The Harley-Davidson Sportster S combines traditional Harley styling with modern performance
Harley-Davidson has pulled the wraps off the new Sportster S, a rowdy motorcycle with tonnes of new age tech and ample performance.
Few motorcycles look as powerful as the Harley-Davidson Sportster S thanks to the V-twin engine that looks like it wants to escape from the frame, stubby exhaust system, chunky wheels, slim tank and solo seat.
The lighting units of the Harley-Davidson Sportster S are all LEDs, while the instrumentation is a round 4.0-inch TFT screen that supports Bluetooth connectivity and navigation.
The new sport custom motorcycle is built on Harley’s Revolution Max platform and is powered by a liquid-cooled 1250cc Revolution Max 1250T V-twin engine that makes 121 HP and 127 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed transmission with a slipper clutch.
As standard, there are a total of 5 riding modes (3 pre-programmed – Sport, Road, Rain – and 2 custom modes) on offer, along with cruise control, with the bike that has a 11.7-litre fuel tank and weighs 227.7 kg (wet).
In terms of suspension, the Sportster S gets fully adjustable 43 mm Showa inverted forks upfront and a Showa piggyback reservoir rear shock with pre-load adjustment.
Riding on 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels, the motorcycle has a 320 mm front disc with Brembo radial 4-piston caliper and a 260 mm rear disc clamped by a 2-piston Brembo caliper.
The Sportster S is equipped with a 6-axis IMU that controls the bike’s safety tech such as Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System (C-ABS), Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS) with Front-Wheel Lift Mitigation (FLM), Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Control System (C-DSCS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Priced from $14,999 (Rs. 11.18 lakhs) and offered with paint choices such as Midnight Crimson, Stone Washed White Pearl and Vivid Black, the Sportster S will reach Harley’s dealers in North America this fall.