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Harley drops a few of the most affordable models from range

Iron and 48 to get left in the cold

Harley-Davidson XL883N Iron
The Harley-Davidson XL883N Iron is no longer going to be offered in the Australian or New Zealand markets

Word came in this morning that Harley-Davidson Australia will drop the affordable Iron 883 and 1200 models from their line-ups.

2018 Harley Davidson XL1200NS IRON
Harley Davidson Australia is walking away from the XL1200NS IRON

The Harley-Davidson 48, a much heralded and popular model when released a little over a decade ago at just over 16k ride-away, has seen some of that sheen wane over time and the 48 is also being dropped from the Australian and New-Zealand model line-ups.

Harley-Davidson 48

Harley-Davidson has long been the biggest selling motorcycle brand in Australia, when it comes to sales numbers of road bikes. However, H-D has lost the #1 road mantle of late to Honda and while much of the market is currently booming, Harley recorded an eight per cent decline in sales during the first quarter of 2021, compared to 2020.  In fact, Harley is the only brand to have recorded a sales decline in the first quarter of 2021, while the likes of Honda are up almost 50 per cent, and Indian’s sales are up by almost 60 per cent.

The 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout
The Softail Breakout is Harley’s biggest selling large capacity motorcycle

Harley’s Breakout, Street 500 and Sport Glide sales remain particularly strong and Milwaukee’s Touring line-up continues to dominate that segment of the Australian market. Thus Harley-Davidson sales remain strong, but just not as strong as has traditionally been the case.

The Street Glide Special currently dominates the Touring category in Australia

Source: MCNews.com.au

Harley launches ‘very’ limited edition models

If you thought Harley-Davidson CVO (Custom Vehicles Operations) models were exclusive, the company has now introduced and even more exclusive range called the Icons Collection. 

While CVO release three or four models in limited production every year, the Icons Collection will present only one or two models annually, with a single production run for each motorcycle model. 

Unlike CVO models, Icons model will never be resumed or repeated. 

Each Icons Collection motorcycle will be serialised, and the buyer will receive a certificate of authenticity.

It kickstarts with the Electra Glide Revival.

Only 1500 will be built, arriving in Aussie and New Zealand Harley-Davidson dealerships at $A40,495 rideaway ($NZ43,995).Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

It is inspired by the 1969 Electra Glide with Harley’s first batwing fairing and saddlebags in white moulded fibreglass.

The Electra Glide Revival replicates that look with a Birch White painted finish with Hi-Fi Blue and Black Denim tank and Hi-Fi Blue fenders and side panels, plus period-inspired tank medallion and Electra Glide script on the front fender. 

It has a solo saddle with a black-and-white cover and a chrome rail, mounted over an adjustable coil spring and shock absorber, which is a nod to Harley-Davidson FL models from the 1960s.

Chrome steel laced wheels and wide whitewall tyres add to the nostalgic look, as do chrome front fender rails and saddlebag rails, front fender skirt, Ventilator air cleaner cover, fork covers, and auxiliary lights. 

Harley released the following model details:Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

The Electra Glide Revival offers classic style, but its design and technology is absolutely modern. The foundation of the Electra Glide Revival model is the single-spar Harley-Davidson Touring frame with a rigid backbone design to sustain the weight of luggage and to support current engine power. The entire chassis is designed for the long haul. A single knob hydraulically adjusts the pre-load of emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers for optimal ride and control. The 49mm forks with dual bending valve suspension technology deliver linear damping characteristics for a smooth ride.

The classic Bat Wing fairing features a tall clear windshield and a splitstream vent to help reduce rider head buffeting. Electronic cruise control holds a steady speed for comfort on long rides, while a halogen headlamp and incandescent auxiliary lamps provide outstanding illumination and maintain the nostalgic styling of the Revival model.

A Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with colour touch screen powers two fairing-mount speakers and features advanced navigation and hand and voice commands (when paired with a compatible headset) plus Android Auto application and Apple CarPlay software compatibility.

