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dkaile 10th September 2013 22:37

Harley Davidson Superlow XL883L - The Comprehensive Review
 
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What does a HOG symbolise to me?

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Call me old fashioned but it symbolises a man's steed, a horse, a pet, something to keep me fit. And after having driven one home yesterday, over a 100km drive that I did after almost 2 decades on 2 wheels, I can safely say that motorcycle driving does make you fitter and more more mentally alert. It rejuvenated all my dulled senses.

This 883cc beast of the so called 'baby' Harley had more quality than any Indian manufacturer ever offered to us.
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The top notch 5 speed gearbox had a authentic Harley 'clank' to it.
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It all began a few months back. My mid life blues wanting to chase away the lethargy that had crept in my life driving all those four wheeled luxury cars. So a thread was opened on TeamBhp to assess what big bike I could 'practically' own in India with least amount of hassles - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...-superlow.html . Eventually I opted for a cruiser that suited my mentality and mindset and I can safely say that it is the best practical everyday Superbike Cruiser in India as on date at this price point. "You can take quality, adequate fit and finish and exquisite attention to detail for granted on a Superlow, this Indian-assembled Harley feeling robust and built to last a generation, or perhaps two."

I had booked the bike with Capital Harley, Delhi, the nearest dealership from my hometown of Meerut about 80kms away. So finally booked the bike, details here - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...ml#post3207862 . The bike had reached the dealership, details here - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...ml#post3229016 . So finally the delivery date was set for 09-09-2013, Monday.

So rode down to the dealership's showroom with my son and brother in tow.
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It was love at first sight.
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Here it looking quite puny from this angle which is more of a photographic micropsia than ground reality.
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I hope my smile tells it all.

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With my Sales Advisor. He did a pretty decent job overall.
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So the bike costed me Rs. 6,34,421/- on road and I added just the Pillion seat and Passenger Footpeg Kit for an additional 16,096/-, taking the Total cost to 6.50L. Drove it down to Meerut which turned out to be a 100km journey with a few sore bums to vouch for it...lolz, as they were subjected to the '2 wheeled kind' of this long, semi bumper to bumper, ride after nearly 20 years, having been spoilt by the super comfortable seats on my Superb. For longer rides the seats definitely need a upgrade.

So here it is today in my driveway
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The beautifully crafted 45 degree V Twin which is the trademark of all Harleys. A right view of the engine
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The left view of the engine
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The Engine Clutch cover
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The Left side panel enclosing the battery
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The left panel opened to reveal the battery, fuse box and the main fuse
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The right panel enclosing the engine oil reservoir
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With a beautifully crafted pop-up oil dipstick
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The pop-up dipstick comes out
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Revealing the oil inside
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The solid Handlebar and all controls
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The Left Handlebar Controls
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And its close-up view
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The Right Handlebar Controls
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And its close-up
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The Left rear view mirror's finishing. Solid Chrome...
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The Right rear view mirror's finishing.
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And its Chrome back...

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dkaile 10th September 2013 23:11

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The 'cruiser style' ignition and handlebar lock switches on the right side
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The Ignition switch with the key in place
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The led backlit Instrument cluster. It stays always lit.
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And its Toggle switch to toggle, reset and set with a single button. Though not the most ergonomic place to place it.

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The Odometer reading showing the drive I did yesterday. It was on 7km at the time of delivery.
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A close-up of the display. Also visible in the background are the Battery, Low Petrol Warning and Check Engine Lights.
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The toggle switch toggles the display between the 2 trip meters
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and the time
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The 5 display lights below the instrument cluster includes the left and right indicator lights, Neutral, High Beam and the Low Engine Oil warning light.
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The Cruiser Style Round Headlight
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A close up showing the HD logo at the centre of it
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And the chrome/aluminum plate on top of it. Solid detailing...
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The Left Footpeg and the Side 'Jiffy' Stand
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The Right Footpeg and the Brake Lever
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The Brake Fluid Reservoir - Front
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And the Rear one
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A closer look at one of the exhaust pipes. Again solid chrome...
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Beautifully crafted all the way to the engine
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The Front Wheel
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and the front disc brake close-up
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The rear wheel
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Even the tyres carry the 'Harley Davidson' mark!! Custom built to the core...
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The Michelin Scorchers are "Made in Spain"!
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The rear 150/60 ZR17 tyre
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The Fuel Cap
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and its open view
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The 'bum' bench
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And the pillion seat. Not adequate for long drives. Needs an upgrade which are available a plenty but at a cost.
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DocRock 10th September 2013 23:39

Re: Harley Davidson Superlow XL883L - The Comprehensive Review
 
Let me be the first one to congratulate you.
A very nice bike indeed, Nice pictures.
Could we have a ride report.
Enjoy the steed and wishing you many many happy miles.
Ride safe, Ride hard.

dkaile 10th September 2013 23:58

Re: Harley Davidson Superlow XL883L - The Comprehensive Review
 
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The Rear Lights
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The Rear Suspension
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and its adjustments. Have to get this right at the 1st service as it is set at its lowest setting at 1 of 5 whereas it needs to be at 3 of 5 according to my weight.
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The front suspension's chrome nuts
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Attention to detail
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The Horn. Quite loud but not so premium sounding like my Superb...lolz
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and some kind of a coil cooler below it
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These are the kits I received at the time of delivery. The first one is a mandatory First Aid Kit
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And then the Tool Kit
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Opens up to reveal this...
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which is quite like a Swiss Army Knife
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The Owner's Manual and Road Side Assistance Documents. Now Roadside Assistance is a FREE initiative started by Harley whereby all Harley's now get free 1 year assistance in the event of aa puncture, tyre burst, dead battery, empty petrol tank etc. and that too FREE OF COST upto 150kms from their dealership and thereafter chargeable. The cost of 5Litre Petrol that they bring for you is to be paid at actuals.
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2 set of keys provided. One with a free Harley keychain worth 900 bucks (what a rip off)
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Also purchased a Chrome Polish (worth 700 bucks) from them and got a Formula 1 Polish from ebay for just 200 bucks (original).
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The VIN details on the right front side. Mfg. date is 08-2013
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Some trivia shots

