August 13, 2022

There is no such thing as a doubt the good-looking new liquid-cooled Harley-Davidson Sportster S is a revolutionary mannequin for the normal heavy bike firm.

Nevertheless it’s a Sportster in title solely.

Harley had registered the title Bronx which was suspected to be the brand new household title, however they clearly wish to maintain the venerable 65-year-old Sportster moniker alive.

Sorry, however no Sportster fan shall be fooled.

Harley-Davidson Sportster S and outdated Sportser

The place is the dual shock, iconic oval air-cooler and fore and aft header pipes of the outdated Evolution motor?

If something they need to have referred to as it a V-Rod with its fat-tyred, low-slung look and water-cooled engine.

2016 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle air-cooled
V-Rod Muscle

The brand new Revolution engine first appeared within the additionally revolutionary Pan America 1250 Particular journey bike, albeit downtuned from 112kW at 750 revs to simply 90kW at 7500rpm.

Harley-Davidson Pan America Special
Harley-Davidson Pan America Particular

Not less than that reveals the engine is able to being tuned up for drag work similar to the V-Rod has been for years.

However the V-Rod, in-built 1999 in collaboration with Porsche, was not an incredible success besides in Australia the place it had an enviable status on the drag strip.

Sportster has lengthy been the entry mannequin for Harley however this new mannequin is their most costly Sportster but at $A26,495 ($NZ28,750) journey away. 

There has by no means been a Sportster that value greater than $20,000.Harley-Davidson Sportster S

The brand new Sportster S is an fascinating styling train in protecting the bike low and imply with fats entrance and rear tyres highlighted by quick fenders, low and flat bars with bar-end mirrors and a slender horizontal headlight so it doesn’t present up above the bars when driving.

From the cockpit it virtually seems like you might be flying.

The bronze particulars and brown/black “Chocolate Satin” paintwork are very Seventies. It additionally is available in Stone Washed White Pearl and Midnight Crimson.

Whereas styling is subjective, I reckon this bike will enchantment to youthful riders than the normal over-50s Harley followers and to them the Sportster title in all probability means little.

One level of styling which may be polarising is the distant mudguard with rego plate, cease gentle and indicators.Harley-Davidson Sportster S

Already American aftermarket firm Corbin has launched a $US455 tail tidy which relocates all this to the quick rear fender.

It must be simple to exchange as Harley has anchored this part with simply three bolts, though there’s a good bit of wiring relocation to be executed.

Earlier than going forward with this modification it is best to examine along with your transport division about whether or not this contravenes automobile requirements. 

Corbin has additionally launched a $US653 Gambler Smuggler dual-seat possibility to exchange the solo seat. Harley additionally has an adjunct passenger seat and backrest and a consolation rider seat though I discovered the usual seat surprisingly comfy.

Corbin twin seat

Queenslanders could desire to retain the solo seat which attracts 50% registration charges.

The seat peak is a low 752mm and the hand levers are adjustable, so it ought to go well with shorter riders even with its barely ahead foot controls. Nonetheless, a mid-mount conversion equipment can also be out there.

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One other divisive styling challenge is the huge, high-mount, virtually scrambler-esque twin muffler. Harley-Davidson Sportster S

We suspect aftermarket pipes are additionally within the pipeline, for those who’ll excuse the pun.

Different styling points are extra in regards to the element such because the abundance of matte again plastic and the radiator which appears to sit down out far too extensive.

The fashionable, digital single-dial 4.0-inch-diameter TFT instrument display appears to be like prefer it has been tailored from the electrical Livewire.

It has complete info, however the display has dangerous glare in daylight.Harley-Davidson Sportster S

The devices are suitable with smartphones so you’ll be able to function your cellphone navigation, music and calls from the swap block or through voice activation swap.

The Sportster S additionally includes a helpful cruise management, traction management, three engine modes plus two rider-customised modes, LED headlight, two energy factors for heated driving gear, a proximity-based safety system and a USB-C port for charging a cellphone or different machine as normal.

It additionally comes pre-wired for accent heated hand grips. Harley-Davidson Sportster S

Sportster S is powered by the identical engine as within the Pan America 1250 Particular which has 127Nm and 150hp/112kW at 8750.