Also, standard is the suite of Harley-Davidson RDRS Safety Enhancements, a collection of technology designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, including:

o   Cornering Enhanced Anti-Lock Brake System (C-ABS)

o   Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB)

o   Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS)

o   Drag-torque Slip Control System (DSCS)

o   Hill Hold Control (HHC)

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson Files Patent for Automated Braking

Harley-Davidson has recently filed patents that show a type of emergency braking system that could be integrated into future models. 

Unlike other manufacturers, Harley’s technology patent is more in line with accident prevention and crash avoidance – instead of adaptive cruise control. 

Harley Davidson Patent

The system is comprised of many sensors situated similarly to those found on bikes with adaptive cruise control. These sensors are responsible for monitoring the bike’s surroundings along with the status of the rider via grip and seat sensors. Harley-Davidson’s system also includes a camera that is pointed at the rider to provide information about the status of the rider. 

Harley-Davidson’s patent also mentions the use of Vision Tracking via a helmet-mounted camera pointed at the rider’s eye. This cool technology can sense where the rider is looking in addition to their eyes being open. 

Harley-Davidson Patent Schematic

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The new technology will collectively work together to provide visual and audible alerts in the case of an emergency – giving the rider the opportunity to react. If the rider does not respond, the system will begin to slow the bike down, come to a stop, gingerly topple the bike, and the incapacitated rider over. 

Every rider can relate to seeing vehicles on the road sometimes braking slowly at first but then almost immediately come to a halt – leaving the rider to estimate the braking distance. Another neat feature found in HD’s new patent is it can assist the rider in applying the brakes should the rider misjudge how quickly they need to stop.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

HD Pan America heading Down Under

Harley-Davidson’s first adventure motorcycle, the Pan America 1250, is heading to Australia and New Zealand later this year.

There are two models (pictured above) in the new family, but Australia and New Zealand will only get the up-spec Special model, arriving in Harley-Davidson dealerships in the third quarter of 2021. 

The Pan America Special is priced at $A31,995 ride away ($NZ33,995).

That’s fairly competitive when compared with rivals from BMW, Ducati, KTM and Triumph.

In the US, the base Pan America 1250 starts at $US17319 and the Special at $US19,999.

The base model has mag wheels and is more road oriented, while the Special is an adventure tourer with electronically adjustable semi-active suspension, tyre pressure monitors, centre stand, multi-position rear brake pedal, hand guards, aluminium skid plate, Daymaker headlight, heated hand grips and steering damper.Harley-Davidson Revolution Max platform Pan America 1250

Options include tubeless spoked wheels like BMW’s GS and adaptive ride height.

Both are powered by the new Revolution Max 1250 engine which will also feature in the Bronx streetfighter which has been delayed until the end of this year.

The liquid-cooled 1250cc V-Twin is designed for low-end torque and low speed throttle control that is useful for off-road riding.

Despite this being a new bike and new territory for the company, their launch video featuring Hollywood action hero Jason Momoa points out that Harley’s roots are on dirt roads more than 100 years ago.

Yet chairman Jochen Zeitz also claims it is the first adventure touring bike designed and built in America.

He’s obviously not counting the electric Zero dual-sport motorcycles which are limited in touring capacity to less than 400km.

It will be interesting to see how the big Harley adventurer copes with Australia’s tough terrain, but on paper it stacks up pretty well against its main competition from BMW, Ducati, KTM and Triumph.

With 150hp or 112kW of power, it’s only beaten by Ducati’s Multistrada, while the torque monster BMW at 142Nm is the only with more grunt than Pan America’s 127Nm.

And while many may expect the company which previously boasted it made “heavy motorcycles” would have characteristic lard, it sits in the middle of the pack at 245kg, 23kg less than the market-leading BMW R 1250 GS.

However, in Australia, we get the Special with all its extra tech and comfort features which nudges the weight up to 253kg which is still less than the BMW and Triumph.

