Harley-Davidson Launches New Iron 883 Model

Harley Davidson Iron 883

With a defiant attitude embracing the pure essence of riding, the new Iron 883 model is the latest Harley-Davidson Dark Custom motorcycle.

Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycles like the Iron 883 have stood against the grain since their introduction in 1957, when the modern rebel culture was being bred from restless veterans and hot rod pioneers. Sportster motorcycles became the starting point for many legendary choppers of the 1960s, while also getting pumped up for championship dirt racing and dare devil stunt riding in the 1970s.

The Iron 883 model continues that rebellious tradition with responsive handling, smooth clutch effort and durable carbon reinforced drive belt while pushing the styling of motorcycling minimalism to the edge. Decked in black from fender-to-fender, the new Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle brings the beat of an 883 Evolution engine backed up by a combo of gritty, old-school garage features like front fork gaiters, drag style handlebar and side-mount license plate holder. A ticket to ride the Iron 883 starts at just $7,899 MSRP, leaving plenty of freedom for customization.

“The Iron 883 defies the plastic conventions of other motorcycles at this price,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer. “It’s got old school style, a new school ride and gives the owner a platform for creative customization.”

The black powder-coated 883cc Evolution powertrain with black covers takes the Iron 883 deep into the heart of darkness. With Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and performance tuning with a broad torque curve, the Iron 883 delivers plenty of power for the city scene. The pipes on the straight cut shorty dual exhaust flow the distinctive Harley-Davidson V-Twin sound.

The black chopped rear fender with its combination stop/turn/tail lights shows more of the 150 mm rear tire and black, 13-spoke cast aluminum wheel, while the front tire also rides on a black wheel. The rest of the Iron 883 gets a darker-suited presence with black front forks and fender supports, fuel tank, oil tank cover, belt guard, drag style handlebar and mid mount foot controls.

A one-piece, solo classic seat with a height of 25.3 inches fits the lone rider, while a passenger seat and a backrest in complementing black finishes can be added as accessories.

As the latest of the Harley-Davidson Dark Custom motorcycles, the Iron 883 is stripped down and ripe for custom creativity. Dark Custom motorcycle riders have the youngest average age for Harley-Davidson buyers. Soul mates of the Iron 883 include the Nightster, Night Train, Cross Bones, Fat Bob and Street Bob motorcycles. Check out more on Dark Custom motorcycles at .


  • tongyun
    February 27, 2009 - 12:02 pm | Permalink

    I am drooling at this picture. I have a 1982 Honda CX 500 that I ride but every time I see a Harley go by, I turn green with envy. This newest release by Harley looks lean and mean. I’ll have to visit the local Harley shop to see if they have this one in the store.

  • Postman
    March 2, 2009 - 2:35 am | Permalink

    I remember when I was still on college, one of my friends own a Harley Davidson and we would start drooling over it. I wish that that was mine but all I could do is to hope.

    Seeing this new model, I just don’t know what I should do to stop drooling and finally own it.

  • jmcp723
    July 3, 2009 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I really like this bike and ready to buy, just wish you could get this one with a 1200 cc !!….. is this possible ??

  • Monica
    July 16, 2009 - 6:29 am | Permalink

    The 1200 cc one would be called the nightster…You should check it out.

  • Manny
    August 4, 2009 - 4:45 pm | Permalink

    You can buy the Iron as the 883 and either bore the engine out to a 1200cc or get an upgrade through the dealer.

    August 6, 2009 - 3:51 pm | Permalink

    jUST BOUGHT A 2010,ITS TITS!Lots of low end and around town power,a bit of a screamer up high though.Overall haveing owned both metric and american,this is by far a true head turner for all the right reasons!!! HAPPY RIDING

  • Rafael Metal
    August 13, 2009 - 8:39 pm | Permalink

    How many hp have? and the cc ? thanks , cool bike \m/

    August 29, 2009 - 11:50 am | Permalink

    Its hard to find hp specs but but torque is around 60 ft lbs and cc is 883!

