Under the banner “Dawn of a New Era,” the Motor Company made a global announcement today about new models added to the 2024 Harley-Davidson lineup. This year marks the 25th anniversary of H-D’s Custom Vehicle Operations division, and in addition to the CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide announced last June, the Motor Company will offer a CVO Road Glide ST and a CVO Pan America adventure bike. Harley-Davidson’s popular Street Glide and Road Glide baggers have also been updated.
Street Glide and Road Glide | 2024 Harley-Davidson
Two of Harley-Davidson’s best-selling bagger models – the Street Glide and the Road Glide – now feature more streamlined bodywork first seen on their CVO counterparts. Both are powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twins with a revised cooling system, and new for 2024 are selectable ride modes: Road, Sport, Rain, and Custom.
Convenience and comfort have also been improved with an upgraded infotainment available through a new 12.3-inch TFT color display, additional rear suspension travel, and a revised seat.
CVO Road Glide ST | 2024 Harley-Davidson
Harley-Davidson says the new CVO Road Glide ST is the company’s “quickest, fastest, and most sophisticated performance bagger.” The West Coast-style bagger is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 121 High Output V-Twin, an engine exclusive to this model that churns out 127 hp and 145 lb-ft of asphalt-buckling torque. Selectable ride modes include Road, Sport, Track, Track Plus, Rain, and multiple Custom modes.
Lightweight materials, including mufflers with titanium shells, an oil pan made of composite, and forged carbon fiber used in the muffler end caps, front fender, seat cowl, and tank console, along with revised wheels and wave-style front brake rotors, help keep dry weight to 800 lb, 25 lb less than the CVO Road Glide.
The CVO Road Glide ST is equipped with fully adjustable Showa suspension, with an inverted 47mm 1×1 fork and dual rear shocks with remote reservoirs, and Brembo braking components.
A full suite of infotainment is powered by Skyline OS, and a large color touchscreen replaces all analog instrumentation and most switches. Premium audio includes a 500-watt amplifier and Rockford Fosgate Stage II 6.5-inch fairing speakers.
The CVO Road Glide ST will be available in two paint schemes: Golden White Pearl or Raven Metallic. In addition to CVO 25th Anniversary graphics, a Screamin’ Eagle graphic on the fairing sides and fuel tank is inspired by the Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Factory motorcycles raced in the MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers series.
CVO Pan America | 2024 Harley-Davidson
Harley-Davidson’s Pan America has been one of the best-selling adventure bikes in the U.S. since its debut in 2021. The new CVO Pan America retains all the features of the Pan America 1250 Special, including the Revolution Max 1250 engine with multiple ride modes, semi-active suspension, and more.
The CVO Pan America model is outfitted with adventure-ready accessories including Adaptive Ride Height suspension, aluminum top and side cases, a Screamin’ Eagle quickshifter, tubeless laced wheels, auxiliary LED forward lighting, and an aluminum skid plate. It also comes in a unique black, red, and white paint scheme with a Harley-Davidson “1” logo on the tank.
Due to a manufacturing defect, affected motorcycles may lose stability whilst operating under certain conditions at higher speeds. This could result in a loss of vehicle control.
What are the hazards?
A loss of vehicle control could increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death of rider, passenger and/or other road users.
What should consumers do?
When parts become available, owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Harley-Davidson to schedule an appointment to update the calibration software and the installation of front-end ballast and strap components, free of charge.
Note: Operators should follow the guidance outlined in the owner manual (i.e., to reduce speed and guide the motorcycle with a relaxed grip to a controlled condition)
But don’t take Harley’s word on it; take the complaint filed by the poor unfortunate rider who had the thing completely break off on them.
“From the images in the Service Request, it appeared that the left portion of the welded handlebar had separated from the middle section of the part,” explains the chronology of the NHTSA report filed on the event.
Harley has since narrowed down the trouble parts to have been produced between December 6 and September 9 of 2021/2022; anything after that won’t be an issue due to ‘enhanced manufacturing controls.’
