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Rumors and renders of upcoming new Harley Davidson models

Contrary to the banter that half of Harley Davidson’s remaining target audience ride in a rocking chair, and the other half grope nursing home carers, the company is expanding its product line with might and main. If the company’s plans come true, in addition to cruisers, there will be a whole range of models on sale, even wider than any of their competitors, from electric scooters to 145-horse tournaments. And here are two more models to look forward to in Harley’s lineup in the coming years – the Cafe Racer and the Flat Tracker, both powered by the new Revolution Max engine.

A new liquid-cooled engine with two overhead camshafts on each of the two V-cylinders will be installed in the new Pan America Harley touring vehicle, as well as in the Bronx streetfighter, which were announced in late 2019 and will go into production this year. year. The announcement of these bikes marked the beginning of the program “More Roads for Harley Davidson”announced in July 2018, and according to the same program, the Revolution Max engine is expected on at least five streetfighter models, five custom cars and two tourenduros.

Harley Davidson flat tracker

Both models in question most likely belong to the promised series of streetfighters, starting with the Bronx model. Their images first appeared as planned “leaks” in a Harley Davidson document to investors last September, and then Harley filed with the European patent office describing and depicting what production versions of these bikes would look like.

The first is a flat tracker that definitely goes back to the Harley XG750R racing car. The shape of the tank and seat is almost identical to this model, and the two tailpipes on the right side also closely resemble the XG configuration, while simultaneously referencing the classic Harley XR750.

Harley Davidson flat trackerHarley Davidson flat tracker

And although the image in the document for investors has a low resolution, so it cannot be said for sure, but apparently there is an inscription on the air filter “975” – indicating that this is the same engine as in the Bronx. This means that it has a claimed 115bhp and 95Nm of torque, which should be more than enough given the narrow off-road rear tire. In addition, the 975 cc engine and the older 145 hp 1250 cc engine used in the first version of Pan America are superficially identical, which means Harley will be able to fit any of these engines into any suitable chassis.

The new sketches show some minor changes from the first sketches – including sleeker radiator caps and a sump guard, which also houses an oil cooler. The changes also affected the turn signals – they moved, as did the dashboard, which now hides behind the front fairing, imitating a number plate, in which a rectangular diode headlight is built.

The bike’s chassis resembles a Bronx, including the same fork and the same Brembo braking system, but the triangular tubular swingarm is exclusive to the flat tracker.

Original document “More Roads for Harley Davidson” It is quite credibly reported that one touring vehicle – Pan America – and one streetfighter / classic – Bronx – will be released in 2020. And for 2021, the same document promises at least six classics / streetfighters. Surely, the flat tracker will be one of the promised models (or two at once, if we consider both options for cubic capacity).

Harley Davidson Cafe Racer

Harley Davidson Cafe RacerHarley Davidson Cafe Racer

The second novelty, the link to which was found in the patent application, is a cafe racer, which again confirms “leakage” in the September docs. Like the flat tracker, the novelty is based on the Bronx Revolution Max 975 engine, and a 1250 cc version is also possible. The novelty (or both) is expected this year as the 2021 model year.

The chassis is again similar to the Bronx and to the flat tracker, with the same fork and brakes, but again the model has its own swingarm – a simple straight design – and a rear suspension based on the classic two shock absorbers instead of a monoshock.

And although this model is from a completely new segment for Harley Davidson, its design is quite recognizable. The forward-sloping snub nose fairing is a distinctive visual touch used on a variety of bikes from the Road Glide to the Low Rider, not to mention the VR1000, which also features a circular headlight in a similar trapezoidal environment. Further, the shape of the tank is somewhat reminiscent of the Sportster, and the seat is the XR1200 in a sleeker design.

Compared to September “leakage”The Cafe Racer’s published patent-pending design features a taller steering wheel with conventional (rather than end) mirrors.

Harley Davidson Cafe RacerHarley Davidson Cafe Racer

Other future models

These bikes, as well as the Bronx, Pan America and an as-yet unnamed custom model also featured in “More Roads for Harley Davidson” are the tools that can transform Harley Davidson into a company with a much broader target audience. But they are just the tip of the iceberg. In total, the plan includes 16 new liquid-cooled V-twin mid-size models from three different series: two Pan America touring cars, nine streetfighters / classics, and five custom models ranging from 500 to 1250 cubic meters. The younger 500 and 750 cc models will undoubtedly be based on existing Revolution X engines – like the Street 750, Street 500 and Street Rod models, while the 975 cc and 1250 cc bikes – powered by Revolution Max – will be completely new.

In addition, Harley plans to release at least one small in-line rower this year – a 338cc motorcycle, created in collaboration with the Chinese company QianJiang, owner of Benelli, which has proven itself well on the Russian market under the Stels brand. Harley blueprints show that the new product will be extremely similar to the Benelli 302S, including a similar engine and chassis design, but with characteristic Harley design cues and a different cubic capacity – this will be achieved through the use of component combinations from two Benelli engines – 302 and 502.

This model will aim to increase Harley Davidson’s presence in growing markets such as India, and the company is also expected to take another major step forward with the launch of e-bikes. Two to five electric models will be released in 2021-22, including the scooter, but the most interesting of them we find the midsize e-bike with the appearance of a tracker. Specified in investor documents as EDT600R, it is likely to be based on the same technologies as the impressive but expensive LiveWire and make them more accessible to a larger audience at a more affordable price.

If Harley Davidson plays this card right, it will give the American company a huge head start against competitors who are barely (and with great apprehension) approaching the division of the new electric vehicle market.

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