths-ironhead-sportster-cafe-racer/ A clean frame, a mechanical aesthetic, a distinct absence of plastic and a lot of polished metal. This Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster cafe racer must be from Craig Rodsmith. Based just north of Chicago, the Australian expat’s mastery of the dark art of metal shaping is evident in everything he builds. A few years ago Craig […]]]>

A clean frame, a mechanical aesthetic, a distinct absence of plastic and a lot of polished metal. This Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster cafe racer must be from Craig Rodsmith. Based just north of Chicago, the Australian expat’s mastery of the dark art of metal shaping is evident in everything he builds.

A few years ago Craig was approached by a customer, Reto, who loved one of his previous Harley builds so much he wanted a replica. Craig was understandably hesitant to copy another bike, but he had no qualms about taking inspiration from it and adapting it to the new owner. This turned out to be a good decision, as Reto is 6’6″.

Harley Ironhead Sportster cafe racer by Rodsmith
I don’t know how many Sportster cafe racers you’ve been around, but I can assure you that most of the time they’re pretty low-slung. So with Reto’s size in mind, it all started with a 1973 Sportster frame. Once all the unnecessary brackets were removed using an angle grinder, the steering stem was modified and a new set of 35mm forks was installed.

For the wheels, Craig started with the front hub from an old Moto Guzzi and the rear hub from an old Sportster. Then, in typical Rodsmith style, he tweaked the dual-head front shoe brake, adding a vent to the leading edge. Both hubs were laced with stainless steel spokes to new 18-inch Borrani wheels and wrapped in Avon Roadrunner tires.

Harley Ironhead Sportster cafe racer by Rodsmith
The engine is from a 1979 XLCH Sportster and is relatively stock. It has split rocker arms and nickel-plated cylinders and heads. A Dynatek ignition ensures a strong spark while an S&S Super E carburetor feeds clean fuel to the freshly rebuilt engine.

Not one to shy away from a little noise, Craig built a special exhaust for the Sportster. “I made a two-in-one stainless steel exhaust that exits on the left instead of the usual right side,” he says. “I’ve been told this is one of the sweetest sounding Harleys!”

Harley Ironhead Sportster cafe racer by Rodsmith
One of the things I love about Rodsmith builds is that you can instantly tell it was all done by hand. On this project, Craig fabricated the front fender, fuel tank, seat and rear subframe. The juxtaposition of polished metal against the fuel tank pads and the anthracite leather saddle is particularly elegant.

Dane Utech at plzbeseed in Chicago handled the padding. The main part of the frame was powder coated in a dark denim blue, perfectly highlighted by the matching stripes from Jim Brando, also in Chicago.

Harley Ironhead Sportster cafe racer by Rodsmith
The battery is hidden under the tank while the oil tank is integrated into the rear subframe, which has been nickel plated to match the engine. There’s a new set of rear shocks that hold everything down, spec’d longer than stock to accommodate Reto’s height.

The front carries clips fitted with new grips, custom knobs and a single bar end mirror (not shown). The headlight is crowned by the Sportster’s distinctive fascia, which also houses a pair of LED warning lights. At the rear, the taillight has been integrated into the seat hump.

Harley Ironhead Sportster cafe racer by Rodsmith
For such a stripped down cafe racer, there really is a lot to do. You could spend hours poring over every little detail, just like Craig spent hours crafting them.

“Reto turned out to be a great guy,” he says, “because he found out that I was also building a few other bikes commissioned for my friend, Bobby Haas, and the Haas Moto Museum. So he reassured me that he was in no hurry.

Harley Ironhead Sportster cafe racer by Rodsmith
“After finishing my last build for Bobby Haas, I decided it was time to take care of Reto and his Harley. Unfortunately, shortly after that we lost Bobby, which obviously was a bit of a pain. hard blow for me and slowed down progress even more.

“Reto was always very understanding. That being said, I felt he deserved something a little more special, so I took this build a step further than we originally agreed.

Harley Ironhead Sportster cafe racer by Rodsmith
The results of Craig’s commitment speak for themselves. Being able to perfectly maintain the proportions of a classic cafe racer, while giving Reto the ergonomics he needed, is further proof that Rodsmith bikes are the work of a true master.

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Harley Ironhead Sportster cafe racer by Rodsmith

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