2017 Harley-Davidson New Model Lineup (Or Lack Thereof)
Last Fall HD announced the upcoming 2017 Harley-Davidson lineup. The new models announcement was kind of a letdown if you were expecting a ground breaking and new bike. In fact, there won’t be any new bikes in 2017. That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing new coming. In fact there is big news. But we’ll get to that later.
There will be a fairly significant number of model discontinuations. Here is a list of the models that will not be available in 2017:
- Sportster Seventy-Two
- Dyna Switchback
- Fatboy Lo
- Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low
Also, the V-Rod is reported to be in line for chopping block sometime in 2017. As of this writing it is still available so if you’ve got your mind set on getting a new V-Rod it’s time to get off the couch and get your ass in gear while they’re still around.
2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight
So the big 2017 Harley-Davidson news is all about power. Version Nine of the Harley-Davidson trademark V-Twin Engine, the Milwaukee-Eight. The new Milwaukee-Eight will be initially only available on the touring bikes and comes in three different specs. Two 107 CI versions and One 114 CI version. Also, Harley-Davidson has improved the suspensions on both the front and the rear of the touring bikes, something I’ve been looking for for years.
The Milwaukee-Eight isn’t a revolutionary engine. But, rather, an evolutionary progression. I’m not going to bore you with a detailed list of specifications because you can find them anywhere if you want to know everything there is to know.
Here are some of the highlights.
- Horsepower is up maybe 10% that equates to added acceleration.
- There are 4 Valves per cylinder instead of 2
- Engine noise (Mechanical, Not Exhaust Sound) has been reduced
- Aftermarket upgrade kits are already available.
- It has a single cam instead of dual cams.
- The charging system has been increased by 50% allowing you to power more gadgets.
- Water cooling keeps the engine noticeably cooler to the rider and passenger.
As I said, there is nothing revolutionary here but the new Milwaukee-Eight should be a great new addition to the Harley-Davidson product line. The refinements in the new engine along with increased comfort by way of the upgraded suspension keeps Harley-Davidson at the top of the heap. Competition is stiff, and the new engine will go a long way at keeping the competitors chasing the best motorcycle company in the US.