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August 3, 2021

Harley-Davidson Sportster S

Rise Up, It's time For A Revolution

The all new Harley-Davidson Sportster S is landing here soon. This is good news for all of who rides bikes as it continues the game changing design and building that the company are engaging in. As a result the manufacturing team at Milwaukee are having quite a busy season so far with a post-lockdown boost in sales being reported by the dealers as well the factory itself. The appearance of its adventure bike Pan America 1250 is also a game changer for the American giant.

Meanwhile, back to the bike in question. The freshly revealed Harley-Davidson Sportster S would appear to be a stunning, performance biased custom tool. One of the first things to know about this new bike, other than its rather tasty styling, is the engine. The Revolution Max 1250T shares the same 60-degree V-twin architecture same that propels the new Pan America 1250, and it puts out a respectable 94 foot pounds of torque. This means that it’ll be a usable bike in the real world. Being a 1,252cc lump with VVT and precise fuelling, we wouldn’t expect anything else from it.

One of the things that is very interesting is that H-D, who never used to publish BHP figures, list this one as putting out no fewer than 121 ponies.

2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster S

Harley-Davidson Sportster S - New Generation

With this thoroughly modern ‘lump’ it’s no longer possible to dismiss the American brand as being ‘all blow, no go.’ It’s the second bike from Harley-Davidson in 2021 that will easily please a new generation of riders and probably draw them into the universe of Americana that comes with Harley ownership as a result. We’re talking accessories, clothing, events, HOG membership and so much more.

Obviously, with this kind of power growth the rest of the bike has to have a sorted chassis. After all, there’s no point in having the power if it can’t be used. The new three-section frame, which utilises the engine as a stressed member, is comparable to any modern offering from any of the Japanese or European brands. Showing enthusiasm for secondary branding as well as using the best of components it’s finished off with Showa suspension and Brembo brakes. The new Sportster is going to be one fine handling machine.

While it’s still, unmistakably, a Harley, the Sportster S is very much modern-looking. It’s a clever design, since it carries design cues taken from models of the past. That rather cool looking and most title winning XR750 flat track weapon is just one of the bikes that jumps to mind. 

Harley-Davidson Sportster S on the road, 2021

Harley-Davidson Sportster S - Eye Catching

Being a liquid-cooled engine, the Americans can now keep to the right side of all those fun Euro 5 emission regulations and get in front of some other future draconian rules. The water cooling also makes it more comfortable to ride with reduced engine heat. This is particularly noticeable in the city. The high mounted exhaust system will also make it much harder for spoilt motorcycling journos to drag the heat shields.* The long tank, stubby mudguards and low profile also add-up to make the new Sportster a genuinely eye-catching bike to park outside your favourite café after knocking some craic out of it on your favourite back roads. 

Sportster S will be available as early as September from Harley-Davidson dealers in Dublin and Waterford.

*If you drag the heat shields on one of these we’ll need to see a picture!

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