Harley® has officially announced the new 2021 Sportster™ S, and it's taken the motorcycle world by storm. Backed with show stopping performance, advanced technology and modern aesthetics, Harley® has no doubt opened a new chapter in the Sportster™ saga - as detailed in their From Evolution to Revolution - 2021 Sportster™ S reveal video. For those who haven’t seen this video, I highly recommend you give it a watch. It really shows off the Sportster™ S in full effect, and discusses the history, design process and specification with the lead development team at Harley®. Check it out below!
“This is a next generation Sportster™ defined by power, performance, technology and style. And it’s part of our commitment to introduce motorcycles that align with our strategy to increase desirability and to drive the legacy of Harley-Davidson®.” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson®.
The powertrain is the all-new Revolution Max 1250T, which features liquid cooling, double overhead camshafts and variable valve timing. Tried and tested in Pan America™, it's safe to say Harley® have won over a lot of critics with this engine.
Tuned for maximum torque at low RPM’s, the V-Twin allows riders quick acceleration for the urban environment. “Stoplight-to-stoplight, you’re going to be able to crank it and beat your buddy to the next one.” said Mike Carlin Chief Engineer H-D®. Because of the variable valve timing, the power delivery is strong, consistent and robust throughout the low to mid range. Similar to the Pan America™, the engine is carried in a stressed-engine hybrid chassis, which allows for a reduction of weight and improved handling performance. Speaking of weight, the Sportster™ S weighs only 228kgs (Wet), which should be incredibly welcoming to most riders and flickable on the street.
“The Sportster™ S is the next all-new motorcycle built on the Revolution Max platform and sets a new performance standard for the Sportster™ line,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson®.
Harley Davidson® Sportster™ S Colour Options
Midnight Crimson (+295 to RRP)
Stone Washed White Pearl (+295 to RRP)
The technology package is looking extra sweet in the Sportster™ S, and controlled by a stunning 4” round thin-film transistor LCD display. From Harley’s® announcement video, the dash looks crispy and vibrant, easily legible in direct sunlight. As you’d expect, the dash reads digital gauges, indicators, ride modes and plenty of other riding assist notifications. In addition, the TFT display has infotainment capabilities when interacting with the Harley-Davidson® App on your Bluetooth-equipped iOS or Android device. It's modern tech, and great to see Harley® offering it more and more on their latest models.
To help enhance the riding experience, Harley® has equipped the Sportster™ S with high tech rider assist safety features. Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson is a collection of technologies to help riders safely maneuver out of unexpected situations and hazardous road conditions. Cornering Enhanced Anti Lock Braking System (C-ABS) and Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS) settings help riders find traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, in a straight line or while in a turn.
Additionally there are 3 pre-programmed, selectable Ride Modes (Sport, Road and Rain) and Two Custom modes that can be created by owners to meet personal performance preferences and specialised riding situations.
As with all Harley’s®, the Sportster™ S offers customisation of Parts & Accessories to make the ride your own. From a quick release windshield, to a Pillion set up, Harley® has plenty of additional add ons that look and feel quality and sleek. For any enquiries around the available P&A for the Sportster™ S, talk to our Harley Davidson® P&A Staff.
Harley Davidson® Sportster™ S® Spec Rundown
- 125 Nm Torque at 6000 rpm
- 121 Horsepower at 7500 rpm
- Weighs 228kgs (Wet)
- 109 mm Round TFT Display Screen
- Bluetooth™ Connectivity and Moving Maps Navigation
- Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements including ABS and Traction Control
- Selectable and Customisable Ride Modes
- All LED Lighting
- Adjustable Performance Suspension
- Cruise Control
Price! Starting at a highly competitive RRP of $26,495, Harley’s® Sportster™ S sits nicely within the industry price bracket for this segment. Harley® are being super aggressive with pricing, giving other manufactures, like Indian Motorcycles, a run for their money.
Aiming to put the Sport back in Sportster, the new 2021 Sportster™ S accomplishes in doing exactly that. Stay tuned for the latest dates as to when this bike arrives in our dealership. This is a bike you will want to test ride, myself included.
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