Harley Davidson unveils all-new Sportster S model
For a brand known for its easy runners and fat boys, the Sportster S may seem a bit of a departure for Harley davidson. Nonetheless, this appears to be a step in the right direction. The new two-wheeler delivers unbridled power with contemporary technology.
The all-new custom sport motorcycle is designed to deliver a thrilling riding experience. Armed with a 121-horsepower Revolution Max 1250T V-twin engine, it puts the pilot in command of relentless, on-demand torque.
A taut, lightweight chassis and premium suspension provide responsive and intuitive handling. Combined, the Sportster S model offers riders extraordinary power and performance, while setting a new standard for the most durable Harley-Davidson model.
Style and power
In profile, the Sportster S appears crouched and powerful. The fuel tank and rear section frame the engine and serve as the predominant centerpiece of the motorcycle. The massive front tire is reminiscent of the fenderless front of a classic bobber, while the rear end, raised exhaust and slim solo seat are inspired by the Harley-Davidson XR750 flat tracker. Thick inverted forks and wide profile tires suggest a high performance sports bike.
The powertrain is highlighted with a Chocolate Satin finish on the lightweight magnesium engine cowls. Textures, colors, finishes and details have been selected to give the Sportster S the appearance of a custom show bike.
To minimize overall weight, the engine is integrated into the vehicle as the centerpiece of the chassis. The use of lightweight materials achieves a desirable power / weight ratio. Ready to go with the 11.8-liter tank filled, the Sportster S weighs just 228 kg. A raised 2-into-1-into-2 exhaust is designed to produce a pleasant low frequency tone.
Buyers benefit from premium fully adjustable front and rear suspension. Key features include rear suspension with hydraulic preload adjustment, lightweight cast aluminum wheels with an offset five-spoke design, and premium Brembo brakes. The bike has forward foot controls and a low handlebar allowing for an aggressive riding posture.
The Sportster S model is equipped with a host of technologies designed to enhance the driving experience. Three pre-programmed and selectable riding modes (Sport, Road and Rain) electronically control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle and the level of technological intervention.
Riders can choose from two custom modes to create a set of performance characteristics to meet their personal preferences or for special situations. Harley-Davidson’s cornering safety improvements also help boost rider confidence. Collective safety technologies adjust the performance of the motorcycle to the traction available during acceleration, deceleration and braking.
A 4.0 inch diameter round TFT screen displays all instrumentation and supports infotainment generated by the Bluetooth equipped mobile device and pilot’s headset, including music, incoming and outgoing calls. All-LED lighting features a Daymaker Signature LED headlamp designed to produce even light distribution, eliminating annoying âhot spotsâ. The Sportster S model is equipped with two dedicated power outlets for heated driving equipment, as well as a USB-C port for charging a phone or other devices.
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