Specifications Of A Custom 2005 Sportster 883

The 2005 Sportster 883 Custom features wide handlebars and chrome fittings.

In 2005, Harley Davidson continued to produce its Sportster line of motorcycles, a product line the company first manufactured in 1957. According to “Motorcyclist” magazine, Harley Davidson completely redesigned the Sportster line in 2004 and continued to produce the redesigned model in 2005. Like the rest of the Sportster line, the 2005 Sportster 883 Custom features 2004’s changes to the rear-axle diameter, reflector optics in the headlights and the inclusion of Harley’s updated XL Evolution V-Twin engine.


Harley’s four-stroke XL Evolution V-Twin engine consists of two cylinders mounted at a 45-degree angle to one another. This engine has a displacement of 883 cubic centimeters (cc) and uses a five-speed manual chain-drive transmission to transfer power to the rear wheels. A single 40mm carburetor feeds fuel through an overhead pushrod system of two valves per cylinder, for a total of four valves. Drivers can start the Sportster 883 Custom with Harley’s electric starter. During the 2004 model year, Harley also introduced rubber mounting for the engine, which it continued to use in 2005 for reduced vibration during riding. Air flow during driving cools the engine.


At the lowest point of its steel chassis, Harley’s Sportster 883 Custom has a low ground clearance of 4.4 inches. The bike’s length spans 90.3 inches with a wheelbase of 60.4 inches. With an empty fuel tank, the Sportster 883Custom weighs 558 lbs.


Harley’s 883cc V-twin engine can generate 51 ft-lbs of torque at 4,300 rpm and achieves a compression ratio of 8.9:1. The Sportster 883 Custom stores fuel in a 4.5 gallon tank and earns an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel efficiency rating of 57 miles-per-gallon (mpg) during highway driving and 48 mpg in the start-and-stop conditions of city driving. A telescopic fork front suspension and twin-sided swing arm rear suspension fitted with two shock absorbers provides for a smooth ride during driving.


Harley differentiates the Custom from the other 883 Sportster models with the addition of wide-mounted pullback handlebars, chrome fittings on the exhaust and handlebars and by tinting the engine and wheel covers with a silver-powdered coating. In 2005, prospective buyers could order the Sportster 883 Custom in pearl, two-tone or solid paint configurations that utilized one of 10 available colors. A driver and one passenger can ride on the standard equipped one-piece leather seat. The front-mounted display consists of a speedometer, odometer and trip-meter, and a diagnostic display also indicates engine status and oil pressure. Harley Davidson offers the Sportster 883 Custom for sale with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $7,595. Prospective buyers could incur additional charges based on the optional color schemes and whether they purchased Harley’s electronic security package.