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Harley-Davidson has a new Sportster – The Roadster

Harley-Davidson has a new Sportster – The Roadster

Blacked-out 1200cc Evolution® engine, shorty-dual exhaust and dual disc front brakes. Pure Roadster performance. Harley-Davidson has announced a new member of the Sportster lineup named the Roadster. The design is inspired by the classic racing motorcycles from the 1950s and ’60s, and is also the latest member of Harley’s Dark Custom lineup.

The Roadster combines modern performance and retro-inspired styling with premium suspension components, an air-cooled 1200cc V-Twin engine that delivers a strong pulse of mid-range torque.

In years past when Harley came out with a slammed and low motorcycle the suspension was so stiff that it would jar your fillings. New upgraded suspension will help to keep the bike balanced and connected to the tarmac. The suspension features new 43mm inverted single-cartridge forks with tri-rate springs gripped in industrial-strength triple clamps and rear suspension featuring gas-charged emulsion coil-over shocks and tri-rate springs with adjustable pre-load and offers greater suspension travel than any other Sportster model – 4.5 inches in front and 3.2-inches in the rear.

Enhanced stopping power is achieved with dual 11.8-inch floating rotors on the front wheel. The Roadster is available with optional ABS brakes

The 19-inch front and 18-inch rear Offset-Split 5-Spoke cast aluminum wheels were designed specifically for the bike. The Roadster puts its rider in an aggressive posture with a new low-rise handlebar and mid-mount foot controls that center the rider’s weight over the classic profile of the 3.3-gallon Sportster peanut tank.

“Since its introduction in 1957, the Harley-Davidson Sportster has proved capable of constant reinvention, and the Roadster writes a new chapter in that story,” said Harley-Davidson Director of Styling Brad Richards. “We’ve watched our customers take the Sportster in so many different directions. The Roadster is a mash-up of styling genres, but the intent was to build a rider’s motorcycle, a Sportster that’s lean and powerful and connects the rider to the road.”

The Roadster model will be offered in four color choices: Vivid Black with a charcoal denim pinstripe; Black Denim with a red pinstripe; Velocity Red Sunglo with a red pinstripe; and two-tone Billet Silver/Vivid Black with a burgundy pinstripe.

In keeping with its stripped-down styling, the rear fender has been clipped 1.5 inches shorter than previous cut Sportster fenders. The slotted belt guard and muffler shields mimic the lightening holes drilled in race-bike components. The combo analog tachometer and digital speedometer is secured low in front of the triple clamp. Rear turn signals are mounted directly to the fender struts.

The Roadster is a mash-up of styling genres. That's why it looks different and may take a little while for it to be an acceptable silhouette. Elements that give the Roadster its unique look include the blacked-out engine with gray air cleaner, Shorty dual exhaust with chrome mufflers, slammed drag-style handlebar and gauges, blacked-out headlamp, peanut gas tank, bobbed rear fender, and side-mount license plate.

It's the company's second big reveal in the last two months. In early March Harley unveiled its new Low Rider S, another urban street rocket aimed squarely at the non-traditional rider.

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