It didn’t take long for Harley-Davidson to introduce the Pan America ADV-tourer to the Indian market after making its overseas debut. HD India may have gone through a rough patch last year, but things are looking bright for the iconic American bicycle maker. It has made a foray into territories it had not explored before, such as the ADV-tourer segment and electric mobility, and is already making a dent in its offerings. Bar & Shield recently introduced the Sporster S internationally.
The Harley-Davidson Sportster S that was just unveiled in the US has now made its way to the Indian website, also indicating an earlier-than-expected launch in our market.
Based on its specs, it turned out to be a true American muscle bike. As the bike maker claims, with the Sportster S they have put the Sport back into the Sportster. The Sportster S is one of the few concepts that Harley revealed a few years ago that has now come true.
As far as looks, the Sportster S is a real muscle bike, rather than a cruiser or roadster for that matter. Starting at the front, it takes inspiration from the latest iteration of the Fat Bob and the medium headlight unit gives it a lot of character. How not to mention the drag-style handlebars which prove their sporting intention! The lightweight rims are wrapped in thick rubber at both ends to ensure that all of the engine’s power is deposited on the road in the way desired.
The raised exhaust will instantly remind you of the legendary XR750 flatbed bike. It has a slim single seat so you can get around without the passenger complaining in the back.
Specifications and Features
Now comes the most interesting point about the bike, the engine. It’s the same Revolution Max 1250 engine that powers business in Pan America. But it has been slightly detuned for the Sportster S and now reduces 121 HP compared to 150 HP in the ADV-tourer. However, the output torque remains the same at 125 NM.
The Sportster S is also equipped with many technologies. It has full LED lighting, a four-inch TFT screen, cruise control, ABS, traction control and Bluetooth. Harley also added its Drag Torque Slip Control, which alleviates rear wheel lockup due to engine braking. The S also offers several driving modes, including two user-programmable modes.
Suspension functions are handled by 43mm inverted forks sourced from Showa and a piggyback reservoir rear shock with remote preload adjustment. There’s only one front brake disc, which is a weird choice on such a powerful bike. Fortunately, Harley went with a unique Brembo big brake.