The average top speed for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is around 115 mph and the average time from 0 to 60 mph is around 4.3 seconds. The fastest model, the FXDR, reaches 160 mph and the time from 0 to 60 mph is around 2.5 seconds.
In this article, we look at how fast Harley-Davidson motorcycles are and how that compares to other motorcycles.
We will look at the following:
- How fast are Harley-Davidsons?
- How they compare to other motorcycles
- What does all of this really mean?
- Video – Racing Harley-Davidson
How fast are Harley-Davidsons?
The average top speed for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is around 115 mph and the average time from 0 to 60 mph is around 4.3 seconds. I was able to calculate this from data I collected from various sources but as you can see in the table below there are still a few I was unable to find.
The collected data are all from the latest models (2019 and 2020).
|Model||Top Speed||0-60 mph|
|Livewire||110 mph*||3,0 sec*|
|Street Rod||110 mph||4,5 sec|
|Street 750||110 mph||4,6 sec|
|Iron 883||105 mph||5,6 sec|
|Forty Eight||110 mph||4,3 sec|
|Iron 1200||118 mph||4,2 sec|
|Roadster||110 mph||4,2 sec|
|Low Rider S||120 mph||4,0 sec|
|Fat Bob 114||110 mph||3,5 sec|
|Sport Glide||115 mph||NA|
|Softail Slim||125 mph||4,2 sec|
|Low Rider||120 mph||NA|
|Street Bob||125 mph||4,5 sec|
|Heritage Classic||110 mph||4,4 sec|
|Breakout 114||115 mph||4,6 sec|
|Fat Boy 114||110 mph||5,0 sec|
|FXDR 114||160 mph||2,5 sec|
|Road Glide Limited||105 mph||5,0 sec|
*Updated 11 September 2020
How they compare to other motorcycles and vehicles
The fastest Harley-Davidson motorcycle (FXDR) just almost reaches the speed that a decent sportbike is able to do. But if you consider the fact that it’s still a cruiser, those numbers are actually quite impressive, especially the time from 0 to 60 mph.
|Model||Top Speed||0-60 mph|
|Honda CBR 1000 RR||178 mph||2,9 sec|
|Ducati Panigale V4||191 mph||2,8 sec|
|Porsche 911||183 mph||4,2 sec|
|Average H-D||115 mph||4,3 sec|
|H-D FXDR 114||160 mph||2,5 sec|
|H-D Iron 883||105 mph||5,6 sec|
What does all of this really mean?
I would like to ask you a question; why does the top speed matter so much to you? I mean, even the Iron 883 reaches a decent speed above the national speed limit. Are you planning on taking it to the track? If not, why the hell do you care how fast it goes?
Harleys haven’t been in the racing scene since the 60s. Well, that’s not completely true (see the video at the end). They aren’t targeting the guys and gals that have a death wish, instead, they want to attract those that want to live (kinda like a liberation movement).
But we all know freedom isn’t free and the same goes for buying one of Harley-Davidson’s “freedom machines”. They are expensive and that might make you think twice before buying one. But still, they offer a lot more than speed if you have ever heard one start and idle.
Video – Racing Harley-Davidson
Of course, I don’t know why you would like to have this information but I hope it helps. I want to be clear on this. I love my sportbikes and a naked bike is like my spirit animal, but there’s a lot more to riding motorcycles than just going fast.
Featured image by ashamcha on Instagram.
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