“The handlebar on certain Model Year 2022 RH975 Nightster motorcycles may have a weld quality issue that could lead to separation between the inner and outer sections of the handlebar,” warns the NHTSA recall.
Spread the word, folks; the notification period for this particular recall finished yesterday, with No. 55801154 being the name of the problem part in question.
Should you have one of these units in need of remedy, hit up your local Harley dealership and they’ll fix the thing, free of charge.
Here’s the H-D Customer Service number and NHTSA hotline, just in case you have questions:
According to Harley’s press release, two special vets will be awarded a unit from the The G.I. Enthusiast Collection:
“A Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions in the Vietnam War after his U.S. Army helicopter was shot down and came under heavy enemy fire.”
“Severely wounded, he continued to fight back and help other injured soldiers. He is an avid Harley-Davidson rider and veteran issues activist.”
Brian “Amarok” Critton
“Critton served for a decade in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Iraq, and now is active with veterans service organizations like Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).”
Critton’s actions included a trip to a Muay Thai meeting (on a Harley, of course), when the man saw smoke from a 3-vehicle accident and “pulled a woman from the accident.”
So what does the The G.I. Enthusiast Collection entail?
Both the Pan America™ 1250 Special and Tri Glide® Ultra models feature a Mineral Green Denim Deluxe paint job, alongside service-inspired graphics, with the scheme “available only as factory-installed for the Pan America™ 1250 Special and Tri Glide® Ultra models, in limited quantities primarily for the U.S. market.”
The Pan America 1250 Special G.I. model will have a U.S. MSRP of $20,799, with the G.I. Enthusiast Collection Tri Glide Ultra model showing off a U.S. MSRP of $38,099.
Stay tuned for updates, drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties.
Now, a report from BizJournals tells us that they’ve finally given the date they will be starting up again – and despite June 6th being nearly upon us, we can’t help but wonder how badly this latest issue has cost the American motorcycle manufacturer.
“The company has not filed any updates or specifics with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,” comments the report.
“The plant shutdowns add to new-motorcycle inventory shortages at Harley-Davidson dealerships that started during the Covid-19 pandemic and the supply-chain crisis.”
Todd Berlin, the general manager of Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson in Thiensville, has added his own coping mechanism to the situation, positing the all-too-common solution that “Suburban Motors continues taking orders for new Harleys but the dealership doesn’t know when the new bikes will arrive.”
The lack of communications from the American motorcycle company to Harley dealerships on the reason for the shortage has, by all appearances, been the elephant in the proverbial room for everybody; BizJournal even adds that the Milwaukee Business Journal’s queries on what went wrong were purportedly dropped.
This leaves us with one question left:
How much is H-D out due to the freeze?
Baird, a financial services firm, currently has the services of an analyst named Kennison, who has purportedly estimated that Harley has likely lost ground on the production of around 9,000 bikes.
“That equates to roughly $170 million of shipment revenue, according to Baird estimates,” emphasizes the report.
“The situation could precipitate a recall…[and] the timing ahead of the summer riding season is particularly tough,” Kennison finishes.
With the complexities of semiconductor shortages still affecting production availability, we will be curious to see how this particular production wrinkle pans out.
Stay tuned via our shiny new webpage (and subscribe to our newsletter if you’d rather we send the best of the latest to you), and as ever – stay safe on the twisties.
Back in mid-March, Harley’s new LiveWire brainchild – a middleweight Street Tracker going by the name ‘Del Mar’ – was debuted in a 100-unit batch of ‘Launch Edition’ machines. A scant 18 minutes later and the entire batch sold out, blowing the minds of anybody (me) watching the antics in real-time – which begs the following question.
Did Harley just capitalize on a niche market with a pent-up demand for accessible, affordable, quality, zero-emission scoots?
Let’s look at the details.
