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Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883, XL1200 Repair Manual 2004-2013

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This repair and service manual covers 2004-2013 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster motorcycles, including:

  •  Harley-Davidson XL883 2004-2009
  •  Harley-Davidson XL883C 2004-2010
  •  Harley-Davidson XL883L 2004-2013
  •  Harley-Davidson XL883N 2009-2013
  •  Harley-Davidson XL883R 2004-2013
  •  Harley-Davidson XL1200C 2004-2013
  •  Harley-Davidson XL1200L 2004-2011
  •  Harley-Davidson XL1200N 2007-2012
  •  Harley-Davidson XL1200R 2004-2009
  •  Harley-Davidson XL1200X 2010-2013
  •  Harley-Davidson XL1200V 2010-2013

Note: this manual DOES NOT include the XR1200.

This repair manual for Harley Sportsters is one of the most popular DIY guides we offer at The Motor Bookstore.

Recently updated and now covering 2004 to 2013 Sportsters from the 883 to the 1200 model, this 616-page tome is all the manual you'll ever need to keep your Sporty running in top condition. Servicing a 2013 Sportster yourself is made simple with the copious and clearly rendered diagrams and illustrations that appear throughout this 616-page Clymer publication. The 2013 sportster service manual was written for do-it-yourselfers by a crew of mechanics, copywriters and photographers, working together to create an easy-to-use reference that covers the models listed, from axle to axle.

Book Excerpt: 2004-2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883, XL1200 Repair Manual


This detailed and comprehensive manual covers 2004-2013 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster models. Refer to the supplement at the end of this manual for information unique to 2007-2013 models. The text provides complete information on maintenance, tune-up, repair and overhaul.

Hundreds of photographs and illustrations created during the complete disassembly of the motorcycle guide the reader through every job. All procedures are in step-by-step format and designed for the reader who may be working on the motorcycle for the first time.

Begin any troubleshooting procedure by defining the symptoms as precisely as possible. Gather as much information as possible to aid diagnosis. Never assume anything and do not overlook the obvious.

Make sure there is fuel in the tank, and the fuel valve is in the on position. Make sure the engine stop switch is in the run position and the spark plug wires are attached to the spark plugs.

If a quick check does not reveal the problem, turn to the troubleshooting procedures described in this chapter. Identify the procedure that most closely describes the symptoms, and perform the indicated tests.

In most cases, expensive and complicated test equipment is not needed to determine whether repairs can be performed at home.

A few simple checks could prevent an unnecessary repair charge.

On the other hand, be realistic and do not attempt repairs beyond your capabilities. Many service departments will not take work that involves the assembly of damaged or abused equipment. If they do, expect the cost to be high.

This Clymer M427-4 repair manual is the number one DIY reference guide for your Harley. It also includes color wiring diagrams.

Subject: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Harley-Davidson XL883, XL1200 service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 1599696428 | ISBN-13: 9781599696423 | Clymer M427-4

2006 Harley XL1200

Above: Kevin Wingfield's 2006 Harley Sportster XL1200. Delmar, Maryland.


  • General Information
  • Troubleshooting
  • Lubrication, Maintenance and Tune-Up
  • Engine Top End
  • Engine Lower End
  • Primary Drive, Clutch and External Shift Mechanism
  • Transmission and Internal Shift Mechanism
  • Fuel, Emission Control and Exhaust Systems
  • Electrical System
  • Wheels, Tires and Drive Belt
  • Front Suspension and Steering
  • Rear Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Body
  • Supplement
  • Color Wiring Diagrams

  • Publisher: Clymer Series / Haynes Manuals
  • Pages: 616 - Hundreds of b&w photos and illustrations
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.25 x 10.75 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-59969-642-3
  • Years: 2004 - 2013
  • Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883, XL1200 Repair Manual 2004-2013
    4.5 Stars based on 7 Review(s)
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    good info & very quick delivery
    June 19, 2016
    good explanations

    Frank Dieli
    Big Stone Gap, Va.
    4 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Clymer Manual for hd sportster
    October 5, 2015
    The technical detail is with the photos a very nice job. My HD is a rebuilt converted from 883 to 1200 so the manual is not that useful in details. My mufflers are straight to the rear and the hookup at the drive belt cover is missing although it does not look necessary. I'm glad to have the manual. The concern for putting the correct fluids in the tranny, front forks and engine seems to be overblown. Folks use ATF for the forks and use 20w-50 for both the tranny and engine. So it goes. But the assist on assembly and disassembly is invaluable. I consider the manual a smart buy.

    Palm Coast , Florida
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    April 22, 2015
    I was amazed! It has everything I needed to replace my starter clutch. Plus all the schematics for wiring, which I needed to install my alarm system. Now I don't have to worry about spending a fortune on repairs at the H-D shop now all I need are the parts. You guys are "TOPS" in my book.

    steve jurek
    ft. myers fl
    3 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    not a lot on xl883n
    December 22, 2014
    good book ,but doesn't cover the bike i have in detail, you have hope that nothing has changed from one model to the next.

    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    Harley Sporster Rerpair Manual 2004-13
    November 18, 2014
    Clear and detailed step by step instructions with pictures. Delivered quickly.

    John C
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    clymer repair manual 2004-2014 XL1200
    September 23, 2014
    Well written easy to follow instructions for repair and routine maintenance. With clear illustrations.

    Citrus Springs, Florida
    5 Stars
    I would recommend this item to a friend.

    A great book for DYI
    June 25, 2014
    This book really takes you step by step and the pictures that they have are really a great thing to have when working on your bike. Save yourself money and time and buy this book