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Harley-Davidson Pan America

All the tech is controlled through the 6.8 inch TFT display with speedometer, gear, odometer, fuel level, clock, trip, ambient temp, low temp alert, side stand down alert, TIP over alert, cruise, range and tachometer indication BT capable – phone pairing to access phone calls, music, navigation through the H-D app.

Harley-Davidson dealers will offer an extensive line of accessories, including three durable luggage systems, and new technical riding gear for men and women developed in collaboration with respected European motorcycle apparel specialist, REV’IT!.

Harley-Davidson Pan America
Pan America accessories and rider gear

Pan America Special tech specs

LENGTH 2265mm
SEAT HEIGHT, LADEN 7 789mm
CLEARANCE 210mm
RAKE 25
TRAIL 157
WHEELBASE 1579mm
TYRES 120/70R19; 170/60R17; Michelin Scorcher “Adventure”
FUEL CAPACITY 21 litres
WET WEIGHT 253kg
ENGINE Revolution Max 1250, liquid cooled
BORE x STROKE 104 x 72mm
COMPRESSION  13:01
TORQUE  1237Nm
POWER 150hp (112kW) @ 9000rpm
ECONOMY  5.11L/100km
SUSPENSION (front) 47mm inverted fork with electronically adjustable semi-active damping control. aluminium fork triple clamps.
SUSPENSION (rear) Linkage-mounted monoshock with automatic electronic preload control and semi-active compression & rebound damping

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Three Brands Shaking Up the Powersports Industry

The motorcycle industry is constantly evolving. However, the next five years may see some rapid changes. With electrification becoming a more mainstream feature in the wider automotive industry and the necessary infrastructure developing with it, it’s clear that the motorcycle industry will have to rise to a number of new challenges.

Electrification is just one of the many facets of modern motorcycling. With the advent of smart technologies, motorcyclists can be more aware of their surroundings than ever before. New construction materials and methods are being applied to the latest generation of bikes and riding gear. And technologies that were once fun gimmicks are now becoming standard.

We don’t know what the next few years will bring, but we can focus on some brands that are likely to make an impact on the industry in general. You may disagree with our choices—and that’s fine. Whether you agree or not, and whether we end up being right or wrong, it’ll be interesting to see how these brands evolve, develop, or fade away, in the not-so-distant future.

So, let’s get started!

Damon Motorcycles

Damon Hypersport Models
Credit: WebBikeWorld

One of the most exciting brands out there is Canada’s Damon Motorcycles. Like many upcoming electric brands, Damon has made some impressive claims and what’s more, their claims seem to be more fact than fiction. If you’re not familiar with Damon Motorcycles, here’s a quick recap:

Damon Motorcycles is a Canadian EV start-up that was founded in 2017. Over the years, the firm has been able to secure serious funding and recruit some top-tier talent. Not only that, but Damon Motorcycles also acquired the IP of the now-defunct Mission Motor, making it a serious electric motorcycle brand that you need to pay attention to.

In 2019, they pulled the covers off of their Hypersport model. It promised a top speed of 200 mph, 200 horsepower, a maximum range of 200 miles, fast charging times, and a base price of only $24,995 USD.

In terms of base specification, it’s already hard to find any downsides. The charging times are more acceptable, with 45 minutes to reach 80% with a Combined Charging System, 2.5 hours to hit 90% at Level 2, and 15 hours to 90% with Level 1 charging. It’s not even heavy, which is often a problem with EVs, weighing in at around 440 lbs. It even has top-shelf components, such as Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes on the premium “Premier” model.

But all of those features aren’t even the main selling point of Damon’s premium motorcycles.

It’s the on-board tech.

Damon Motorcycles Specifications
Credit: Damon Motorcycles

Damon’s advanced CoPilot system is an amalgamation of sophisticated riding aids and modern electronics. We’re not talking ABS and traction control either—we’re talking about futuristic safety elements. CoPilot relies on sensors, radars, cameras, and modern technology to track moving objects and give riders a 360-degree view of everything that’s going on around them. If it senses danger, it will alert the rider.