The Del Mar is currently available on Harley’s official LiveWire webpage for an MSRP of $17,699 USD. This is adjacent to LiveWire’s original electric machine, ‘The One,’ which is up for grabs “Starting at $22,799 USD,” and for which Top Speed details the sales figures of the year it debuted; a measly 371 units.
Based on this information alone (and the speed with which the Launch Edition fleet left the building), the price must have been just right for the value of the Del Mar (that is, of course, without talking about the specs of the Del Mar: A rather lacklustre 100 miles of range, punted forward by the website’s guarantee of torque carrying the 400-lb bike to ‘0-60 in 3.5 Seconds or Better’).
This goes in tandem with the words of H-D’s CEO Jochen Zeitz, whose current efforts are “grounded in enhancing the desirability of our brand and protecting the value of [H-D’s] iconic products.”
Bottom line, a machine that’s nimbler about leaving the factory floor will be better about advertising for the company – especially if it is an adrenaline-saturated Flat Track history representative, inspired by the past and gunning for a zero-emission future.
Stay tuned here for updates, drop a comment letting us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties.
“They may take away our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom … or the Davidson family cottage!”
That’s the battle cry of a group of Scots fighting to protect the ancestors cottage of the Davidson see of the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson.
The Davidson Legacy Preservation group is a non-profit making group working to preserve, retain and enhance the accessibility of the Davidson Cottage in Netherton, Angus, Scotland UK.
Group chair Nyree Aitken says they hope to promote the family home and its historical importance to the biker community.
“The cottage was put up for sale as the current owners wish to retire but the only offers they have had have been from developers to knock it down and build new houses,” Nyree says.
“We as a community of bikers, do not want such a significant part of history to be lost.”
The group is hoping to secure charity status before launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise £500,000 to buy the Davidson cottage and employ a project worker to run and maintain the Davidson Legacy for future generations.
Harley-Davidson executive Bill Davidson and boss Jochen Zeitz visited the cottage last summer when filming the Sporter S promotional video.
Bill comments in the video below of the “awe-inspiring and emotional experience” of visiting his ancestral home.
“The fact that they have preserved it for riders around the world to come and enjoy and spend time here, pretty awesome,” All says.
“Heritage is so powerful and is really unique to our company which I’m so proud of.”
Nyree says Bill’s comments help to keep them motivated andpgoves their campaign is “truly worthwhile”.
In 2008, Harley-Davidson enthusiasts Mike Sinclair, Maggie Sherrit and Keith Mackintosh found the cottage, by then a crumbling ruin.
The property was earmarked for demolition to make way for a new housing development. Luckily, those three decided not to let that happen.
They bought the cottage and set up the Davidson Legacy to save the site as a tribute to the pioneering Davidsons.
For four years the Davidson Legacy team has worked tirelessly to restore the little house to how it would have looked when Sandy and Margaret left it in 1858 to make the gruelling trip to America.
“The restoration of The Davidson Cottage was a big undertaking and an arduous task even with all the help from local bikers but, in the end, it was all worth it,” Nyree says.
“Maybe it reflects the long, difficult journey that Sandy and Margaret made with their children, including little William C, who went on to become father to the founders of the world’s best-known motorcycles.”
Sandy and Margaret Davidson settled in Milwaukee where Sandy found work for himself as a carpenter in a local railroad company.
Their surviving three sons and two daughters also adjusted well to their new lives, and each prospered in their own way.
His middle son, William C. Davidson (1846-1923) was born in Scotland and grew up in Angus, but he became a man in America.
“He is pivotal to the story of the Davidson Legacy because he had the attributes of technical skill, an analytical mind and an aptitude for problem solving,“ Nyree says.
“These qualities are often considered typically Scottish as a nation of inventors and innovators.
“More importantly, they are key to understanding the spirit of enterprise in America at the dawning of the twentieth century.”
William C. Davidson, a Scot and a naturalised American, set about building the very first Harley-Davidson workshop for his sons and now is famously known simply as The Shed.
