Harley-Davidson is expected to out a base version of its new Sportster, filling the gap left by the now-discontinued Iron 883, Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight models.

The American bikemaker had shown glimpses of the lower-spec, stripped back Sportster in previous promotional material, however, leaked images published today by AMCN give a better indication as to what we can expect from the new bike.

These images, which were reportedly used in focus groups to gauge customer opinions, show the right-side profile of the Sportster in varying engine and exhaust finishes.

It is understood that Harley has gone with the silver engine and exhaust option for its production model based on official close-ups previously teased.

Harley-Davidson Sportster 2022

The entry-level Sportster takes on a more familiar design, compared to the high-concept Sportster S that was revealed last week, with a more primitive suspension setup, larger seat, low-slung exhaust, mid-mounted controls and a rear guard reminiscent of its standard cruiser line-up.

It appears to draw power from the water-cooled 975cc Revolution Max engine that was originally planned for the Bronx streetfighter concept, before the project was shelved.

While we can only speculate on specifications, we know that the lower-capacity Revolution Max engine is capable of delivering “more than” 85kW and 70Nm.

This engine is essentially a smaller version of the 1252cc V-twin motor that debuted on the Pan America 1250 adventure bike, and subsequently the high-spec Sportster S cruiser.

Harley-Davidson Sportster 2022

If priced accordingly, this base model Sportster should do well to replace the outgoing Iron 883 and Forty-Eight models, which are no longer in production.

For perspective, the outgoing Iron 883 and Forty-Eight models are running out from $18,250 and $19,995 plus on-roads, while the new Sportster S will check in from $26,495 rideaway when it launches later this year.

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.

Harley-Davidson Sportster 2022

This platform brings a sophisticated electronics suite with 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 S 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’s entry-level Sportster will almost certainly be a lower-performance offering, based on its conventional suspension setup and narrow wheels, though it remains to be seen if it adopts the modern electronics suite that we know the Revolution Max platform can accommodate.

Harley-Davidson Sportster 2022

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Oldwood
6 months ago

The new Sportster (which isn’t a Sportster) is a rolling crime scene. Think I’ll look for an old Ironhead.
Did Willie G die or something? I hope not, didn’t hear anything. Did Ducati millennials take over the Harley factory? Good Lord!

AlGee
AlGee
Reply to  Oldwood
3 months ago

Harley cannot survive just catering to the nostalgic crowd, as they are aging out of riding. The real money is in updating and refreshing their less expensive bikes. There will always be buyers of their baggers and grand touring models, but they have to attract younger buyers with the cash to pay the Harley Tax.