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Harley-Davidson & Piaggio take out loans

Harley-Davidson and the Piaggio Group of motorcycle and scooter companies have announced massive loans to get back on their feet after the pandemic.

In June, Harley-Davidson announced it had access to a loan of up to $US350 million (about $A500 million) over the next year.

While it has not committed to the entire amount of the loan, it is committed to draw at least $US150m (about $A215m).

The company believes the loan is consistent with its intentions regarding liquidity.

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Now the Italian Piaggio Group which produces Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa has secured a loan for €60 million (about $A97m, $US67m).

That’s 20% more than their annual net income.

The money will be put towards restarting after the COVID lockdown, as well as research and development.

Piaggio says they will focus their R&D efforts on reducing fuel consumption and emissions and increasing the number of new models.

Comment on loans

The world seems to be going into debt over the pandemic crisis and motorcycle companies are not immune.

It’s good news when they direct loans into R&D.

However, it’s a concern when businesses go into debt to help them survive a crisis.

In the wake of the COVID lockdown, many motorcycle companies are now reporting a huge bounce in sales in June.

In fact, the KTM Group, which includes Husqvarna and Gas Gas, has reports its biggest June in history.

KTM Group Australia/New Zealand MD Brad Hagi says there is “still a long way to go before this crisis is over”.

“This recent sales spike has not only seen existing and former riders return to riding, it has also seen new riders enter our sport, to experience the unique freedom it offers, and that is a real positive for the industry long term,” he says.

Australia is yet to announce official motorcycle sales figures for the second quarter, but they are expected to be flat or slightly up.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has reported that the dive in car sales has now slowed thanks to the easing of restrictions.

FCAI chief executive Tony Weber attributes the slight recovery to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, end-of-financial-year sales and government incentives.

In fact, some dealers tell us buyers have been accessing their superannuation to buy their dream bike!

Similar incentives exist in other countries around the world which are reporting similar strong sales results.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley’s electric LiveWire available in September

Harley-Davidson’s electric LiveWire has arrived in Australia for testing ahead of its media launch in August and market release in early September.

The Tesla Model 3 Australia Facebook Group has published the above photo of a LiveWire being charged in Australia.

Harley-Davidson Australia/New Zealand marketing guru Keith Waddell confirms the photo was taken “while we were testing a range of public charge stations with a pre-production unit”.

September release

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycleHarley LiveWire

“A press release on the ANZ release is due this week however I can confirm that we will release in early September.

“We are looking to have an ANZ media launch closer to the end of August and are watching the COVID restrictions and related border closures.”

While Keith would not releaser the price of the LiveWire, it starts at $US29,799 (about $A42,900 and $NZ45,900 at current exchange rates) in the USA.

That would make it more expensive than all but the Harley CVO and Trike ranges, but even more expensive than the feature-laden Ultra Limited tourer at $A41,495 ride away.

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Electrifying LiveWire

I rode the LiveWire last year in Portland, Oregon, at the world media launch.

Check my test ride here.

livewire mother earth NAWAMBW rides the LiveWire in Portland, Orgeon

It will be available in vivid black, orange fuse and yellow fuse.

The bike’s 15.5 kWh battery is capable of up to 235km of city range, 113km of highway range and 152km of combined conditions on a single charge.

LiveWire has an on-board level 1 240V charger which will take about about 12.5 hours from flat to reach full capacity at a cost of less than $4.

If you can find a Level 3 DC fast charger (CCS2), it will charge to 80 in 40 minutes, or full in an hour.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire tech specs

  • Price: $US29,799 (about $A42,900, $NZ45,900)
  • Colours: Orange, lime and black
  • Battery warranty: five-year, unlimited-km
  • Motor: H-D Revelation permanent-magnet, water-cooled electric motor
  • Power: 78kW (105hp)
  • Instant torque: 116Nm (86ft lbs)
  • Battery: Air-cooled 15.5kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery (Rechargeable Energy Storage System)
  • Transmission: motor output shaft, 9.71:1 gear reduction, belt drive
  • Acceleration: 0 -100km/h 3 seconds; 100-130km/h 1.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 177km/h
  • Range: 235km (city), 152km (combined stop-and-go and highway range using MIC City and MIC Combined tests), 158km (World Motorcycle Test Cycle)
    Harley-Davidson electric LIveWire paradeCharging points on the LIveWire are under the “fuel” cap.
  • Charging: 120/240-volt outlet 20km (13 miles) per hour of charging; DC Fast Charge (DCFC) 0-80% in 40 minutes or 100% in 60 minutes
  • Weight: 210kg
  • Suspension (rear): fully adjustable Showa Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite mono-shock
  • Suspension (front); Showa Separate Function Fork-Big Piston
    Sporty Harley-Davidson electric LiveWireFully adjustable Showa rear shock
  • Brakes: Dual Brembo Monoblock calipers, 300mm rotors
    Tyres: H-D/Michelin Scorcher (180mm rear and 120mm front)
  • Rider aids: Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS), Cornering Enhanced Anti-lock Braking System (C-ABS), Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS) and Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS)
  • Technology: 4.3” colour TFT touchscreen, Daymaker LED headlamp, LED lighting, H-D Connect service connectivity and Harley- Davidson App
  • Riding modes: Seven selectable Ride Modes electronically control motor performance and level of RDRS intervention
  • Accessories: dual seat and tail, speed screen blade, decorative trim, hand and foot controls and cover with charging cord port

Sporty Harley-Davidson electric LiveWireTouchscreen instruments

More tech specs

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Dimensions

84.1 in. (2,135 mm)

Overall Width

32.7 in. (830 mm)