  • denny
    October 7, 2009 - 5:38 am | Permalink

    well i bought one but i dont get it until may 3rd i hope it rides smooth.

  • RIdGy
    October 28, 2009 - 5:01 pm | Permalink

    HA, just showed a friend of mine this article, and he is soo pissed off that he did not get this! Harleys are magnificent rides…too bad I am stuck with a regular car….

  • Mockingbird
    November 3, 2009 - 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I think I am in love, not since the Fat Bob have I seen a bike that makes me want to go out and ride, it has the sleek attitude of the valkyrie yet the grit of the Harley, Definitly not your grandpas Harley

  • Kevin
    November 28, 2009 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I will have to buy one so I can ride “deep into the heart of darkness”……..What BS!!!!

    Harley is barely hanging on with there WE ARE BEST ATTITUDE..!!!…Jap Cruisers are killing them in sales, Victory is hurting them too. Along with all the other after market Harley builders. Whom actually build better bikes than Harley.

    Have been riding 40 years newest Harley I have is a 49, 56, 57 Panheads. Home built Shovel. All Run Perfect !!

    Bought a new Superglide in June 2003 after 957 miles I unloaded it what a piece of “JUNK”

  • Taffymarsden
    November 28, 2009 - 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had my Iron for six weeks and it is sensational. Power was ok for me after smaller jappas but I did a few extras and now it is a seriously great machine. Screamin’ Eagle mufflers (black), Heavy Breather air filter and Pro Tuner. Not too noisy but that great deep HD sound and idling at the lights a real head turner with that lurching thing where is feels like it’s about the stall but never does. I promise you this is a very sweet machine and a stroke of genius from HD as they are selling like crazy. Add the 1200 kit and tehre is not a big twin on the road that can get near it (already it is much quicker than any of the Twins my friends have got). Only downside is it is so low that it’s easy to scrape the feelers on the footpegs in fast turns.

  • Pipehitter
    December 17, 2009 - 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I’ve owned my 2010 Iron for three months now and I couldn’t be more pleased in every aspect. I am 6’2, 190lbs and with forward controls I am perfectly comfortable using the bike for what I bought it for – cruising around town and an hour or so in each direction on the interstate. I put the Vance and Hines short shots, buckshot exhaust covers and silencer grips and pegs and I still find myself just staring at this bike with pleasure. I work on a large Naval Air Station and the pilots and techs alike gather around when I pull up. Women love it. Some of my older buddies and biker posers can display varying degree’s of condescension and it’s kind of funny and pathetic to listen to the b.s. I’d trade this bike for nothing – it is the balls. Go get one if you can find one because there’s a wait list in this area.

  • irondave
    March 4, 2010 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

    got my 2010 couple months ago…i think i got one of the last ones out there…..im so stoked!!! i am 5,9 175lbs its perfect fit !!put some drag bars on it…some drag pipes springer seat . relocated speedo and a couple other things…. oh man i still drool when i ever i look at it and ride it…..hahaha….i suggest everyone who likes these bikes to get one. …you only live once so enjoy it!! ride safe !!! cheers

  • Eddie
    March 18, 2010 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    Should get mine in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait!! Let you know how I get on shortly……

  • Maverick
    March 21, 2010 - 2:01 pm | Permalink

    So I put my deposit down yesterday and I’m psyched! I waited for so long to finally buy myself the toy I always wanted. For me this bike just has that raw and aggressive attitude I was looking for and if I’m going to buy my first bike, let it be an American made Harley. The sole purpose is for ‘me time to escape”. Not a long distance cruiser but more for the commute of 3 miles to work and to buzz around town. I know many Harley owners have issues with the Sportster model, saying it’s a chicks bike etc., but I figure you buy what you like and more importantly can afford. With this bike I’m getting both and not a bad package at all. Thanks HD for designing my dream bike.

