Harley Davidson Sportster S

Harley Davidson Sportster S

Welcome to the 2022 Harley Davidson Sportster S showroom review and specification page. Harley Davidson seems to be in a period of a innovation. New models outside the usual chrome laden Cruiser class yet keeping their core values, unlike past models. I hope I’m not mistaken but the new Sportster looks like a sign of styling changes happening at HD. Of course it’s not just about styling but the engine as well. 

Lets talk about the styling which is what drew me to the bike in the first place. It’s quite different from what you’d expect from the company and could be even called the spiritual successor to the V-Rod. The new Sportster variants looks really good. This styling is for younger buyers that may have aspired to the V-Rod but couldn’t afford them at the time but can now. However to be honest it looks like a HD clone from any number of competitors – Japanese and Italian! 

The engine is based on the recently released Pan-America adventure bike. However being a cruiser it appears to be detuned for more leisurely power output. The new engine features overhead cams and 16 valves with variable valve timing which is new for Harley Davidson. Unfortunately this is old tech for the rest of the world. 

Overall the Harley Davidson Sportster is much delayed but step in the right direction for Harley Davidson as a brand. It really needs new models like this to attract new buyers who usually aspire to a 50 year old VW Combi. 

Harley Davidson Sportster S Key Specifications (2022)
Engine: 2 cylinder DOHC 16 Valve (EFI)
Capacity: 1252cc
Power/Torque: Approx 90 Kw @ RPM 125 Nm @ 6000 RxxxxPM
Gearbox: 5 speed manual
Kerb Weight: 228kg
Performance: 0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 12 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 780mm
Dimensions: L2270 X W850 X H1140 mm
Wheels: 160-70-17F 180-70-16R
Recommended Retail Price: Est $26495 AUD (2022)


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