Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Iron vs. Moto Guzzi V7 Stone vs. Triumph Bonneville | The Hipster’s Ride

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By Marc Cook, Photography by Kevin Wing

Tech Spec

2013 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 | $7999

Arms out, feet up: That’s the Iron’s perp stance. Forward-biased, widely set footpegs drag at the slightest provocation and cause taller riders serious discomfort. Not the traveler of the group by any stretch of the imagination.

Engine type: a-c 45-deg. V-twin
Valve train: OHV, 4v
Displacement: 883cc
Bore x stroke: 76.2 x 96.8mm
Compression: 8.9:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 5-speed
Frame: Steel-tube double-cradle
Front suspension: Showa 43mm fork
Rear suspension: Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brake: Nissin four-piston caliper, 292mm disc
Rear brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 292mm disc
Front tire: 100/90-19 Michelin Scorcher 31
Rear tire: 150/80-16 Michelin Scorcher 31
Rake/trail: 30.5º/4.6 in.
Seat height: 26.9 in.
Wheelbase: 59.8 in.
Fuel capacity: 3.3 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 564/544 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 45.9 bhp @ 5800 rpm
Measured torque: 47.3 lb.-ft. @ 3800 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 14.75 sec. @ 85.76 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 9.23 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 55/26/37 mpg
Colors:  Big Blue Pearl, Black Denim, Candy Orange
Availability:  Now
Warranty:  24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact:  Harley-Davidson Motor Company
3700 W. Juneau Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208
414.343.4056
www.harley-davidson.com


2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone | $8390

Moderate in every way, the Stone’s riding position works for a variety of riders. The bar width and height provides an ideal city/highway compromise, although footpegs are rather forward-set. Its tall seat might dissuade shorter riders.

Engine type: a-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train: OHV, 4v
Displacement: 744cc
Bore x stroke: 80.0 x 74.0mm
Compression: 10.2:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Dry, multi-plate
Transmission: 5-speed
Frame: Steel-tube double-cradle
Front suspension: Marzocchi 40mm fork
Rear suspension: Sachs shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brake: Brembo four-piston caliper, 320mm disc
Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 260mm disc
Front tire: 110/90-18 Pirelli Sports Demon
Rear tire: 130/80-17 Pirelli Sports Demon
Rake/trail: 27.8º/4.3 in.
Seat height: 31.6 in.
Wheelbase: 57.1 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 437/402 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 40.5 bhp @ 6200 rpm
Measured torque: 42.1 lb.-ft. @ 2600 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 14.39 sec. @ 85.59 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 9.03 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 56/37/44 mpg
Colors:  Gloss white, matte black
Availability:  Now
Warranty:  24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact:: Moto Guzzi USA
257 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010
212.380.4400
www.motoguzzi-us.com


2013 Triumph Bonneville $7999

The Bonnie’s seat is wonderfully soft, but the ergonomics are a touch odd, with bars that bring the grips in a little close and comparatively little leg room. Overall, the position works, but orangutan-armed riders might feel cramped.

Engine type: a/o-c parallel-twin
Valve train: DOHC, 8v
Displacement: 865cc
Bore x stroke: 90.0 x 68.0mm
Compression: 9.2:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 5-speed
Frame: Steel-tube double-cradle
Front suspension: Kayaba 41mm fork
Rear suspension: Kayaba shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 310mm disc
Rear brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 255mm disc
Front tire: 110/70R-17 Metzeler ME Z2
Rear tire: 130/80R-17 Metzeler ME Z2
Rake/trail: 27.0º/4.2 in.
Seat height: 29.1 in.
Wheelbase: 58.6 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.2 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 498/473 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 60.6 bhp @ 7300 rpm
Measured torque: 46.5 lb.-ft. @ 6700 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 13.46 sec. @ 96.43 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 7.28 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 44/34/39 mpg
Colors:  Aurum Gold, Crystal White, Intense Orange/Phantom Black, Imperial Purple/Fusion White, Phantom Black
Availability:  Now
Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Triumph Motorcycles of America
385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr.
Newnan, GA 30265
678.854.2010
www.triumphmotorcycles.com

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CCrider77
We own both a Bonnie and a Sportster and your assessment is right on.  The Sporty is all about the image, sound and feel.  It's pure hell to live with and that's both the point & the price of being badass.  The Bonnie is superior in nearly every way that counts.  Power, handling, brakes and character that embodies both heritage and uniqueness.  Although I disagree with Ari's emphasis on the cornering clearance.  My older Bonneville rarely grinds anything, even with my aggressive riding style.  I also would like to point out that Hipsters suck...
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