Overall Height

42.5 in. (1,080 mm)

Seat Height, Laden / Unladen

30 in. (761 mm) / 30.7 in. (780 mm)

Ground Clearance

5.1 in. (130 mm)

Rake (steering head)

4.3 in. (108 mm)

58.7 in. (1,490 mm)

Tires, Type

Michelin® Scorcher® “Sport”

Scorcher® “Sport”

Tires, Front Specification

120/70 ZR17 58W

Tires, Rear Specification

180/55 ZR17 73W

Transmission Capacity

0.34 qt (0.32 L)

Coolant Capacity

0.8 qt. (0.72 L)

Weight, As Shipped

549 lb. (249 kg)

Weight, In Running Order

549 lb. (249 kg)

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

949 lb. (430 kg)

Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front

434 lb. (197 kg)

Gross Axle Weight Rating, Rear

580 lb. (263 kg)

Drivetrain

Primary Drive (*Cert)

Spiral bevel gear , 55/17 ratio

Final Drive (*Cert)

Belt, 3/1 ratio

Transmission

Single Speed

Gear Ratios (overall) 1st (*Cert) (X.XXX)

Aluminum cast

Aluminum cast

Front Fork

SHOWA® 43 mm Inverted Separate Function Forks – Big Piston (SFF-BP®), fully adjustable

Rear Shocks

SHOWA® Balance Free Rear Cushion Lite (BFRC-lite®), fully adjustable

Wheels, Type

Black, Split 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum

Wheels, Front Dia. / Width

17 in. (432 mm) / 3.5 in. (89 mm)

Wheels, Rear Dia. / Width

17 in. (432 mm) / 5.5 in. (140 mm)

Brakes, Caliper Type

Dual 4-piston monoblock radial mount front, dual-piston rear

Brakes, Rotor Type

Dual floating rotors (front), floating rotor (rear)

Brakes, Front Diameter / Thickness

11.8 in. (300 mm) / 0.2 in. (5 mm)

Brakes, Rear Diameter / Thickness

10.2 in. (260 mm) / 0.2 in. (5 mm)

Brakes, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Suspension Travel, Front / Rear

4.5 in. (115 mm) / 4.5 in. (115 mm)

Performance

Lean Angle Testing Method

Lean Angle, Right / Left (deg)

Lithium Ion, 12.8V , 24 Wh, 120 A

Onboard DC to DC conversion

Lights (as per country regulation), Headlamp

All LED, low beam, high beam and signature position lamp

Lights (as per country regulation), Tail/Stop

LED with light pipe tail

Lights (as per country regulation), Front Signal Lights

Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps

High beam, turn signals, ABS, traction control, EV fault

Lights, Rear Turn Signals

LED, Amber

4.3” WQVGA 480×272 TFT Color Display with Ambient Light Sensor, 9 warning lights, Real Time Clock and Integrated Bluetooth Connectivity to a Smartphone to provide infotainment features including turn-by-turn navigation, telephone, music, and voice recognition.

Electric Power Outlet

USB C-type; output 5V at 3A

EV Specific Content: Motor

116Nm (86ft-lb)

Internal Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor with Water Jacket cooling

Motor Name

Revelation®

Inverter type

Pole Count

Power (hp/kW)

105HP (78kW)

6.69 in. (170 mm)

Stack Length

3.94 in. (100 mm)

EV Specific Content: RESS

Lithium Ion

15.5kWh total, 13.6kWh min usable

EV Specific Content: Charging

Charge Plug Type

SAE J1772 Combo Inlet (CCS1) / IEC 62196 Combo Inlet (CCS2)

On-board charger, charge rate

AC wall charging time (not verified)

Target – Full charge in 12.5 hrs – Capable of 12.6 miles/hour charge rate (MIC city cycle)

DC fast charging time (not verified)

Target – Full charge in 1.0 hr – Capable of 192 miles/hour charge rate (MIC city cycle)

DC to DC conversion

450W at 14.2V

EV Specific Content: Range

146 mi (235 km)

Highway (70 mph sustained)

70 mi (113 km)

95 mi (152 km)

WMTC (World Motorcycle Test Cycle)

98 mi (158 km)

Infotainment

Hands-free Mobile Phone – via Bluetooth

Voice Recognition Languages: Phone functions only

Via paired iOS or Android device

Voice Recognition Languages: Tuner/Media/ Navigation

Via paired iOS or Android device

USB Type-C

Phone/media supported

Telematics

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson Announces Learn-To-Ride Training Programs

Harley-Davidson has just announced a new initiative to encourage growth in the motorcycle community with its “Learn-To-Ride” programs, available at participating dealerships. The “Learn-To-Ride” programs offer 1-on-1, or small private group training in a low-stress environment under the supervision and instruction of a professional riding coach.

Harley-Davidson Learn-To-Ride New Rider Training

From Press Release:

MORE WAYS TO LEARN-TO-RIDE AVAILABLE NOW FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON 

“Experience the Ride” and “Learn to Ride” Programs Offer New Ways to

Experience Two Wheels.

MILWAUKEE (June 30, 2020) – Turn “Someday I’ll ride a motorcycle,” into “Today” with new ways to learn to ride from participating Harley-Davidson® dealers.

Inspired by new rider feedback, select Harley-Davidson dealers are offering two new programs that aim to make learning to ride more convenient and personalized.

These new programs are designed to provide flexible scheduling and a learning pace that suits the rider’s needs. Personal coaching sessions can be scheduled 1-on-1, or as a private group with up to 4 participants.

