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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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Scram­bler-es­que Leon­cino sports Benelli’s ‘Lion of Pe­saro’ on the mud­guard Har­ley say the new bike’s feel is in­spired by naked cus­tom builds Lean and mean new Road­ster will be on sale this sum­mer

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