The Sportster has taken a leap ahead into the 21st century with the introduction of the Sportster S powered by the liquid cooled Revolution Max 1250T. It’s 121 horsepower with 94 foot pounds of torque and it will spin up to 9500 RPM, but forget the numbers for a moment, this is a great looking bike and the it’s going to be difficult to call the Motor Company’s technology behind the times with 4 valve heads, dual overhead cams, variable valve timing, slipper clutch and a lot more. There is also a lot of tech similar to the Pan America, multiple ride modes: (Road, Sport, Rain and Custom) with various Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements. Price starts at $14,999.
There is one thing I’ll have to see up close before forming an opinion one way or the other and that’s the instrumentation, all contained in a round 4.0-inch-diameter TFT screen that displays all instrumentation and infotainment functions.
All display functions are managed using buttons on the left- and right-hand control array, when the motorcycle is at rest or when it is in motion.
Because so many functions are combined in one screen, you have to cycle through various displays which may be really well laid out, but I have lived with a lot of these multi-function screens in several different cars and I don’t like any of them. Especially when riding, I want to glance down and immediately see what I’m looking for, without having to push buttons to get to the right screen. My guess is the Base Screen Display is the one you’ll use most of the time, but that adds to the hesitation or slower reaction when you need another display. Again, when I see it in person, I may find out my concerns are non-issues, but until then, I’m going to put this in the “maybe” column.
There’s far too much to detail here, your best bet is to check out the Harley Davidson website for a complete walk through of all of the features.
This complete redesign of the Sportster was definitely overdue and I think they did a great job of bringing it up to date. And after all of the recent news of LiveWire electric motorcycles, one of the best features of the Sportster S is it runs on gasoline.
A few additional thoughts:
Forward controls are standard though mid-mounted controls are available which quite a few folks will like. Also, you can get passenger pillion, pegs and backrest if two up riding is something you would like to do. There’s already a good assortment of accessory parts and this is a Harley, there will be truckloads of parts before long.