Harley-Davidson Sportster S to be launched in India bike week

Harley-Davidson shares the Revolution Max 1250 engine with the Sportster S Pan America 1250.



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Harley-Davidson Sportster S is powered by the Revolution Max engine with a slightly different tune

Harley-Davidson India will launch its second new model after the Pan America 1250 based on the new Kranti Max 1250 platform. The new Sportster S will make its India debut on December 4 at the upcoming India Bike Week 2021 in Aamby Valley, Lonavala. -5, 2021. On the Sportster S, the 1,252 cc, V-twin is tuned for less torque in the rev range, and makes less horsepower. The new Harley-Davidson Sportster S will be the second Harley-Davidson model to be launched in India after the American motorcycle brand revamped its India business, now in association with Hero MotoCorp.

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The Harley-Davidson Sportster S has retained the core ethos of the Sportster range with the stripped-back styling.

The 1,252 cc V-twin puts out 121 bhp (instead of the 150 odd bhp on the Pan America 1250), but peak torque has been stepped down from the rev range, with 127 Nm hitting 6,000 rpm. The redline is also quite high, at 9,500 rpm, and with variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust ports, the Revolution Max 1250 promises sporty performance in the rev range. Suspension comes from Showa, with 43mm inverted forks and a piggyback reservoir rear shock with remote preload adjustment. But suspension travel is limited, with just 91 mm at the front, and only 50 mm of travel on the rear monoshock.

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The production model Harley-Davidson Sportster S is identical to the HD Custom 1250 unveiled a few years back

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The bike was originally unveiled as a Harley-Davidson 1250 Custom, and looks stocky and muscular with thick tires that complete the buffed-up look. The short front mudguard is reminiscent of a classic bobber, while the tail section, high-mounted exhaust as well as the solo seat are a nod to Harley-Davidson’s XR750 flat tracker. A round, 4-inch TFT screen displays all the instrumentation and supports Bluetooth-enabled infotainment. The all-LED lighting includes the Daymaker Signature LED headlamps, the same front headlight from the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob. Once launched in India, we expect the new Sportster S to cost around ₹14-15 lakh (ex-showroom).

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