Harley-Davidson have released information on their new Sportster S. Available towards the end of this year, it's packed with plenty of features and powered by the Revolution Max...

Harley-Davidson revealed the Sportster S on Wednesday and say the model is an all-new update designed to deliver a thrilling riding experience and usher in a new era of Sportster performance. The Sportster S will reach dealers mid Q4 with an R/A tag of $26,495…

The 2021 Harley Davidson Sportster S will be landing in Australia closer to the end of the year.

H-D say in their press release that the 121-horsepower Revolution Max 1250T V-Twin engine puts the Sportster S rider in command of unrelenting, on-demand torque. A taut, lightweight chassis and premium suspension deliver responsive, intuitive handling. From stop light to stop light, and corner to corner, the Sportster S model offers riders extraordinary power and performance and creates a new standard for the most enduring Harley-Davidson model.


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“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. “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.” 

The powertrain is highlighted with a Chocolate Satin finish on the lightweight magnesium engine covers.”

The fuel tank and tail section frame the engine as the predominate centrepiece of the motorcycle. The massive front tyre recalls the fender-less front-end of a classic bobber, while the tail section, high-mount exhaust and slim solo seat draw inspiration from the Harley-Davidson XR750 flat tracker. 

Harley say they took inspiration from their XR750 flat tracker and classic bobber to come up with the Sportster.

The powertrain is highlighted with a Chocolate Satin finish on the lightweight magnesium engine covers. Textures, colours, finishes and details were selected to give the Sportster S model the look of a custom show bike that just happens to be parked in the owner’s garage.


“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


The new version of the latest Harley-Davidson liquid-cooled V-Twin engine is tuned to make plenty of torque at low rpm, with a torque curve that stays flat through the powerband – engine performance designed to deliver strong acceleration from a start with robust power through the mid-range. To minimise overall weight, the engine is integrated into the bike as the central member of the chassis. A high-mount two-into-one-into-two exhaust is designed to produce a low-frequency tone. 

Ready to ride with the 11.8 litre fuel tank full, the Sportster S model weighs a hefty 228kg, so it is no lightweight.

The Sportster S model is equipped with a host of technologies designed to the enhance the riding experience. Three pre-programmed, selectable Ride Modes (Sport, Road and Rain) electronically control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle, and the level of technology intervention. Two Custom modes may be used by the rider to create a set of performance characteristics to meet personal preference or for special situations.

Selectable riding modes (Sport, Road and Rain) ensure that you can be safe while out in tough conditions.

Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson, a collection of technologies intended to  enhance rider confidence during unexpected situations or adverse road conditions, are designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, in a straight line or while in a turn. 

A round, 4.0-inch-diameter TFT screen displays all instrumentation and supports infotainment  generated by the rider’s Bluetooth equipped mobile device and helmet headset.”

A round, 4.0-inch-diameter TFT screen displays all instrumentation and supports infotainment  generated by the rider’s Bluetooth equipped mobile device and helmet headset, including music, incoming and out-going calls, and navigation supplied by the Harley-Davidson App. All LED lighting includes a Daymaker Signature LED headlamp designed to produce a homogenous spread of light, eliminating distracting “hot spots.” The headlamp has a distinctive oval or capsule shape that adds style to the front-end and will identify the Sportster S model to other riders and motorists.

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The Sportster S model is equipped with fully adjustable, premium front and rear suspension – SHOWA 43mm inverted cartridge forks and a SHOWA Piggyback reservoir rear shock. Rear suspension features hydraulic pre-load adjustment using a convenient knob located on the left side of the motorcycle. Lightweight cast aluminium wheels with a staggered, five-spoke design are shod with wide Dunlop/Harley-Davidson Series GT503 tyres.

The 2021 Sportster boasts plenty of great brands, from SHOWA shocks to Brembo brake systems.

Premium Brembo braking components produce a claimed outstanding braking feel and performance. The single front brake features a new Brembo radial monoblock four-piston caliper and a 320mm diameter disc. The rear brake is a two-piston Brembo caliper and a 260mm diameter disc. 

Brake and clutch levers are adjustable for reach, to best match rider hand size or preference.”

Unladen seat height is 750mm, low enough for most riders to get their feet down at a stop. Brake and clutch levers are adjustable for reach, to best match rider hand size or preference. The Sportster S model is pre-wired for accessory heated hand grips for added comfort in cool weather, and is equipped with two dedicated power points for heated riding gear (heated hand grips and heated riding gear/apparel each sold separately), plus a USB-C port. Cruise control and a proximity-based security system are standard equipment.



The Sportster S will reach Harley Davidson dealers mid Q4 with a base ride away price of $26,495, available in Vivid Black or Midnight Crimson. Head here to find out more!


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