Harley-Davidson Reveals The 2021 Sportster S

July 15th, 2021 by RideNow

Harley-Davidson has finally revealed their new sport motorcycle that we have all been waiting for. The 2021 Sportster S model is the successor to Harley’s earlier Sportster line, the motor company said that this new model is “a legacy born in 1957 that outperformed the competition, now rebuilt to blow away the standards of today.”




This bike comes with an all-new 121-horsepower Revolution Max 1250T, which is a modern take on the classic V-Twin engine. The “Revolution Max is a liquid-cooled powertrain with double overhead camshafts and variable valve timing”. This is a considerable advancement since the Sportster has been using an air-cooled engine for the last three decades. The engine is designed to make torque at low RPM, with a torque curve that stays flat through the powerband – engine performance designed to deliver strong acceleration from a start with robust power through the mid-range. This supplies the rider with top-of-the-line power and performance establishing a new benchmark for not only Harley but the entire industry. 




The changes within the engine are not the only modifications in the Sportster S. In an effort to keep the motorcycle weight down the engine is now a structural member of the chassis. Weighing in at 502 pounds with a 3.1-gallon gas tank, the lack of a traditional frame saved the bike about 62 pounds. The new lightweight materials help obtain the optimal power-to-weight ratio that’s desired on a sportbike, all while contributing to the original look of the new Sportster.




Not only does this Sportster have the mechanics for optimal performance, but it also comes fully loaded with tech. Full LED lighting, cruise control, ABS, traction control, Bluetooth, and most impressively the four-inch TFT display. The modern round display has “everything you need… digital gauges, indicators, ride modes, turn-by-turn navigation with the Harley-Davidson app. All functions are accessed via buttons on the left- and right-hand controls.” 



Rider Modes

Another cool feature is the ability to choose your Ride Mode. The Sporty comes standard with three pre-programed modes; Sport, Road, and Rain. But the coolest part is the two Custom Ride Modes that you can create to your specifications. With the flick of a switch, you can select your preferences for “turning your bike with a specific combination of power delivery, engine braking, Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System (C-ABS) and Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS) settings.” 



What Harley Has To Say 

Jochen Zeitz, president and CEO of Harley Davidson said “The Sportster S is the next all-new motorcycle built on the Revolution Max platform and sets a new performance standard for the Sportster line. This is a next-generation Sportster defined by power, performance, technology, and style. And it’s part of our commitment to introduce motorcycles that align with our strategy to increase desirability and to drive the legacy of Harley-Davidson.”

The closest comparable model to the 2021 Sportster S would be the Indian Scout Bobber Twenty, but the Harley has 21 more horses, is 60 pounds lighter, and ABS comes standard. Harley tells us that this is just the beginning and we are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this line of Sportys. 

As a late addition to the 2021 motorcycle line, the Harley-Davidson 2021 Sportster S will start hitting our showroom floors in the fall with a base MSRP of $14,999.

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