As the Harley-Davidson Sportster lineup continues to contract, the Iron 883 continues to prevail. Introduced in 2010, the Iron 883 has enjoyed minor updates, most notably the emulsion shocks. The reason the Iron 883 continues to attract buyers is two-fold. It is an elemental design that speaks to traditionalists, and the 2021 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 is now the least expensive offering from The Motor Company.Every time we ride the Iron 883, we’re reminded of how appealing a no-frills motorcycle can be. There are no power modes or rider aids to monitor (ABS is a $795 option). The only button you need to push is for the electric starter. After that’s, it’s all between you and the rumbling Evolution V-twin.
It’s all about twisting the throttle and actuating the basic controls—clutch and braking. It’s a nimble motorcycle that is a joy in the city, as long as you can overlook the short suspension travel. On backroads, you have to be mindful of the cornering clearance.However, those shortcomings are part of the appeal of the 2021 Harley-Davidson Iron 883. You know you’re riding a motorcycle, and one that hasn’t traded soul for perfection.We have reviewed the Harley-Davidson Iron 883.Photography by Brad Chaney, Josh Kurpius, Jack Schmidt, and Clutch Studios2021 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 SpecsENGINE
Type: Evolution V-twin
Displacement: 53.9 cubic inches (883cc)
Bore x stroke: 3.0 x 3.811”
Maximum torque: 54 ft-lbs @ 3750 rpm
Compression ratio: 9:1
Valvetrain: Pushrod; 2vpc
Fuel system: EFI
Lubrication: Dry sump
Primary drive: Chain
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Mild tubular steel
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 39mm fork; 3.6 inches
This week Teejay chats to Tyler Poppe. Tyler works on the TV show Mayans MC–and yet he doesn’t ride an American V-Twin. Wassup with that?? Also, Arthur finds out from friend Mike Cardillo about his thoughts on the full-size version of the Kawasaki KLX 140R F trail bike.