• Harley Davidson Teases Second Revolution Max-Engined Sportster Variant

Sportster S Will Be Joined By A Sister Model

Following on from the Sportster S, with the 1250cc Revolution Max liquid-cooled engine, comes a teaser video from Harley Davidson showing a second Sportster variant, perhaps using a smaller version of the engine.

Second H-D Sportster variant Coming


When Harley Davidson introduced the Revolution Max liquid-cooled engine, several models were slated to be in line to get the engine. Two we have seen already - the Pan America and Sportster S - but the streetfighter-style Bronx was still-born. As it was to have a 975cc version of the Rev Max engine, it was clear that Harley intended to use smaller-displacement versions in different models.

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Second Sportster Model On The Way
Harley Davidson set to reveal the second model in the Sportster line-up on April 12th

Now, the Milwaukee company has released a teaser video showing a new Sportster variant, full details of which will be revealed on April 12th.

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Teaser Video
Typical teaser video shows virtually nothing of the bike. The only thing we do know is it has the Revolution Max engine. But what capacity?

The video gives little-to-no clues about the new variant, it being a typically vague piece of film making. The bike is definitely a Sportster of some sort but that’s all we can tell, although an image on the sign-up page on Harley-Davidson’s website for updates on the new Sportster provides another look, this time revealing a headlight fairing and a round headlight in place of the strip light of the Sportster S.

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Sportster S
Second bike to get the new liquid-cooled engine. Could the new Sportster model get the 975cc version slated for the still-born Bronx streetfighter?

When the new Sportster S was about to be launched, there were rumours flying around that it might be called the Nightster. That didn’t happen but that’s not to say that it won’t happen. The new bike could have the 975cc version of the Rev Max engine and take the Nightster name. Or it could be called the 48X. The plain truth is: no-one knows yet!

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Pan America
Possibly the best application for the new Rev Max engine. Could we see a smaller-engined version?

Choosing that engine capacity would put the new model right in the sights of the Indian Scout, which since the demise of the old Sportster has had the sub-1000cc bracket all to itself.

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Bronx Streetfighter
An exciting design that didn’t see the light of day. Was to have used a 975cc version of the new engine.

The good thing is that, with the short attention span of people these days, you can’t tease too far ahead of the actual event, otherwise people will forget all about it. So we only have to wait a couple of weeks or so to find out all the details.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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