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2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster S is the face of H-D's sea change

With stellar looks, big performance and clever electronics, the Sportster S might just be the best thing to come out of Milwaukee in a long time.

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Kyle Hyatt
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
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Harley's Sportster S takes inspiration from its legendary namesake and goes in a new direction

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It's powered by a retuned version of the Pan America's Revolution Max engine.

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The engine now produces 121 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque.

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The big differences are that the torque curve is extremely flat, and the midrange power is huge.

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This powertrain is paired with a high-spec suspension from Showa and brakes from Brembo.

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The end result is something between an Indian FTR 1200 and a Ducati Diavel.

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In short, it's a hell of a good time.

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The styling takes inspiration from the legendary XR750 flat track bike, the modern Fat Bob and others.

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The final look is hyper-aggressive but not as polarizing as you might expect.

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The Sportster S will be available in fall 2021 with a starting price of $14,999.

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Click through for more images of the Sportster S.

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