Harley-Davidson Sportster S debuts with powerful styling & lightweight chassis


Harley-Davidson has revealed an all-new motorcycle named ‘Sportster S’, with prices in America starting at $14,999. The motorcycle is expected to arrive at U.S. dealers this fall. The Sportster S boasts a powerful styling, a lightweight chassis and a Revolution Max 1250T V-Twin engine.

Speaking of the chassis, the engine becomes a stressed member of the chassis, eliminating the traditional frame. This according to Harley, significantly reduces motorcycle weight in addition to contributing to precise handling. A welded tubular steel trellis swingarm features a braced design and stamped X-member to further stiffen the chassis, while its shape adds distinctive styling to the motorcycle. The inspiration for the tail section design with a solo seat and the high-mount exhaust comes from the Harley-Davidson XR-750 racing motorcycle.


Suspension duties are handled by a Showa 43 mm inverted fork at the front and a Showa Piggyback reservoir at the rear, both offering compression, rebound and spring preload adjustability. As for braking, the front has a 320 mm disc gripped by a Brembo 4-piston caliper, while the rear disc measures 260 mm, gripped by a two-piston Brembo caliper. The motorcycle rides on cast aluminum staggered wheels measuring 17-inch at the front and 16-inch at the rear, shod with 160/70 and 180/70 size tyres, respectively.

Other features include LED lighting throughout, a 4-inch TFT display, a USB-C port, standard ABS, cruise control, and riding modes (Sport, Road and Rain). Accessories include a Pillion Kit.

The aforementioned V-Twin engine develops 90 kW (122 metric hp) at 7,500 rpm and 127 Nm (94 lb-ft) of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle’s “ready to ride” weight with a full 11.8-litre (3.1-gallon) fuel tank is rated at 228 kg (502 lbs), while the gross vehicle weight is rated at 418 kg (922 lbs).

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