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BAM! Harley Davison updates on 4 new motorcycles!

Harley Davidson just dropped information on 4 new motorcycles. This is part of their 50 in 5 program of introducing completely new products to their lineup. Well I am nothing like a “real” motorcycle journalist but here is my take. Make sure you watch the video at the top of the page introducing the new motorcycles.

New Engine???? Visually the powerplant on these new bikes do not look like the current motorcycle motors. I get the vibe that they maybe another, updated, versions of the V-Rod Revolution Engine. The adds state that he engines pictured are 1250cc engines which would fit into the range of the older Revolution. Also, they appear to be water cooled like the Revolution. Of course, they just might be cosmetic changes to the Revolution X from the “Street” line of motorcycles.ijustwant2ride

Now a few comments on the motorcycles themselves. Or at least my take on the photos.

The Pan America – The BIGGEST surprise is the group…. A Harley Davidson ADVENTURE bike! With a mono shock rear, 2 into 1 exhaust and what appears to be a good bit of front fork travel they are moving back into a market segment that they abandoned when Buell was dropped. This could be interesting. Coming in 2020.

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The Live Wire – Looks a lot like the prototype Live Wire I got to ride a few years ago. Visually not a lot to go on here, maybe if I had more electric motorcycle knowledge I could see something but nope!

The Street Fighter – Coming in 2020 another new motorcycle market segment for Harley. By appearances and name this is going to compete with the “naked” and “street fighters” like the KTM Duke and Triumph Speed Triple. This is going to be a tough market for Harley to crack, I hope the bikes have the spec’s to run bar to bar with the competition.

The Custom – Looks a lot like a modern café racer motorcycle. That is about all I have for this one.

Back to the engine for a moment. Harley’s Street/Revolution X engine has not been able to compete with the Indian Scout motor on the Flat Track racing series. If you listen to DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio you know we lament the lack of competition from the Harley motorcycles. Could this be their answer to Indian’s dominance?

Now that we are past the glamor items….Harley has also stated the following items.

“Introducing a new modular 500cc to 1250cc middleweight platform of motorcycles that spans three distinct product spaces and four displacements,”

“Developing a more accessible, small-displacement (250cc to 500cc) motorcycle for Asia emerging markets through a planned strategic alliance with a manufacturer in Asia.”

“LiveWire will be followed by additional models through 2022 to broaden the portfolio with lighter, smaller and even more accessible product options to inspire new riders with new ways to ride.” More then one electric motorcycle!

“New retail formats — including smaller, urban storefronts globally to expose the brand to urban populations and drive sales of the expanded Harley-Davidson product portfolio and expand international apparel distribution.”

A lot of big news in a small website from Harley Davidson today!

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This week on the DawgHouse Motorcycle News, Rants & Racing show #382

Phil has a minor rant about … Ghost Rider?!/!?!  Yes he does, Marvel Agents of SHEILD has twisted is nipple becasuse  it is GHOST RIDER not Ghost Driver!  IMHO they hired an actor and then found out he could not ride a motorcycle! It might not be real motorcycle news but it is fun.

Mondial Motorcycles makes a comeback with a scrambler! Ken’s motorcycle news story is about Mondial Motorcycles coming back from the grave.  Neither Phil or I recall ever really hearing about Mondial.  Of course when Ken was riding wheels were still made of stone.

Riding the Isle of Mann TT Course on one wheel. 37 miles on one wheel, gusts up to 40 miles an hour and the course was not closed for the stunt.  This is what Dougie Lampkin had to overcome to do something no one had done before.

AMA Pro Flat Track makes some big changes. Starting with re-branding as American Flat Track.

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World Superbike from Magny-Cours

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This year September 11th, in addition to being a national day of tragedy here in the US, it was also the day the 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball Run leg 2 began in York, PA.  York is only about 90 minutes from my home so it was a no brainer to go and check it out. 

For those of you unfamiliar with this the Cannonball Run it is a timed cross county event of 100 year or older vintage motorcycles.  So this year the run is with motorcycles built before 1917. Starting on

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Every motorcycle over 100 years old

the 10th of September The Cannonball Run is going from Atlantic City to San Diego. If you go to their website you can get a lot more detail, in case you are interested in running the next event in 2018.  

Phil, from the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio show, and I arose early (3AM for him 4AM for me LOL) in order to be there before the motorcycles began departing. BOY am I glad we went to the event.  We got to see vintage bikes that you might only see in a museum, if ever.  For example, I saw two motorcycles that I had not seen in person before a Shaw and a JAP.   

By 10AM all the bikes that were going to make the start were on the road.  Attrition on this ride is high. In talking to some of the participates we learned that about 90 of these vintage motorcycles departed Atlantic City the day before but nearly 30 were unable to make the time hack in York.  That group included one bike that burned to a crisp shortly after the start.   

ijustwant2ride.comYou can also tell by the pictures below that there is a lot of maintenance that occurs.  One of the motorcycle mechanics said that they begin the preparations for the next day as soon as the bikes are cool enough to touch.  He also said that while the vintage motorcycles in the Cannonball Run might be easy to work on, there is not really that much in spare parts and a lot of creativity is required to keep them running.

It was a wonderful morning walking around looking at these 100+ year old vintage motorcycles and seeing what goes into them to keep them running.  I have a new respect for all those folks that participate in this event!

 

 

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A  motorcycle riding “Web Radio” podcast I enjoy is “The Dawghouse, Radio for the 2-wheeled world”. These guys put on a really nice show that I download then listen to during my commute to and from work. Some of their topics have included:

The DC capitol police has some cool sidecars.
Riding in the Philippines is not for the faint-hearted.
What could Harley Davidson own that Apple Computer would crave?
Motorcycle off-road helmet about to revolutionize the world of head protection.

They can be found at Dawghouseradio.com and on Facebook.