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My opinion.
1957 was the Sportster. They made changes in ‘58. It wasn’t the same. ‘67 they made changes, ‘71 they made changes, ‘74, ‘77, ‘81, ‘83, 86, ect, ect. What is the difference?? Changes happen. Some better some not. The bike in your garage will always be your (fill in the year), not the ‘21 model. It’s a different bike. Take it or leave it for what it is. But ride it and see what it is first. As for looks, I can’t see much of a bike except for the handlebar clamp when I’m riding.
If Ford still built the Model T and Chevy kept changing, do you think they would still be around?

As for the rider age comments, I’m shocked. I’m in the later 50’s crowd and ride a few hundred miles a month in the dirt, a thou plus on the street with kickstart bikes and don’t see any signs of slowing anytime soon. Honestly doesn’t even cross my mind. As for a trike?? (Gasp!). I haven’t led the most healthy, straight & narrow or cautious life thus far, but some of you guys are really bumming me out!
What the heck happened??

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I am almost 60 years old, Still riding my '72 iron head. My days are numbered and
I know that I will truly miss the kick starts, the sound, the vibrations, the smell and the satisfaction of keeping old iron running. Took a trike out for a spin but something is missing.
It's the lean!
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What's the difference? From 1957 to 2021, despite all the changes, the engine had the same basic design. There were only 2 versions, the Ironhead and the EVO. And both of those felt the same and sounded the same. They have a lot of vibration, and they make a beautiful sound. Those are the reasons I ride a Sportster. I've owned and ridden over a million miles during the past 46 years on smooth quiet bikes, and I don't ever want another one. Without the Harley feel and sound, it's just another bike. H-D has done a lot more than just make a few changes this time. What they are now calling a "Sportster" is now a whole different TYPE of bike, and I want nothing to do with it. I got a Sportster to get away from that type of bike.

Riders come in all age groups. I don't know what shocks you about that. I don't see any signs of slowing down any time soon either, but as I get older, it WILL happen. It is inevitable. And if I make it into my 70s, and decide riding on two wheels is no longer safe enough, you bet I will switch to a trike. It sure beats giving up riding altogether.
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I am 62, so hopefully I have many more years of riding ahead of me. And it will all be done on REAL Harleys.

I even considered a new one, but they are all matte black, and that is just not my thing.
I'm 63, feel the same way. But, I abhor trikes, no matter the configuration.

Every time I see a matte black Sportster, I give thanks mine is a glossy Vivid Black and "traditional" engine finish. Matte black has "jumped the shark" in the last couple years, if not longer.

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There is a trike available that actually allows you to lean in the coroners. It is of the 'spyder' configuration. Cost looks like $14K! Also conventional style kits available, but, I'm guessing their out of my price range also.

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How about the training wheels they use to sell for Honda Goldwing: Google Insta Trike and Landing Gears for Goldwing. They also have a tow kit with those training wheel, will look good on the new Sportster S aka WeeRod. The Peewee Rod; Street 750 and 500 should have come as the 1250. Better look IMO.
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How about the training wheels they use to sell for Honda Goldwing: Google Insta Trike and Landing Gears for Goldwing. They also have a tow kit with those training wheel, will look good on the new Sportster S aka WeeRod. The Peewee Rod; Street 750 and 500 should have come as the 1250. Better look IMO.
A rider I know tipped over his gold wing. The mrs. did not like that at all! So, he had a trike kit installed for $13K! Yikes! (And it don't lean)
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I got to ride quite a few bikes, swapping with friends on shorter and longer rides. Sport (race) bikes are not my thing, neither is the Gold Wing. Harleys are generally ok, love the character and sound. I have to admit, V Rod was not as bad as I thought it would be, and with mid controls would be actually a sweet ride. Still, my my 48 with improved suspension is the sweetest
Now with the new Sportster S, I have to ride it to judge other than looks, if I were to buy one, definitely would look to increase suspension travel front and rear, change to mids ,and to do something visually with the left side of the bike (and about the general looks).
Being fan of the fat front tire, that seems to fit with the Sportster S quite nicely in overall profile of the bike. Gyroscopic effect or not, one of the most unsettling feelings I had was on Sportster with skinny front wheel. Didn't like how it handled, and the look over the bar made me think of bicycle wheel slapped on motorcycle. On a Softail, Fat boy over BreakOut any day (wheel wise).
Sadly, the Evo motor days are gone, at least in Europe, and whether this completely new iteration of Sportster will justify its name only time will tell.
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Well, with three Sporties and being in my mid-seventies, I’m covered. I don have to like the new offering. My consternation is will it be enough to keep the MoCo afloat? The more recent track record going back to Buell, then V-Rod and the Streets makes it hard to be positive. Is the Revolution too little too late or will it be salvation? The riding position is reminiscent of the V-Rod, too convoluted for my old body. While excited about the engine specs and that the overall that weight was kept down some are pluses. Those big ass tires don’t work for me, neither does the minimalist seat. Gas tank capacity is lacking and I really need mid controls. I fail to see the beauty in that exhaust and wonder about having that much heat under my thigh. Time will tell, will it be enough?
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