Model Year 2021 | Sportster S | Sportster® S

In Brief


The Sportster® S model is designed to deliver a riding experience rooted in the thrill of unleashing extraordinary power in the act of dynamic acceleration, tempered by invisible technology. Stop light to stop light, corner to corner – on-demand torque produces an unrelenting, exhilarating blast of thrust and adrenaline.


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ModelRH1250S Sportster® S 1Notes
Length89.2 in. (2,265 mm)
Overall Width33.2 in. (843 mm)
Overall Height42.9 in. (1,089 mm)
Seat Height, Laden28.9 in. (734 mm)2
Seat Height, Unladen29.6 in. (753 mm)
Static Ground Clearance3.66 in. (93 mm)
Rake (steering head) (deg)30
Fork Angle (deg)28
Trail5.8 in. (148 mm)
Wheelbase59.8 in. (1,518 mm)
Tires, TypeDunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, radial
Tires, Front ModelGT503
Tires, Front Specification160/70R17 73V
Tires, Rear ModelGT503
Tires, Rear Specification180/70R16 77V
Fuel Capacity3.1 gal. (11.8 l)
Reserve Fuel Capacity, Fuel Injection (warning light)0.8 gal. (3 l)
Oil Capacity (w/filter)4.75 qt. (4.5 l)
Transmission CapacityN/A
Primary Chain Case CapacityN/A
Coolant Capacity2.32 qt. (2.2 l)
Weight, As Shipped486 lb. (220 kg)
Weight, In Running Order502 lb. (228 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating922 lb. (418 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front359 lb. (163 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Rear595 lb. (270 kg)
Luggage Capacity -VolumeN/A
EngineRevolution® Max 1250T
ValvesChain-driven, DOHC, hydraulic self-adjusting lifters, intake & exhaust VVT; four valves per cylinder
Bore4.13 in. (105 mm)
Stroke2.85 in. (72.3 mm)
Displacement76.4 cu in (1,252 cc)
Compression Ratio12.0:1
Fuel SystemElectronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)3
Air CleanerDowndraft intake, tuned velocity stacks, washable filter media
Exhaust2-into-1-into-2; catalyst in muffler
Lubrication SystemSemi-Dry Sump
Primary DriveGear, 49/89 ratio
Final DriveBelt, 80/34 ratio
ClutchMechanical, 8 plate wet, assist & slip, 1090N
Gear Ratios12.21
Gear Ratios9.022
Gear Ratios6.994
Gear Ratios5.641
Gear Ratios4.731
Gear Ratios4.131
FrameStressed-member, high strength low alloy steel trellis frame; stamped, cast, and forged junctions; MIG welded; aluminum forged mid-structure
SwingarmHigh strength low alloy steel, tubular sections, stamped x-member, forged axle junctions; MIG welded
Front Fork43 mm inverted fork with compression, rebound and spring preload adjustability.  Aluminum fork triple clamps.
Rear ShocksLinkage-mounted, piggyback monoshock with compression, rebound and hydraulic spring preload adjustability
Wheels, Optional Style TypeN/A4
Wheels, Front TypeAluminum cast, satin black4
Wheels, Front Width4.5 in. (114 mm)
Wheels, Front Height17 in. (432 mm)
Wheels, Rear TypeAluminum cast, satin black4
Wheels, Rear Width5 in. (127 mm)
Wheels, Rear Height16 in. (406 mm)
Brakes, Caliper TypeFront: radially mounted, monoblock, 4-piston caliper Rear: floating, single piston caliper
Brakes, Rotor TypeFront: single rotor, floating, tower- mounted Rear: solid uniform expansion rotor
Brakes, Front Diameter12.6 in. (320 mm)
Brakes, Front Thickness0.2 in. (6 mm)
Brakes, Front is dualNo
Brakes, Rear Diameter10.2 in. (260 mm)
Brakes, Rear Thickness0.2 in. (5 mm)
Front brake lever free travelN/A
Rear brake pedal free travelN/A
Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)Standard
Suspension Travel, Front3.6 in. (92 mm)
Suspension Travel, Rear2 in. (51 mm)
Engine Torque Testing MethodJ1349
Engine Torque94 ft-lb (127 Nm)5
Engine Torque6,000
Power121 HP / 90 kW @ 7500 rpm
Lean Angle Testing MethodJ1168
Lean Angle, Right (deg.)34
Lean Angle, Left (deg.)34
Maximum hill-starting abilityN/A
Fuel Economy Testing MethodEstimated City/Hwy
Fuel Economy49 mpg (4.8 l/100 km)6
CO2 Emissions Testing MethodN/A
CO2 EmissionsN/A
BatterySealed, maintenance-free, absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery, 12V, 12Ah, 225 CCA at 0°F
ChargingThree-phase, 45 Amp system (300 Watts @13 Volts, 1200 rpm, 585 Watts max power @ 13 Volts, 2250 rpm)
Starting0.9 kW electric with direct drive starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation), HeadlampAll LED headlamp, low and high beam with signature position lighting
Lights (as per country regulation), Tail/StopAll LED Tail/Stop lamp with signature tail lighting
Lights (as per country regulation), Front Signal LightsLED Bullet Turn Signals
Lights, Rear Turn SignalsLED Bullet Turn Signals
Gauges4 inch viewable area TFT display with speedometer, gear, odometer, fuel level, clock, trip, ambient temp, low temp alert, side stand down alert, TIP over alert, cruise, range and tachometer indication BT capable - phone pairing to access phone calls, music, navigation (H-D App ONLY)
Auxiliary LampsN/A
Electric Power OutletUSB C-Type , Output 5V at 2.4 Amp
GPS SystemN/A
Reverse GearN/A
Warranty And Service
Warranty24 months (unlimited mileage)7
Service IntervalFirst 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter8
1Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered. Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication. Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation. Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest information. All models feature 6-speed transmission (VRSC™ models and Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.
2Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
3Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
4Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
5Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
6The combined fuel economy numbers were derived using a combination of estimated city and highway values. Fuel economy estimates are derived from US EPA exhaust emission certification data on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family under ideal laboratory conditions. Your actual fuel economy will vary depending on your personal riding habits, road and driving conditions, vehicle condition and maintenance, tire pressure, vehicle configuration (parts and accessories), and vehicle loading (cargo, rider and passenger weight). Break-in mileage may vary.
7See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
8Inspections of certain systems and components are required at 2,500 mile (4,000 km) intervals. See Owner’s Manual for full details.
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