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Head-scratcher - '21 HD Sportster S

Discussion in 'Dumpster Fire' started by GTM®, Jul 14, 2021.

  1. tobinh

    tobinh Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    my preference is for air-cooled bikes with two valves per cylinder... but just because I'm lazy and prefer to simplify my maintenance requirements as much as possible.

    I certainly hope Guzzi finds a way forward, though, and I can't imagine that will be with air-cooled engines.
     
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  2. Louisv97

    Louisv97 Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    That motor with the drag pipes they installed on their streetfighter concept ascended me to another plane. I wasn't even impressed by the horsepower, it was the torque on that thing. jesus christ torque everywhere!
    The baby block had so much potential. Too bad they had to close the doors.
     
  3. Mayakovski

    Mayakovski High Miler GT Famiglia

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    OMG, I would be first in line for something like that. I got the chance to ride a Motus once a few years ago and WOW, what a machine.
     
  4. tobinh

    tobinh Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    didn't we start this thread commenting about how unnecessary all that horsepower is? :think:
     
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  5. GTM®

    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Indeed.
     
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  6. buzglyd

    buzglyd Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I don’t mind the looks of the new Sportster but the 2 inches of travel is just crazy. H-D will have many different version off this platform and I would expect some kind of roadster like the Indian FTR.
     
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    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    It's not about horsepower however, if you have to build a water cooled motorcycle to meet Euro 5, why not make the leap into the v4 territory where you can have it all, power, torque, performance, reliability, quietness, and a direct link to your history? IDK. Just fun ideas really.
     
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  8. Sasazuka

    Sasazuka Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    That new Sportster doesn't do anything for me at all in the looks department. I didn't see any negative comments in YouTube. It was all rave reviews. I I don't like the aesthetics of the new motor, no character to it.

    I've always had a soft spot for Buells. Seeing that nakeds have been so popular lately I thought that might be a good avenue for HD to explore. But I guess their sales team knows more than I do.

    I wonder if something like a Yamaha MT01 would be more popular today than when it first came out. I'd definitely find some more space in my garage if they did.
     

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  9. James Weed

    James Weed Just got it firing! GT Contributor

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    My first Harley Davidson was a used 1981 Sportster from the end of the AMF era. I had no problems with it and it was a good introduction to riding larger motorcycles. A few years later I bought a 1985 FXST new and rode it to the ground. I took a few years off due to nagging health issues, sold the Softail and have just gotten back into riding. I bought a used 2016 Stone and am I’m glad I did. It’s much lighter and the power is fine for the riding I want to do. While the 2021 Sportster looks like a fine bike, I wonder if it’s really an entry level bike for someone moving up in bike size like my old Sportster was? Does Harley Davidson really have a basic entry level motorcycle for the newer rider now? And call me old fashioned, but I wonder if all of the plugs and adaptors for the riders electronics on the new Sportster are a step forward or just an unnecessary distraction for the rider who already has a lot to juggle? And if one of these parts fail, does this become a tech nightmare? I’m all for modern tech for safety and reliability and I appreciate fuel injection vs. the carburetor that was on my Softail). So I wish Harley Davidson all the best with the new Sportster and I’ll be curious how things are going in a couple of years with the company
     

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