Each motorcycle also features an innovative Shift system. This is an electronic ergonomics package that allows riders to electronically control their riding position. Handlebars, pegs, seat height, and screen height can all be adjusted electronically, allowing for a custom ride experience.

It’s the safety element that Damon’s bosses are really interested in. According to an interview with the company’s boss Jay Giraud, a heavy focus on safety was necessary to secure investors, and it’s a strategy that has paid off. Not only has he secured funding, but he’s also attracted the right target market.

“Half the people ordering are under the age of 40,” explained Giraud. “It really speaks to product-market fit.”

At the moment, it’s too early to tell how well Damon Motorcycles will perform on the market. However, the brand has highlighted exactly how much electric motorcycle you can get for a reasonable price. The competition will have to work hard to innovate and keep up with Damon in the years to come. Will Damon be able to dominate the electric motorcycle market? Again, it’s too early to tell—but whatever happens, they’ll have given their competitors something to think about.

Harley-Davidson

Jochen Zeitz - Harley's new CEO posing with a Livewire
Credit: Motorbikewriter

And now we leap from one exciting and forward-thinking company to another that prides itself on heritage and nostalgia. It’s Harley-Davidson, of course. You’re probably wondering how a brand like Harley-Davidson could shake up the industry, and under normal circumstances, we’d also be scratching our heads. But something has happened to HDs high-command that gives us reason to believe that big things are in the works.

In March 2020, Jochen Zeitz took over the role of CEO at HD. He’s been on the board since 2007 and headed Harley’s Sustainability Committee since 2011. If you’re not familiar with Jochen Zeitz, he’s a very successful businessman with plenty of career highlights. In 1993, at age 30, he became the CEO of PUMA. At this time, the brand was in decline and faced serious financial difficulties. Thanks to a bold restructuring plan with a long-term vision, Zeitz was able to save the brand and increase its share price by 4000%.

With Zeitz at the helm, it’s clear that Harley-Davidson may be expecting something of a revolution. Currently, the brand has surprised critics by releasing or previewing a number of exciting new models: the LiveWire, the Pan America, and the Bronx.

Harley-Davidson Pan America Side View
Credit: Harley-Davidson

The first is an innovative electric motorcycle, the second is an impressive adventure-touring motorcycle, and the third is an aggressive streetfighter. While opinions have been split, there’s no doubt that Harley-Davidson is actively testing the waters and feeling out other areas of the market. With an aging ridership and without younger riders replacing the outgoing generation of Harley-riders, the brand has found itself at something of a crossroads.

Even so, it seems that Zeitz’s business plan won’t be resting its hopes on new models. According to the man himself, his bold “Rewire” strategy will focus on smoothing out the company’s operations and making everything “lean and efficient” using “broad cost and cash savings measures.”

By streamlining operations it’s hoped that Harley will be able to continue developing desirable motorcycles and remain classed as a premium brand. It’s a bold strategy, especially as many brands have diversified to include smaller, budget-conscious models. For Harley, it seems like staying in the premium bracket is a high-priority.,

“We’ve always said that market share right now doesn’t really matter simply because we have to focus not on volume but on desirability,” Zeitz explained.

Whatever happens, it’s clear that Harley-Davidson is going to make some pretty big waves over the next few years.

Forcite MK1 Smart Helmet

Forcite Helmet Worn By Rider
Credit: WebBikeWorld

Not all industry brands that are shaking up the industry are motorcycle manufacturers. Motorcycle gear is just as important to a rider as their motorcycle, and in recent years motorcycle helmet technology has really advanced. The promise of the Skully AR-1 may have dissolved into nothing, but there’s more to the modern helmet scene than one brand. In Ireland, there’s a firm called Koroyd with a fantastic invention that could replace traditional MIPS liners. But we’re not here to talk about that.

Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

Instead, we’re excited to look at what Forcite is bringing to the table.

