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I don't think the street fighter or the adventure bike should be called Sportsters, they just aren't anywhere near what a sportster is. But the one picture they are referring to as the custom, looks a lot like a sportster.

As for the other bikes that have received upgrades and kept names, the touring bikes are still very much the same, albeit with a new engine, the Softails are still a softail, just with the new engine and frame. However some of the Dyna models, such as the Fatbob kept their old name, look a little bit like the old bike, but are on the new softail frame with the new engine.

So I don't know what the hell Harley is thinking, it really doesn't matter what I think and I just wanted to type something this morning that wasn't work related.
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These engines look like they are stuffed in there so tight that engine access would require major disassembly.
I would be interested to hear from future owners how DIY/ user-friendly these bikes are.
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These engines look like they are stuffed in there so tight that engine access would require major disassembly.
I would be interested to hear from future owners how DIY/ user-friendly these bikes are.
Agreed. Gaining performance and emissions compliance. Losing diy-friendly service and the ability to work with a “blank-canvas”. Both my Sportsters hit the ground at low speed on more than one occasion. None of those drops necessitated parts replacement or repairs.
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Please don't do the Sportster like they did the Dodge Dart, Chevy Nova, Plymouth Duster, Mitsubishi Eclipse. If the Sportster dies let the name die a respectful death. Retire the player's jersey.
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So what is a Sportster anyway? Does a new bike that looks nothing like the previous version have to have a new name? Look at how the Sportster changed over the years, The current rubber mounts look nothing like the original Sportys.

I say wait until they are released to render a verdict of whether it should keep the name
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I don't see any advantage to keeping the Sportster name for these bikes. All that would do is tick off the old timers that love the Sportster. If Harley wants to bring in new riders I see very little advantage to keeping the old name and tying it to the new bikes.

Remember it wasn't that long ago (January 2018) that Harley trademarked the names Pan America, Bronx, and 48X.

Well we have the Pan America. That street fighter could easily be the Bronx. I'm thinking the 48X is a tie in with the current Sportster 48 and the X games so maybe a dirt track version of the Sportster 48. Or the Custom model Harley just revealed could be the 48X without the Sportster name. If you look at the Sportster 48's fat front wheel and the very similar treatment of the new Custom I could see the link.
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I am excited about the models

I think HD is finally going in the right direction

BUT>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lets not call them sportsters, the Sportster has been an iconic bike 61 years with the same basic engine platform. Let that stand for what it does.

Call the new bikes something else.
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So what is a Sportster anyway? Does a new bike that looks nothing like the previous version have to have a new name? Look at how the Sportster changed over the years, The current rubber mounts look nothing like the original Sportys.

I say wait until they are released to render a verdict of whether it should keep the name
I think if you squint your eyes real hard you can see the resemblance between old and new Sportsters. Or do the Darwin thing and line up each year of Sporty and look at the evolution.
I really don't think the Sportster will ever die, (hope I didn't jinx it )
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That street fighter could easily be the Bronx.
I totally agree...

But the "48X" almost has to have the Sportster 48' tank or it would be a real stretch to call it a 48.
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I suspect that the “X” in the Bronx and 48X model names indicates that they will be powered by engines in the Revolution X family (V-Rod, Street, 975/1250).
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