Why We Picked It:
We can already hear you mentioning, “wait, what, I thought Harley’s were bad beginner bikes?” For the most part, you’d be correct, but not with the Iron 883. For over 60 years, Harley-Davidson has been making what is one day considered comfortable endurance cruisers and tourers, and the next day overly expensive two-wheel land yachts. Social opinion aside, however, the fact remains that the Iron 883 is just a damned good bike. Full stop.
What makes it so is the 883cc Evolution V-Twin that gives it its name. It’s an extremely forgiving engine, with just about 54 lb-ft of torque. Harley typically does not share peak power figures, but power delivery is linear, and the superb framework of the bike lets you know everything that the bike is doing through your legs, butt, and hands. Unlike the bigger Harley bikes, it’s light enough and pared down enough that you will learn how it wants to communicate with you, telling you things such as how its tires are gripping, how it’s feeling in the corners, and the like.
If you start on a Harley-Davidson Iron 883, you will have to pay a little more for a badge premium because there is still the belief that Harley’s are the bikes of America. Prices start at a hair under $11,000, but since Harley discontinued its Street line-up of bikes, you won’t find a more forgiving and generous entry point to the wide world of customizable cruisers that Harley-Davidson makes.
Note: The Iron 883 has sadly been discontinued, but are still being produced until Summer 2023. That means that there is more than likely still some in inventory at your local Harley dealership, and many might be coming into the pre-owned inventory as well, if not up for private sale on the local auto-trader website.