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Battle of the Bikes - Sportster vs. Bonneville

Battle of the Bikes - Sportster vs. Bonneville

>> Ashley Benson

It's the long time debate of "which of these bikes is better." And no matter how long we argue for, we'll probably run out of hot air before everyone can agree. Still, we can't help but throw two long time debated bikes into the ring and see how they fare. Today, in one corner we have the Harley-Davidson Sportster and the Triumph Bonneville in the other. Here's how they stack up:

The 2011 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Sportster weighs in at a whopping 565 lbs wet while the 2011 Triumph Bonneville is a decent 495 lbs wet. While they're close to even in wheel base, the Sportster measuring in at 59.8 inches while the Bonneville is 58.6, the Sportster will cost you a cool $7,999 to start with the Bonneville only being $300 less at $7,699. Still can't decide? Check out the full specs:

2011 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Sportster
MSRP: $7,999

Length: 85.8 in.
Seat Height: 25.7 in.
Rake/Trail: 31 degrees / 4.8 in.
Wheelbase: 59.8 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.3 gal.
Oil Capacity: 2.8 qt.
Wet Weight: 565 lbs.

Engine type: Air-cooled
Displacement: 53.9 cu. in.
Bore x Stroke: 3 in. / 3.812 in.
Engine Torque: 55 ft. lbs. at 3500 rpm
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Primary Drive: Chain, 57/34 ratio
Fuel Economy: 45 mpg City, 60 mpg Highway

Front Tire: 100/90-19 57H
Rear Tire: 150/80B16 71 H

Front: Dual-piston
Rear: Single-piston
  2011 Triumph Bonneville
MSRP: $7,699

Length: 83.2 in.
Seat Height: 29.1 in.
Rake/Trail: 27�/106 mm.
Wheelbase: 58.6 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal.
Oil Capacity: 1.2 gal.
Wet Weight: 495 lbs.

Engine type: Air-cooled
Capacity: 865 cc
Bore x Stroke: 90 x 68 mm.
Engine Torque: 50 ft. lbs. @ 5800 rpm
Fuel System: Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Final Drive: X ring chain
Fuel Economy: 43 MPG City / 57 MPG Highway

Front Tire: 110/70 R17
Rear Tire: 130/80 R17

Front: Single 310mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper
Rear: Single 255mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper

With all of that said, the final choice on which ride is better is up to the individual. Some people may like the modern rebel look of the Harley 883 while others may prefer the classic yet timeless look of the Bonneville. We'll let you decide. Which bike would you be happy to have in your garage?




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