2020 will be the year of the Sportster

2020 will be the year of the Harley-Davidson Sportster!

The EURO 5 standard will change the Sportster 2021!

In 2017, Harley-Davidson the 60th Sportster anniversary and in 2020 comes the sad end of the previous Sportster tradition, which was based on the old EVOLUTION engine technology.

The reason for this is that the two Sportster engines 883cm³ and 1200cm³ no longer comply with the Euro 5 standard, which will be tightened in 2021.

The EU emissions standards for 2021 require up to 30% less exhaust emissions, and the standard also applies to noise emissions from the engine. Yes, that's right, the engine must be quieter and radiate less heat.

It is not yet known whether this model is already included.

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The Sportster will still be available in the 2021 model year, just not in the same way as before. It is not yet clear whether the metamorphosis will be as strong as it was with the Softail models, but in any case new engines are coming for the models and Harley-Davidson will use this moment to reposition itself in production.

Harley Davidson Pan America and the Bronx onto the road in the 2021 model year Revolution Max engine , and it is currently becoming apparent that this newly developed engine will also find its way into the Sportster class.

The new Revolution Max engine from Harley-Davidson
The new Revolution Max engine from Harley-Davidson

The new Revolution Max engines have a displacement of 975 cm³ and 1250 cm³, which would be fine. However, the 1250 engine is very powerful, we'll see how Harley-Davidson will solve that.

Another difference to the previous Sportster engine is that the new engine could be water-cooled, but that doesn't necessarily have to be the case, with less power, there may be another solution for this.

How will the market behave?

One thing is clear, the Sportster models have always been very stable and are very popular. It is suitable for everything, as an entry-level model, cafe racer, or completely original. With its over 60-year-old cult behind it, it can also captivate the most hard-core bikers. And biker ladies are just as attracted to her. It also offers endless possibilities for customizers and the best thing is still its incredibly good sound. Hardly any other motorcycle can serve such a wide range.

The Sportster still has the right sound!

The air-cooled Evolution V2 engine is from ancient times. You can hear and feel that too.

There will certainly be parallels to the V-Rod when it was taken off the market because of the Euro 4 standard. The excitement will build up in the second half of the year, because things suddenly happened very quickly with the V-Rod when some Harley dealers stocked up on large quantities.

Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special
Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special

They received a daily permit before the turn of the year and were initially safe. Later they were slowly introduced to the market because the demand for the V-Rod remained, although it wasn't always that way.

The demand for the Sportster TOP sellers will certainly increase. Anyone who is still thinking about whether they want to buy a Sportster is definitely well advised not to wait until summer.
No matter what the 2021 Sportster model line will look like, the Sportster era is not over, it is just undergoing a change.

A legitimate question would be whether the stricter Euro emissions regulations for motorcycles make any sense at all.

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