Forcite is an Australian helmet manufacturer with big plans. Their pioneering helmet, the MK1, has already sold out—and it hasn’t gone into full production yet. It claims to be the world’s first real smart helmet, one that would blow the Skully AR-1 out of the water, using modern construction materials and serious technology.

In short, the MK1 is a carbon fiber helmet with an innovative bamboo-fabric liner, a UV400 rated sun visor, with anti-fog coating, and plenty of ventilation. Currently, it has European ECE certification and Australian certification for road and track use, with US certification on the way. As an analog helmet, it’s already impressive. But it’s the level of built-in technology that truly elevates it above the competition.

The lid features an integrated 166-degree wide-angle camera that records 1080p/60 FPS, which can store up to 5 hours of riding footage, with regular autosave intervals. It also boasts built-in WiFi for easy file uploads, and for practical communication reasons.

Bluetooth is also included, with removable speakers and a pair of noise-canceling microphones for seamless audio capture, and for bike-to-bike communication, courtesy of the helmet’s built-in communication system. The communication system works using the internet though, and not Bluetooth.

If that wasn’t enough, the Forcite MK1 also includes built-in GPS and a number of other sensors that delivers information to navigation and geo-tagging system. There’s no heads-up display, but it alerts the rider and gives information via the audio system and LED lighting within the helmet.

Forcite Helmet Anatomy
Credit: WebBikeWorld

So what does all of this mean?

It means that the likes of SENA and Jarvish have got a serious competitor. And as the industry leans towards smarter helmets, with built-in communication devices and Bluetooth-to-smartphone communication equipped as standard, every helmet manufacturer will have to start innovating and deploying their own solutions. So far, SENA has managed to dominate the communications market, and helmet manufacturers have been happy to provide device-sized recesses in their lids to accommodate third-party gear. But those days may be coming to an end.

As riders demand more technology in their helmets, the market may shift toward all-inclusive smart helmets like the Forcite MK1, rather than helmets built to accommodate third-party gadgets.

The motorcycle industry is continually evolving, and now with the advent of autonomous driving, AI technologies, the abundance of IoT (internet of things) technology, super light, and super strong construction materials, and more, the industry’s next evolutionary leap is expected to be quite a big one. Whether these brands will be riding the crest of that evolutionary wave remains to be seen—but they’re worth keeping an eye on, just in case.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Could India Harley Dealers Sue Harley-Davidson?

Currently Exploring Legal Options

Harley-Davidson announced it would pull out of India not that long ago as part of its major restructuring plan. This clearly was a major blow to the 33 Harley dealerships in the country.

According to the Times of India, the owners of these 33 Harley-Davidson dealerships are now looking at their legal options and may sue The Motor Company.

It’s unclear exactly what will happen with this. It’s further confused by the fact that Hero MotoCorp recently signed a deal with Harley to do distribution and some manufacturing for the brand. According to the Times of India, neither Harley nor Hero wanted to discuss the predicament on the record. 

The publication did say that the dealers are. “not happy with the treatment that they have received.” Right now these dealers are going over their legal options to see what can be done. 

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When Harley first announced it was pulling out of India, I wondered what kind of advanced notice it had provided to its dealer network there. That could be a massive blow, and I’d like to hope that Harley didn’t just spring it on the dealers. However, few things have gone smoothly for HD recently, so I wonder if that’s precisely what’s happened. It will be interesting to see where this story goes in the future.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Australia Recalls Harley Electric Bike

Harley-Davidson Australia has now recalled its LiveWire electric motorcycle for switching off while running, more than a fortnight after it was recalled in the USA.

Company spokesman Keith Waddell says there have been “no instances in Australia” of the fault occurring.

The issue affects 41 LiveWire motorcycles sold in Australia since it was launched a couple of months ago. The Vehicle Identification Numbers of all bikes affected are listed at the end of this article.

The official recall notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warns that the bike may switch off while running, causing a crash.

“The software in the On-Board Charging (OBC) System on affected motorcycles may initiate a shutdown of the electric vehicle powertrain, without providing reasonable indication to the rider that a shutdown sequence has been initiated,” the notice says.