It has the identical torque output however much less energy at 121hp/90kW at 7500 revs, so it’s extra in tune with cruising.

Sportster followers will discover it completely non-traditional in really feel because it’s smoother, revs extra and sounds extra “brittle”, virtually tinny.

Whereas the engine generates the identical quantity of warmth because the Pan America, the driving place means your legs are above the engine, so the one scorching spot is on the again of your legs when driving in slow-moving summer season site visitors.

As you slip by means of the site visitors snarl, you might discover the bar-end mirrors a bit too extensive to suit between lanes of site visitors.Harley-Davidson Sportster S

A slick transmission makes gear modifications simple and impartial simpler to search out than typical for a Harley, however the clutch pull is heavy and gradual site visitors could possibly be tiresome.

Out on the freeway, the Sportster S is a wonderful machine, rumbling alongside at a leisurely tempo with loads of grunt for overtaking with out having to downshift.

However that is no tourer because it comes with a 12-litre gas tank that’s solely good for about 160km earlier than the reserve gentle comes on with about 60-70km of vary left.

There’s additionally nowhere to connect panniers and even tie down a rear bag and Harley solely affords a small “mailbag” accent possibility.

Harley additionally affords a removable windscreen, however this hardly makes it a tourer.Harley-Davidson Sportster S

It’s not a canyon carver, both.

Regardless of the totally adjustable Showa 43mm upside-down forks and Showa Piggyback reservoir rear shock with hydraulic hand-adjustable pre-load, it has quick and unforgiving suspension and a lean angle of 34 levels.

It doesn’t deal with bumps properly in any respect on again roads and can scrape the footpegs quickly and instantly on most corners.

However the greatest dealing with challenge comes from the selection of Dunlop/Harley-Davidson GT503 tyres, 160mm up entrance and 180mm on the again.

The extensive tyres make cornering tough, requiring loads of deliberate counter steering effort and handlebar drive to the maintain the bike turned.

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As quickly as you wind on throttle it needs to face up and run straight.

It’s not a lot the tyre width that’s the downside, although.

The excessive 70% tyre profile circumstances the bike to bounce over high-frequency bumps which makes braking tough because the wheels are skipping over the bottom. It additionally makes the stand the bike up in corners when it hits a bump.Harley-Davidson Sportster S

It may have been so a lot better with lower-profile skinnier tyres, however then the cornering clearance challenge would even have been worse.

Stopping energy is surprisingly good contemplating the 228kg bike has just one entrance disc.

Nevertheless it’s an enormous 320mm disc with Brembo mono block four-piston calipers whereas the low journey and lengthy wheelbase means the rear wheel stays on the bottom beneath heavy braking and provides to the stopping energy.

So it’s not nice in site visitors, as a tourer or a canyon profession.

Maybe its important declare is on the city cafe route. Which suggests it might have been higher named the Bronx, in spite of everything.

Harley-Davidson Sportster S RH1250SHarley-Davidson Sportster S


$A26,495 ($NZ28,750) journey away




89.2 in. (2,265 mm)

Total Width

33.2 in. (843 mm)

Total Peak

42.9 in. (1,089 mm)

Seat Peak, Laden

28.9 in. (734 mm)


Seat Peak, Unladen

29.6 in. (753 mm)

Static Floor Clearance

3.66 in. (93 mm)

Rake (steering head) (deg)


Fork Angle (deg)



5.8 in. (148 mm)


59.8 in. (1,518 mm)

Tires, Kind

Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Sequence, radial

Tires, Entrance Mannequin


Tires, Entrance Specification

160/70TR17 73V

Tires, Rear Mannequin


Tires, Rear Specification

180/70R16 77V

Gasoline Capability

3.1 gal. (11.8 l)

Reserve Gasoline Capability, Gasoline Injection (warning gentle)

0.8 gal. (3 l)

Oil Capability (w/filter)

4.75 qt. (4.5 l)

Transmission Capability


Main Chain Case Capability


Coolant Capability

2.32 qt. (2.2 l)

Weight, As Shipped

486 lb. (220 kg)

Weight, In Working Order

502 lb. (228 kg)

Gross Automobile Weight Ranking

922 lb. (418 kg)

Gross Axle Weight Ranking, Entrance

359 lb. (163 kg)