  • mangoat
    April 8, 2010 - 12:37 am | Permalink

    I just bought the 2010, I got the last one in the store. This bike is absolutely awesome. I love the powder black look and this 883 has plenty of power. For anyone looking for this bike with a 1200cc, well though it does not come with one, it can be upgraded to a 1200cc by purchasing an engine kit. Lastly, I agreed with Irondave, you only live once, so enjoy it. The Iron 883 is a must have.

  • Sgt Billco
    April 23, 2010 - 10:00 am | Permalink

    I picked up a 2009 Iron as a Christmas gift to myself; I loved the look and wanted a smaller bike for local commute duties. I can compare it to my other bikes which are a Victory 8 ball with the 100 CI, Harley Crossbones with the 96 CI, a ’06 1200 sportster roadster, and 1981 Yamaha 750 Virago I bought when I was 18.
    The Iron is low and has a nice light feel to it so manuvering it using peddle power is a breeze. Once you fire it up the 54CI (883cc) twin has a nice low rumble and with the EFI it starts right up even on cold days. The torque is very respectable and carries my 5’7″ 175 lb frame very easily. I can zip down the freeway at 75 easily (I commute 40 miles to work each day but this bike really shines around in town on the 35 – 40 mph roads where the low end torque gives me great control in traffic. This is not a race bike, but with aftermarket pipes, a breather upgrade and a tweak on the dyno it is very respectable and I prefer it over the big twins I own. Those who say this is a beginners bike, or a ladies bike are right… it is that and much more! The Iron has very nice handling manners (as long as you are not trying to do extreme canyon carving and deliberatly scraping pegs), the broad power band is very smooth and forgiving so yes, it is a beginners bike. The low seat position that allows shorter riders to be sure footed at stops combined with the low center of gravity and light (for a Harley) weight that translates into easy manuvering when backing up or peddling in a parking lot will please alot of women. It is the rugged good looks, ample torque, smooth power delivery, easy starting and very respectable performance that is attractive to riders like myself who don’t need to go 100mph between lights, and finally it is very affordable in initial purchace, operating costs, and insurance premiums that make this a solid choice for anyone looking to ride.

  • Brod
    May 13, 2010 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Sgt Billco your great and informative comment just reassures me that this will be a superb buy and a great beginner bike and I already picked out my aftermarket accessories! WOOO! Can not wait!!

  • Elena
    May 17, 2010 - 3:57 am | Permalink

    I got the Iron 883 yesterday,till i finish first 100 kilometers I shouldn’t go faster then 100 per hrs .Not yet decided to upgrade it to 1200cc . enjoy riding,really good bike and it leave lot of possibilities for custom work. It can be upgraded to a 1200cc by purchasing an engine kit . I have owned Honda,Suzuki…. but ,Nothing better then Harley….Congrats to all Hd owners!

  • Eddie
    May 26, 2010 - 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Just returned from a 200km rideout. Awesome. Got the bike a couple of weeks ago. In one word, RAW !!!!! Also like the New Fourty Eight. Sweet. Safe riding all

  • richard
    September 12, 2010 - 3:13 am | Permalink

    I picked up an iron 6 months ago and have swapped the standard pipes for a set of black vance/hines short shots. Sounds like a tank and I’ve finally got a Harley that can keep up with the old school bonnevilles over the hills. Looking to bore it out to 1200 but just been told by the dealer you cant do that anymore – you have to buy the whole new top end.
    Hey I’m not buying another one – I’m buying the dealership..

  • cindy
    October 30, 2010 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I have a 2010 iron put V&H shorts shots with V&H tuner and SE air filter .When I start it idles too high and sounds like a helicopter…anyone. tell me how to get that low cam sounding idle ? Emaill [email protected] thanx

  • December 16, 2010 - 6:58 am | Permalink

    New Iron 883, which is based on the Sportster to set up and functions of injected 883cc V-Twin power source. In addition, a smaller displacement engine that simulates the rest of the bike bobbed show his older brother, the 1200 Nightster along the black-out color palette, the fork gaiters, riding solo and side number plate. This is due to the reduced cost of money to invest $ 7,899 Harley Iron 883, well below Nightster up to $ 2000.

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