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Iron 883

Another New Chinese imitation of a Sportster

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The Xiang Shuai XN650N Is An Exact Imitation of Sportster 883

It is a Harley-Daivdson in design butt without any resemblance to its performance.

Sportsters have been a bestselling brand of H-D for decades. This latest clone is offered by Chinese manufacturer Xiang Shuai, a rather obscure brand which doesn’t seem to operate anywhere other than mainland China.

Branded XN650N, it is an exact replica of Harley Iron 883. They did not even bother to make tiniest of differentiation. Its fuel tank, headlight, and even the engine casing look almost exactly the same. Powered by a 650cc V-twin engine which supposedly punches 53 hp. Does that mean its more powerful that the Harley-Davidson model? We doubt it at pricing and quality factors.

Refer the previous Chinese imitation we reported — the Motofino Streetboy which looks like the Sportster S model

Anyways, can you spot any difference between the Iron 883 and the XN650N ? Let us know on our Facebook Page.

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Three Amazing Motorcycles You Can Buy Brand New for Less Than $10K

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by Todd Halterman from

If you’re in the market for a new motorcycle, you could do worse than these three versatile, cruiser-style rides, and the best news is that you can have any of them showroom-new for under $10,000.

And in yet more interesting news, two of the three are American.

The 2021 Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS comes in at a wallet-friendly $7,599 and it represents a middleweight hybrid with somewhat brawny underpinnings. While it’s big and powerful enough to appeal to riders who require sporty performance, it also offers cushy ergonomics designed to suit nearly any rider size, no matter their skill level.

The Vulcan S is powered by a 649cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin taken from the Ninja 650 line, and it also boasts a wide range of available adjustments for the seat, the footpegs, and handlebar positions. The 2022 models offer a base-model Vulcan S (sorry, no ABS included), and that’s what makes the 2021 model such an excellent value.

For 2021, the Harley-Davidson Iron 883 comes in at the top of the range, and at $9,749, it offers an opportunity to join the HD fraternity at a price that won’t cause hiccups in a tight budget.

The Iron 883 does have the Sportster lineage American riders often prefer, and it’s a bit of a throwback with some stripped-down street cred. Featuring a low solo seat height, nearly naked bike bodywork and the venerable 883cc, air-cooled V-Twin, there’s no doubt it’s an HD. And in a departure, it also happens to be the lightest, lowest, and most new-rider-friendly bike in the HD lineup. For your cash, you get low down bars, a low seat height, and a lowered suspension.

Unfortunately, should you want ABS braking, you’ll find yourself over the target as that feature puts another $795 on the final sticker price.

But the real standout here is the 2022 Indian Scout Bobber Sixty and Scout Sixty, and they tip the cash register at $8,999 and $9,499, respectively.

The Scout Sixty, offering a fantastic 1,000cc motor, is by far the most impressive of the three mentioned here. With a 25.8-inch seat height and weighing in at a substantial 542 pounds, it’s hardly an entry-level cruiser. Sporting a 60ci (819 cc) liquid-cooled 78 hp mill, this good-looking and powerful engine helps the Scout blow the pegs off the other two bikes listed here.

But once again, if you want to stay inside the target price, you’re out of luck with the Scout Sixty as the ABS model will ding you an additional $800.

Whichever way you go, all three of these bikes will provide a ton of value and some needed thrills for under $10K.

Harley-Davidson Iron 883 review: Head for the sunset

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by Fraser Addecott from

Fraser says the iconic American brand’s ‘smaller’ V-twin Sportsters are the perfect entry-level way in to the wonderful world of Harley-Davidson

I will confess straightaway that I have a bit of a soft spot for Harley-Davidson’s Sportsters and, in particular, the Iron 883.

Years ago, back when global pandemics were merely the stuff of horror writers and even before David Cameron had considered holding a referendum on leaving the EU, the 883 was the first bike I reviewed for the Mirror.

Harley’s Sportsters have been around and in in continuous production since 1957, when they were known as the XL range.

For most of that time, this was the smallest-capacity machine produced by the iconic American brand, although that position is now taken by the Street 750.

Nevertheless, the bike is still regarded as an entry-level model and has been the way into the world of owning a Harley for many riders.

Some old-school Harley riders may give the Iron short shrift, but this bike is undeniably cool.

It is part of the company’s Dark Custom range, so looks mean and moody with the frame, engine casings, exhausts and most other parts blacked out.

The only colour on my silver test bike was on the rather groovy peanut tank and the two fenders.

It may be a smallish version of it, but that V-twin motor is unmistakable and completes the look, showing this bike means business.

With a seat height of 760mm or just under 30in, the Iron is low.

I see this as a big advantage and one of the reasons it is popular for newish riders and women.

The biggest Harleys can seem somewhat daunting in terms of size and weight.

At 256kg (564lb) the Iron is not light, but with both boots firmly planted flat on the tarmac on either side, the bike feels perfectly manageable and the rider in complete control.

The ride position is upright and comfortable, with wide, nicely angled bars.

The cockpit is a simple but elegant affair – a single round clock with analogue speedo and small digital screen which displays the usual information, including gear selected and revs.

These are flicked through via a button on the left-hand switch-gear.

Spec wise, ABS comes as standard, but there’s not much else – no ride modes, traction control or any other electronic wizardry.

With the key fob safely in your pocket – no key involved – hit the start button and the V-twin thuds into life.

What can I say about the ride?

Well, it’s not particularly powerful, the gearbox is a bit clunky, the handling is lethargic and the footpegs can be scraped pretty easily.

The suspension is comfortable enough, but not adjustable, that tank looks cool, but is good for only about 100 miles worth of fuel, and the brakes aren’t the sharpest in the world.

So, overall, a bit of a dud right?

Far from it. I still love the Iron.

It may be basic and it may have, by Harley standards, a small engine, but this is pure, simple, unadulterated motorcycling at it’s best.

This bike looks cool and it feels cool, and it just makes you want to ride off into an Arizona sunset.

The Facts: Harley-Davidson Iron 883

Super cool: Fraser with the Iron 883

Engine: 883cc V-twin

Power: 52bhp @ 6,000rpm

Torque: 54 lb ft @ 3,750rpm

Colours: Black; silver; grey; orange/silver

Price: From £8,895