From Evolution To Revolution In Scotland

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  1. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    Cool Video of the new Sportster S, folk that have toured Scotland will recognize The Cairngorms, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe and Glasgow. i was never keen on the old Sportster, but this new one with the new engine (the same as whats in the Pan America) looks great, although i'm not keen on the Scrambler looking exhausts


     
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  2. Neal H

    Neal H Active Member

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    Nice bike, nice scenery.

    I’ve never been into Harley’s but I do quite like that.
     
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  3. andyc1

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    Same here, I actually watched a review on it but to be honest I wouldn't exactly have called it a glowing review. Warm arse, poor rear suspension, lots of false neutrals due to the shape of the pegs amongst other complaints
     
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    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    i've yet to see a video review on it,but comparing it to the Indian FTR,the Sportster has similar BHP but it has more torque,it has fully adjustable Showa front and rear suspension so i guess the reviewer didn't have it set up properly. the seat doesn't look to comfortable though
     
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  5. joe mc donald

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    It looks quite good and the vid seems to be happy with it. Think i would rather wait to see what riders say.
    Joe
     
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  6. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    It will be interesting too see what other new models they bring out with that engine, I think the Indian FTR looks better but the riding position (sitting on it rather than in it) is not for me, the Harley looks to be a similar riding position
     
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    andyc1 Lunarville 7, Airlock 3

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    Here's the review I watched... 2 inches of rear travel o_O I'm not sure any amount of suspension tweaking can compensate for such short travel.
     
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  8. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    I've seen a few reviews of Harley's new Sportster S and they've been a bit mixed. And I've seen this video that you started off this thread with, @Dougie D, and loved the Scottish setting and scenery.

    As many of you know, I'm a Harley rider in addition to being a Triumph rider. Over the years, I've had three Dyna models, three touring models (one of which I still have) and one of the new Softail models (which I also still have). I've never had a Sportster but have test ridden a few of them. I'm not the biggest Sportster fan but am a bit sorry to see them go as they've managed to stay in Harley's lineup since 1957.

    For me the jury is out on this Sportster S model. I always find it difficult to really get a sense of the appearance and style of a bike from photos and videos and need to see it in person. But the thing that I find to be the real "proof is in the pudding" moment is when I get to test ride a bike. I'm hoping that H-D corporate will put a couple of the Sportster S's on the 18-wheeler "Demo Days" truck when it comes through Tucson this fall so can test ride one.

    Relatedly, my friend Larry, who has the new PanAmerican, loves the new engine. He now owns three Harleys and each has a different motor--one has the older Twin Cam, one has the Milwaukee 8, and the PanAm has this new Revolution Max.
     
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  9. Dougie D

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    #9 Dougie D, Jul 29, 2021
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    I'm hoping they will make the Bronx with that engine,like the guy says in the video it would be great.why did they not go ahead with the Bronx? I'd be first in line for a test ride if they do decide to make it!
    It will be interesting to see a video of someone actually riding the SportsterI've seen a couple of bloggers talking about it but no actual vid of them riding it, edit apart from the promo vids of them riding it
     
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    I've never owned a HD or hankered after one, not really my bag TBH but I'm struggling to understand the "Sport" tag on this bike. I think something may be lost in translation between both sides of the pond. Think of Sport over here and it's ZX10, GSXR, R1 etc. A ZZR1400 (ZX14R), certainly no lightweight, is regarded as a Sports mount Stateside but very much Sport Tourer over here. With the exception of their new Adventure bike, I tend to look on all HD's as Cruisers but then again I'm not a fan so what do I know! :confused:
     
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  11. Dougie D

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    I think when they first brought the Sportster out all those years ago,it probably was considered as a sporty bike, and they just kept the name,I don't think anyone is under any illusion that it's a sports bike now, mind you if they bring out the Bronx.....
     
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  12. chuk

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    Not a fan on harleys myself normally but there’s something about the XR that I like,must be an age thing nearly went to Edinburg Harley to view but that shop has some really poor reviews
     
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