All Five 2014 Harley Sportster Models Get New Brakes, Optional ABS, Keyless Security

Sportster72The confidence-inspiring control offered by ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is a new option for all 2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster® model motorcycles. The five-model Sportster line also features updated hand controls and brake components, improved service access, and an optional H-D® Smart Security System with a proximity-based, hands-free security fob. Since its introduction in 1957, the Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle has combined nimble handling and distinctive style in perfect tune with the charismatic beat of an American V-Twin engine. From the Dark Custom™ menace of the Iron 883™ and Forty-Eight® to the easy-handling ride of the SuperLow®; the radical chopper rake of the Seventy-Two™ to the factory custom options of the 1200 Custom, there’s a Harley-Davidson Sportster model to fit your vision and attitude.

Sportster48New 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.

Sportster1200COptional ABS: Offered as a stand-alone, factory-installed option for all 2014 Sportster models. 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.

SportsterIron883NH-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.

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.

Sportster883SuperLowNew 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.

2014 USA MSRP. From top to bottom. Sportster Seventy-Two MSRP $10,849, Sportster Forty-Eight  MSRP $10,479, 1200 Custom MSRP $10,649, Sportster Iron 883  MSRP $8,399, Sportster Superlow  MSRP $8,249

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26 Responses to “All Five 2014 Harley Sportster Models Get New Brakes, Optional ABS, Keyless Security”


  1. 1 fuji Aug 23rd, 2013 at 8:34 am

    The sound . Reaching with Harley davidson dazzle me. I hear nervous

  2. 2 A 1 MIKE Aug 23rd, 2013 at 8:35 am

    since 04 the xl package is like 10 pounds of stuff in a 5 pound bag..i cant imagine where they put the valves for the abs…the original battery barely fits, the wiring harness runs exposed up the back bone, and the extras hung off the left side in front of the side cover are just plain gross….xl are supposed to be stripped down fun. not safety machines with tons of extra options no one wants…its painfull watching Harley die a slow death the whole time thinking they are keeping up

  3. 3 Matt W. Aug 23rd, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Glad to see the Victory like electronic multi-function speedometers finally showing up on Harley cruisers. Competition is a good thing =).

  4. 4 Romano Aug 23rd, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Still the best bikes from Harley.

  5. 5 P. Hamilton. Aug 23rd, 2013 at 9:36 am

    The 48 is pretty cool.

  6. 6 Woody's Aug 23rd, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Yup, the 48 looks sharp, top one looks stupid with the tall front tire (wonder where they GET stupid concepts like that… ;) )

  7. 7 lil jack Aug 23rd, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Wait till Indian puts out their Scout model!!!

  8. 8 Kirk Perry Aug 23rd, 2013 at 11:43 am

    The 2013 and 2014 are seemingly *front-end heavy and the larger diameter front brake disc was needed.
    * Front-end heavy is to mean that when your up to speed and then slowing-down for a turn, the front of the bike still has a lot inertia going on.
    ••••••••••••••••••••••
    Watching Keith Wandell being interviewed by Charlie Rose on CBS this morning, and being asked what made Harley-Davidson different from other motorcycles. “Freedom” and “American Heritage” were answers Keith came up with. Nothing about the cylinders firing order – that when the front piston is 7/16″ from BTDC (before top dead-center), the flywheels have already completed a 360-degree rotation from the rear piston’s TDC (top dead-center) plus an additional 45-degrees (distance between the two cylinders) for 405-degrees of flywheel rotation.
    Keith could have clearly illustrated this firing order by holding up his arms crossed in front of him, clinched fist, then moving his arms and fists, pumping them up and down like pistons., while telling his story.
    “It’s the lost-spark rotation Charlie!” The front cylinder is “Po”, the lost spark rotation is “Tay” and the final detonation at 405-degrees is “To(e)”. Then asked Gail King if that makes any sense at all. Imo, Keith could have lit the room up, using visual aids while story-telling.
    ••••••••••••••••••••••
    The 2014 tank emblems are the same. I guess you guys get a tach with your speedo and gear indicator for 2014, that’s cool. Just remember, the stock Sportster’s gear ratio is very close using the stock 29-T transmission pulley and produces an unremarkable shifting band. Change that pulley to a HDI (H-D International) 30-T and you’ve created a “Super Sportster” that the factory refuses to make. Believe it or not.
    I’ve been told by someone in England, that the 30-T (HDI) pulleys are used on all export Sportsters (Europe, Asia, etc.)

  9. 9 Terence Tory Aug 23rd, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    A 1 MIKE,You’re 100% right.

  10. 10 Boris Aug 23rd, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Sportsters are still a lot of fun to ride. But… how about this? New, lighter-weight frame with more ground clearance built in; bump the motor up to 82 cubic inches but lighten the flywheels a bit; six-speed transmission; bring back the Nightster-style tank (classic peanut shape, but holds more fuel); make an oil cooler standard. Oh yeah, mid-mounted controls as standard too, please, on all models. Make the forward controls an option.

  11. 11 Mack Aug 23rd, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    @borris Agree whats a sportster without mids ?….not as much fun …48 does look good though

  12. 12 Terence Tory Aug 23rd, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Boris,a current XL motor with more cubes,combined with the later model small diameter crank pin and lighter flywheels would probably fly to bits.It’s sad the Sportster line is devolving into a tacky combo of exposed wiring all over the place and plastic covers trying to hide the mess.I can’t work out why they sell a heavy bike with only a weak single front disc brake.

  13. 13 Kirk Perry Aug 23rd, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    The forward controls are an option. Imo, combined with the mini-ape handlebars, it puts the rider in more of a command position for lifting off the seat slightly to avoid a spine-jamming hit, when passing over one of the multitudes of un-compacted, and since subsided, pipe line trenches more of a deft move, than an effort.