Harley-Davidson Learn-To-Ride New Rider Training

Experience the Ride 

This newly developed program is designed specifically for those who have never ridden a motorcycle but are interested in trying. Under the guidance of a professional coach, participants will ride a Harley-Davidson Street® 500 motorcycle across a practice range. The entire experience takes approximately 90 minutes and is completed on a bike specially equipped for new riders.

Experience the Ride is a low commitment, no pressure way for potential riders to get behind the handlebars and experience riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the first time.

This program can help participants decide if learning to ride is right for them, alleviate potential anxiety before taking rider training, and help realize how motorcycles can unlock their dreams of personal freedom.

To learn more and schedule a session, visit www.hdpersonalcoachfinder.com

Harley-Davidson Learn-To-Ride New Rider Training

Learn to Ride

For those that have decided to learn to ride, select Harley-Davidson dealers are now offering an additional option beyond the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course.  

This new program, simply known as Learn to Ride, delivers the same time-tested rider training curriculum as the Riding Academy New Rider Course. However, Learn to Ride enables students to schedule private sessions with personal coaches and learn all the techniques and riding strategies required to earn a motorcycle endorsement.

For riders that always wanted to learn but couldn’t fit a multi-day course into their schedule or prefer to learn in private session, this program is what they have been waiting for. Sessions can be scheduled 1-on-1 or as a private party with up to 4 participants. This program is a great option for spouses, friends, and individuals to finally learn and fulfill their dreams of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  

Benefits of the Learn to Ride program include highly flexible scheduling, learning at the rider’s pace, more focused attention from the coach, ability to repeat training modules if needed, and completion of private sessions solo or with a small group of friends resulting in lower anxiety. 

To learn more and schedule your personalized Learn to Ride lesson visit the www.hdpersonalcoachfinder.com website.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Harley sack dealer and factory staff

A Tennessee Harley-Davidson, Honda and Polaris dealer has got the sack over a Facebook post that said he was “sick of this black lives matter” and called for black people to go “back to Africa and stay”.

The sacking comes as Harley has also sacked 90 staff at their York Vehicle Operations in Pennsylvania where in March they temporarily suspending production over the pandemic.

The double-whammy sacking controversy comes amid the growing Black Lives Matter movement.

Dealer gets sack

Russell Abernathy (pictured above), who owns Abernathy’s Cycles in Union City deleted his post after it caused a wave of criticism on social media.

However, Polaris demanded he transfer ownership, Honda condemned the racist post and Harley said it was not good enough.

Harley issued this statement:

Racism, hate or intolerance have no place in our world including within the Harley-Davidson community, employees, dealers or riders. We recently became aware of racist comments posted on one of our dealer owner’s Facebook page and immediately started a review process. We will not tolerate this type of behavior in our network, and today we are announcing that the dealer owner in question will no longer be part of our dealer network. Harley-Davidson is committed to diversity and inclusion. We strive to create a welcoming environment for everyone.

Abernathy claims his Facebook page which features a profile picture of him with a Harley in front of the Confederate flag was hacked.sack

Abernathy said on his website:

Regarding the social media post attributed to me 12/6/2020. I Russell Abernathy, did not post this comment and reject the content of it … I vow to make sure that Abernathy’s Harley-Davidson provides a positive environment for diversity, equality and inclusion for all.

The Black Lives Matter controversy follows the recent decision by Confederate Motorcycles to change its name to Combat Motors.

York workers sacked

Meanwhile, Harley-Davidson is sacking 90 workers at its York manufacturing plant, according to  spokesperson.

“As course of normal business, Harley-Davidson regularly adjusts its production plan and appropriately sizes its workforce,” they say.

“Today the company announced it will adjust its production volume, which will result in a workforce reduction of approximately 90 York employees.” 

The plant reopened a month ago after temporarily suspending production due to the pandemic.

Last month new Harley boss Jocehn Zeitz said they would produce fewer bikes to increase exclusivity.

“We are using this time to course correct and rewire the company in pursuit of making Harley-Davidson one of the most desirable brands in the world,” he said.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph launch Trekker GT e-bike

Triumph started in 1889 as a bicycle company and now they are returning to bicycles with an e-bike called the Trekker GT.

They are not the only motorcycle manufacturer looking to ebikes as a supplement to their motorcycle business.

Ducati and even Harley-Davidson are getting into the ebikes trend.

It all comes as some riders are calling for ebikes to be registered before they dominate bike lanes, chew up available parking space and lawless riders give all motorcycle and scooter riders a bad name.

The move to add ebikes also comes as Triumph Motorcycle recently announced it would slash 400 jobs globally, blaming the pandemic for falling sales.

Triumph also made bicycles in the 1970s, but this is a modern pedal-assisted electric model with some hi-tech features such as digital instruments.

Triumph Trekker GT ebikeTrekker GT weighs just 2.88kg and is powered by a 250w 60Nm Shimano Steps E6100 motor and Shimano E8035 504Wh battery, all neatly hidden in the front stem of the frame.Triumph Trekker GT ebike

It was designed in-house and will be available in Europe with other markets to follow.

There is no word yet on price.

Triumph Trekker GT E-bike tech specs

Frame

6061 Hydro-formed aluminium frame with integrated lockable battery

Suspension

RockShox Paragon forks with 65mm travel

Drivetrain

Shimano Steps E6100 250w motor

Fully integrated Shimano E8035 504Wh battery

Wheels

Shimano hubs & Alex Volar rims 27.5”

Tyres

Schwalbe Energizer Green Guard 27.5 x 2.0 tyres

Rear Mech

Super-silent Shimano Deore Shadow 10-speed rear mechanism

Brakes

High-performance Shimano Deore M6000 180/160 brakes

Saddle

Ultra-comfortable Selle Royal Vivo saddle

Grips

Triumph branded lock-on grips

Standard-fit Specification

LED lighting, full length mudguards, side stand,
pannier rack & ABUS Proshield lock

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2020 Harley-Davidson Road King review

When it comes to no-frills traditional touring the first bike that comes to mind is the Harley-Davidson Road King.