In some cases, the vehicle may not be able to be restarted or, if restarted, may shortly thereafter shut down again. In some cases, indicator lamps may be illuminated on the instrumentation prior to loss of propulsion.

“These indicator lamps include: The Traction Control (TC) lamp, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) lamp, and the Failure Indicator Lamp (FIL).

“Unexpected loss of propulsion of the vehicle while in motion without the ability to restart or remain restarted may increase the risk of a crash, increasing the risk of serious injury or death of the rider(s) or other road users.”

Owners are urged to contact their Harley-Davidson dealer “immediately to arrange a service”.

“The dealer will install new updated On-Board Charging (OBC) System software to rectify the issue, at no cost to the consumer,” the notice says.

The recall is Harley’s first in Australia for 2020.

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VINs of affected bikes:
VIN NUMBER                                        
5HD2XAED1LB802112
5HD2XAED1LB802157
5HD2XAED2LB802104
5HD2XAED2LB802135
5HD2XAED3LB802175
5HD2XAED4LB802105
5HD2XAED4LB802122
5HD2XAED4LB802167
5HD2XAED4LB802234
5HD2XAED6LB802154
5HD2XAED6LB802235
5HD2XAED7LB802163
5HD2XAED8LB802222
5HD2XAED8LB802236
5HD2XAED9LB802181
5HD2XAED9LB802231
5HD2XAEDXLB802108
5HD2XAED0LB802103
5HD2XAED1LB802109
5HD2XAED1LB802126
5HD2XAED1LB802174
5HD2XAED2LB802183
5HD2XAED4LB802203
5HD2XAED6LB802137
5HD2XAED7LB802146
5HD2XAED8LB802172
5HD2XAED9LB802097
5HD2XAED9LB802102
5HD2XAED3LB802127
5HD2XAED4LB802136
5HD2XAED2LB802118
5HD2XAEDXLB802125
5HD2XAED0LB802117
5HD2XAED7LB802129
5HD2XAED7LB802132
5HD2XAED8LB802141
5HD2XAED8LB802124
5HD2XAED6LB802140
5HD2XAED4LB802119
5HD2XAED5LB802128
5HD2XAED0LB802120

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson Launches e-Bikes

Despite the new boss of Harley-Davidson saying he will focus on core customers the iconic motorcycle manufacturer has still gone aead with its entry into the lucrative e-bike market.

Their first electric bicycle, the Serial 1, will initially be launched in 2021 in the US and German markets. No pricing details are available yet.

Europe has a strong e-bike market and we expect the handsome e-bike will soon be available in other European countries.

Harley-Davidson Australia marketing guru Keith Waddell would not comment on the e-bike coming to Australia, only to say that HQ had told them “additional countries will be evaluated to support our growth opportunities”.

Series 1

This year, Harley ventured into the e-bike market with electric balance bikes for kids in the US.

But they aren’t made by Harley. They are made by Californian children’s electric bicycle company StaCyc, which Harley bought last year.

Harley said at the time that the kids’ electric bikes would be joined by pedal-assisted electric bicycles for bigger kids.

Series 1

However, it was unclear if they would go ahead with that move after new boss Jochen Zeitz announced his “rewire” strategy concentrating on traditional products to appease its core customers.

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But now Harley has announced the launch of their first e-bike which takes its name from “Serial Number One,” the nickname for Harley’s oldest motorcycle.

Series 1

It was designed and produced by Harley’s Product Development Center.

The global eBicycle market was worth more than $US15 billion last year and is projected to grow at an annual rate of more than 6% from 2020 to 2025.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

RECALL: Harley-Davidson LiveWire Shutting Down While Riding

The ever-growing list of 2020 motorcycle recalls continues to expand with another addition to the hit-list; Harley Davison’s 2020 LiveWire is unexpectedly shutting down for some riders mid-ride and in some cases not allowing for the driver to turn the vehicle back on after initial shut-off.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that only 1% of the ~1000 bikes being recalled may be affected by the issue, so there is no reason to panic but it’s still better to be safe than sorry.

