Harley-Davidson Updates 2014 Sportster Lineup

2014 Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson has updated its five-model Sportster lineup for 2014, offering a few options that were never before available for the motorcycle.

The upgrades include new brakes with optional ABS, upgraded hand controls, optional H-D Smart Security System with hands-free key fob, and new color options.

Jennifer Gersch (Product Planning Manager, Outreach) says: “Any motorcycle rider of any experience level can encounter unanticipated road conditions, or a situation that requires maximal braking performance.

“When that happens, ABS technology can help the rider maintain control under braking. Even when the road is clean and the weather is perfect, riding with ABS offers an added level of security many riders appreciate.”

The Sportster, first introduced in 1957 and one of Harley’s most popular models, arrives in five models for 2014. Three are powered by the Air-cooled Evolution 73.4 ci (1202cc) engine that produces 70.8 ft/lbs of torque – the 1200 Custom, the 60s-chopper styled Seventy-Two, and the Dark Customs Forty-Eight. The other two are powered by the 53.9 ci (883cc) that produces 53.8 ft/lbs of torque – the SuperLow and the Dark Custom Iron 883.

And due to the upgrades, the base prices of the 2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster lineup increased a few hundred dollars. Starting prices (MSRP) are as follows:

  • SuperLow: $8,249
  • Iron 883: $8,399
  • 1200 Custom: $10,649
  • Forty-Eight: $10,749
  • Seventy-Two: $10,849

Following are the new features on the 2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster Lineup:

New Brakes:

The front and rear braking system of all 2014 Sportster models has been redesigned to offer premium performance. Front rotor diameter is increased from 292mm to 300mm. A restyled front-brake caliper features a more-rigid design and dual 34mm pistons that are 36 percent larger than the previous 25mm pistons, for increase braking power.

A new high-efficiency aluminum front master cylinder offers reduced friction for improved over-all brake feel. Rear brake rotor diameter is unchanged at 260mm, but the rear caliper is restyled and updated with dual 38mm pistons. Front and rear brakes are fitted with Original Equipment braided stainless steel brake lines that resist expansion and enhance brake feel. The clutch lever mount has been restyled to complement the styling of the brake hand control.

Optional ABS:

Offered as a stand-alone, factory-installed option for all 2014 Sportster models, ABS is designed to help the rider maintain control during braking events, especially those that happen in less-than-optimal conditions. The components of the Harley-Davidson ABS have been designed and packaged to be virtually invisible, preserving the uncluttered styling of the area around the wheels. This is not a linked ABS, so the rider maintains full, independent control of both front and rear brakes.

Integrated Electrical System:

An all-new electrical system incorporates a new analog speedometer with digital tachometer, restyled ergonomic hand controls, an updated wire harness and voltage regulator, and a new oil tank and side cover design that makes it easier to access and service the battery and diagnostic terminal. The new hand controls include a left-hand Trip switch to toggle through screen displays on the new speedometer, including an odometer, tripmeter and the new gear indicator and RPM display.

H-D Smart Security System:

Available as a stand-alone, factory-installed option for all Sportster models, the Smart Security System features hands-free operation with a proximity-based security fob and new keyless ignition. When the rider leaves the motorcycle with the fob, the security system is automatically enabled and the ignition is deactivated. When the rider approaches the motorcycle with the fob, the security system is automatically disabled and the motorcycle may be started immediately. Sportster models may be ordered without the Smart Security System, and will then be equipped with a traditional keyed ignition.

New Exhaust Emissions Features:

An updated exhaust system features fully-welded header pipes and new heated oxygen sensors linked to a closed-loop emissions circuit, all to improve emissions performance.

H-D1 Factory Customization:

Two new custom paint sets for the Sportster 1200 Custom are available through H-D1 Factory Customization, a web-based program that allows customers to select factory-installed options that personalize fit, function and style in more than 2,000 combinations.

By choosing from different wheels, paint and engine finishes, the customer can dramatically alter the look of the motorcycle. Different combinations of foot-control location, seat choices and handlebar can be selected to adjust the fit of the motorcycle to rider stature. Customers can expect to be riding their new bike in as little as four weeks from the time an order is placed with an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer. The new paint sets are: Charcoal Pearl Eagle Graphic and Mysterious Red Paisley Skull.

New Colors and Graphics:

Eleven new colors and two-tone color combinations, plus new graphics, will be offered on the 2014 Sportster models (not all colors are available on each model).

  •  Three new Hard Candy Custom metal flake colors: Hard Candy Volcanic Orange Flake, Hard Candy Voodoo Purple Flake, Hard Candy Chrome Flake
  •  Five new solid colors: Amber Whiskey, Blackened Cayenne, Morocco Gold, Mysterious Red Sunglo, Charcoal Pearl
  •  Three new two-tone color combinations: Mysterious Red Sunglo/ Blackened Cayenne Sunglo, Amber Whiskey/ Brilliant Silver, Charcoal Pearl/ Vivid Black.