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2012 Harley Sportster SuperLow | Preview

2012 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

For the beginning motorcyclist, or one who has since returned to the freedom of two wheels, Harley-Davidson offers the 2012 XL883L Sportster Super Low.

But don’t think the 883cc engine lacks power; the fuel-injected Harley V-Twin provides 55 ft. lbs. of torque at 3500 rpm, allowing riders to easily zip through traffic or enjoy some country-road riding.

And with a 25.5-inch seat height, the 2012 Harley-Davidson XL883 L SuperLow provides even the shortest of riders the capability to plant two feet when stopped. And Harley designed the Super Low with balance for handling and generous rear-suspension travel and easy-to-reach handlebars, making the much favorable for even the most timid of riders.

New for 2012 on the single-seated 883 Sportster Super Low are color options and black side covers. Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2012 Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow.

2012 Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow Highlights:

  • NEW Black side covers to match bodywork finish
  • NEW Paint color options and graphics
  • Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Rubber-mounted powertrain to reduce vibration
  • 5-speed Transmission
  • Dual staggered exhaust
  • Disc brakes
  • Black, split 5-spoke cast wheels with machined rims
  • Wheel size: front 18 x 3.5 inches, rear 17 x 4.5 inches
  • Michelin Scorcher 11 radial tires: Front 120/70ZR18; rear 150/60ZR17
  • Front end geometry contributes to confident handling
  • 68/29 (2.34:1) final drive ratio for smooth acceleration
  • 4.5-gallon fuel tank for extended range
  • Solo seat with deep bucket shape is easy to straddle, seat height is 25.5 inches
  • Easy-reach handlebar
  • Revised rear suspension with 2.5 inches wheel travel for added comfort
  • Silver, powder-coated engine with polished covers
  • Chrome exhaust with dual staggered shorty mufflers
  • Full-coverage rear fender with painted supports
  • Sport front fender
  • Polished headlamp visor
  • Mid-mount foot controls
  • Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer
  • Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free security fob

2012 Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow Specs:


  • 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): 4.5/17
  • Power: 55 ft. lbs. @ 3500 rpm


  • Length (in./mm): 86.1/2187
  • Seat Height (laden) (in./mm): 25.5/648
  • Wheelbase (in./mm): 59.3/1506


  • Michelin Scorcher “11” front and rear
  • Front: Scorcher “11F” 120/70 ZR-18 59W
  • Rear: Scorcher “11” 150/60 ZR-17 66W


  • Front: Black Split 5-Spoke with Machined Rim 18 in. x 3.5 in. (457.2 mm x 88.9 mm)
  • Rear: Black Split 5-Spoke with Machined Rim 17 in. x 4.5 in. (431.8 mm x 114.3 mm)

Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg):

  • 536/234.1

2012 Harley-Davidson XL883L SuperLow Color Options/MSRP:

  • Vivid Black / $7,999
  • Ember Red Sunglo / $8,299
  • Midnight Pearl/ Cool Blue Pearl / $8,499
  • Birch White/ Sunburst Red / $8,499

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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