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Harley-Davidson Roadster

The Harley-Davidson Roaster was a short-lived model that saw production from 2016 through 2020, but it didn’t make the cut in the MoCo’s effort to streamline its Sportster lineup ahead of MY21. As its name suggests, the Roadster rolled with the bare essentials and was lean as a snake with nothing in the way of the superfluous to be found. Power comes from a 1,200 cc Sportster plant that has an integrated transmission case and has been the go-to engine for H-D’s skinny bikes since 1986. Blackout treatment and inverted front forks make connections to both the custom and the performance worlds.

2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster

2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster
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Maybe not fast, but it’s certainly quick

A little sparse, a little spare, and an exercise in understatement describes the new-in-2016 Harley-Davidson Roadster, at least in appearance. Performance-wise, it’s agile with a greater lean angle than what you typically find in the Sportster stable. Not just a cut-down Sportster, the Roadster features a different frame and enhanced suspension along with the tried-and-true air-cooled Evolution engine.

 

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2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster

2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster

Maybe not fast, but it’s certainly quick

A little sparse, a little spare, and an exercise in understatement describes the new-in-2016 Harley-Davidson Roadster, at least in appearance. Performance-wise, it’s agile with a greater lean angle than what you typically find in the Sportster stable. Not just a cut-down Sportster, the Roadster features a different frame and enhanced suspension along with the tried-and-true air-cooled Evolution engine.

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Meet the Harley Davidson Roadster Snow Drag.

Meet the Harley Davidson Roadster Snow Drag.

A 1200 CX Roadster gets equipped with skis and snow belt to conquer the snow.

The Harley Davidson Roadster is the most sport-oriented version of the Sportster series offering an alternative to more conventional cruiser variants. This newcomer to Harley’s Sportster range may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it is a better fit for the current market.

Now though, this roadster fell into the hands of some custom cracks and had been prepped up to become the finalist in the annual ‘Battle of the Kings’ contest. And what did they come up with to get there? A (insert a slang here) snow bike with skis belts and a mad looking electric paint job.

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The Roadster was meant to replicate the look and feel of the old “gasser” bikes that had bobbed fenders and sported lightening holes in the blackout exhaust shields, and carried nothing that didn’t directly contribute to performance in one way or another. Liberal blackout treatment ties the frame and the V-twin lump together with the rest of the bike to leave it looking rather monochromatic except for the singular splash of color on the peanut gas tank.

The custom goodies continue out back in the LED lightbar that serves as the taillight and the side-mount plate holder like you see on showbikes proper. Dead-short risers and a drag-style handlebar make for a long upper line in the rider’s triangle to pull the pilot forward into an aggressive riding position and eliminate the weight of larger handlebars. The weight economy continues into the mirrors that ride on the shortest stems possible for a low profile up front that could only be improved upon by inverting them so they hang down instead. Mid-mount foot controls put the rider’s feet in a good position for some body English in the curves.