Report: New Harley-Davidson Sportster Will Be a 120hp Beast

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Tomorrow, we will see the next iteration of the Harley-Davidson Sportster – a move tipped by the Bar & Shield brand’s not to subtle “From Evolution to Revolution” premiere tagline.

That tagline is a nod to the names of the Evolution motor that powered the previous Sportster generation, as well as Revolution being the name of Harley-Davidson’s new motor platform, which also powers the Pan America 1250 adventure bike.

The new Sportster is tipped to look a lot like the Harley-Davidson 1250 Custom that Milwaukee has been teasing, and now the latest reports are saying that the new Sportster will have a potent 120hp on tap.

That figure is a far cry from the 150hp available on the Pan America, but should be plenty of juice to get cruiser riders excited about what had largely been considered a “beginner’s bike” in the Harley-Davidson lineup.

Harley-Davidson seems to be taking a different tack with the new Sportster though, making the bike look more modern and sporty, with a little bit of a flat-tracker vibe – a pandering, perhaps, to younger riders.

Government documents also show that there will be two variations of the Sportster (and Sportster S), so it remains to be seen if Harley-Davidson will offer the Revolution powertrain in different power outputs for those two trim levels.

All of this makes the debut of the Harley-Davidson Sportster one to watch, as the American brand is shaking things up a bit with this iconic model. Stay tuned.