HAR­LEY WIELDS IRON

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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

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