Harley-Davidson has outed its all-new Sportster S, which is expected to hit showrooms before year’s end 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 advertising 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.
For those looking to tour, the Sportster will be offered with dealer-fitted accessories like a quick release windshield, engine guards, pillion backrest and tail-bags, among other extras.
In terms of dimensions, the new Harley cruiser measures 2270mm in length, with a 1520mm wheelbase and 90mm of ground clearance, while the fuel tank holds up to 11.8 litres.
The latest addition to Harley-Davidson’s range should help it to compete with similar cruiser models like the Indian Scout Bobber ($19,995) and Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber ($21,890).
While the Sportster checks in with the highest price of the trio, it offers much more performance from its 1252cc V-twin than Indian’s 70kW/97Nm 1133cc equivalent, and Triumph’s 57kW/107Nm 1200cc parallel-twin.
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