Gross Axle Weight Ranking, Rear

595 lb. (270 kg)

Baggage Capability -Quantity




Revolution® Max 1250T


Chain-driven, DOHC, hydraulic self-adjusting lifters, consumption & exhaust VVT; 4 valves per cylinder


4.13 in. (105 mm)


2.85 in. (72.3 mm)


76.4 cu in (1,252 cc)

Compression Ratio


Gasoline System

Digital Sequential Port Gasoline Injection (ESPFI)


Air Cleaner

Downdraft consumption, tuned velocity stacks, washable filter media


2-into-1-into-2; catalyst in muffler

Lubrication System

Semi-Dry Sump


Main Drive

Gear, 49/89 ratio

Remaining Drive

Belt, 80/34 ratio


Mechanical, 8 plate moist, help & slip, 1090N



Gear Ratios


Gear Ratios


Gear Ratios


Gear Ratios


Gear Ratios


Gear Ratios




Confused-member, excessive power low alloy metal trellis body; stamped, solid, and cast junctions; MIG welded; aluminum cast mid-structure


Excessive power low alloy metal, tubular sections, stamped x-member, cast axle junctions; MIG welded

Entrance Fork

43 mm inverted fork with compression, rebound and spring preload adjustability.  Aluminum fork triple clamps.

Rear Shocks

Linkage-mounted, piggyback monoshock with compression, rebound and hydraulic spring preload adjustability

Wheels, Optionally available Type Kind



Wheels, Entrance Kind

Aluminum solid, satin black


Wheels, Entrance Width

4.5 in. (114 mm)

Wheels, Entrance Peak

17 in. (432 mm)

Wheels, Rear Kind

Aluminum solid, satin black

See additionally


Wheels, Rear Width

5 in. (127 mm)

Wheels, Rear Peak

16 in. (406 mm)

Brakes, Caliper Kind

Entrance: radially mounted, monoblock, 4-piston caliper Rear: floating, single piston caliper

Brakes, Rotor Kind

Entrance: single rotor, floating, tower- mounted Rear: stable uniform growth rotor

Brakes, Entrance Diameter

12.6 in. (320 mm)

Brakes, Entrance Thickness

0.2 in. (6 mm)

Brakes, Entrance is twin


Brakes, Rear Diameter

10.2 in. (260 mm)

Brakes, Rear Thickness

0.2 in. (5 mm)

Entrance brake lever free journey


Rear brake pedal free journey


Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)


Suspension Journey, Entrance

3.6 in. (92 mm)

Suspension Journey, Rear

2 in. (51 mm)


Engine Torque Testing Technique


Engine Torque

94 ft-lb (127 Nm)


Engine Torque



121 HP / 90 kW @ 7500 rpm

Lean Angle Testing Technique


Lean Angle, Proper (deg.)


Lean Angle, Left (deg.)


Most hill-starting skill


Gasoline Financial system Testing Technique

Estimated Metropolis/Hwy

Gasoline Financial system

49 mpg (4.8 l/100 km)


CO2 Emissions Testing Technique


CO2 Emissions




Sealed, maintenance-free, absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery, 12V, 12Ah, 225 CCA at 0°F


Three-phase, 45 Amp system (300 Watts @13 Volts, 1200 rpm, 585 Watts max energy @ 13 Volts, 2250 rpm)


0.9 kW electrical with direct drive starter motor engagement

Lights (as per nation regulation), Headlamp

All LED headlamp, high and low beam with signature place lighting

Lights (as per nation regulation), Tail/Cease

All LED Tail/Cease lamp with signature tail lighting

Lights (as per nation regulation), Entrance Sign Lights

LED Bullet Flip Indicators

Lights, Rear Flip Indicators

LED Bullet Flip Indicators


4 inch viewable space TFT show with speedometer, gear, odometer, gas stage, clock, journey, ambient temp, low temp alert, aspect stand down alert, TIP over alert, cruise, vary and tachometer indication BT succesful – cellphone pairing to entry cellphone calls, music, navigation (H-D App ONLY)

Auxiliary Lamps


Electrical Energy Outlet

USB C-Kind , Output 5V at 2.4 Amp

GPS System


Reverse Gear


Guarantee And Service


24 months (limitless mileage)


Service Interval

First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), each 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter

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