The Iron 883, on the other hand, garnered a fair amount of criticism. All testers said that the engine felt weak. The popular consensus was that the Motor Company had tried to hide low torque delivery behind a bunch of flywheel weight, thus making it harder to ride. With the bulk of the power in the top of the rev range, the Iron didn’t mind if you rapped on it. In fact, it seemed to like it. Still, we expected this time-tested, pushrod- operated, four-valve engine to actually feel more like the biggest one in the test. On the open road, one tester felt that odd gearing choices in top gear made the engine shudder annoyingly, and consequently, he chose to ride it in fourth gear on the highway.