Harley Davidson has finally revealed the 2022 Harley Davidson Sportster 1250S from the hiding and it’s an evolution of sorts. It’s a massive departure from the outgoing model and would be one tough task to find similarities between the old and the new.
Cubic displacement has been bumped up to 1250cc- courtesy of an engine swap from Pan America, albeit in a different state of tune. The water-cooled v-twin produces 121 horsepower as against 150 on the Milwaukee adventure tourer. Badged as the Revolution Max 1250T, the engine despite doubling on horsepower manages to squeeze an extra mile per gallon of fuel in comparison to its predecessor. The engine also acts as a structural member of the chassis ditching the conventional frame on the Iron 1200 which Harley Davidson claims have reduced the bike weight by a full 62 lbs while aiding mass centralization and eventually improving handling.
Talking of design, Harley’s design boss states “Every visual design element of the Sportster S model is an expression of the motorcycle’s raw power. This is a wolf in wolf’s clothing.” We couldn’t disagree here, as the 2022 Harley Davidson Sportster 1250S looks more of the choicest custom motorcycle than a production unit. The Fatbob inspired rectangular LED headlight- the double-barrel high slung side exhausts reminisce of the devilish Night Rod with the fat tyres at either end adding visual mass to the overall design.
Suspension and brakes
Suspending the bike on those 17-inch fat Dunlops are an adjustable set of Showa 43mm upside-down forks with the rear mono-shock clamped to a tubular swingarm offering hydraulic preload adjustment. The travel is nothing much to boast about with the front lending 3.6 inches of travel at the front and a measly 2 inches of travel at the rear. While this might not sound best for comfort- but augments the handling dynamics of the 502 lbs Sportser. Braking duties are handled by singular units at either end with Brembo 4 piston caliper floating over a single front rotor and a single pod over a rear disc.
The electronics list reads full LED lights with a 4 inch round TFT screen for all tell-tale information with built-in Bluetooth connectivity and navigation. Electronic rider aids include ABS, Traction control, Cruise Control, and four ride modes (Sport, Road, Rain, and custom) to choose from.
Pricing has been declared at US$ 14,999 for the Vivid Black and US$ 15,349 for the two-tone option. The motorcycle could be further customized as per the rider’s tastes and utility requirements.