That is partly because of the name: Road King by name, road king by nature.

Apart from auxiliary riding lights, lockable panniers, cruise control, a windscreen and some crash protection, the rest is simple and traditional motorcycling.2020 Harley-Davidson Road King

At its core is a hefty 107 cubic-inch (1745cc) Milwaukee Eight engine that is refined brute strength for hauling your ass and your luggage.

And it will ably haul two in more comfort now that the bike gets the fatter and wider pillion seat from the Heritage Softail.

The rider will also enjoy the slightly narrower seat so your legs are as splayed as before.2020 Harley-Davidson Road King

What I love about this bike is that it does everything in an understated manner. Nothing showy, just honest touring motorcycling.

Despite its simplicity, it is actually quite flexible and really a two-in-one bike when you consider you can easily remove the windscreen and panniers in less than a minute.

Road King power2020 Harley-Davidson Road King

Since 2017, the Touring models have the Milwaukee Eight engine which is not only more powerful, but also smoother, quieter and runs cooler!

The Milwaukee Eight is so called because they have gone from the Twin Cam to a quieter single chain-driven camshaft with four lighter valves per head. There’s eight valves in all, hence “Milwaukee Eight”.

The ignition thump is gone as is a much of the mechanical noise.

Finer internal tolerances and lighter components have made it mechanically quieter which means Harley’s engineers have legally been able to ramp up the volume and bass in the exhaust.

While the transmission is much less “agricultural” in feel, neutral can still be a little difficult to find. It’s easier if you try to obtain that green “N” light just before coming to a stop.

I’m a little disappointed to see that the convenient heel shifter is no longer standard. It would be my first accessory purchase.2020 Harley-Davidson Road King

I have been riding the bike around for a couple of weeks in fairly cool and wet weather, so I haven’t been able to asses its engine heat.

However, the ignition has been advanced to make it cooler, lowered the rear header down and moved the catalytic converter rearwards.

The last time I rode one a couple of years ago I found thermal comfort had improved, but there was still plenty of heat around the back of the leg. The pillion also complained about heat being directed at her right ankle.

However, you can remove the windscreen for better summer ventilation.

Ride and handling2020 Harley-Davidson Road King

The Road King is the best handling of the touring models with a light front end, the most clearance and a precise feel.

The taut chassis and good clearance allow it to be thrown around much more than you would expect of a 362+kg monster.

This is largely due to the Showa dual bending valve forks.

They have also removed some of the jackhammer effect in the grips, although the long mini-ape bars relay vibration and impact shudders to your hands.2020 Harley-Davidson Road King

I found gloves with palm padding mitigates the effects.

The new emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers improves the ride, but it’s still a little short over some of Queensland’s bumpy B roads.

The twin springs can be easily adjusted with a single knob, but you have to remove a pannier first.

They also offer 15 to 30% more pre-load adjustment for heavier loads.

Creature comfortsBorder Harley-Davidson Road King

Apart from better seats, the mini-apes are a good fit for me and the floorboards are generous for long-legged riders.

Instruments are simple and understated: a single round speedo with a small LCD screen showing a variety of information you can toggle through with the switch on the left bar.

There is also an analogue fuel gauge in the left “dummy” fuel cap.

The Road King has a minimum of chrome, but lush paintwork and don’t you love that mint-green colour scheme. Once again, understated and stately.

Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King2020 Harley-Davidson Road King

  • Price: FLHR Road King $34,495 
  • Warranty: 24 months, unlimited mileage
  • Service: 1600/8000km
  • Engine: Milwaukee Eight 107 (1745cc) twin
  • Power: N/A
  • Torque: 150Nm (111ft-lb) @ 3250rpm
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive
  • Brakes: 300mm discs, 4-piston calipers, ABS
  • Suspension: Showa dual bending valve forks (117mm travel), hand-adjustable rear suspension (76mm travel)
  • Length: 2450mm
  • Seat: 705mm
  • Fuel: 22.7 litres
  • Dry weight: 362kg
  • Tyres: 17″/D408F BW 130/80 B17 65H; 16″/D407 BW 180/65 B16 81H

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Indian Motorcycle plans electric EFTR

Indian Motorcycle has filed a trademark application for the name EFTR which suggests it is an Electric Flat Track Racer, with the bike possibly unveiled as early as next year.

The model name EFTR indicates it is likely to be styled on their current popular FTR 1200 model.

Indian FTR 1200 Race Replica discountsCheck out our FTR 1200 Race Replica review

This would not be the first electric motorcycle from Polaris which is the owning parent company of Indian Motorcycle.

In 2015, Polaris bought Brammo electric bikes and rebadged them as the Victory Empulse TT which I rode in Colorado that year. 

Victory Empulse TT electric motorcycle benefits smaller automatics altaMBW rides the Victory Empulse TT electric bike at its launch in Colorado in 2015

When Polaris pulled the pin on Victory Motorcycles in January 2017 to concentrate on Indian, they dropped the Empulse TT.

However, then vice-present of motorcycles Steve Menneto confirmed at the time that they would produce an electric Indian within five years.

That timeline means the EFTR could arrive in 2021.

EFTR range and price

We doubt the EFTR will be a resurrected Empulse TT, but it could have some of the same technology. (Out of interest we have included the 2015 tech specs for the Empulse TT at the end of this article.)

