I think its more about passing harder engine emissions is the main reason behind the end of the Sportster. It looks like the Nigthster will be Harley's entry level bike to get the torch as the smallest bike in the lineup.Thanks DS. Yeah, probably time to pass the torch.
I suspect you're right. The engine would have needed some rework to meet emissions so instead of a rework, just modernize it. The one guy said that they shouldn't have called the new platform a Sportster, but I disagree. I like the fact that they returned the Sportster to what the concept was always intended to be, and they would have made a mistake to try an evolution of the platform. They tried a new line in the Street series and for many reasons it was a flop. If the Sportster is done, due to emissions, then there's nothing wrong with giving the line a major face lift. Car and bike makers do this all of the time.I think its more about passing harder engine emissions is the main reason behind the end of the Sportster. It looks like the Nigthster will be Harley's entry level bike to get the torch as the smallest bike in the lineup.
Yep, in late 79-81 I was stationed in Germany.Really not for the NA market, but internationally, the majority of bikes are much smaller than we see here generally.
You're entitled to not like the bike, but arguing the Sportster should have been cut out of the lineup because a few ignorant riders liked to tease others about it not being macho enough is ludicrous. The Sportster had the longest run of ANY production motorcycle (introduced in '57) was an excellent seller for Harley for both male and female riders. The Sportster XR750 dominated flat-track racing for years, easily becoming the winningest motorcycle in AMA professional racing history. The point being, it If the Sportster was a bad choice, it begs the question of why Harley kept building them for over SIXTY years, and why they were/are copied so much by the metric bike makers (e.g. Honda Shadow, Yamaha Bolt) ?what took so long. how many times over the years have i heard it referred to as harley's 'girls bike'. lol should have been on the chopping block a long time ago.
LOL! This is easily one of the dumbest statements I've read in a while.Lots of women riders not going to get on a 'girls' bike.
Source: Top 10 Motorcycles Women Ride - Women Riders NowThis top 10 list is compiled from results of a survey we conducted of our readers in May 2015 where more than 1500 women responded to the question, “What motorcycle do you ride?”
1. Harley-Davidson Sportster 883
Its no surprise this iconic motorcycle from Harley-Davidson is the most popular motorcycle ridden by women.