2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster

The new Roadster™ motorcycle combines stoplight-to-stoplight power, agility and garage-built custom style to shatter every mold.

Tucked in, fast back style and corner cranking torque for a street eating machine.

The Roadster™ combines low-end torque, agile handling and garage-built custom style. It’s refined performance package includes 43mm inverted front forks, dual disc brakes, adjustable rear suspension and new dual gauge instrumentation with speedo and tach. You get a chopped rear fender and a side mount license plate (US only) to complement its iconic tank. The riding position is aggressive, but comfortable, thanks to the new two up seat, mid-mount controls, lowered bars and 19-inch front and 18-inch rear offset-split 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels. Turn the 1200cc Evolution® engine loose at the nearest green light.

Authentic Styling

  • BLACKED-OUT STYLING: There’s plenty of black to bring a dark edge to the garage-built look of the Roadster™ motorcycle. The mirrors, belt guard and headlamp are black. The oval air cleaner has a black insert. There are slotted black exhaust shields and a blacked-out powertrain.
  • NEW PAINT AND GRAPHICS: The paint and graphics on the new Roadster™ are an unmistakable nod to the performance heritage that runs deep in the Motor Company.
  • SLAMMED HANDLEBARS AND NEW GAUGE: You get the performance look and feel of slammed handlebars on the Roadster™. The riding position is aggressive. And the new gauge includes a speedometer and tach so you can keep track of what’s going on in your power plant.
  • NEW LIGHT-WEIGHT OFFSET SPLIT 5-SPOKE WHEELS: The Roadster™ comes rolling out of the factory on new light-weight, offset split 5-spoke wheels. They give you a custom look, easy-steering and a better power to weight ratio. Now it’s your turn to squeeze every ounce of performance out of this ride.
  • NEW TWO-UP SEAT SAND REAR TAIL SECTION:The garage-built custom look of the Roadster™ is evident in the new seat and tail section of the bike. Simple, minimal and raw. The seat has a low profile, performance look, and the fender has been chopped 1.5” to accentuate the rear wheel. There’s also a side-mount license plate to keep the fender and wheel clean.
  • AIR BOX WITH FINNED TIMER COVER: The air box on the Roadster™ is the classic oval, a nod to the heritage of the Sportster® motorcycle and the V-Twin engine at its heart. It’s painted to match the finish on the engine and paired with a finned timer cover to add to the classic, street custom finish on this machine.
  • CHROME EXHAUST SHIELDS WITH BLACKED-OUT MUFFLER SHIELDS: The Roadster™ features classic 2-into-2 tapered blunt cut mufflers. The pipes are chrome, but thanks to slotted black muffler shields things don’t get too bright.
  • SIDE-MOUNT LICENSE PLATE: There’s a side-mount license plate that keeps the chopped rear fender and rear wheel clean.


  • NEW TWO-UP SEAT: The new two-up seat on the Roadster™ motorcycle is the optimal combination of comfort and custom style. It’s a low profile, with a nice, deep scoop to keep you firmly planted under acceleration, and it puts you just 30.9 inches off the ground for a low center of gravity and confident handling.
  • PREMIUM EMULSION-TYPE WITH PRE-LOAD: The premium emulsion-type rear shocks on the Roadster™ are all new. They feature a screw-style adjustable pre-load so you can dial the ride in to your style. They give you solid handling, and keep your rubber in contact with the asphalt over the bumps and cracks in the road.


  • DUAL DISC BRAKES WITH FLOATING ROTORS: There’s no question you’ve got a lot of muscle behind you when you’re on the Roadster™ motorcycle. That’s why you’ve got dual disc front brakes with floating rotors in front of you. The more confident you are in stopping, the better the going gets.
  • NEW 43 MM FRONT SUSPENSION WITH INVERTED FORKS: At the front of the Roadster™ motorcycle, you’ll notice a new 43 mm front suspension with inverted forks. They feature cartridge damping and the brawny look of massive new triple clamps. They keep your rubber on the road when the pavement gets rough.
  • NEW STEERING GEOMETRY: As part of the new performance package, we engineered a new steering geometry for the Roadster™. The result for you is easy, nimble handling and a confidence-inspiring ride.
  • DUNLOP®HARLEY-DAVIDSON® SERIES RADICAL BLACK WALL TIRES: When you have the combination of this much power and agility, you want sticky rubber to make the most of it. The Roadster™ delivers with Harley-Davidson® Series Radial Black Wall tires.

Iconic Engine

  • 1200 CC AIR-COOLED EVOLUTION®V-TWIN POWER: The Evolution® engine—known in certain crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1984. Born from legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution® engine broke new ground in displacement innovation while maintaining the hunger for power, durability and proven reliability that The Motor Company was built on.
  • ICONIC 1200 CC AIR-COOLED EVOLUTION®ENGINE: The Motor Company was built on the feeling our engines deliver to the rider, and decades of riding experience went into the development of this one. Born from the legendary engines of our history, the 1200 cc Air-Cooled Evolution® V-Twin is renowned for its massive low-end torque and soul-satisfying sound. Lightweight aluminum heads and cylinders improve air-cooling efficiency, which means reliability that will last for years.


  • California Emissions Fee - $100

General Information

Manufacturer Harley-Davidson
Model Year 2017
Model Roadster
Color Vivid Black


Brakes Front / Rear - Dual-piston
Wheels Front / Rear - Black Offset, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum

Front - 120/70R19 M/C

Rear - 150/70R18 M/C


Length 86 in.

As Shipped - 549 lb.

In Running Order - 568 lb.

Ground Clearance 5 in.
Wheelbase 59.3 in.
Seat Height

Laden - 29.5 in.

Unladen - 30.9 in.


Lighting High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery


Engine Evolution®
Displacement 1202 cc
Bore x Stroke 3.5 in. x 3.811 in.
Torque 76 ft.- lb. @ 3,750 rpm
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Fuel Capacity 3.3 gal.
MPG Rating Combined City / Hwy - 48
Cooling Air
Exhaust Shorty-dual exhaust with chrome tapered mufflers with laser cut black heat shields
Gear Ratio


1st - 9.315

2nd - 6.653

3rd - 4.948

4th - 4.102

5th - 3.517


Oil Capacity With filter - 2.8 qt.
Primary Drive Chain, 38 / 57 ratio
Rake Steering head (deg) - 28.9
Trail 5.5 in.


Additional Colors

Vivid Black

Black Denim

Velocity Red Sunglo

Billet Silver / Vivid Black