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Charley and Ewan adventure on LiveWire

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are riding specially equipped Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycles with dual-sport tyres and wire wheels.

Last week we confirmed that their third travel documentary, Long Way Up, from Tierra del Fuego, South America, to Los Angeles would feature the electric bikes.Charley and Ewan adventure on LiveWire

Now Instagram photos and ADV Pulse show the bikes are equipped with wire wheels and dual-sport tyres for the many kilometres of unpaved road ahead.

It must be cold, because they also have handlebar gauntlets to keep the chill off their hands.

We wonder how that cold will affect the LiveWire’s 150km of highway range.

Other modifications for the trip include: windscreens, engine guards, highway pegs, bash plates, auxiliary lights, saddlebags and fender bags.

They also seem to have removed the rear guard and plate holder.

They are being supported by two electric Rivian R1T pick-up trucks which have 650km of range.

Charley and Ewan are also supported by two Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4WD vans and a Ford F350 pickup truck, so we suspect they are carrying DC fast chargers with them. 

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle
Mobile DC fast chargers at work

Harley claims their Fast Charge (DCFC) technology will recharge a flat battery to 80% in 40 minutes and full in 60 minutes.

The trip may just do for electric motorcycles, particularly the LiveWire, what Long Way Round and Long Way Down did for adventure riding and the BMW GS range.Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle

Long time coming

The long-awaited third Ewan and Charley travel documentary has been a long time coming.

Charley has been telling us they have been planning their Long Way Up America trip for about 10 years.

The problem has been that Ewan has been so busy with Hollywood movies he could not afford a few months off.

There was also the fact that Ewan is ambassador for Moto Guzzi and Charley is ambassador for Triumph.

The pair rode BMWs in their 2004 Long Way Round and 2007 Long Way Down.

In 2015, Ewan said he may ride from California to the tip of South America on a Moto Guzzi Stelvio. That never happened and the Stelvio was retired a year later.

Charley told us last year that Ewan’s relationship with Moto Guzzi would not necessarily foil their plans:

We’ve been talking about it a long time and if the stars align we will do something like a Long Way up from Tierra Del Fuego to Alaska in the next couple of years. It really is close now. Ewan’s always had a loose relationship with Moto Guzzi so there’s no conflict there.

But rather than Moto Guzzi and Triumph, the pair have opted for the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire.

While it was thought they would go all the way to Alaska, Charley recently said the ride would go from Argentina to LA.

Maybe they don’t want to cover the same territory through Canada and Alaska that they did in the Long Way Round.

Long Way Back

It’s been a long time between trips for Ewan and Charley.

From 14 April 2004 to 29 July 2004, they rode across Europe and the USA in Long Way Round and from 12 May to 4 August 2007 they rode from the top of Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa for Long Way Down.

With Ewan becoming increasingly busy with Hollywood movies, Charley squeezed in the 2006 Dakar rally for his series, Race to Dakar, and has produced several other travel shows.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity

Indian Motorcycle has increased engine capacity to up the ante over Harley-Davidson with select Thunderstroke models now having a 116 engine, replacing the 111 (1818cc).

Actually it’s 115ci (1884cc), but it’s still a 20% power boost over the 111.

The “116” was previously an aftermarket upgrade big bore kit, but is now standard in the Springfield Dark Horse, plus all Chieftain and Roadmaster models.

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
2020 Chieftain Elite

It features a new high-flow cylinder head with 168Nm of torque.

The engine capacity move leapfrogs Harley-Davidson’s Milwaukee-Eight 114 (1868cc) engine which is available in select models, such as the new Low Rider S. (We will road test it at the Australian media launch in Sydney next week, attended by Harley boss Matt Levatich.)

However, it’s still short of Harley’s CVO models with the Milwaukee Eight 117-cube (1923cc).

There is no word on the rumoured Indian Challenger models powered by a new liquid-cooled 1770cc engine called the Powerplus.

