Late Model 883 primary re-gear information
Are there any late-model 883 owners that are interested in re-gearing your 883?
The motorcycle comes from the H-D factory geared very low for highway speeds and it turns very high RPM’s at highway speeds. You may or may not know that the 1200’s are geared higher because of the extra cubic inches.
A very inexpensive fix is to use the 1200’s primary (front engine) gear and the longer 1200’s primary chain. Check your H-D dealership for your application parts needs.
We changed over my wife’s 2013 883 and she loves it! It will easily run at 65-70 mph with the RPM’s between (about) 3,200 to 3,600 instead of the stock well over 4,000 RPM’s.
The change over cost about $250-$300 U.S. dollars (H-D dealership install because the motorcycle is still under warranty) and the 883 is still geared lower (after the changeover) than a 1200 due to the stock 883 belt gearing on the front and rear pulleys.
You do not have to slip or ride the clutch to get the motorcycle going from a stop. In short- it is geared about right! This changeover will not affect your stock speedometer calibration.
However, if you have the expensive speedometer that indicates each and every gear-it will affect that readout.