HARLEY WIELDS IRON
HE Iron 883 is HarleyDavidson’s way of taking the fight to the increasing number of Japanese machines looking for a slice of the custom cruiser market — and snaring more women riders in the process.
Harley has produced a great-looking machine at a truly competitive price — $13,350 ride away, if you’re quick.
It will appeal to a lot of people, be they Harley fans or the increasing numbers of mums and dads who want to ride, but not at warp speed.
It’s the minimalist design of the Iron 883 that grabs your attention. But the commitment to the look has come at the expense of some practicality.
The 12.5-litre teardropshaped fuel tank looks svelte on the bike, but it limits your range to about 200km.
The airbox on the ride side of the bike also takes some getting used to, given it presses on your thigh
Tevery time you throw a leg over. It’s not uncomfortable, but it does feel awkward the first few rides.
The Iron 883 is an affordable way to earn membership to the Harley family. It pumps along OK and still has the distinctive V-twin beat.
A problem can be the lack of a pillion seat, but not to those who prefer to do their riding solo — or you can pay a visit to the accessories list.
THAT HARLEY FEELING:
It’s the minimalist design of the Iron 883 that grabs your attention