Aussie rideaway pricing

Model 2020 price 2019 price
Scout Bobber $19,995.00 $19,995.00
Scout Bobber Twenty $21,995.00
Scout $19,995-$20,995 $19,995.00
Scout 100th Ann $22,995.00
Chief Classic Dark Horse (111ci) $30,995.00 $29,995.00
Chief Vintage (111ci) $32,995-$33,995 $32,995.00
Springfield (111ci) $34,995.00 $35,495.00
Springfield Dark Horse (116ci) $36,995.00
Chieftain Limited (116ci) $38,995.00 $37,995.00
Chieftain Dark Horse (116ci) $38,995.00 $37,495.00
Chieftain Elite (116ci) $49,995.00
Roadmaster (116ci) $41,995-$43,995 $40,995.00
Roadmaster Dark Horse (116ci) $41,995.00

Indian Motorcycle Australia and New Zealand marketing manager Chris Gale says the price difference for the same model in the table above is for two-tone or metallic paint options over the single or standard paint.

Engine capacity upgrade

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
2020 Chieftain Elite

The engine upgrade follows the recent announcement of Scout upgrades and two new models, the Bobber Twenty and limited-edition 100th Anniversary.

The Thunder Stroke 116 features rear-cylinder deactivation to keep riders cooler when sitting for long spells at the traffic lights.

Harley had the feature some time ago but dropped it.

RideCommand update

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse RideCommand Infotainment system

Indian has also revamped their very comprehensive RideCommand infotainment system and app.

It now features a quad-core processor which they claim will make it faster to load and respond.

New features include “Google-like” predictive destination search capabilities and customisable 18cm touchscreen.

Roadmaster Dark Horse

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Roadmaster Dark Horse

The Roadmaster Dark Horse features a streamlined fairing, slammed saddlebags, 19-inch front wheel with an open fender, an extended reach Rogue gunfighter seat, blacked-out engine and matte paint.

Springfield Dark Horse

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Springfield Dark Horse

This is similar in style to the 2020 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse launched at Daytona Bike Week.

It features slammed saddlebags, Rogue seat, 12-inch mini apes and blacked-out finishes.

Chieftain Elite

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
2020 Chieftain Elite

The big tourer gets a streamlined fairing, slammed saddlebags and PowerBand Audio Plus system.

It comes in a two-tone Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Candy paint with matching motor highlights and badging, Precision Machined Elite wheels, Pinnacle Mirrors, Select Rider Floorboards, and a Flare Windshield.

Chief

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Chief Dark Horse

Even though they don’t get the engine capacity upgrade, Chief Dark Horse and Chief Vintage now have the same chassis as the Springfield and Springfield Dark Horse to improve handling.

They also now have adjustable rear suspension and a 17-inch front wheel.

Roadmaster

Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Roadmaster

Indian says the 2020 Roadmaster is lighter but don’t quote figures.

The top box has also been redesigned.

Colours

  • Chief Dark Horse: Thunder Black Smoke
  • Chief Vintage: Thunder Black; Willow Green over Ivory Cream
  • Springfield: Thunder Black; Burgundy Metallic over Titanium Metallic
  • Springfield Dark Horse: Thunder Black Smoke; Sagebrush Smoke; White Smoke
  • Chieftain Dark Horse: Thunder Black Smoke; Ruby Smoke; Titanium Smoke
Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Chieftain Dark Horse
  • Chieftain Limited: Thunder Black Pearl; Radar Blue; Thunder Black Pearl with graphics package
  • Chieftain Elite: Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Red Candy
  • Roadmaster: Thunder Black; Burgundy Metallic; Pearl White over Titanium Metallic with black Pinstripe; Titanium Smoke over Thunder Black Smoke with silver pinstripe
  • Roadmaster Dark Horse: Thunder Black Smoke; White Smoke; Ruby Smoke
Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
Chieftain Limited

Accessories

  • Stage 1 Slip-On Exhaust in black or chrome;
  • Stage 1 Oval Slip-On Muffler Kit and Stage 1 Performance Air Intake (4 power increase on 111 and 8% on 116);
  • Stage 2 Performance Cams (13% horsepower increase on 111);
  • Thunder Stroke 116 Stage 2 Performance Kit includes cams, higher flowing fuel injectors and throttle body (17% horsepower boost when paired with both Stage 1 accessories);
  • Thunder Stroke 116 Stage 3 Big Bore Kit (20% more horsepower);
  • Headdress Passenger Floorboards;
  • Headdress Rider Floorboards;
  • 12” Quick Release Passenger Sissy Bar;
  • Passenger Backrest Pad; and
  • 12-inch Ape Hanger Handlebars for Chief and Springfield models.