    Test ride the “pull back risers and speedster handlebar combination with mid and then with forward controls.Then test-ride a forward control and mini-ape set-up and I bet you’ll like it better, if your main interest is distance riding and not short hops.

  14. 14 BobS Aug 23rd, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    ABS on a Sportster? I guess girls need to stop too. Lol, KIDDING!!!!

  15. 15 Jeffrey Aug 23rd, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Still no rear suspension travel or decent ground clearance.

  16. 16 Pinhead Aug 23rd, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    The 2014 sportsters are now using a LAN system. This greatly reduces the number of wires and components (fuses and relays) being used, giving room to incorporate the ABS. The touring models are also going to a LAN system for 2014.

  17. 17 sportytrash Aug 24th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    BobS kidding or not I kinda sorta gota agree. Look at the late 60′s bikes top of steering neck about same plane as top of seat. My ’93 with 2004 heads, 15″ shocks and 2.25 gallon tank is approaching a good motorcycle. Better yet when I get proper 18″ back wheel installed. 60 MPG too (personal best). Incidentally always thought a frame mount that was predecked out with roses would be fun machine to build the holy hell out of. To hell with your father’s Oldsmobile this ain’t yo mammy’s sporty. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see folks in the wind. I just can’t fathom why (besides greed) the factory wouldn’t have a taller seat and shocks (LET ALONE SHOCKS THAT WORK) as an option. Oh yeah what about four valve heads like they did in the what the frigging 1920′s??? Got to find a nerve pill. Flip your patch?

  18. 18 Terence Tory Aug 24th, 2013 at 1:30 am

    sportytrash,get a 17 inch rear and enjoy a far wider choice of tires from cheapo to grippy.The fitted outside circumference difference of fitted 17′s and 18′s is very minor.Buchanan’s could advise you on the right size of rim/tire combination to steer well and not just look fat.Bear in mind that more fatter the rim/tire combination you go for is,will take away the sharper steering that your longer shocks have given you.A 130 rear will steer sharper than a 140 if you get my drift.

    The Factory will always keep XL’s uncomfortable to feed the pounded asses towards the Big Twins in the showroom.

  19. 19 rebel Aug 24th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    maybe by 2020 they can improve the dyna kickstand location

  20. 20 Kirk Perry Aug 24th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    After 1,000 miles look for bonded specks of melted rubber that’s been cast-off from the rear belt to the muffler fried to the chrome.
    The dealership said carefully remove it with Easy-Off®, to a WARM muffler, and then be sure to remove any Easy-Off residue afterwards.

    Ride well my friends. :)

  21. 21 D.P. Farley Aug 25th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Ten thousand dollars plus some, is way too much money for a slow, poor handling and bad breaking machine, did I mention “uncomfortable”. A Triumph is a better ride for the price, and actually has more “Street Cool”, plus you can pack a “babe” on it for a quick trip to the “pub”, beach or whatever, those “ironing board” seats have that potential:-)

  22. 22 Kirk Perry Aug 26th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    The problem with paying less than 12k for a 1200 Sportster is that, it costs that much to “push a headwind”.
    It’s not been proven that you can load any other motorcycle on earth with windshields, and a passenger, and then not have to “lean over the handlebars” to make it go faster.

    Anything less than 1200cc is not going to “scare” you. If the motorcycle doesn’t scare you, then you’ll lose respect for it, and quite possibly will lead to “riding over your head” and a crash n’ burn, imo.
    It costs 12k (out the door) minimum to purchase fear. Does this make any sense at all?

  23. 23 Kirk Perry Aug 27th, 2013 at 1:43 am
  24. 24 Kirk Perry Aug 28th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Nobody’s getting any younger. IMO, rob your investment account of 15K and buy a 1200cp Sportster from the bike builder program and have it made like you want it to be.
    It took exactly one-week. Ordered the bike on a Wednesday in California, they made the Sportster in Wisconsin or wherever they’re made now, and the bike was delivered on the following Wednesday. 7-days from concept to asphalt.
    Don’t half-step. Get the 5-year warranty and run the bike on fossil oil for the first 100 miles, then change-out to HD “complete synthetic” and move on with your life.
    The Sportster is different than my Panhead. It’s an electric-start motor and sits patiently as 5-years of warrantied fun. All I have to do is keep the tire pressure up to between 38-41 psi and full of 91-octane and let my mind roll-on out there in the wilderness.
    Buying the 1200cp Sportster is the best decision I’ve made in a long time. Being a factory custom is a double-investment return, because more people will “want what I built”, rather than what the factory is “time-constraint allowed” to build.
    It’s easy to run circles around a “showroom job”. You’re not going to see a 30-T final drive Sportster shipped from the factory in America, because it is “business model financially illegal” and just “too custom” to cater too on a onesy-twosy basis.
    15K is not that much money for a long term double-fun investment. Rob your savings.

  25. 25 Kirk Perry Aug 28th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I meant 1,000 miles not 100.

  26. 26 Kirk Perry Aug 28th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I have 1401 miles on my 2013 Sportster 1200cp. I’m still learning things about it.

    Don’t be misled by the term “forward controls”. The position of the forward controls on the 1200cp put your feet in the same position as the 1936-1964 Big Twin foot boards.

    The straight-up “easy rider” position of the mini-ape bars in the top photo, is not how they’ll appear on a 1200cp, which are slanted back more, that brings the twist-grips closer to your ears, providing the natural “jackhammer” over-lord seating as a dirt bike, but with the low center-point of gravity of a choppa’. The mini-ape bars and lever positions are adjusted to your reach by the tech, with you sitting on the machine.

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