The Roadster is Harley-Davidson's latest addition to the Sportster range. Lighter wheels are hung from a new 43mm upside-down cartridge fork with tri-rate springs. Paired with gas-charged emulsion coil-over shocks – also with tri-rate springs – the Harley-Davidson Roadster has 11.43cm of travel at the front and 8.13cm at the rear; more than any other Sportster.
ABS is now standard, working with a pair of floating front discs. A low handlebar and mid-mount foot controls wrap the rider around the 12.5 liter fuel tank, while the front and rear clipped mudguard join a host of cosmetic modifications on the 263 kilograms machine. 'The Roadster is a mash-up of styling genres, but the intent was to build a rider's motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson Sportster that's lean and powerful and connects the rider to the road,' said the Harley-Davidson director of styling. While power figures aren't currently available, despite meeting current emission regulations, torque is slightly up on the Roadster, compared to other models in the range that share the 1202cc air-cooled, five-speed V-twin engine: 97Nm at 4250rpm, compared to 96Nm at 3500rpm in the Harley Forty-Eight for instance.