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2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster
2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster

2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster
2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster

2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster
2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster

2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster
2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster

2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster
2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster



2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

The new Roadster™ motorcycle combines stoplight-to-stoplight power, agility and garage-built custom style to shatter every mold…

Shaped by nearly 60 years of heritage and stripped to the essential elements of a pure riding machine, in 2016 the Harley-Davidson Roadster joined the Dark Custom lineup with a minimalist design inspired by classic racing motorcycles and current trends in stripped-down, naked custom bikes.

Tucked in, fast back style and corner cranking torque for a street eating machine.

The Roadster™ combines low-end torque, agile handling and garage-built custom style. It’s refined performance package includes 43mm inverted front forks, dual disc brakes, adjustable rear suspension and new dual gauge instrumentation with speedo and tach. You get a chopped rear fender and a side mount license plate (US only) to complement its iconic tank. The riding position is aggressive, but comfortable, thanks to the new two up seat, mid-mount controls, lowered bars and 19-inch front and 18-inch rear offset-split 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels. Turn the 1200cc Evolution® engine loose at the nearest green light.


SPORTSTER®

Ruling the roads since 1957, the Sportster family leads in styling and performance with models like the Roadster, Roadster and Roadster motorcycles. Combining quick, responsive handling and a flat torque curve with unmistakable styling makes Sportster a true American icon.

Family Features:

All XL Sportster models share the same 45-degree Evolution V-Twin engine design in either 883cc or 1200 cc displacements
5-speed transmission with belt final drive
ABS optional on all models

2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

NEW IN 2017

Battery tender harness

MODEL UNIQUE FEATURES

Style
• Blacked-out powertrain with gray oval air cleaner
• Shorty-dual exhaust with chrome tapered mufflers and laser cut black heat shields
• Lightweight, Offset-Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels; 19-inch front, 18-inch rear
• 43 mm front fork with massive triple clamps
• Slammed drag-style handlebar and gauges
• Black headlamp bucket with chrome trim ring
• 3.3 gal “walnut” gas tank with custom tank graphics
• Black, top-mounted mirrors
• Extreme chopped rear fender
• Finned cast timer cover
• Side-mounted license plate (U.S. configuration)

Fit
• Two-up seat with ribbed detail and minimalist styling
• Lowered handlebar
• Forward riding position with mid-mounted controls

Function
• Premium emulsion technology rear shocks with screw style pre-load adjustment
• 43 mm inverted front forks with premium cartridge damping technology and triple clamp design
• Optimized steering geometry for a responsive, confidence-inspiring ride
• Dual-disc front brakes
• 4-inch Dual speedometer/tachometer gauge, integrated into handlebar clamp
• Includes digital odometer, clock, dual tripmeter, miles to empty, gear indicator (1-5), and analog RPM output
• Blade key ignition; fork lock common with ignition key
• Single, push button hazard warning
• 19-inch front, 18-inch rear cast aluminum wheels
• Dunlop® Harley-Davidson® Series radial blackwall tires designed specially for the XL1200XR to achieve excellent ride, handling and maneuverability performance
• Closed loop exhaust system meets worldwide emission standards

Performance
• Rubber-mounted, Air-cooled, 1200 cc Evolution® engine
• Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) with heated O2 sensors
• 5-speed transmission
• Confidence-inspiring front-end geometry

AVAILABLE OPTIONS
• Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)1 (factory installed option)
• Smart Security System™ with hands-free, proximity based security fob and keyless ignition (factory installed option)

 

 

2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Authentic Styling

It only takes three words to describe the look of the Roadster™ motorcycle: garage-built custom. You get blacked-out styling details, slammed bars, chopped rear fender, race-inspired graphics, a finned timer cover, slotted black exhaust shields. The list goes on.

Iconic Engine

Low-end torque is the calling card of the 1200 cc Evolution® V-Twin motor mounted in the nimble frame of the new Roadster™. It’s also known for the soul-satisfying sound.

Handling

The Roadster has plenty of stoplight-to-stoplight muscle, but the places this machine truly shines is in the corners. It’s the only Sportster® in the line with inverted front forks. And there’s a new 43mm front suspension with cartridge damping and a new steering geometry that make for easy handling and a quick response to your inputs. It’s all riding on sticky Dunlop® Harley-Davidson® Series Radial tires.

Comfort

One look at the Roadster™ is all it takes to make you want to get in the saddle and go hard. We added to that feeling with a ride that makes you never want to stop. The new two-up seat is low-profile, but designed to keep you comfortable all day. And the premium suspension is built to absorb the punishment the road wants to throw at your body.

