“We basically saved Harley,” says Sons of Anarchy co-star Mark Boone Jr. (Bobby) to Susan Carpenter of The Hollywood Reporter. In a time before the economic meltdown, motorcycle sales, especially for Harley-Davidson, were booming. After the collapse, sales have only started to pick up again within the past two years (at nowhere near pre-2008 levels, however). Boone Jr. seems […]
2014 Harley-Davidson Sportsters Receive ABS and Keyless Security Options
Harley-Davidson revealed a five-model Sportster lineup for 2014 with some minor updates including new options for ABS and the H-D Smart Security System. The 2014 Sportster line consists of the 883cc SuperLow and Iron 883 and the 1200cc Forty-Eight, Seventy-Two and 1200 Custom.
All five models received new brakes, with larger 300mm front rotors replacing the old 292mm discs. The brake calipers are also larger, with 34mm pistons replacing the old unit’s 25mm pistons. A new front master cylinder has been designed for improved efficiency. The rear brakes still use 260mm discs, but they’re now clamped by dual 38mm pistons instead of a single piston caliper used in previous years.
For added braking performance in less-than-ideal conditions, the Sportsters are available with ABS as a factory-installed option for an extra $795.
Also available as a factory-installed option is Harley-Davidson’s keyless security system. Instead of a key, Sportster owners can use a wireless fob. When the fob is a distance away from the motorcycle, the security system automatically engages and disables the ignition. When the rider and fob return, the security system turns off and the engine may be started with a keyless ignition system. The keyless security option is available for $395.
While the engines haven’t changed, the exhaust ysstme has been updated with fully-welded header pipes and new heated oxygen sensors linked to a closed-loop emissions circuit to reduce emissions.
The wire harness and voltage regulator are new, and the oil tank and side cover have been revised to make it easier to access the battery and diagnostic terminal. Along with the new wiring come instrument console with analog speedometer and digital tachometer. The hand controls have also been updated with a new switch on the left switchgear to toggle through the digital screen’s display.
Harley-Davidson will also offer 11 new colors and two-tone color combinations and graphics, not to mention new custom paint sets for the 1200 Custom through the H-D1 Factory Customization program.