Front Indicator's finish
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Front Suspension's chrome finish
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Rear Indicator's finish
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Rear Suspension's stickering
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Rear Indicator's another look
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The beautifully sculpted gas tank
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Splurged on a Harley T and Golf Cap. Damn expensive (4K).
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Last but not the least
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Ride - I did not bottom out the bike on the entire 100km on fairly bad road from Delhi to Meerut on NH58. Though I did manage to scrape some bumps today riding pillion with my wife. 2 heavy weights together...lolz. The ride is a bit harsh and needs a suspension tuning as I mentioned before, especially if riding pillion. With a regular pillion rider, may even need a upgrade to Progressive Springs. The acceleration is just remarkable, can be called mind blowing, though I am keeping it below 80kmph for the initial 1600kms. The heat from the engines can be felt at lower speeds in the city though not a very big bother as made out to be with a good pair of jeans. Also there are some ergonomic glitches like the horn button. My finger keeps hitting the left indicator button instead of the horn. Needs getting used to.

That's all for now folks...

BAKIYA_2K12 11th September 2013 00:11

Re: Harley Davidson Superlow XL883L - The Comprehensive Review
 
Congrats man

Superlow ground clearance is very low, it tends to scrape speed breakers.

Ride Safe.

Leepower 11th September 2013 00:18

Re: Harley Davidson Superlow XL883L - The Comprehensive Review
 
Congrats sir!!!. Now, please install a good crash bar. It is a must for the horrible road, traffic conditions awaiting your precious ride!!!

kraft.wagen 11th September 2013 00:30

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Congrats on the Hog. Great pictures covering all the details. Ride Safe

jyobeb 11th September 2013 00:38

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Booked my Harley and waiting. Congratulations on your new ride. Ride safe!

miharbe 11th September 2013 00:46

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Originally Posted by dkaile (Post 3233759)
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A big and hearty congratulations to you sir on achieving your Harley dream. I cannot imagine how you must be feeling now. Like I have said before you have a very desirable garage and this just makes it complete and perhaps takes it to another level.

As expected your ownership thread lives up to the expectations you have set from your superb and fortuner threads.clap:

Simply fantastic stuff enjoy and ride safe.

Just one question, is there a pillion seat with a back rest? This should improve things I believe.

sriramv.iyer 11th September 2013 09:24

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Brilliant! Congrats on your new steed! You have done an amazing job in sharing the details and terrific pics!

Wishing you a many many happy miles!

jacs 11th September 2013 10:04

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Congrats Dkaile on the new ride and that too while you join the Harley band. Simple and elegant describes your bike.

I think the manufacturers make more money from branded goodies than their bikes lol:.

Did not notice any helmet or riding gears in your pics?

maddy42 11th September 2013 10:18

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Congrats dkaile! Amazing details. Please post a video of the sound.

dkaile 11th September 2013 10:25

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Originally Posted by DocRock (Post 3233742)
Could we have a ride report.

Thanks. The initial ride report was following in the next post before you posted. More to come.
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Originally Posted by BAKIYA_2K12 (Post 3233771)
superlow ground clearance is very low it tends to scrap speed breaker.

Thanks. I reached the conclusion that the ground clearance is quite over-hyped for the Superlow especially after having driven it 100kms on a quite battered NH58 from Delhi to Meerut. I did not scrape once in the entire ride riding solo, for which this bike is actually made. Riding with a pillion does cause a few scrapes but nothing that you can't live with.
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Originally Posted by Leepower (Post 3233775)
Now, please install a good crash bar. It is a must for the horrible road, traffic conditions awaiting your precious ride!!!

Thanks. I have been riding without one for the past 9 years on my Karizma. Though safety is paramount and you can't have enough of it, I think I will survive without one. A good helmet is more important.
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Originally Posted by miharbe (Post 3233793)
Just one question, is there a pillion seat with a back rest? This should improve things I believe.

Thanks. I am planning to get this kind of adjustable backrest that I have shown below which was installed on another Superlow being delivered along with mine. It does cost a bomb though (25k).

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Originally Posted by jacs (Post 3233933)
Did not notice any helmet or riding gears in your pics?

Here's one that I 'fabricated'. Lolz... I have a nice leather jacket. Will add more gear and a better helmet as things go along.

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And in my hands ready to ride out of the showroom to Meerut.
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The bike is just a pleasure to drive and really suits my personality.

arvind71181 11th September 2013 10:45

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Congrats on your ride sir!! What a wonderful bike. Wishing you many wonderful miles with it. A picture with the HD cap and t shirt along with the bike? :)

Octane_Power 11th September 2013 11:04

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dkaile sir, Congratulations.

Even in the pictures one can get an idea of the quality of materials, the switches, the metal parts used. Top-notch is the word.

So do the Superlow and the Iron 883 share the same engine ?

-Bhargav


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