“He didn’t know it then, but he had laid the foundations for an iconic, internationally recognised, motorcycle-engineering phenomenon,” Nyree says.
You can find out more on the Davidson Legacy website, including a video of ‘Our Story’ which even includes Jean Davidsons visit and many more by clicking here.
The 2022 Nightster is Harley-Davidson’s latest offering, resurrecting an old Sportster model name for a new liquid-cooled Sportster variant using a Revolution Max 975T powertrain. It’s similar to the Sportster 1250 S, but it’s dressed in more traditional garb with several classic Sportster styling cues, like the walnut fuel tank shape, round air intake cover, and a side cover that looks like the previous Sportster’s oil tank. The Nightster also uses twin shocks rather than the S’s rear monoshock. What looks like a fuel tank is an airbox cover to ensure adequate breathing for the 90-hp variable-valve-timing V-Twin, while a 3.1-gallon fuel tank resides below the seat. Pricing starts at $13,499 for the Vivid Black version, while color options retail for $13,899. More information can be found in the press release below.
The 2022 Harley-Davidson Nightster model starts a new chapter in the Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle story – a leap forward in performance and design while remaining an accessible entry point to motorcycling and the brand. This all-new motorcycle combines a classic Sportster model silhouette with the on-demand performance of the new Revolution Max 975T powertrain and a host of contemporary electronic rider aids and features. The 2022 Nightster model redefines the Sportster motorcycle experience for a new generation of riders.
“The Nightster is an instrument of expression and exploration, underpinned by performance,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President, and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “By building on the 65-year Sportster legacy, the Nightster provides a canvas for creativity and personalization, offering the ultimate platform for customization and expression for new and existing riders.”
New Revolution Max 975T Powertrain
At the heart of the 2022 Nightster model is the new Revolution Max 975T powertrain. It is a liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-Twin with a torque curve that stays flat through the broad powerband – and engine performance designed to deliver strong acceleration and robust power through the mid-range. The length and shape of the intake velocity stacks, combined with the airbox volume, are tuned to maximize performance across the engine speed range. The profiles of dual overhead camshafts and Variable Valve Timing phasing on the intake valves are designed to match the performance of this engine.
Revolution Max 975T Engine Specs
90 hp (67 kW) @ 7,500 RPM
70 lb-ft (95 Nm) peak torque @ 5,000 RPM
97mm bore x 66mm stroke
Compression Ratio 12:1
Hydraulic valve lash adjustment ensures quiet operation and eliminates the need for costly, complicated service procedures. Internal balancers help reduce engine vibration to enhance rider comfort and improve vehicle durability. The balancers are tuned to retain just enough vibration to make the motorcycle feel alive.
The Nightster model pairs a nimble, lightweight chassis with a powerful engine tuned for strong mid-range performance, an ideal combination for navigating urban traffic and charging along curving backroads. Mid foot controls and a low-rise handlebar put the rider in a centered, comfortable posture on the bike. Unladen seat height is 27.8 inches. The low seat height combined with a narrow profile makes it possible for most riders to confidently place feet down flat at a stop.
The Revolution Max 975T powertrain is the central, structural component of the Nightster motorcycle chassis, which significantly reduces motorcycle weight and results in a very stiff chassis. The tail section structure is lightweight aluminum. The swingarm is formed of welded rectangular steel tubing and is an attachment point for the dual rear shock absorbers.
Front suspension is 41mm SHOWA Dual Bending Valve conventional forks designed to provide improved handling performance by keeping the tire in contact with the road surface. The rear suspension features dual outboard emulsion-technology shock absorbers with coil springs and a threaded collar for pre-load adjustment.
Rider Safety Enhancements
The Nightster model is equipped with Rider Safety Enhancements* by Harley-Davidson, a collection of technologies designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration, and braking. The systems are electronic and utilize the latest chassis control, electronic brake control, and powertrain technology. Its three elements are:
Antilock Braking System (ABS) is designed to prevent the wheels from locking under braking and helps the rider maintain control when braking in a straight-line, urgent situation. ABS operates independently on front and rear brakes to keep the wheels rolling and prevent uncontrolled wheel lock.
