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2012 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Dark, stripped down and under $8,000. These words are all that’s needed for a quick description of the 2012 Harley-Davidson Iron 883.

The “anti-chrome” Harley, the Iron 883 is the rawest Sportster currently available in the 2012 lineup. The Iron 883 takes dark one more step with aggressive styling from the slammed drag-style handbars, dual shorty mufflers, front fork gaiters, chopped rear fender and a solo seat.

The 883 is the smallest in Harley’s Dark Custom line of motorcycles, but is not small on features or looks. It’s simply a no-hassle machine, with a no-hassle price point.

Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2012 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Sportster.

2012 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Highlights:

  • NEW Black side covers to match bodywork finish
  • NEW Michelin Scorcher “31” front and rear tires
  • NEW Paint color options
  • Black powder-coated engine and covers
  • Chrome exhaust with dual straight-cut mufflers
  • Low front and rear suspension
  • Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank
  • Black, 13-spoke cast aluminum wheels
  • Chopped rear fender with black supports
  • Black belt guard
  • Black fork sliders and black fork gaiters
  • Sportster Classic solo seat
  • Black hand and foot controls
  • Side-mounted license plate
  • Combination stop/turn/tail lights
  • Black headlamp bucket with black visor and satin trim ring
  • Black drag-style handlebar and black riser
  • Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Rubber-mounted powertrain to reduce vibration
  • 5-speed transmission
  • Dual staggered exhaust
  • Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer
  • Disc brakes
  • Mid-mounted foot controls
  • Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free security fob

2012 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Specs:

Engine:

  • Air-cooled, Evolution
  • Displacement (in./cc): 53.9/883
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Transmission: 5-speed
  • Miles Per Gallon: 51 MPG combined City/Hwy
  • Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters): 3.3/12.5
  • Power:55 ft. lb. @ 3500 rpm

Dimensions:

  • Length (in./mm): 85.8/2179
  • Seat Height (laden) (in./mm): 25.7/653
  • Wheelbase (in./mm): 59.8/1519

Tires:

  • Michelin Scorcher “31” front and rear
  • Front: Scorcher “31” 100/90B19 57H
  • Rear: Scorcher “31” 150/80B16 77H

Wheels:

  • Front: Black 13-Spoke Cast Aluminum 19 in. x 2.15 in. (482.6 mm x 54.61 mm)
  • Rear: Black 13-Spoke Cast Aluminum 16 in. x 3 in. (406.4 mm x 76.2 mm)

Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg):

  • 548/248.6

2012 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Color Options/MSRP:

  • Big Blue Pearl / $7,999
  • Ember Red Sunglo / $7,999
  • Black Denim / $7,999

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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