    Indian Motorcycle increases engine capacity
    2020 Springfield

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Charley and Ewan’s Long Way Up on electric bikes

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are expected to do their third travel documentary, Long Way Up, from South America to Los Angeles on Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycles.

They are also expected to be supported by electric Rivian R1T pick-up trucks which are likely to carry DC fast chargers. 

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle
Mobile DC fast chargers at work

South American press have already spotted the trucks and speculated on the Long Way Up electric adventure.

While attending a recent electric grand prix race in Rome, Ewan said:

In twenty years we will not use fuel, everything will be plugged in.

If they are planning to ride from the bottom of South America, possibly as far as Alaska, it should take some time on electric bikes.

The Rivian truck has 650km of range, but the LiveWire only has 150km of highway range and 235km of city range.

Charley and Ewan mount up for electric adventure
Rivian electric pick-up truck

Charging times will certainly make it a long trip.

However, the trip may just do for electric motorcycles, particularly the LiveWire, what Long Way Round and Long Way Down did for adventure riding and the BMW GS range.

Long time coming

The long-awaited third Ewan and Charley travel documentary has been a long time coming.

Charley has been telling us they have been planning their Long Way Up America trip for about 10 years.

The problem has been that Ewan has been so busy with Hollywood movies he could not afford a few months off.

There was also the fact that Ewan is ambassador for Moto Guzzi and Charley is ambassador for Triumph.

The pair rode BMWs in their 2004 Long Way Round and 2007 Long Way Down.

In 2015, Ewan said he may ride from California to the tip of South America on a Moto Guzzi Stelvio. That never happened and the Stelvio was retired a year later.

Charley told us last year that Ewan’s relationship with Moto Guzzi would not necessarily foil their plans:

We’ve been talking about it a long time and if the stars align we will do something like a Long Way up from Tierra Del Fuego to Alaska in the next couple of years. It really is close now. Ewan’s always had a loose relationship with Moto Guzzi so there’s no conflict there.

But rather than Moto Guzzi and Triumph, it appears the pair have opted for the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire.

While it was thought they would go all the way to Alaska, Charley recently said the ride would go from Argentina to LA.

Maybe they don’t want to cover the same territory through Canada and Alaska that they did in the Long Way Round.

Long Way Back

It’s been a long time between trips for Ewan and Charley.

From 14 April 2004 to 29 July 2004, they rode across Europe and the USA in Long Way Round and from 12 May to 4 August 2007 they rode from the top of Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa for Long Way Down.

With Ewan becoming increasingly busy with Hollywood movies, Charley squeezed in the 2006 Dakar rally for his series, Race to Dakar, and has produced several other travel shows.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Elvis Harley can’t beat Aussie record

Elvis Presley’s last motorcycle, a 1972 1200cc FLH Electra Glide, has sold for $US800,000 (about $A1.2m), failing to beat an Aussie bike’s auction record.

Kruse GWS Auctions had expected the Elvis bike set auction records, believing it was worth as much as $A3m.

However, it was sold at almost a quarter of that value.

That means the auction record remains with an Australian-owned 1951 Vincent Black Lightning aptly sold on Australia Day 2018.

Jack Ehret set an Australian speed record on the bike which was bought at the Bonham’s annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction for a record $US929,000 ($A1,155,000, €748,500) by an unknown collector.

Jack Ehret's Vincent Black Lightning collection valuable - speed twin beat
Jack Ehret’s Vincent Black Lightning

The new owner has returned the bike to Australia.

The Black Lightning beat the previous motorcycle auction record set by Steve McQueen’s 1915 Cyclone which sold at a 2015 Las Vegas Mecum auction for almost $A1 million.