When he made the electric Indian announcement, Steve said their electric bikes would have up to 225km of range which is much higher range than the Empulse TT at about 140km.

Interestingly, the Empulse TT had manual transmission in an effort to make motorcycle riders feel more at home than with a twist-and-go throttle like most electric motorcycles.

we expect much the same with the EFTR.

Obviously it is too early to speculate on price, but the Victory Empulse sold in the US from $US19,999 (about $A28,500).

That is much less than the Harley-Davidson electric LiveWire which sells for almost $US30,000 overseas and could cost more than $A40,000 when it arrives in Australia late this year.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle electric highways short circuitMBW riding the LiveWire at its launch lats year in Orgeon

2015 Victory Empulse TT tech specs

Victory Empulse TT electric motorcycleVictory Empulse

  • Price: $US19,999 (about $A30,000)
  • Warranty: 5 years/unlimited km
  • Service: only when brake and hydraulic fluids are needed
  • Motor: Internal permanent magnet AC induction
  • Power: 40.2kW
  • Torque: 82.7Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed gearbox with multi-plate, hydraulic activated wet clutch
  • Battery: 10.4 kW-hr Brammo Power Lithium Ion
  • Battery life: 15,000 cycles from nothing to full charge
  • Voltage: 103.6 volts / 117.6 volts (max)
  • Charge times: 2.0 hrs (Level I / 20 to 80% SOC); 3.5 hrs (Level II / 0 to 100% SOC); 8.0 hrs (Level I / 0 to 100% SOC)

    Victory Empulse TT electric motorcycle boardEmpulse TT battery

  • Emissions: None
  • Brakes: Dual 310mm Brembo floating disks with twin 4-piston radial Brembo callipers (front); Brembo single disk with dual piston hydraulic Brembo brake calliper
  • Top speed: 161km/h-plus
  • Suspension: Adjustable 43mm inverted forks, Adjustable direct-acting rear shock
  • Dry weight: 213 kg
  • Clearance: 185.4mm
  • Length: 206.5cm
  • Rake/Trail: 24° / 3.8”
  • Seat: 800mm
  • Wheelbase: 1473mm
  • Tyres: Continental Sport Attack II 120-70 ZR17, 58W / 160/60ZR17 69W
  • Wheels: 17” x 3.5” / 17” x 4.5”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Best Spark Plugs for a Harley-Davidson

A spark plug is a device that delivers electric current from the ignition to the combustion chamber of an engine to ignite the compressed mixture of air and fuel. 

All motorcycles, including those from the Harley-Davidson company, require a suitable spark plug for optimum starting as well as engine performance.

Below are the best spark plugs for Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Best Spark Plugs for a Harley-Davidson

1. NGK Iridium IX Spark Plug

Spark plug

These are twin cam spark plugs, and when used, they give a gain of up to 3 HP. The NGK Iridium IX spark plug has an electrode of 25% smaller than that of platinum. It is a quarter size when compared to a conventional nickel electrode. It has an ultra-small diameter of the electrode at the center, which reduces the requirement of the voltage and extends the life of the ignition system. 

With the new metal shell plating, there has been an enhancement of anticorrosion qualities. Still, these products come pre-gapped. This plug is recommended as one of the best spark plugs for Harley Davidson motorbikes.

2. E3 Spark Plugs

Power sports Spark plug

These types of plugs are efficient and have smooth acceleration. The E3 Spark Plug is a branded ground electrode module that provides more efficient burning fuel of your motorbike or vehicle, thereby having more pressure inside the cylinder. 

The Diamond electrode extends this spark into the combustion chamber, which brings it closer to the robust fuel/air mixture. 

The initial ignition wave leaves the spark zone at supersonic speed, and the lifted edge provides a chimney impact to allow the same procedure to occur more quickly in the next round. Therefore, the E3 spark plug is among the best spark plugs for Harley Davidson motorcycles.

3. Screamin’ Eagle Performance Spark Plug

Screamin Eagle spark plug

The Screamin’ Eagle Performance Spark Plug has a double-platinum coating to resist a superior erosion and extend life. It has a ‘V’ trimmed ground electrode that reduces the chances of covering the from the side of the flame. This promotes flame propagation. 

The fine wire at the center of the electrode facilitates the startups as well as the ability to ignite. It is designed with some original equipment that suppresses noise and inhibits electrical interference with other devices such as radios. 

Also, it is featured with Ribbed Core Technology, which is resistant to fouling. It works excellently in application races, which require rich fuel/air. 

This design of the spark plug is a unique style and is sold in pairs. It is appropriate for the modified engines inclusive of the high flow air cleaner, performance carburetors, exhaust systems, camshafts as well as the ignition systems together with the compression ratios of the stock.

4. Harley Davidson Original Equipment Spark Plug

HD spark plug

Harley Davidson original equipment spark plugs are sold each separately. They are entitled to a one-year limited warranty. However, it is out of stock at the time of writing. The original equipment Harley Davidson spark plug is very popular, and they have a more extended life service.

5. Gold Spark Plug

Gold spark plug

The Gold Spark Plug is associated with having a unique thread and a shell coating that ensures that there is an easy and quick means of removing aluminum heads, and it also resists corrosion. It has gold-palladium, which extends life and strengthens it to resist corrosion. 

The tapered tip gives a good spark exposure to the fuel/air mixture and also permits a smooth flow through the gap zone for a maximum ignition. The small diameter at the center of the electrode wire plus the insulator tip improves the fouling resistance. 

The ground electrode with copper core runs cooler to make it last longer. It also has threads that do not seize to coat.

