New and deleted Harley-Davidson 2021 models

Speculation is rife that several Harley-Davidson models will be deleted for 2021 in the wake of the delay in launching two new models and plans to reduce output to create more ”exclusivity”.

American website Total Motorcycle has published what it claims is the manufacturer’s list of 2021 models with the FXDR 114, Breakout 114 and Softail Deluxe deleted. They also say there are rumours all CVOs will be deleted for 2021.

But the list does add the recently delayed Pan America 1250 adventure bike and the Bronx Streetfighter 975, plus a Softail Custom and a Sportster Streetfighter.

The latter two additions will probably just be parts-bin specials.

Harley Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx StreetfighterHarley’s new water-cooled Revolution Max platform includes Pan America and Bronx Streetfighter

Model strategy

We can’t vouch for the veracity of the 2021 model list, but there are a few things that strike us as strange or contradictory.

The Motor Company is expected to go through a major overhaul with new boss Jochen Zeitz laying down his five-year “Rewire” strategy. It follows the former boss’s “More Roads” strategy for 100 new models in 10 years.

However, Jochen’s plan does not necessarily mean fewer new models.

In fact, he committed to branching out to adventure touring, the new Streetfighter range and electric motorcycles. The Total Motorcycles list includes the LiveWire and electric bicycles and a scooter.

Jochen also says his “Rewire” strategy will expand “profitable iconic heritage bikes” and “continue to expand beyond traditional products and markets”.

It doesn’t sound like a wholesale axing of models.

And surely the Softail Deluxe qualifies as an “iconic heritage bike” while the Breakout 114 would qualify as profitable, especially in Australia where the 114 and 107 versions have been among their biggest sellers for several years.

FXDR deleted?

Limited edition FXDRLimited edition FXDR

However, we can totally understand if the FXDR Softail is deleted.

It looks more like a vacuum cleaner than a motorcycle and has subsequently not sold well.

Another pointer to the FXDR facing the axe is the fact that a limited run of 30 FXDR 114 models (pictured above) with special, cosmetic modifications is being launched for sale in the UK and Ireland only. Sounds like a tactic to get rid of excess stock.

Harley is not shy about axing models that don’t sell well. We’ve seen a host of models come and go over the years.

CVO models

Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide Limited Road Glide Boom Box rain wet infotainment audio technoCVO models change almost every year

As for CVO models being deleted, that does seem strange, especially since the Total Motorcycles 2021 model list shows the CVO Road Glide, CVO Street Glide, CVO Limited and CVO Tri Glide!

Harley usually only releases three or four CVOs each year and the models vary every year or so.

They don’t sell many, but the profit margin per bike is high.

So axing any CVOs doesn’t fit with Jochen’s plan to expand “profitable iconic heritage bikes”.

Production restart

Harley-Davidson 115th anniversary 110th 105thHarley’s Pilgrim Road factory where a worker tested positive for coronavirus

This week, Harley resumes manufacturing in the US after two months of pandemic lockdown.

The Motor Company says it will be a phased approach to resuming production, “following the guidelines of public health and regulatory authorities and keeping employee health and safety front and centre.”

Consequently output will be reduced not just for “exclusivity” but also for practical health and logistic reasons.

So we expect preference will be given to the more profitable and popular models leading to a shortfall in some models.

A memo to US dealers says they can expect only about 70% of ordered models.

However, Harley-Davidson Australia spokesman Keith Waddell says they “will have supply coming throughout the remainder of 2020”.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2 thoughts on “New and deleted Harley-Davidson 2021 models”

  1. Please bring back the v-rod with more cubic inches & horsepower with a fatter rear tire. I had a sportster & a low rider& 2013 v-rod & now a 2017 v-rod & I want to get a new more powerfull v-rod but still love my 2017 v-rod which I still have.

  2. FXDR? DAMN GOOD BIKE. BUT I’AM GUESS YOU MUST RIDE A BAGGER OR A SUV, STATIONWAGON WHAT EVER YOU CALL OLD FOLKS BIKES, I’AM 68 STILL LIKE RIDING REAL BIKES!!!!!!! DON’T GET MAD RIDE HARD!

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