2016 Harley-Davidson Roadster 1200 (5)

Hot on the heels of the recent launch of the 2016 Iron 883 and Forty-Eight, Harley-Davidson has announced the arrival of the Harley-Davidson Roadster. The latest addition to the Sportster family, the Roadster is, like its other Dark Custom stablemates, designed to appeal to the younger, urban rider.

Dark Custom is a theme that has been shown in previous offerings in Harley-Davidson’s 2016 range, including the Pro Street Breakout and Low Rider S, where more emphasis is placed on power and handling, with a minimum of chrome and bling.

Harley-Davidson’s Sportster line, coming in 883 cc and 1,200 cc engine versions, has traditionally been the “entry-level” cruisers, but with better handling performance than the big 1,687 cc Harley-Davidson iron.

The 2016 Roadster comes with Harley-Davidson’s 1,202 cc air-cooled ‘Evolution’ V-twin, which is also carried in the Forty-Eight. Fed by electronic sequential port fuel injection (ESPFI), the rider has 103 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm available. Harley-Davidson normally does not publish hp figures for its motorcycles.

Differences between the Roadster and its Forty-Eight sibling are a rear fender cut short in the “Bobber” style, as well as new 19-inch front and 18-inch rear multi-spoke cast aluminium wheels – unique to the Roadster. Other changes include new rear suspension and front fork. The fork is set at 28.9 degrees of rake and 27.4 degrees of off-set, to give slightly quicker handling.

As shown in the pictures, the 2016 Roadster comes with a multitude of accessories from Harley-Davidson’s extensive parts catalogue, allowing the owner to customise the Roadster’s looks according to personal taste. These include items such as single-seats, air cleaners, billet aluminium parts and luggage.

2016 Harley-Davidson Roadster 1200 (9)

Also new for the 2016 Harley-Davidson Roadster is twin-front brake discs. Coming with optional ABS, the brakes grab 330 mm floating discs in front and a single 260 mm disc at the rear. The fuel tank holds 12.5 litres and the Roadster weighs-in at 258 kg wet.

Coming in four colours for 2016 – Velocity Red Sunglo, Billet Silver/Vivid Black, Black Denim and Vivid Black, the Harley-Davidson Sportster is listed at a base price of USD11,199 (RM43,666) on its website. Optional items include ABS at USD795 (RM3,100) and immobilser at USD395 (RM1,540). The 2016 Halrey-Davidson Roadster is expected to arrive at US dealers in June.

GALLERY: 2016 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 and Forty-Eight