Harley Davidson Spark Plugs FAQs2017 Harley-Davidson Touring models get the 107 Milwaukee Eight engine Road King air-cooled

How often should you change spark plugs on a Harley Davidson?

Spark plugs are some of the things that you rarely think about when riding your motorbike. They do not appear in your standard checklist, such as turn signals and tires, among others. However, you should not ignore spark plugs completely because they need replacement at some points for the motorcycle to continue giving you the services you require appropriately. 

Proper installation and maintenance of spark plugs is key for enjoying the top performance of the bike. The big question is, how often should you replace the spark plug of your motor vehicle?

In modern motorcycles, spark plugs should be replaced after every 15,000 to 16,000 miles of riding your motorbike. However, if your bike is sputtering, running rough, or even losing power, just think about inspecting and replacing the spark plug.

If you are buying a second-hand motorcycle, you should ask the seller the last time they changed the spark plug. If the previous owner does not remember or isn’t sure, consider replacing them immediately to ensure your safety.

It is worth noting that when replacing the spark plug, you need to check its compatibility. Make sure that your spark plug is well compatible with the model and the make of your motorbike and also the type of the engine. Also, you should consider its compatibility with your fuel.

Another consideration is the functionality of the spark plug and its improvement in engine performance with regard to power efficiency, ignition time and fuel economy.

Do iridium spark plugs increase performance?

Yes, iridium spark plugs increase performance in that they produce enough sparks to ignite the fuel-air mixture in the ignition system. Using a correctly gapped spark plug and a new one inhibits early combustion or even skipped firing, which may end up damaging the engine.

Iridium is not among the great conductors of electricity, but that does not limit it in performing as a spark plug. In fact, iridium outdoes the copper version and has a service life of around 60,000 miles.

Which is a better spark plug material, iridium or platinum?

There are several things to consider when it comes to determining which is a better spark plug, iridium or platinum. Some of these factors are durability, efficiency, and reliability, among others.

For instance, platinum may be harder than copper, but iridium is the hardest of them all. Therefore, an iridium spark plug can outdo a platinum spark plug.

Again, in terms of performance, iridium performs better than platinum. Still, iridium has a longer lifespan and is more durable than platinum. 

The only downside of iridium is that it is expensive and difficult to find in the market, but once you find it, be sure of working with it for a long time without the demand for any replacement. Therefore, iridium is much better than platinum.

What is the benefit of iridium spark plugs?

Iridium spark plugs have the following benefits:

1. Improve Acceleration

Do you have a problem with accelerating your motorcycle? If so, then switch to iridium spark plugs because this will improve your acceleration. There is a fast response to strangulate operation, and you will automatically feel that difference compared to other plugs.

2. More Engine Power

Every driver wants to be able to climb hills comfortably. With an iridium spark plug, climbing any hill is not a problem. It helps in improving engine performance in regard to power. That extra power is apparent in different situations such as climbing hilly places, and this contributes to giving you a comfortable touring and as well as driving experience.

3. Improve Starting and Combustion Characteristics

Iridium spark plugs have an ultra-fine center electrode that ensures fast combustion and also improves the starting characteristics of the engine. There is little dispersion and more so at the position of the spark, which makes the motorcycle stable even at low speeds.

4. Fuel Economy

Would you like to cut your fuel expenses? Iridium spark plugs have a better fuel economy. These plugs ensure there is a proper ignition, and this gives gasoline time to be burnt efficiently. These plugs do not only give you an economic benefit only, but they also provide environmental benefits.

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Best Motorcycle Gloves in 2020

If you are an avid motorcycle rider you know how important having the best motorcycle gloves are. If you are a new motorcycle rider you may not fully appreciate motorcycle gloves until you have your first long ride. Gloves are an essential piece of motorcycle gear.

There are many benefits of wearing motorcycle gloves, apart from protecting your hands in an accident. Motorcycle gloves help to absorb the vibrations of the motorcycle. This helps reduce the tingling and numbness that many motorcycle riders experience. If you are holding the handlebars of the motorcycle for too long, you will definitely experience this numbness. 

Motorcycle gloves also provide extra padding, which helps ensure that you feel comfortable and secure while riding.

There are many different types and brands of motorcycle gloves on the market today. Before buying the first pair of gloves that you see, it’s important to know what to look for in the best motorcycle gloves of 2020. 

If you are looking to get a new pair of motorcycle gloves, here are the best motorcycle gloves on the market. These gloves can truly make your motorcycle ride more fun and help you look great.

Best Motorcycle Gloves

1. Dainese 4 Stroke EVO Gloves

Dainese 4 stroke evo best motorcycle gloves

These motorcycle gloves are some of the best motorcycle gloves on the market. They are specifically designed for sport motorcycle riders who want gloves like the professionals. 

These gloves feature a short cuff for easy on and off. They are ergonomically designed with stainless steel inserts. They have finger reinforcements and distortion control. These features help ensure that you have the most comfortable and controlled ride ever.

This company uses micro-injections and leather palms for added protection. This beautifully designed glove not only helps to reduce the vibrations, but it is equipped with many safety features to help protect your hands from all possible scenarios. 

The thermoplastic resin composes the knuckles and back of these gloves to help ensure that they are fully supported. It also uses the same thermoplastic resin on the outside of the little finger and on the joints of the fingers to ensure added strength.

These gloves are made of cowhide leather for superior strength and durability with a goatskin palm for added comfort and protection. They feature a tightening strap to help fit all sizes of hands. They also feature pre-curved fingers for a more ergonomic design. 

These are some of the best gloves on the market because they are specifically designed for safety and protection to help all riders ride like the professionals.

