Harley-Davidson reveals new 121-hp Sportster S
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As part of the overhaul of the product range, Harley-Davidson has officially pulled the tide of its new 121-horsepower Sportster S model and rounded off the performance motorcycle range with twice the power of its Iron 1200 model.
Harley has been teasing the new Sportster S for some time, touting its performance and hinting that it would make the bikes it replaces obsolete. The power comes from Harley-Davidson's new 1,250cc water-cooled V-twin, called the Revolution Max 1250T. It puts out 121 horses and 94 pound-feet in the Sportster S (as opposed to the 150 horsepower it produces in Harley's Pan America 1250 adventure touring bike). Despite nearly doubling the horsepower of the Iron 1200, its fuel economy is expected to be 1 mpg better (49 vs. 48).
"The Sportster S is the next brand new motorcycle based on the Revolution Max platform and sets a new standard of performance 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 introducing motorcycles that align with our strategy of increasing attractiveness and advancing the Harley-Davidson legacy. "
"Every visual design element on the Sportster S is an expression of the raw power of the motorcycle," says Harley-Davidson Design Director Brad Richards. "It's a wolf in a wolf's dress."
The Sportster S is more than just a new engine. Its drive train is a load-bearing element of the chassis, which means that it does not have a conventional frame, but subframe elements that are bolted directly to the drive train. According to H-D, this significantly reduces the weight of the bike (it weighs 62 lbs less than the Iron 1200) and helps to better centralize mass for better control. The high-mounted exhaust and front-mounted controls reinforce its performance ambitions, but H-D offers a relocation kit for those who want a more relaxed posture.
The Sportster S will be available this fall with a starting price of $ 14,999.
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