The issue apparently comes from the On-Board Charging software that causes the powertrain to turn off. I’m not sure if that issue will really cause *a complete* shut down of the bike with all other features shutting off, but other sources are reporting that ABS, TC, and other assists can indeed cut out as well.

This is not good news for anyone who rides their bikes in the evening or in low light, as there is potential for ABS, traction control, and your headlight to shut off mid-ride which could cause serious injury or even death.

Between the 22nd and 29th of October, 2020 LiveWire owners will be notified by mail regarding the recall and will be urged to take their motorcycles to their local H-D dealership to have the software updated for free.

Where I live, there is currently 10cm of snow on the ground, so if are like me and cannot arrange transportation of your bike to the dealership Harley-Davidson is happy to pick it up and return it back to your house absolutely free of charge.

If you are a 2020 H-D LiveWire owner it would be in your best interest to give the Harley-Davidson customer support line a ring and provide them with your VIN so they can check to see if you perhaps have one of the affected versions of the bike.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson Announces New Screamin’ Eagle Stage Kits for Select Softail and Touring Models

Harley-Davidson has announced new Screamin’ Eagle stage kits for select MY18+ Softail and MY17+ Touring models. Several kit options are available for Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight 107, 114 and 117 engines. For more information, check out the press release below.

Harley-Davidson Announces New Screamin' Eagle Stage Kits for Select Softail and Touring Models

From Press Release:

The all-new Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® products for your ride are here to keep the thrills rolling mile after mile. High-flow exhaust kits, performance cams, ultra-powerful Screamin’ Eagle engines and a comprehensive line of upgrades get you to peak exhilaration quickly and smoothly with the power to handle whatever comes.

SCREAMIN’ EAGLE® MILWAUKEE-EIGHT® ENGINE STAGE IV KIT 114CI TO 131CI FOR SELECT SOFTAIL MODELS

With the largest displacement of any Harley-Davidson® Stage Kit, this 114/117CI to 131CI Stage IV Kit was designed to deliver maximum horsepower – all the way to the redline – available now for select Softail models. Packaged with patent-protected cylinder technology, it allows for the largest Harley-Davidson® bolt-on engine upgrade to any Milwaukee-Eight® motor.

The Stage IV Kit features new CNC-ported heads with 1mm bigger valves than the previous generation, and fully machined combustion chambers. Coupled with the kit’s high-lift SE8-517 cam, high compression pistons and a 64mm throttle body and intake manifold, this combination delivers a thrilling 135 ft-lb of torque and 124 HP rear-wheel output when paired with Screamin’ Eagle® Street Cannon Mufflers. It’s designed to run at high-end RPMs and provide a significant boost of torque from cruising speed. You’ll feel the difference as soon as you twist the throttle. 

The Screamin’ Eagle 131 Stage IV Kit is eligible for Custom Coverage under the motorcycle’s factory 24-month vehicle limited warranty when dealer-installed by an authorized H-D Dealer within 60 days of vehicle purchase and is otherwise backed by a 12-month limited warranty.

Performance components include:

  • Screamin’ Eagle CNC Ported Cylinder Head with CNC machined chamber and 1mm larger valves than previous generation
  • 131 Stage IV Timer cover
  • SE8-517 High-Lift Cam
  • Forged 10.7:1 High Compression Pistons
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Cam Bearing
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Tappets
  • Screamin’ Eagle 4.31″ Steel Sleeve Cylinders
  • Screamin’ Eagle 64mm Throttle Body and Cast Manifold
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Flow Injectors (5.5 g/sec)

Complete fitment information can be found on H-D.com.

