Next up, wheels and tires more befitting a dirt-tracker. With the XL883R, Harley stuck with the 19-inch front, 16-inch rear setup found on most late-model Sportsters. Racers, however, prefer the tried-and-true 19/18-inch combination, which also works well on the street. Unable to find an 18-inch rear to match the nine-spoke cast-aluminum front, we purchased a pair of Sun rims in the stock widths, had them anodized to match the blacked-out handlebar, frame and engine, then laced them to H-D hubs using stainless-steel spokes. With rim strips, endurobike innertubes, and DOT-approved, dirt-track-spec Dunlop K180 tires, the wheels have the right look and weigh a full 7 pounds less than stock.