We recently flew to Sydney to trial the all-new Harley-Davidson Sportster S, a model that promises much for the American bikemaker as it looks to take a fresh direction in terms of style, and performance. See the INFO MOTO video here.
What we like:
- Powerful engine
- Modern tech inclusions
- Tough styling
Room for improvement:
- Uncomfortable on longer rides
- Heat from engine
- Chunky tyres a compromise
Harley-Davidson Sportster S 2022 pricing and specs
Harley-Davidson has outed its all-new Sportster S, which is expected to hit showrooms in the coming weeks priced from $26,495 rideaway.
The Sportster S, which was previewed by the Custom 1250 prototype, is the second model following the Pan America 1250 built on its new Revolution Max 1252cc V-twin platform, in this case outputting 90kW and 125Nm.
That’s significantly down on the adventure bike’s 112kW/127Nm figures, however, the Sportster S is much slimmer at 228 kilograms (wet) and delivers its power significantly lower in the rev-range.
With the new platform comes a modern electronics suite that brings cornering ABS and traction control, adjustable rider modes and cruise control, while data is displayed on a 4.0-inch TFT display with smartphone connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation.
The new Sportster carries over much from the original concept bike, including its low-slung stance, high-mounted exhaust and fat tyres on 17- and 16-inch cast wheels (front-to-rear).
Harley-Davidson is positioning this bike as a high performance model with ‘sport bike agility and handling’, despite its stretched riding position and foot-forward controls.
The suspension package sees 43mm forks up front and a monoshock cushioning the rear, both of which are adjustable for with compression, rebound and preload.
As standard, the freshly styled Harley-Davidson is finished in Vivid Black, while Midnight Crimson and Stone Washed White Pearl will be available as at $295 option.
Spencer has a keen eye for hard news, and does some of his best living on deadline day. He loves more than anything to travel on his motorcycle, and is adamant that Melbourne Bitter is a world-class lager. He also knows how to operate the big computery thing in the office. By night, Spencer plays guitar with Melbourne punk outfit LOUTS.