Harley-Davidson Announces New Screamin' Eagle Stage Kits for Select Softail and Touring Models

SCREAMIN’ EAGLE® MILWAUKEE-EIGHT® ENGINE STAGE IV KIT – 107CI TO 128CI FOR SELECT SOFTAIL MODELS

This Stage IV Kit was designed to deliver maximum horsepower – all the way to the redline – available now for select Softail models and features new CNC-ported heads with 1mm bigger valves than the previous generation, and fully machined combustion chambers. 

Coupled with the kit’s high-lift SE8-517 cam, high compression pistons and a 64mm throttle body and intake manifold, this combination delivers a thrilling 127 ft-lb of torque and 124 HP rear-wheel output when paired with Screamin’ Eagle® Street Cannon Mufflers. It’s designed to run at high-end RPMs and provide a significant boost of torque from cruising speed. You’ll feel the difference as soon as you twist the throttle. 

The Screamin’ Eagle 128 Stage IV Kit is eligible for Custom Coverage under the motorcycle’s factory 24-month vehicle limited warranty when dealer-installed by an authorized H-D Dealer within 60 days of vehicle purchase and is otherwise backed by a 12-month limited warranty.

Performance components include:

  • Screamin’ Eagle CNC Ported Cylinder Head with CNC machined chamber and 1mm larger valves than previous generation
  • 128 Stage IV Timer cover
  • SE8-517 High-Lift Cam
  • Forged 10.7:1 High Compression Pistons
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Cam Bearing
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Tappets
  • Screamin’ Eagle 4.31″ Steel Sleeve Cylinders
  • Screamin’ Eagle 64mm Throttle Body and Cast Manifold
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Flow Injectors (5.5 g/sec)

Complete fitment information can be found on H-D.com.

Screamin’ Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight® Engine Stage III 114CI or 117CI to 122CI Kit and Stage III 107CI to 119CI For MY17+ Touring Models

This Stage III kit has been developed for the rider looking for a solid “seat of the pants” torque increase you can feel every time you roll on the throttle. The bump up in displacement and compression deliver a significant increase in torque and power over stock, all the while restoring the sensation of riding solo when you’re loaded down.

The Stage III 107CI to 119CI upgrade delivers up to 23% more horsepower and 17% more torque and the 114CI to 122CI upgrade increases power by up to 15% and 13% more torque when compared to the Original Equipment engine configurations.

Performance components include:

  • Screamin’ Eagle 4.155 Big Bore Bolt-On Cylinders
  • Forged 11.0:1 High-Compression Pistons and Rings
  • Screamin’ Eagle SE8-447 Torque Cam
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Capacity Tappets
  • Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Cam Bearing
  • Screamin’ Eagle Stage III Timer Cover & Insert
  • Multi-layer coated Head Gaskets
  • Cylinder Base and Cam Cover Gaskets
  • Most necessary gaskets and seals

Screamin’ Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight® Engine Stage III 114CI or 117CI to 122CI Kit is eligible for Custom Coverage under the motorcycle’s factory 24-month vehicle limited warranty when dealer-installed by an authorized H-D Dealer within 60 days of vehicle purchase and is otherwise backed by a 12-month limited warranty.

Stage III and IV Kits comply with noise and emissions standards in all U.S. states other than California on 2017-later Touring Models and select 2018-later Softail Models. Street-compliant statements may not apply to markets outside the United States. The 131CI Stage IV Kit fits ’17-later Touring models equipped with Milwaukee-Eight® 114CI or 117CI engine and ’18-later Softail models equipped with Milwaukee-Eight® 114CI engine. The 128CI Stage IV Kit fits ’17-later Touring models equipped with Milwaukee-Eight® 107CI engine and ’18-later Softail models equipped with Milwaukee-Eight® 107CI engine. Neither kits fit Trike models. ’17-’19 models require separate purchase of High-Capacity Oil Pump P/N 62400248. 17-’18 models require separate purchase of Screamin’ Eagle High-Capacity Clutch Plate Kit P/N 37000258. All models require additional purchase of ECM recalibration with the Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner for proper installation. See an authorized Harley-Davidson® dealer for details.

Source: RiderMagazine.com