NEW BIKES

Har­ley an­nounce 2020 metal, and one of them is a proper ad­ven­ture bike.

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Over the last five years Har­ley-david­son seemed like a hi­ber­nat­ing griz­zly, obliv­i­ous to the world mov­ing on out­side its cave. Re­peated sales falls and warn­ings that younger riders were aban­don­ing the brand were met with the sound of snor­ing and a new colour op­tion on the FXSB Sof­tail Break­out (or what­ever). But all was not what it seemed. Rather than snooz­ing, Har­ley were busy build­ing pro­to­types. Lots of pro­to­types. The re­cent batch of Sof­tails was just the start. A shock an­nounce­ment by Har­ley this month re­vealed that… The Pan Amer­ica, a 1250cc V-twin ad­ven­ture bike, will be launched in 2020. This is one of 16 new ‘mid­dleweight’ mod­els (ie not the 1600cc+ Big Twins) us­ing two all-new en­gines, one that can be ei­ther 500 or 750cc and the other 975 or 1250cc. As you can see from the photo, it’s a liq­uid-cooled, 60-de­gree V with DOHC (ie no pushrods). Styling of the Pan Amer­ica ap­pears to be a cu­ri­ous mash-up of a Mor­bidelli V8 and BMW R1200GS. The new 1250cc en­gine will also power the Cus­tom, which has the same tough, Mad Max styling theme as the re­cent Fat Bob. There’s also a 975cc Street­fighter (not sure how Du­cati will feel about the name, given that they used it first in 2009). This is per­haps the most at­trac­tive of the bunch, look­ing like a Du­cati Di­avel that’s given up its cruiser

‘This road map of the fu­ture seems a com­mend­able at­tempt to stop the rot’

pre­ten­sions. Both these will ap­pear in 2020. Livewire will be launched in 2019. Un­less some­one pulls a fast one, it will the first production elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cle built by a ma­jor man­u­fac­turer. This will be fol­lowed by all man­ner of Har­ley elec­tric two wheel­ers, down to moun­tain bikes. The idea is they get young­sters onto Har­leys, who then go on to buy big­ger ma­chines. There will also be links with ‘global lead­ing e-com­merce providers’ to sell bikes. Har­leys on Ama­zon? Don’t count it out. There will be 250cc to 500cc bikes made in Asia for the huge Asian mar­ket and more shops in malls sell­ing Har­ley clob­ber.

(Main pic) Pan Amer­ica; (Above) Street ghter; (Le ) Cus­tom

Livewire will be launched in 2019

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