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Harley-Davidson Roadster

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,202 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported20 kmpl
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight259 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 11,08,945

Harley-Davidson Roadster is now discontinued in India.

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Harley-Davidson Roadster Summary

Roadster key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,202 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 20 kmpl
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 259 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12.5 litres
Seat Height 785 mm

About Roadster

The Roadster is a model from Harley-Davidson's Sportster line of motorcycles. It was introduced in 2016 as the performance-oriented Sportster - essentially, it puts the 'sport' in 'Sportster'.

The Roadster has a number of design cues that hint at its orientation towards performance - the 'bars are dropped, the seat has a bumstop, the front forks are inverted, there's a twin disc setup for the front brakes, and it has the greatest lean angle of the entire Sportster range. If you want a Harley Davidson but still like to ride quickly around a corner, the Roadster is the one you should look at.
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Harley-Davidson Roadster Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Semi-digital instrument console
    • Features model-specific five-spoke cast wheels
    • Gets premium inverted forks up front
  • Could be Better

    • Small fuel tank capacity requires frequent stops
    • Clutch is heavy to operate

BikeWale's Take

The Harley-Davidson Roadster is the sportiest model in the company’s product portfolio. It features a flat-type handlebar and a low-slug seating posture offering an aggressive and commanding stance. It is powered by a 1202cc V-twin motor that offers oodles of torque for fast acceleration.

Harley-Davidson Roadster Review

Born out of necessity to keep Americans loyal to the brand, the Harley-Davidson Sportster was a multipurpose superbike of the era. A hill climber, drag racer, land speed racer, ice racer, road racer, flat track racer and an all-around road bike rolled into one, the Sportster's spectrum stretched from racing to touring and everything in between.

What is it?

It was the Brits who carved a niche for lightweight and performance-oriented cruisers. The early 1950s saw BSA, Norton and Triumph invade the US with their middleweight motorcycles, forcing Harley-Davidson to sit up and take notice. Born out of necessity to keep Americans loyal to the brand, the Harley-Davidson Sportster was a multipurpose superbike of the era. A hill climber, drag racer, land speed racer, ice racer, road racer, flat track racer and an all-around road bike rolled into one, the Sportster's spectrum stretched from racing to touring and everything in between. 

Sixty years down the line, we have here the newest member in the Sportster family - the Harley-Davidson Roadster. Traditionally, the philosophy behind a Sportster involved dumping anything and everything that didn’t directly contribute to performance. And although the Roadster isn't as spartan as a flat track racer, you can notice the sport’s design influence.

The chopped fender and tail section and the lack of bodywork contribute towards its lightweight appearance. The alloy wheels, fork bottles, engine, heat shield and the rear shocks are blacked out to give it the 'dark custom' look. The chromed handlebar, fuel cap, exhaust, forks and accents on the engine contrast beautifully with the blacked-out components. It gets a round instrument console with a digital display to read out the speed, odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge and distance to empty, controlled by a button on the left switchgear.

How does it ride?

If there is one thing that I love about the Harley-Davidson Roadster, it's the way it behaves in moving traffic. The wide handlebar and the steep steering rake give you the leverage to flick the bike around. Tuned to offer a stiff ride, the 43mm inverted front forks respond well to quick direction changes, making the Roadster fun to hustle around the city. Unlike typical cruisers, the Roadster doesn’t feel odd leaning into corners either. Riding the Roadster through the twisties reveals an uncanny eagerness to be hustled around, quite uncommon in cruisers. Mind you, the stiff suspension might make it entertaining around corners, but it takes a toll on the ride quality and your back.

The Harley-Davidson Roadster is powered by the 1202cc Evolution engine delivering 96Nm of torque. The meat of the torque lies in the midrange, and that is where the Roadster feels most comfortable and refined. Redlining it feels like torture for both the engine and the rider. Whacking open the throttle causes the engine to bog down before picking up pace all of a sudden, therefore it is better to progressively open the throttle. The 1200cc Evo being an air-cooled engine, heats up very quickly, and the effect is amplified when you are waiting at a stoplight. Also, there are a lot of vibrations throughout the rev range. All these are signs of a 30-year-old engine design. 

The first gear ratio is tall, and you can continue using it for speeds up to 70kmph which means you can stick to one gear in traffic. Out on the highways, the engine packs enough torque to keep you cruising comfortably at triple digit speeds in fifth gear - I never missed the sixth cog. However, quick overtakes require a shift to fourth gear. 

Once things slow down a bit (read, stop-and-go traffic), things get ugly pretty soon. Even in the first gear, the Roadster stutters at speeds below 25kmph leaving you no option but to feather the heavy clutch in traffic. In typical Harley-Davidson fashion, the five-speed gearbox is clunky and finding neutral is an arduous task. Even the steering feels heavy at slow speeds.

Cruisers usually have a soft front brake to prevent riders from getting into trouble by accidentally braking too aggressively, essentially a safeguard. However, given the Roadster's sporty character, the dual discs at the front offer very good initial bite and stopping power. The brake still feels a little spongy and there is a little play in the lever, but you get used to this in no time. The stiff suspension offers very little dive when you hit the front brake, further improving confidence. Also, the Roadster gets an ABS system to watch your back. 

 

Anything else I should know?

The Harley-Davidson Roadster's ergonomics have been designed to give it an aggressive riding position, quite similar to a power cruiser. The handlebar positions your hands wide and slightly above the triple clamp, causing you to lean forward. The foot pegs are set too wide apart and the tank is too narrow to get a good grip on it. Even the air box obstructs your left shin, forcing you to keep your leg away from the tank.