Traction Control System (TCS) is designed to prevent the rear wheel from excessive spinning under acceleration. TCS can improve rider confidence when available traction is compromised by wet weather, an unanticipated change in the surface, or when riding on an unpaved road. The rider can deactivate TCS in any Ride Mode when the motorcycle is stopped and the engine is running.
Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS) is designed to adjust engine torque delivery and reduce excessive rear-wheel slip under powertrain-induced deceleration, which typically occurs when the rider makes an abrupt down-shift gear change or quickly reduces the throttle while on wet or slippery road surfaces.
Selectable Ride Modes
The Nightster model offers selectable Ride Modes that electronically control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle, and the level of technology intervention. Each Ride Mode consists of a specific combination of power delivery, engine braking, ABS, and TCS settings. The rider may use the MODE button on the right-hand controller to change the active ride mode while riding the motorcycle or when stopped, with some exceptions. A unique icon for each mode appears on the instrument display when that mode has been selected.
Road Mode is intended for daily use and delivers balanced performance. This mode offers less-aggressive throttle response and less mid-range engine power than Sport Mode, with a higher level of ABS and TCS intervention.
Sport Mode delivers the full performance potential of the motorcycle in a direct and precise manner, with full power and the quickest throttle response. TCS is set to its lowest level of intervention, and engine braking is increased.
Rain Mode is designed to give the rider greater confidence when riding in the rain or when traction is otherwise limited. Throttle response and power output are programmed to significantly restrain the rate of acceleration, engine braking is limited, and the highest levels of ABS and TCS intervention are selected.
The 3.1-gallon lightweight plastic fuel cell is located below the seat – what appears to be a traditional fuel tank forward of the seat is a steel cover for the airbox. The fuel fill is reached by lifting the hinged locking seat. Locating the fuel cell below the seat optimizes the capacity of the engine intake airbox and moves the weight of fuel lower in the chassis compared to a traditional fuel tank location, which results in a lower center of gravity for improved handling and easier lift off the sidestand.
The Nightster model features a round 4.0-inch-diameter analog speedometer with an inset multi-function LCD display mounted on the handlebar riser. All-LED lighting is designed to deliver style and outstanding performance while also making the motorcycle conspicuous to other motorists. The Daymaker LED headlamp has been designed to produce a homogenous spread of light, eliminating distracting hot spots. Combination rear brake/tail/signal LED lighting is located on the rear fender (U.S. market only).
Fresh Design Based on Classic Form
All-new from the wheels up with a look that is lean, low, and powerful, the Nightster model conveys classic Sportster model styling cues, most obviously in the exposed rear shock absorbers and the shape of an airbox cover that evokes the iconic Sportster walnut fuel tank. The round air intake cover, solo seat, chopped fenders, and speed screen recall elements of recent Sportster models, while a side cover that conceals the under-seat fuel tank has a shape similar to the previous Sportster oil tank. The Revolution Max powertrain is the centerpiece of the design, framed by snaking exhaust headers and finished in textured Metallic Charcoal powder coat with Gloss Black inserts. A cover below the radiator conceals the battery and helps the radiator appear less prominent. The wheel finish is Satin Black. Paint color options include Vivid Black, Gunship Grey, and Redline Red. Gunship Grey and Redline Red color options will be applied only to the airbox cover; the front and rear fenders and speed screen are always finished in Vivid Black.
Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories has created a range of accessories for the Nightster motorcycle, designed to enhance fit, comfort and style.
The Nightster model arrives at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships globally beginning in April 2022. U.S. Base MSRP is $13,499 (Vivid Black) and $13,899 (color options).
Harley-Davidson stands for the timeless pursuit of adventure and freedom for the soul. Go to H-D.com to learn more about the complete line of 2022 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, gear, accessories and more.