Steve McQueen's Cyclone valuable beat
Steve McQueen’s Cyclone

Elvis bike has left the buildingElvis Presley Harley-Davidson Electra Glide beat

There were 22 bids for the “King’s” bike, his last before he died in 1977, aged just 42.

Elvis bought the customised FLH full dresser in California on 11 August 1976 and shipped it to his home at Graceland, Memphis.

He barely rode the bike, clocking up just 202km in less than a year before he sold it to a local Harley dealership 90 days before he died.

Elvis often gave away his favourite “toys” after a short time of enjoyment, substantiating his lifelong charitable nature.Elvis Presley Harley-Davidson cap beat

The immaculately preserved Harley includes a number of custom features, with Presley choosing a black and blue two-tone paint job, stitched leather seat and chrome accents.

Incredibly, the bike was still registered in Presley’s name and has been on show at the Murdo South Dakota Pioneer Auto Museum for over 30 years.

The motorcycle has been housed in a glass museum quality display for its entire stay at the museum and guests have never been allowed to touch it.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson future in electric bicycles?

The future looks electric for Harley-Davidson with their LiveWire electric motorcycle as well as three pedal-assisted electric bicycles, electric scooter and electric balance bikes for kids.

Harley-Davidson revealed their electric bicycle and electric scooter concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

Last month they launched their LiveWire which arrives in Australia next year at more than $A40,000.

Now they have introduced two electric balance bikes for kids and unveiled a photo of three prototype adult-sized pedal-assisted electric bicycles or “e-bikes” on their website.

With Harley sales down and an ageing demographic, the company is keen to bring in new, younger customers.

This shift toward two-wheeled electric bicycles is part of their future-proofing strategy.

Balance bikesHarley-Davidson electric bicycle balance kids

The balance bikes are aimed at introducing three-to-seven-year-olds to the bar and shield brand.

The aluminium-framed Irone12 has a seat height of 33cm, weighs just 7.7kg and costs $649 while the Irone16 has a 43cm seat, 8.6kg and costs $US699.

A Harley-Davidson Australia spokesperson says “at this point in time we don’t have any further information on Australian distribution”.

The BMX-style bikes are powered by 20Vmax lithium-ion batteries with up to 60 minutes of charge.

The electric hub motors have three speed-limited drive modes with top speeds of 8km/h-128km/h.

Earlier this year, Harley bought Californian children’s electric bicycle company StaCyc, which stands for “stability cycles”.

They began selling two StaCyc models branded with Harley logos, for the same price as these new balance bikes.

Electric bicycles

Harley electric bicycle LiveWire ID specs
Harley electric mountain bike

Harley has previously shown their electric mountain bike and now they have unveiled photos of their electric bicycle prototypes under the “Future Vehicles” tab on their website.Harley-Davidson electric bicycle balance kids

It says they are not yet available for sale, but “coming soon” and “future models shown may not be available in all markets”.

They include mid-mounted electric motors, belt drive and one with a step-through “female” frame.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Second recall for Harley-Davidson saddlebags

Harley-Davidson Australia has again issued a recall over the possibility of their saddlebags falling off.

In 2015 they issued a recall for their Touring models because the standard saddlebags could fall off.

It was unfortunately too late for me as we lost the right saddlebag off a Road King while touring in New Zealand. Thankfully nothing valuable was lost.

Iron Run Queenstown New Zealand saddlebags
Road King with the missing bag

Accessory saddelbags

While Harley fixed that problem on its Touring models, they are now having a similar problem with the latches working their way loose on accessory bags.

They say the latching arm may become “disengaged from the mounting plate or bracket”.

“The latching arm could rotate out of the locked position and the saddlebag may become separated from the motorcycle while it is in motion, posing a road hazard for other motorists,” the recall notice says.

The part numbers for the affected saddlebags are: 90201561, 90201552, 90201644, 90201645, 90201555 and 90201513.Harley Saddlebags recall

Owners of affected saddlebags should contact their nearest Harley dealership to arrange an inspection and free fix.

