Harley-Davidson has announced the launch of the Sportster S, a sport custom motorcycle designed to deliver a thrilling riding experience and usher in a new era of motorcycle performance.
The motorcycle is available in three colours: Vivid Black, Stone Washed White Pearl and Midnight Crimson.
A 121-horsepower Revolution Max 1250T V-Twin engine gives the rider to experience command of unrelenting, on-demand torque. A taut, lightweight chassis and premium suspension deliver responsive, intuitive handling. The Sportster S offers riders extraordinary power and performance and creates a new standard for the most enduring Harley-Davidson model.
Visually, the Sportster S model appears crouched and robust. The massive front tyre recalls the fenderless front end of a classic bobber, while the tail section, high-mount exhaust and slim solo seat draw inspiration from the Harley-Davidson XR750 flat tracker. The fuel tank and tail section frame the engine as the predominant centrepiece of the motorcycle.
Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson, Vice President, Styling and design, said, “This is a wolf in wolf’s clothing.”
To minimise overall motorcycle weight, the engine is integrated into the vehicle as the central member of the chassis. In addition, the use of lightweight materials enables to achieve a desirable power-to-weight ratio. As a result, the Sportster S model weighs 228 kg with a full 11.8-litre fuel tank.
The Sportster S model is equipped with a host of technologies designed to enhance the riding experience. Three pre-programmed, selectable Ride Modes (Sport, Road and Rain), in addition to two custom modes, may be used to electronically control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle and the level of technology intervention.
The vehicles have Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson, a collection of technologies intended to enhance rider confidence during unexpected situations or adverse road conditions. These are designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, in a straight line or while in turn.
A round, 4.0-inch-diameter TFT screen displays all instrumentation and supports infotainment generated by the rider’s Bluetooth-equipped mobile device and helmet headset, including music, incoming and outgoing calls, and navigation supplied by the Harley-Davidson App.
The LED lighting includes a day maker signature headlamp designed to produce a homogenous spread of light and has a distinctive oval or capsule shape that adds style to the front end and will identify the Sportster S model to other riders and motorists.
Premium Brembo braking components produce braking feel and performance. The single front brake features a new radial monoblock four-piston calliper and a 320 mm diameter disc. The rear brake is a two-piston calliper and a 260 mm diameter disc.
The Sportster S model is equipped with fully adjustable, premium front and rear suspension – SHOWA 43 mm inverted cartridge forks and a SHOWA Piggyback reservoir rear shock. The rear suspension features hydraulic pre-load adjustment using a convenient knob located on the left side of the motorcycle. Lightweight cast aluminium wheels with a staggered, five-spoke design are shod with wide Dunlop/Harley-Davidson Series GT503 tyres.