 

STYLING

Blacked-Out Styling

There’s plenty of black to bring a dark edge to the garage-built look of the Roadster™ motorcycle. The mirrors, belt guard and headlamp are black. The oval air cleaner has a black insert. There are slotted black exhaust shields and a blacked-out powertrain.

New Paint and Graphics

The paint and graphics on the new Roadster™ are an unmistakable nod to the performance heritage that runs deep in the Motor Company.

Slammed Handlebars and New Gauge

You get the performance look and feel of slammed handlebars on the Roadster™. The riding position is aggressive. And the new gauge includes a speedometer and tach so you can keep track of what’s going on in your power plant.

New Light-Weight Offset Split 5-Spoke Wheels

The Roadster™ comes rolling out of the factory on new light-weight, offset split 5-spoke wheels. They give you a custom look, easy-steering and a better power to weight ratio. Now it’s your turn to squeeze every ounce of performance out of this ride.

New Two-Up Seat and Rear Tail Section

The garage-built custom look of the Roadster™ is evident in the new seat and tail section of the bike. Simple, minimal and raw. The seat has a low profile, performance look, and the fender has been chopped 1.5” to accentuate the rear wheel. There’s also a side-mount license plate to keep the fender and wheel clean.

Air Box with Finned Timer Cover

The air box on the Roadster™ is the classic oval, a nod to the heritage of the Sportster® motorcycle and the V-Twin engine at its heart. It’s painted to match the finish on the engine and paired with a finned timer cover to add to the classic, street custom finish on this machine.

Chrome Exhaust Shields with Blacked-Out Muffler Shields

The Roadster™ features classic 2-into-2 tapered blunt cut mufflers. The pipes are chrome, but thanks to slotted black muffler shields things don’t get too bright.

Side-Mount License Plate

There’s a side-mount license plate that keeps the chopped rear fender and rear wheel clean.

 

ENGINE

1200 cc Air-Cooled Evolution® V-Twin Power

The Evolution® engine—known in certain crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1984. Born from legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution® engine broke new ground in displacement innovation while maintaining the hunger for power, durability and proven reliability that The Motor Company was built on.

Iconic 1200 cc Air-Cooled Evolution® Engine

The Motor Company was built on the feeling our engines deliver to the rider, and decades of riding experience went into the development of this one. Born from the legendary engines of our history, the 1200 cc Air-Cooled Evolution® V-Twin is renowned for its massive low-end torque and soul-satisfying sound. Lightweight aluminum heads and cylinders improve air-cooling efficiency, which means reliability that will last for years.

 

HANDLING

Dual Disc Front Brakes with Floating Rotors

There’s no question you’ve got a lot of muscle behind you when you’re on the Roadster™ motorcycle. That’s why you’ve got dual disc front brakes with floating rotors in front of you. The more confident you are in stopping, the better the going gets.

New 43 mm Front Suspension with Inverted Forks

At the front of the Roadster™ motorcycle, you’ll notice a new 43 mm front suspension with inverted forks. They feature cartridge damping and the brawny look of massive new triple clamps. They keep your rubber on the road when the pavement gets rough.

New Steering Geometry

As part of the new performance package, we engineered a new steering geometry for the Roadster™. The result for you is easy, nimble handling and a confidence-inspiring ride.

Dunlop® Harley-Davidson® Series Radial Black Wall Tires

When you have the combination of this much power and agility, you want sticky rubber to make the most of it. The Roadster™ delivers with Harley-Davidson® Series Radial Black Wall tires.

 

COMFORT

New Two-Up Seat

The new two-up seat on the Roadster™ motorcycle is the optimal combination of comfort and custom style. It’s a low profile, with a nice, deep scoop to keep you firmly planted under acceleration, and it puts you just 30.9 inches off the ground for a low center of gravity and confident handling.

Premium Emulsion-Type Shocks with Pre-Load

The premium emulsion-type rear shocks on the Roadster™ are all new. They feature a screw-style adjustable pre-load so you can dial the ride in to your style. They give you solid handling, and keep your rubber in contact with the asphalt over the bumps and cracks in the road.

