Harley-Davidson launched the Sportster S at India Bike Week 2021. Price for the motorcycle starts at Rs 15.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The motorcycle is the second American motorcycle model to be based on the new Revolution Max 1250 platform after the Pan America 1250. It is also the second motorcycle to be launched after Harley's partnership with Hero MotoCorp for operations in India.
The motorcycle is powered by the same 1252cc V-twin engine tuned to increase the lower torque in the rev range. The engine has a power of 121 hp and 127 Nm of maximum torque at 6000 rpm. The engine also comes with variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust ports for sporty performance.
Suspension tasks are handled by Showa with 43mm inverted forks up front and a rear shock with remote preload adjustment. Suspension travel is limited, at just 91mm in length at the front and 50mm in single-shock action at the rear.
The bike gets a 4-inch TFT instrument console and comes with Bluetooth connectivity. The bike also has full LED lighting with an LED Daymaker headlamp. The Sportster® S is equipped with Harley-Davidson® Cornering Safety Enhancements, a suite of technologies designed to enhance rider confidence during unexpected situations or adverse road conditions. Rider safety improvements when cornering are designed to match the performance of the motorcycle with the traction available during acceleration, deceleration and braking, in a straight line or when turning. The systems are electronic and use the latest chassis control systems, electronic brake control and powertrain technology.
The Sportster® S model is equipped with a six-axis inertial measurement unit, or IMU, that measures and reports lean angle while navigating corners. During cornering, the grip available for braking or acceleration is reduced. Enhanced cornering technology takes this into account and, for optimal performance, intervenes differently when a motorcycle is leaning compared to an upright motorcycle.