Harley-Davidson Sportster S May Be Just What Harley Needs (Video)

This is the bike from Harley we have been waiting for.

Sportster S
[Photos: Harley-Davidson]

Harley-Davidson Sportster S

Last December, Harley-Davidson revealed a stunning concept bike called the 1250 Custom. Just this morning they released the official finished product, and its called the Harley-Davidson Sportster S. Thankfully, it does not disappoint.

The new Sportster S uses a similar Revolution max 1250 V-Twin as the Pan America. In the Sportster, this 1250 twin churns out an impressive 121 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque.

Revolution Max 1250T

Revolution Max 1250T

The power figure is your first indication that this engine isn’t exactly the same as the one in the Pan America. The new Sportster’s engine has different cylinder heads that increase torque by 10 percent from 3,000-6,000RPM according to Harley. The altered design also reduces compression from 13:1 down to 12:1 as compared to the Pan Am. The extra torque is welcome, but we still wish it had the Pan America’s 150 horsepower.

That being said, the engine is still liquid cooled, still uses variable valve timing, and still revs all the way to 9,500RPM. Riding modes Road, Rain, and Sport control the throttle response and electronics along with two additional custom settings.

Technology and Design

Aside from selectable ride modes, the new Sportster has tire pressure monitoring (TPMS), cornering ABS and traction control, drag torque slip control, and electronically linked braking. Front and center you’ll find a 4″ full-color TFT display with bluetooth connection to your helmet and smartphone.

One of the most distinct features on the Sportster S is its LED Oval headlight from Daymaker. The overall design on the new Sportster is a major departure from the very familiar design it replaces. From its high mounted exhaust, to the XR750 style rear end, we can’t get enough of the new Harley’s looks.

Harley-Davidson Sportster S

The Sportster S weighs 502 lbs, and uses fully adjustable 43mm Showa inverted forks in the front end. A fully adjustable Showa shock with piggyback reservoir supports the rear. Each wheel has Brembo brake calipers with a single 320mm disc in front, and a 260mm disc in the rear.

Both cast aluminum wheels wear Dunlop GT503 tires developed in partnership with Harley-Davidson. The Sportster comes stock with forward controls that can be swapped for accessory mid controls. The handlebars sit on the lower side and feature adjustable levers. Shorter riders will be happy to hear that the seat height is an easy 29.6 inches.

The new Harley-Davidson Sportster S starts at $14,999 and it will go on sale this Fall. For more details on the new model, check out the video linked below!