When Harley-Davidson launched the Pan America 1250, they're on the verge on entering the next generation of H-D bikes. Now, it seems that they've officially jumped both feet into the pond with the launch of its latest 'revolution', the 2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster S.
The new Sportster S is said to cater to a wider range of audiences, which includes the likes of brand purists who have been around for quite some time, and newer customers who are slightly younger in the cruiser age group. Based on the Revolution Max 1250 platform, the Sportster S offers a 'sportier' riding experience thanks to its new setup.
Just like the Pan America, the Sportster S comes ready with a 1,250cc V-twin liquid-cooled engine which has been tuned to produce 121hp at 7,500rpm and 127Nm of torque at 9,000rpm. So, not exactly like the 150hp Pan America, but more torque is made available at lower revs for that extra grunt thanks to the presence of DOHC, variable valve timing (VVT), and having four chain-driven valves for every cylinder.
Weighing in at 228kg (wet & all 11.3-litre tank fully fuelled), the Sporster S also comes with a fully-adjustable 43mm USD front fork, high-strength swingarm with rear linkage-mounted, piggyback monoshock (also fully-adjustable), front 320mm single disc brake + radial monobloc 4-piston caliper, rear 260mm single disc + floating single piston caliper, and many more.
H-D's latest 'Revolution' also comes with some much-needed electronic riding aids such as a round 4-inch TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity, cornering ABS, traction control, and selectable riding modes, just to name a few. The US market can get their hands on one this late fall at $14,999 a piece, which is around the RM63,000 mark.