New Hog coming soon
New on the fleet...
Harley-davidson have unveiled first details of their new Roadster, the latest model to join the Sportster range. Stripped down for a pared-back feel, H-D say it has only the Òessential elements of a pure riding machineó.
The Roadster model joins the Dark Custom line-up with a more minimalist design inspired by classic racers and trends in naked custom builds.
The model gets new wheels and tyres (Front 120/70 R19, Rear 150/70 R18) mated to new rear suspension and front fork Ð which is set at a steeper angle. The 19in front and 18in rear Offset-split five-spoke cast aluminium wheels were designed specifically for the Roadster. Harley claim the wheels are lightweight, and the new size and revised suspension will deliver better ground clearance Ð although the angles of dangle available still result in metal scraping tarmac at 30.8 degrees on rights, and 31.1 degrees on lefts. Miserly as this is, itõs a useful three degrees more than the Forty Eight manages. Seat height is 785mm.
Up front thereõs a surprisingly modern single four-inch diameter clock unit tucked low in front of the triple clamp. Rather than the usual analogue speedo, it boasts a large analogue tacho, and a digital panel for the speedo.
The Roadster will be come in four colours: Vivid Black with a charcoal denim pinstripe (£9695); Black Denim with a red pinstripe (£9895); Velocity Red Sunglo with a red pinstripe (£9895); and two-tone Billet Silver/vivid Black with a burgundy pinstripe (£10,145). Bikes are expected in dealers in June. Harley-davidson already have a well-stocked accessories catalogue already to go for the new Roadster. This image shows a heavily modified bike, with blacked-out exhausts, a different seat, rider footrests, transmission and engine cases, blacked-out heads, removed numberplate hanger, different bar grips, alternative mirrors, smoked front indicators, a different fuel cap, and a performance air filter.
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