2. REAX Superfly Mesh Gloves

REAX gloves

These gloves come in a variety of different sizes and colors to help you get the motorcycle gloves that you really want. These are ideal motorcycle gloves because they come with a variety of unique features to help set them apart from all others.

These mesh gloves are designed for safety and protection but are made of a breathable material to help keep your hands cool while you ride. 

They are a great pair of summer motorcycle gloves and are great touring gloves since they provide increased breathability for long rides. 

These gloves come with a pre-curved fit to help you better grip the handlebars for a better ergonomic design. If you want to check your phone without removing your gloves you can do so with the REAX Superfly Mesh Gloves as they are touchscreen capable. This helps you answer calls and texts more quickly without having to remove your gloves.

The palms of these gloves are made from goat leather, which is very comfortable and durable. The backside of the gloves are made from mesh for added airflow to help reduce sweat. 

The knuckles feature a leather-wrapped protective material to protect your hands if you were to fall. They also feature TPR finger inserts and a palm pad insert for extra padding and support.

To help maximize your safety these gloves also feature reflective highlights to help others see you on the road. The company believes in their product and offers a two-year warranty on all materials and workmanship for these specific gloves. This helps ensure that your investment is protected.

3. Full Leather Motorcycle Gloves by Blok-IT

Blok-it gloves

If you want a leather motorcycle glove, these from Blok-IT are some of the most affordable gloves on the market. They are designed to come up past your wrists for added hand and wrist support and protection while riding. 

This gauntlet glove comes in a variety of sizes and includes an adjustable strap to give you the exact fit that you need for the long rides.

These gloves are made from a 3M thinsulate thermal material to help give you added protection, comfort and warmth. They may feel like heated motorcycle gloves, but are simply made of a thermal material for added warmth. This material can help ensure that your hands stay warm when the cool air hits them on the open road. 

These biker gloves are great for all weather conditions. They are waterproof and windproof, so they can be used all year long. While they are great for most weather conditions they are best used as winter gloves during the cold weather.

They are a very durable pair of gloves because they are made from premium leather and feature double stitching on all the seams. The great workmanship that went into these gloves helps ensure that all riders will be happy. These gloves look great on both men and women so they can make the perfect gift for any avid rider that you know.

These gloves feature an ergonomic design to help make your ride more smooth. They allow for optimal dexterity and flexibility when riding. This design helps ensure that you get the best grip on your bike, while still being able to move your hands around.

4. Alpinestars Men’s SMX-1 Air v2 Motorcycle Riding Glove

Alpinestars gloves

These stylish racing gloves are some of the best summer gloves on the market. They come in six different sizes so you can be sure to get the pair you need. They are a short cuff style so they allow for added flexibility around the wrist for more control while you ride.

These gloves are made of premium leather with small mesh sections. The leather helps ensure that your hands are padded and protected, while the mesh helps ensure that your hands stay cool. 

If you want the best of both worlds, this motorcycle glove has it all. It features a hard polymer system around the knuckles for added protection from accidents and falls. These gloves also feature side padding for added protection.

To help ensure that you have full range of motion these gloves offer stretch zones on the fingers and backhand. These zones allow you to stretch your hands in all directions without having to take off your gloves. This provides added comfort when riding. 

Since your hands are typically grasping the handlebars for the entire drive it is nice to be able to stretch your hands without having to remove and replace your gloves. These gloves also feature a closure to help keep the gloves secured while riding.

5. Milwaukee Leather MG7510 Men’s Short Wrist Leather Gloves

Milwaukee gloves

If you are looking for some leather gloves with a simple and classic design, you can find them in the Milwaukee Leather gloves. These gloves are a short wrist glove that offers style, protection and comfort.

This summer glove is made of the highest quality cowhide leather you can find to ensure added durability and strength. You do not need to worry about these gloves falling apart over time because they are designed to last a lifetime. This genuine leather is also designed to help protect and secure your hands during all scenarios.

These leather gloves feature a gel palm, which distinguishes them from the competition. This padded palm helps reduce the vibrations while you ride and also gives you added comfort. It can make a day-long ride feel like you have only been riding for an hour. They feature an adjustable wrist closure to help keep the gloves secure while riding.

These all black leather gloves take the design and flash out of gloves. They get you back to the basics. Rather than sporting off colors and lines, these gloves are all black and feature only subtle hints of texture and design. They are ideal for men who want to focus on the ride and less on the accessories.

6. ILM Alloy Steel Leather Hard Knuckle Motorcycle Gloves

ILM gloves

These gloves are made to leave an impression on everyone who sees them. They are alloy steel leather hard knuckle imprints. These steel protectors are integrated into the gloves to help ensure that you are protected from all unforeseen situations. The placement of these alloy pads helps keep your hands and knuckles from getting bruised or scraped.

These gloves feature extra padding on the thumbs and palms to ensure a more comfortable ride with fewer vibrations. The padding, in addition to the premium leather material, helps make these some of the most comfortable gloves on the market. They feature an elastic strap around the glove to provide security and a comfortable fit.

If you are looking for comfort, these gloves also have an anti-slip feature that helps prevent your hands from slipping during the ride. This can make you feel more comfortable and confident in your ability to control the bike. The palm is made of an anti-skid material that helps absorb the shock during any ride.

Another wonderful feature of these gloves is that they provide touchscreen capabilities. If you are looking to use your phone when you stop or while you take a break, you don’t need to remove your gloves. Instead, you can simply use your phone like you normally would because these gloves can handle the phone. These are also another affordable option for those wanting motorcycle gloves on a budget.