In then meantime, we suggest you tape that latch down so it doesn’t come loose.

Interestingly, Harley has issued the warning itself before the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has had time to post their recall which can often be delayed for a couple of weeks.

It’s typical of Harley to get on the front foot over recall issues. Last year Harley had only two recalls. This is their second recall this year.

We expect the official notice to show up soon on the ACCC’s website.

Even though manufacturers and importers contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia

• USA

• New Zealand

• Canada

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Electric highways pave way for electric bikes

Millions of taxpayer dollars is being given to private companies to provide charging points to create electric highways, paving the way for electric motorcycles and scooters.

Last year Chargefox received $6m in Federal Government funding and $1m from the Victoria Government to install 21 charging sites from Adelaide to Brisbane, around Perth and in Tasmania.

In Queensland, the state government is spending $2.5m to build an “Electric Super Highway” with 17 fast-charging stations along 1800km of highway from Coolangatta to Cairns and from Brisbane to Toowoomba.

Now the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $15 million in funding to Evie Networks for more charging stations that will be about 100km apart.

Dennis Savic with electric Cafe racer motrcycle electric highways
Australia’s first electric motorcycle, the Savi Cafe Racer

Range anxiety

These electric highways should go some way toward easing “range anxiety” that is preventing the adoption of electric motorcycles and scooters in our wide, brown land.

While some electric motorcycles boast up to 300km range, that is on an urban route. Highway riding depletes a battery quicker.

For example, the Harley-Davidson electric LiveWire (pictured above) has 230km of city range, but only 150km of highway range.

So highway charging points about 100km apart will be more suitable for motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle electric highways
LiveWire on a fast charger

Electric highways

The latest funding will support the first phase of the $50.2 million electric highways charging network with 350kW ultra-fast chargers powered by renewable energy. 

Some 42 charging sites will be installed at roadside service centres connecting Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, plus charging stations in Far North Queensland, Tasmania and Perth.

Construction has started on the first site north of Brisbane, with 23 sites operational in the first year. 

Each of the 42 sites be able to charge two vehicles at the same time providing about 100km of charge in 15 minutes using Tritium ultra-fast chargers.

Riders will be able to use the stations via special apps that find stations and handle payment. 

Chargefox charging app electric highways

In the initial stages, there could be a long wait at these charging points. However, we suspect that demand will drive more charging stations.

Evie Networks boss Chris Mills says they estimate Australia needs about 350 sites to cover all the highways in our National Land Transportation Network.

So far only about a quarter of that amount is planned. By comparison, there are about 6500 service stations in Australia.

Chris expects that most motorists will charge their electric vehicle at home, work, public carparks or shopping centres.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley keeps lid on 2020 model prices

Despite the Australian dollar falling more than 16% since January 2018, Harley-Davidson Australia has largely kept a lid on prices for the 2020 model line-up.

In January 2018, the Aussie dollar bought 80 US cents and it is now around 67c, yet most models have been pegged at 2019 prices.prices

Prices drop

In fact, the much-hyped, but low-performing FXDR (pictured above) is now $3000 cheaper, the Street Bob is down $1000 and the Fat Bob S is $255 less.

Despite the Touring models gaining a suite of hi-tech rider aids such as traction control, hill-start assist and tyre pressure monitors, prices have only risen a maximum of $500 on some models.

However, prices have been hiked by $4000 on the CVO Street Glide and Ultra Limited which also get the hi-tech rider aids.

As much as that might sound, it’s only an 8% increase which is half the dollar’s decrease since the start of 2018.

New and axed models

2020 Harley-Davidson ow Rider S prices
2020 Low Rider S

Two new models in the 2020 line-up are the Low Rider S and the CVO Tri Glide.

However, they have chopped the lacklustre-selling Street Rod, but strangely also chopped out the popular Breakout (but kept the Breakout S) and Heritage Classic.

We asked Harley-Davidson Australia for comment on the prices, but didn’t receive a reply.

However, it is clear Harley can’t hike prices when Harley sales were down 19.4% in the first half of the year.

