Ummm...that's more than 2 cents...😜I just got done reading about the sportster s and this is my 2¢. On paper it sounds like a hell of a ride, in regards to performance. The seat and riding position look like they’d be painful after a few miles. If I had the dough I’d consider it, to add but not replace my scout.
Personally I don’t think it resembles a sportster except for it being a v twin, the tank capacity/ its modern updated peanut like shape, the turn signals shape/ size, the size of the bike, the forward foot controls, and that they call it a sportster. So beyond that it doesn’t look, perform ie lean angle (I assume), or ride ie the feel (I assume) like a sportster. I think it should’ve just been a new model. Then again that didn’t work out so well for them with the V-rod. I’m not comparing the vrod to a sportster, two very different beast, just pointing out change in the H-D community hasn’t been that accepting of change even if it’s to make a better bike.
I think the exhaust is god awful looking, even if they did make it a whole new model vs them keeping in the sportster family. (I read elsewhere about they were killing the sportster outside the USA due to emissions). I think The trask 2-1 exhaust for the scout would suit it much better. The other thing I’d do is put mid if not rear foot controls because this thing would look better and ride better, the bike says performance vtwin and foward foot controls on it seems dumb imo.
if I look at it, past the exhaust, it looks like a good looking performance vtwin but if I look at it like a sportster it looks ugly af.
I hope they sale well, I assume they will, my only worry is the hard headed H-D riders are going to treat it like they did the v rod because of its styling. However riders closer to my age and younger aren’t as bad with change and accepting it (some older ‘cats’ are fine with change too), especially when it’s for better/ more performance and reliability. I do prefer the retro styling of my scout though and I can live with or without the new tech (like The speedo), both the scout and sportsters need more fuel capacity though.
I hope this makes indian make a more performance oriented scout but keeps the retro look. I’d Want more lean angle, more fuel capacity, take or leave the new speedo (nav is the only big draw for me personally), bigger displacement (or at the very least a big bore kit). I don’t think any of my wish list will happen though, because I don’t see the sportster S as in competition with the scout really, they’re too different of bikes. The old sportsters are only really comparable to the scout in their retro styling and size imo.
I can’t afford any new or old bike, so ultimately it really doesn’t matter for me. I’d definitely take the sportster s for a rip though! (If I could afford it I’d definitely pick it over the live wire even if the LW was cheaper) this new sportster s is the direction H-D needs to go with though. In regards to the price tag I think it’s pretty fair for what you get compared to the other sportster trims at a similar price point. Still a little high imo but by no means ridiculous like other models. (Anything over 20k for a motorcycle is ridiculous to me. 15k being my realistically/ can barley afford to finance after tag, tax, and title. Even if I had the money to blow I wouldn’t buy a motorcycle for 25k and up, especially for a stock one I don’t care what features it has or who makes it or how fast it can go. It’d have to float on water and fly too, for those prices!!!)