Home Product listing The new Harley-Davidson Sportster will receive the new 975 Revolution Max engine

The new Harley-Davidson Sportster will receive the new 975 Revolution Max engine


It will only be a few hours before Harley-Davidson integrates the next-generation Sportster into its lineup. The brand has presented teaser after teaser without too many details, except for a few photos, but new evidence confirms that there will be a “revolution” in the range’s powertrain.

It was previously speculated that Harley-Davidson might use a smaller displacement version of the Sportster S’ Revolution Max 1250T engine. The signs pointed to a less performance-oriented bike, as the teasers showed a single front disc brake, a telescopic front fork and dual rear shocks. Expect the new Sportster model to be unveiled by April 12, 2022, until then all we have are photos and quotes from the marketing minds of HD.

Now, however, there is evidence to support this claim. Moto.com managed to unearth some pretty compelling evidence to suggest that Harley-Davidson downsized a Revolution Max engine to 975cc, which is highlighted in an official product listing, not for the bike itself, but for machined aluminum mirrors. To top it off, the product sheet for these mirrors is published on the Harley-Davidson website under the name “Wild mirrors.“Did Harley-Davidson skid before launch?

The product page details that the new mirrors will be “[fit] Models equipped with a Revolution Max engine from 2021 (RH975 and RH1250S models” and “requires separate purchase of Handlebar End Cap,“Now my first question is why didn’t Harley just bundle the kit together in the first place? Kidding aside, the evidence unearthed is pretty conclusive on the engine thanks to the product code ‘RH975’.

“S” for Harley-Davidson signifies a model that puts more emphasis on performance, so this new 975 version is something a little less serious indicating that the model will fill a gap between Harley-Davidson motorcycles under the age range. liter and the rest of the biggest bikes in the line. Models like the Iron 883 have already been discontinued in Europe, leaving HD without an entry-level bike. Maybe the new RH975 is the solution to that.

Harley-Davidson has also trademarked some names in recent years, according to Moto.comto like “Nightster,” and “48X“, and of the two, the Harley-Davidson Nightster seems like a pretty viable candidate for the official model name.

We just have to wait one more day before the new Nightster/48X Sportster comes under cover. Pricing is still unknown at this point, but given the Sportster S’s $15,499 tag, we’re sure hoping the HD makes its 975cc version a nice chunk of change cheaper than the top-end model.