7. Harley Davidson Men’s Winged Skull Gloves

HD gloves

One of the most iconic brands of motorcycles is Harley Davidson. When you say this phrase everyone knows what you are talking about. Harley Davidson makes giant bikes, but they also make great bike accessories, like these leather gloves.

These leather gloves are made of goatskin leather to ensure a better ride. They allow for optimal cooling airflow and comfort during your ride. The increased airflow capabilities help to ensure that your hands stay sweat free. This helps you get a better grip on the bike and feel more confident while you ride.

These gloves also feature an ergonomic design. They feature a thirty-degree tilt of the fingers and knuckles. This curve helps you get a better grip on the bike, while also increasing the durability of the gloves. 

These gloves feature a padded palm for added comfort. The gloves are made of a neoprene cuff with an adjustable closure to help keep you safe while you get the perfect fit. They also have a convenient velcro wrist.

Harley Davidson offers all customers a ninety-day limited warranty on the gloves to ensure that you are satisfied with your purchase. 

These gloves are designed to look like hardcore biker gloves. They feature the iconic Harley Davidson skull imprint on the back of the gloves so that everyone knows the brand you’re wearing. These gloves are all black to help you blend into your bike.

How to Choose Motorcycle Gloves

If you are an experienced motorcycle rider, you will need to invest in a pair of motorcycle gloves for added comfort and protection. Motorcycle gloves can provide abrasion resistance, knuckle protection and act as one of the best forms of protective riding gear. 

There are many factors to consider when choosing your next pair of motorcycle gloves. Some of these factors are a personal preference so you must fully look into each brand and style of the bike glove before choosing one. 

Here are some of the main factors that you need to consider before purchasing your next pair of riding gloves.

1. Riding Style 

One of the main factors to consider when looking for the perfect pair of gloves is what is the riding style of glove you want to have. For instance, if you want a cruiser glove you will likely be looking into a traditional style of glove, while if you are looking into a sport glove you will likely want a pair of gloves that have lots of color and even metal imprints.

2. Weather

Another thing that you need to consider when purchasing your next pair of gloves is what type of weather you typically ride in. Many motorcycle riders will only ride their bikes in nice weather to help prevent the risk of falls and accidents. Other riders may not have an option when they ride. 

If you ride during wet and rainy conditions you will definitely want to consider getting a waterproof glove. If you ride during other, dry conditions you will likely want to get leather gloves for the added protection that they offer. For cold weather, choose some padded winter motorcycle gloves.

3. Size

To ensure that you are comfortable and confident when you ride, it is essential that your gloves fit properly. If you are going to buy a pair of gloves, they need to fit you properly in all areas. 

Many gloves have an adjustable strap that allows for added security. You need to ensure that the gloves fit your fingers, hand and wrist. A snug fit will help ensure that you get a better grip on your bike.

4. Length of Glove

Another main factor to consider is the length of the glove you want. If you want to have a short glove that only goes to your wrist you should find a pair of gloves that offer this design style. 

If you want to have added protection around your wrists in case of a fall or want to keep your hands and wrists warmer during a ride you may want to invest in long gloves. Both types of gloves are great, however, it is a personal preference of which type you choose.

5. Touchscreen Capability

If you like to use your phone while you ride, or while you take a short break, you may want to invest in a pair of gloves that have touchscreen capability. Once your gloves are on you will likely not want to take them off. It is difficult to get the perfect adjusted fit and then have to take the gloves off because you have an important call coming in. 

If you use your phone while you ride you may want a pair of gloves that have touchscreen capabilities. This allows you to answer your phone while you ride.

6. Price

One last factor that every rider needs to consider before buying a pair of gloves is the price point that they want to stay within. All gloves are made and designed differently, however, there are great gloves at all price ranges. You need to find a glove that fits within your price range so that you feel comfortable spending the money to keep yourself safe and comfortable while riding. 

You should decide which factors are the most important to you in a glove and find a glove within your price range that has all of the features that you care most about. This can help you find a glove you love for less than you expected.

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Harley-Davidson plans balancing bike

Harley-Davidson has filed a patent for a self-balancing system that might help attract more customers to their big and heavy touring motorcycles.

Their bikes already have a large flywheel and low centre of gravity that makes them stable at slow speeds, but their mass is daunting for many riders. That’s why they are often dropped while stationary.How to pick up a heavy motorcycle Kaitlin Riley

That issue could be resolved by this system that uses a gyroscope for balance when stopped and at walking speeds.

The patent drawings show the gyro unit is stored in the top box and includes another heavy flywheel and an electric motor which would make the bike even heavier.

The weight is also stored up high, so it effectively makes it even more difficult to hold upright at slow speeds and when stopped … except for the effect of the gyroscope!

It is a traditional gyro system with a flywheel that spins at up to 20,000rpm thanks to the electric motor. The system also has sensors that detect whether it is about to tip over so it engages the spinning flywheel.

Harley patent for gyroscope self-balancing bikeHarley’s gyroscope patent

While the system would take up luggage space, because it is self-contained, it could be retrofitted.

This could be a major attraction for ageing riders as well as reaching out to other riders who never though they could handle a heavy touring motorcycle.

Harley is not the only company working on self-balancing systems to attract more riders daunted by motorcycles.

Both BMW Motorrad and Honda have self-balancing prototypes and Yamaha is also working on one.

Honda's self-balancing motorcycle - short season damon lastHonda’s self-balancing motorcycle

Balancing act

Click here for tips on how to handle a heavy motorcycle and to watch amazing videos of police at motorcycle gymkhana events.

If you do drop your bike, click here to find out how to pick it up.

And now watch Kaitlin Riley, 32, of Bleu Bayou Harley-Davidson, Louisiana, prove just how manoeuvrable a heavy bike can be.

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