Harley-Davidson 2020 models Code Colour 2020 rideaway price  2019 price
Street 500 XG500 Vivid Black $9995.00 $9995.00
SuperLow  XL883L Vivid Black $15,995.00 $15,995.00
Iron 883  XL883N Solid Colour $15,995.00 $15,995.00
Iron 1200 S XL1200NS Vivid Black $16,995.00 $16,495.00
Forty-Eight  XL1200X Vivid Black $18,995.00 $18,995.00
Forty-Eight Special XL1200XS Vivid Black $18,995.00 $18,995.00
1200 Custom  XL1200C Solid Colour $19,750.00 $19,250.00
Street Bob (107) FXBB Vivid Black $22,495.00 $23,495.00
Low Rider (107)  FXLR Vivid Black $24,495.00 $24,495.00
Slim (107)  FLSL Vivid Black $26,495.00 $26,495.00
Sport Glide FLSB Vivid Black $27,750.00 $27,750.00
Fat Bob (107) FXFB Vivid Black $27,750.00 $27,750.00
Low Rider S (114) FXLRS Vivid Black $27,995.00
Deluxe (107)  FLDE Vivid Black $29,750.00 $29,750.00
Fat Bob S (114) FXFBS Vivid Black $29,995.00 $30,250.00
Fat Boy (107)  FLFB Vivid Black $30,995.00 $30,995.00
FXDR (114)  FXDRS Vivid Black $32,495.00 $35,495.00
Fat Boy S (114) FLFBS Vivid Black $33,995.00 $33,995.00
Heritage Classic S (114) FLHCS Vivid Black $33,995.00 $33,995.00
Breakout S (114)  FXBRS Vivid Black $34,250.00 $34,250.00
Road King (107)  FLHR Vivid Black $34,495.00 $34,495.00
Electra Glide (107) FLHT Vivid Black $34,495.00
Road King S (114)  FLHRXS Vivid Black $36,495.00 $36,250.00
Street Glide Special (114) FLHXS Vivid Black $39,250.00 $38,750.00
Road Glide Special (114)  FLTRXS Vivid Black $39,250.00 $38,750.00
Ultra Limited (114)  FLHTK Vivid Black $41,495.00 $40,995.00
Freewheeler (114)  FLRT Vivid Black $45,995.00 $42,995.00
Tri Glide Ultra Classic (114) FLHTCUTG Vivid Black $55,995.00 $53,250.00
CVO Street Glide (117) FLHXSE Custom $54,995.00 $50,495.00
CVO Ultra Limited (117) FLHTKSE Custom $57,495.00 $53,495.00
CVO Tri Glide (117)  FLHTCUTGSE Custom $73,250.00
 

(Prices are for Vivid Black only or solid colour where Vivid Black is not offered. Solid, Two-Tone and Custom paint are optional extras.)

Battle of the KingsHarley keeps lid on 2020 model prices

This comes as 26 Australian and New Zealand Harley dealers have been battling in the second annual custom motorcycle build-off competition, Battle of the Kings.

Winner was Gold Coast Harley-Davidson with a Softail Slim (pictured above) that pays homage to the old Panheads and Knuckleheads with a springer front end, custom bars, an original style muffler from a 1930s Harley and a custom-made 2-1 exhaust with old-school ribbing and a chain and sprocket.

It features paint that also pays respects to Harley race bikes of the 1940s. 

The custom build is named “Hollister Riot” in reference to the Hollister Riot of 1947 at the AMA Sanctioned Gypsy Tour Motorcycle Rally in the Californian town.

The number 16 is a reference to Jimmy Chan, who made history with three consecutive wins at the Springfield Mile and was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998.
The other finalists were Morgan & Wacker of Brisbane, Adelaide Bike Works, Rolling Thunder of Christchurch and Sunshine Coast Harley.

Gold Coast Harley-Davidson will now represent ANZ against other international winners. Four winners will be selected via online voting and meet the USA winner at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, in November to battle it out for Global Custom King title.

The other Aussie finalists are pictured below.