The seat looks comfortable, but is more or less a plank which numbs your butt within minutes. While the rear seat is slightly more comfortable, the sloped back design means that the pillion rider keeps constantly sliding off the seat. Not opting for an optional pillion back rest would be foolhardy.

Bits like the exposed wiring below the tank stick out like a sore thumb. The fuel cap looks stunning, but it doesn't have a lock which means you need to have secure parking to prevent fuel theft. Speaking of fuel, the Roadster gets a bigger 'walnut' tank in place of the Forty-Eight's 'peanut' tank (possibly referring to what your company pays you). With an average fuel consumption of 17.3kmpl, the Roadster has a real world range of just over 215km.

Why should I buy one?

Harley-Davidson is no longer just a motorcycle manufacturer, it has evolved into a lifestyle brand. Harley-Davidson bikes might be mocked as overpriced, overrated and as the motorcycle of choice for outlaws, but these have only contributed towards giving it an iconic status that it enjoys today. 

The Roadster is unapologetically conspicuous and obnoxiously loud. Besides, every time I got off the Roadster after a long ride, my back was sore, my derriere felt numb and my hearing was partially impaired. And despite all this, I had a smile plastered on my face. Owning a Harley-Davidson is not just about riding, it is about the experience. 

Sure, there are other other options to choose from, but none of them command attention the way a Harley-Davidson does. If that sense of satisfaction and the attention is what you seek, look no further. 

Where does it fit in?

The Harley-Davidson Roadster is the most expensive motorcycle in the Sportster range, priced at Rs 12.03 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). If a cruiser is what you are looking for, then the Triumph Bonneville Bobber would be a good option. The refinement of the parallel-twin engine and the classic styling make for an irresistible package. As for street bikes, you have the Yamaha MT-09 and the Ducati Monster 821. These might share the same price range, but possess totally different character than the Roadster. They also have smaller capacity engines, though the performance is on par, if not better, than the Roadster.

Gear Check

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An extremely versatile all-weather jacket. In this guise, it is being used as a ventilated mesh jacket, though it ships with two more liners - waterproof and thermal. Price – Rs 20,000.

3. Ixon Moto HP gloves – 

High quality full gauntlet leather gloves suited for city riding, touring and track use. Offers good ventilation and a high level of protection. Expensive though. Price - Rs 9,500

4. AGV Sport Airtex pants – 

Riding pants with mesh in the crotch, calf, back of legs and thigh areas which is a real boon in our hot weather. Price -Rs 6,500.

5. Sidi B2 boots – 

All-round street and sportbike riding shoes also suitable for track days. Not ventilated, which can make it uncomfortable for everyday use. Price - Rs 17,000

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Harley-Davidson Roadster mileage

As reported by Roadster owners, the real mileage of Harley-Davidson Roadster is 20 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power --

    Max Torque 98 Nm @ 4,250 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 1,202 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 88.9 mm

    Stroke 96.8 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 10.0:1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 12.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 250 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 20 kmpl

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/70R18 M/C 70V

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 260 mm

    Calliper Type Dual Piston Caliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 18 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70R19 M/C 60V

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension 43 mm inverted forks

    Rear Suspension Variable rate spring over 36 mm piston

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 259 kg

    Overall Length 2,185 mm

    Overall Width 841 mm

    Wheelbase 1,505 mm

    Ground Clearance 150 mm

    Seat Height 785 mm

    Overall Height 1,082 mm

    Chassis Type Tubular

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) --

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) --

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeHalogen And Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type55W

Brake/Tail Light--

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Harley-Davidson Roadster User Reviews

4.9 29 ratings 11 reviews
  • 4

    Visual Appeal

  • 4

    Reliability

  • 4

    Performance

  • 4

    Service Experience

  • 3

    Maintenance cost

  • 4

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  •  5Review 1 year ago by Diggaj Dharm, Gurgaon

    Very comfortable and smooth riding in city and also for long ride. Breaking is very good And pickup is just like take off. I loved it. I have only riding experiences more than 10 times. Always It feels like I am Riding this for the first time. my friend have many new bi

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    • Used it for

      Tours

    • Owned for

      Never owned

  •  5Roadster is a monster 1 year ago by Farhan Patel, Pune

    This bike is like a monster. When a person get on it, feels like that u are riding an real the fabulous, monster Harley Davidson which brings your heart adrenaline like a beats pumping up in speed and you are riding in a slow world.Awesome speed better adjustment of bik

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      120 kmpl

  •  3Always opt for 400-800cc bike for Indian roads. 1 year ago by Rohit Trivedi, Mumbai

    I believe most of the highly rated reviews are either paid or spawned by the company. Below is my review as i have this bike 4 star for touring - have been on a road trip from mumbai to goa and by god i felt like god cause the ride was smooth, less time in changing gear

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      16 kmpl

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  •  4A detailed review according to my experience 2 years ago by Aakash, Tiruchirappalli

    this is a hell of a bike , which you can find in this category and this price range...really an amazing bike and mark my words whoever reads this review , this has a massive power and the torque cannot be explained unless or until guys go for a proper spin , I own this

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      18 kmpl

  •  5Don't buy harley davidson from goa panjim dealership... 3 years ago by Yashyog, Kolhapur

    I loved the bike but i bought it from goa harley davidson but they informed me that they don't give any biking ceremony for the people buy bike there my friend bought a street 750 from pune and got amazing ceremony. But bike is really awesome for sunday rides and night

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      < 3 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

  •  5My Family Member Harley 3 years ago by Satyabhoumik Sahu, Mhow

    My Love Harley Davidson Roadster great Superbike its look Amazing Harley bike is real king Roadster easy to use nd very comfortable ride Proformance anytime A1 class Servicing and maintenance charge no matters 1 disappointed factor is ( fuel tank 11 liters ) I think fue

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      13 kmpl

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