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The detailed comparison between Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 can help you decide which one of them will suit you better. When trying to make your mind on the next motorcycle, your personal levels of comfort should be the leading criteria. After comparing one motorcycle versus another and so on, the circle of favourite models will be then eventually narrowed to several ones. Then these bikes in question could be best explored on the road where handling, performance and comfort of sitting position can be best felt in action.

Harley Davidson-XL 883 Sportster   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Harley Davidson - XL 883 SportsterPicture of Harley Davidson - XL 883 Sportster
Harley Davidson manufacturer Yamaha
XL 883 Sportster bike name Fazer FZ-1
Custom bike mootorcycle type Sport touring
2002 year since 2006
218 / 80 /113 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
883 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
Fuel injection fuel supply method Fuel Injection
8.8:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
76.2x96.8 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
150mm (5.9 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
3.4litres (3.6 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
14.0 litres (3.7 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
209 km/h (130 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
53 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
67 nm (49.4 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
235 kg (518 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
257 kg (567 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
fork, adjustable front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
preload adjustable rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
100/90-R19 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
130/19-R16 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
5-speed transmission type 6-speed
Electric ignition / starting Electric
Single 292mm disc with 2-piston caliper front brakes Two discs x 320mm
Single 292mm disc with 1-piston caliperrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Belt drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Air coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
5.60 l/100km (42 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportstersee data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 has bigger engine size than Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster but this is not a direct indicator for more power or better performance. The second bike has the advantage of greater compression ratio of 11.5:1 than the other one. This ratio is the relation of the volume in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of the stroke to the volume in the cylinder when the gas is compressed and the piston is at the top of the stroke. When the mixture of air and fuel in the combustion chamber has bigger pressure (higher compression ratio) when it is ignited then it burns more effectively and therefore these bikes tend to have better fuel economy (comparing engines with equal displacement).
The bike with a better fuel economy is the Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster which can travel 42 miles with one gallon of fuel. Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 on the contrary can travel 37.6 miles with a gallon. There are two ways of showing the fuel economy of a motorcycle - describing how many miles it can travel with a single gallon of fuel (mpg) or how many litters of fuel it is burning on a 100 kilometer trip (l\100km).
tire sizesEach motorcycle should be fitted with the type of tyres that are specified for it. Your individual riding style is another factor that determines which type is appropriate in your case. Tires have a code of numbers and letters printed on their sides and these are important to be understood properly when looking for matching tires. The width of the tire measured in millimeters is shown first. After that comes the aspect ration shown by the second number in the code. The diameter of the rim is represented by the third number in the code. Since many internet stores are offering motorcycle tires it is an easy way to get proper pair of tires online at reasonable price.
Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster has bigger ground clearance than Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 (150mm vs 135mm). The ground clearance is also called the ride height and that is the distance between the base of the tyre and underside of the motorcycle’s body (the chassis). In other words that is the shortest distance between the road surface and the lowest mechanical part of the motorcycle.
Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 appears to be faster than Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster with top speed of 246km/h against 209km/h for the other bike. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.
As per their technical specifications both motorcycles have different types of final drive implementation.
chain final drive The final drive of the Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is chain. Chain final drives are known for their simplicity and efficiency in driving power from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle and are one of the most popular final drive options by far. However all chains require keeping an eye on them and proper lubrication when they get dry and cleaning when they get dirty.The Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster is driven by a belt.
Compression ratio 8.8:1 means that the volume of gas in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of its stroke refers to the volume of gas when the piston is at the top of its stroke as 8.8:1. The value of the compression ratio of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is 11.5:1 based on the information in its technical data and for Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster the ratio is 8.8:1. Premium fuel might be recommended for some motorcycles with high levels of compression ration in order to avoid engine knocking. It plays a big role in engine efficiency because bigger compression ratio means better thermal efficiency and more mileage with the same amount of gas.
The good quality of the engine oil is an important factor in keeping the motorcycle in peak condition. Engine oils are different types as synthetic, mineral, part-synthetic and they all come at their price and qualities. The oil is usually to be changed after 6000km (3700 miles) after the previous oil change. The quality of the synthetic oil allows up to 5000 miles (8000 km) between oil changes. Depending on the oil filter it needs to be replaced on each or every two oil changes. According to the technical specs the engine oil capacity is 3.4 litres for Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster and 3.7 litres for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. The oil capacity here is just to give you a rough idea of how much oil you need on an oil change. Pouring exactly the proper amount of oil needed is achieved by observing the level sight window or the dipstick marks.

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