 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson adds traction control

Harley-Davidson is introducing traction control and other electronic rider aids such as hill-start assist and tyre pressure monitors to its 2020 Touring and CVO models.

Last year Harley added traction control to its Trikes and we speculated back in September 2018 that it would soon be arriving in more models.

Now it is also being added to its CVO models as well as the Touring line-up, except for the Road King and Electra Glide Standard. (Click here for more details and pricing on the CVOs.)

We expect it will also be added to the Softail line-up next year.

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More than traction control

They call it Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) with chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology.

It’s also included in the electric LiveWire which will not be available in Australia until late next year.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle soundtrack
Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Not only does RDRS feature traction control, but also cornering ABS, linked braking, clutch assist to limit rear wheel lock-up, tyre pressure monitors and even assistance to prevent you rolling backward on hill starts!

It sounds more like a BMW than a Harley!

Interestingly, Harley has included this disclaimer for those dumb enough to believe RDRS increases traction or improve rider abilities:

Available traction is determined by the road/tyre interface. The systems bundled into the RDRS are only able to adjust brake pressure or powertrain torque in an attempt to keep the forces at the tyre from exceeding available grip. These technologies do not have the ability to increase grip, or to intervene when the rider has not made a brake or throttle application (e.g. coasting through a corner with the clutch disengaged). RDRS is not a system to directly influence vehicle direction. This is a key difference between motorcycle RDRS and Automotive Stability Control. The rider is ultimately responsible for steering and path corrections.

Features of RDRS include (from the press release):

Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB)

This feature applies braking effort to both wheels when the rider uses either the hand lever (front) or foot pedal (rear) brake control, which can help many riders achieve better braking performance. The Electronically Linked Braking (ELB) system provides more responsiveness and allows for more balanced front and rear braking under a wide variety of brake applications. The system provides more linking when the rider is applying heavier braking and reduces or eliminates linking for light braking and low speeds. When linked, applying the front brake lever alone will cause the system to also dynamically apply an amount of braking to the rear. Applying the rear brake pedal alone will cause the system to also apply an amount of braking to the left front calliper. Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB) takes into account the motorcycle lean angle or Trike lateral acceleration. C-ELB will alter the proportioning of brake pressure between the front and rear brakes when braking while cornering in an attempt to improve the ability of the bike to maintain the rider’s intended path.

Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System (C-ABS)

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. Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System (CABS) is a variant of ABS that takes into consideration the lean angle of a two-wheel motorcycle, or the lateral acceleration of a Trike model. The brake pressure required to limit wheel slip when cornering is typically lower than the pressure required under straight line operation.

• Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS)

The Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS) is designed to prevent the rear wheel from excessive spinning under acceleration when going straight or cornering. C-TCS can improve rider confidence when available traction is compromised by wet weather, a sudden unanticipated change in the surface, or when riding on an unpaved road. The rider may select one of two traction control modes: Standard Mode is optimised for dry surfaces; Rain Mode is optimised for wet surfaces. The system can also be turned off. The action of C-TCS is also tailored when cornering based on lean angle.

2020 Limited traction control
2020 Limited

• Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS) and Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Control System (C-DSCS)

Drag-Torque Slip Control (DSCS) is designed to reduce excessive rear-wheel slip under deceleration, which typically occurs when the rider makes an abrupt downshift gear change or decelerates on wet or slippery road surfaces. When DSCS detects excessive rear wheel slip under deceleration it will adjust engine torque delivery to better match rear-wheel speed to road speed. On models equipped with C-DSCS the action of DSCS may be tailored when cornering, based on detected lean angle (two-wheel motorcycles) or lateral acceleration (Trike models).

• Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)

Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) applies and holds brake pressure when activated and prevents the motorcycle from rolling after the rider has released the brake controls. The primary function of VHC is to prevent the motorcycle from rolling when it is stopped – for example at a stop sign on a hill, in stop-and-go traffic on a slope, or on a steep decline out of a parking structure. VHC is designed to make it easier to ride away with confidence by minimizing the number of controls needed to pull away smoothly. The system applies brake pressure until the rider actuates the throttle and clutch to pull away. VHC may also be engaged when the motorcycle is stopped on a flat surface if the rider wants to maintain position without applying pressure to a brake control.

