While no one will accuse the 883 of being a rocketship, it will still holeshot most cars off the line and hit 60 mph in just over 6 seconds. Power delivery is linear, with bottom-end torque (almost 50 foot-pounds peak) a newbie's best friend leaving stoplights. Compared to the other bikes in this “Best Firsts” section, the Sportster had the third-quickest quarter-mile time and third-fastest top speed, backing up the statement that it's a bike an owner can happily grow with. Average fuel mileage from the 883 was excellent, putting it near the top of any list as a great commuter. Clutch pull is light, its ease of use aided by a well-shaped lever. Gearbox action, up or down, is light and positive. Gone are the days when Sportsters were high-effort machines.