water cooled harley davidson

Patent Drawing for Liquid Cooled HD Motorcycle

I ran across and interesting post on MotorBikeWriter.com a few days ago regarding this subject.  I have often wondered about this and was always curious why the VRod is the only water cooled bike in the HD stable. But, I never put any real effort in looking into this effort and I doubt that anyone in Milwaukee would answer the question for me!  LOL.

But, after a few Bing searches I came up with some surprising things like the Cycle Word report on Harley’s patent for water cooling the heads.  Even more detail on the patent was on The Kneeslider.com, although I wonder how much the radiators in the lower fairings would warm my feet.

Now I know that many of the hard core Harley Davidson fans out there would be put out by the departure from history.  Many of them (me) enjoy the simplicity and tradition but, the fact is that the EPA is going to force this sooner or later. Based on what I see in the patent drawings and things I read looking into this, I think Harley is attempting to go liquid cooled in a manner what will not change the classic look of an HD motorcycle.

  1. Even Harley can’t win out against the EPA forever – it’s going to happen, and probably sooner than later, but you’re right; at least, from the drawing, it looks like Harley may be trying to keep things as “normal” as possible. The rads would be annoying to us in the summer, blowing hot air on our feet, but in the fall, having something warming our feet up may not be a bad thing! Hell, people pay extra for heated grips – think of this as heated floorboards. You just can’t turn ’em off, that’s all.

  2. Thanks for following my blog, but can I please correct the address? It’s Motorbikewriter.com (not motorbikerider). You’re welcome to click on “follow” on my blog and I will keep you up to date with the latest bike news. I’m traveling to the 2014 Harley model launch in Denver next week and will be posting the latest info.

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