 


 

2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $11299 to $11849 USD

PRICING 6
Vivid Black $11,299
Color Option $11,649
Two-Tone Option $11,849
ABS Option $795
Security Option $395
California Emissions $100
Freight $360
DIMENSIONS
Length 86 in.
Seat Height, Laden 7 29.5 in.
Seat Height, Unladen 30.9 in.
Ground Clearance 5 in.
Rake (steering head) (deg) 28.9
Trail 5.5 in.
Wheelbase 59.3 in.
Tires, Front Specification 120/70R19 M/C
Tires, Rear Specification 150/70R18 M/C
Fuel Capacity 3.3 gal.
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.8 qt.
Weight, As Shipped 549 lb.
Weight, In Running Order 568 lb.
ENGINE
Engine 1 Air-cooled, Evolution®
Bore 3.5 in.
Stroke 3.811 in.
Displacement 73.4 cu in
Compression Ratio 10:1
Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
DRIVETRAIN
Primary Drive Chain, 38/57 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.315
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.653
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.948
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4.102
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.517
CHASSIS
Exhaust Shorty-dual exhaust with chrome tapered mufflers with laser cut black heat shields
Wheels, Front Type Black Offset, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheels, Rear Type 9 Black Offset, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Brakes, Caliper Type Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear
PERFORMANCE
Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
Engine Torque 2 76 ft-lb
Engine Torque (rpm) 3,750
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 30.8
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 31.1
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 5 48 mpg
ELECTRIC
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 8 High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional) and ABS (optional)
Gauges Dual function gauge – 4″ Digital Speedometer / Analog Tachometer
1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
5. Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
6. Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude dealer setup, taxes, title and licensing and are subject to change. Dealer prices may vary.
7. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
8. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
9. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 

 


 

2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $12999 to $13649 CDN

PRICING
Vivid Black $ 12,999
Color Option $ 13,399
Two-Tone Option $ 13,649
ABS Option $ 915
Security Option $ 455
Freight $ 250
DIMENSIONS
Length 2185 mm
Seat Height, Laden 6 749 mm
Seat Height, Unladen 785 mm
Ground Clearance 150 mm
Rake (steering head) (deg) 28.9
Trail 140 mm
Wheelbase 1505 mm
Tires, Front Specification 120/70R19 M/C
Tires, Rear Specification 150/70R18 M/C
Fuel Capacity 12.5 l
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.8 l
Weight, As Shipped 250 kg
Weight, In Running Order 259 kg
ENGINE
Engine 1 Air-cooled, Evolution®
Bore 88.9 mm
Stroke 96.8 mm
Displacement 1,202 cc
Compression Ratio 10:1
Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
DRIVETRAIN
Primary Drive Chain, 38/57 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.315
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.653
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.948
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4.102
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.517
CHASSIS
Exhaust Shorty-dual exhaust with chrome tapered mufflers with laser cut black heat shields
Wheels, Front Type Black Offset, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheels, Rear Type Black Offset, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Brakes, Caliper Type 8 Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear
PERFORMANCE
Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
Engine Torque 2 103 Nm
Engine Torque (rpm) 3,750
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 30.8
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 31.1
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 5 4.9 l/100 km
ELECTRIC
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 7 High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional) and ABS (optional)
Gauges Dual function gauge – 4″ Digital Speedometer / Analog Tachometer
1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
5. Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
6. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
7. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
8. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

 


 

2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £9945 to £10495 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

PRICING 5
Vivid Black £ 9,945
Color Option £ 10,195
Two-Tone Option £ 10,495
DIMENSIONS
Length 2,185 mm
Seat Height, Unladen 785 mm
Ground Clearance 150 mm
Rake (steering head) (deg) 28.9
Trail 140 mm
Wheelbase 1,505 mm
Tyres, Front Specification 120/70R19 M/C
Tyres, Rear Specification 150/70R18 M/C
Fuel Capacity 12.5 l
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.6 l
Weight, As Shipped 250 kg
Weight, In Running Order 259 kg
ENGINE
Engine Air-cooled, Evolution®
Bore 88.9 mm
Stroke 96.8 mm
Displacement 1,202 cc
Compression Ratio 10:01
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
DRIVETRAIN
Primary Drive Chain, 38/57 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.315
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.653
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.948
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4.102
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.517
CHASSIS
Exhaust Shorty-dual exhaust with chrome tapered mufflers with laser cut black heat shields
Wheels, Front Type Black Offset, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheels, Rear Type Black Offset, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Brakes, Caliper Type Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear
PERFORMANCE
Engine Torque Testing Method EC 134/2014
Engine Torque 96 Nm
Engine Torque (rpm) 4,000
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 30.8
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 31.1
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 4.9 l/100 km
ELECTRIC
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system
Gauges 4″ Digital Speedometer / Analog Tachometer
1. Availability of colours may vary from dealer to dealer and is subject to change without further notice.
2. Recommended 95 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
3. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
5. Prices shown are suggested retail prices only. Please contact your nearest dealer for further details.
6. Measurement reflects 81.7 kg operator weight.
7. Security system includes immobiliser and siren.
8. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

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