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.

New Harley

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.

New Harley

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.

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