The rider activates VHC by momentarily applying extra pressure to either the front brake hand lever or the rear-brake foot control after the motorcycle has come to a complete stop. If rider brakes very hard to a stop, and holds the brake pressure after stopping, VHC may also set without any added squeeze. A VHC indicator light will illuminate to confirm that the rider has activated VHC, and the ABS system will hold brake pressure after the rider releases the brake control. VHC is disengaged automatically as the rider begins to pull away from a stop, or if the rider applies and releases either brake control.

VHC is not to be used as a parking brake, so it will also disengage if the rider lowers the side stand (on models with a side-stand sensor, not a feature in all markets) or shifts into neutral on models without a side-stand sensor, or if the engine is turned off. In most situations after five minutes the indicator light will flash and the VHC will release if there is no rider action.

• Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

TPMS alerts the rider to low tire air pressure. Maintaining proper tire air pressure is important both for vehicle performance and tire life. The TPMS displays current front and rear tire pressure on the Boom! Box GTS screen (or on the odometer on Road King models) and displays an indicator to alert the rider when tire pressure is low, and the pressure should be checked.

RDRS for Trike Models: Harley-Davidson Freewheeler and Tri Glide Ultra models are equipped with Trike-specific Reflex Defensive Rider Systems with Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB), Cornering Enhanced ABS (C-ABS), Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS) and Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Control System (C-DSCS). The CVO Tri Glide model will add TPMS to the Trike-specific Reflex Defensive Rider Systems.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Low Rider S returns to Harley stable

The Low Rider S returns to the Harley-Davidson stable with its biggest engine yet, along with three new CVO models for 2020. They will be in stores from early October.

Back in 2016, the Low Rider S was a twin-shock Dyna fitted with a 110-cube Screamin’ Eagle engine. Now it arrives as a single-shock Softail with a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine.

The previous model was a big seller for Harley-Davidson Australia, so they will be hoping this is the same.

They certainly need the boost after a 19.4% drop in sales in the first half of 2019.

Still, the company is the top-selling road bike company in Australia after Honda sales crashed 11.8% as Australia Post seems to have stopped buying their Postie scooter.

Low Rider S2020 Harley-Davidson ow Rider S

The menacing-looking Low Rider S is marked by blacked-out finishes, raised handlebars, solo seat and a Sons of Anarchy mini fairing.

It’s knuckles to the wind with a 2.5cm (one-inch) diameter motocross-style handlebar mounted on 10cm (four-inch) straight risers.

The Low Rider S powertrain, primary cover and tank console are finished in Wrinkle Black, the derby cover, intake, and lower rocker covers are Gloss Black, the mufflers and exhaust shields are Jet Black and the forks, triple-clamp, riser and handlebar, and rear fender supports are Matte

Black.

The LED layback tail lamp has a smoked lens.

It sits on bronze cast-aluminium wheels will be available in Vivid Black and Barracuda Silver.

Price is now $A27,995 ($NZ29,995), up from $25,995 in 2016 when it was a 110 engine.

2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
Low Rider S in Barracuda Silver

2020 CVO range

The new limited-production Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) models are CVO Tri Glide, CVO Limited and CVO Street Glide.

All are powered by the Milwaukee Eight 117-cube (1923cc) V-twin with 169Nm of torque (125 lb ft).

They now come with new technologies and electronic Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) with chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology.

Not only does RDRS feature traction control, but also cornering ABS, linked braking, clutch assist to limit rear wheel lock-up, tyre pressure monitors and even assistance to prevent you rolling backward on hill starts!

Click here for full technical details.

Base prices

CVO Tri-Glide: $A73,250 ($NZ78,995)

CVO Limited: $A57,495 ($NX59,750)

CVO Street Glide: $54,995 ($NZ56,495)

CVO Tri-Glide features:

2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri-glide
2020 CVO Tri-glide
  • Tomahawk Contrast Cut cast aluminium wheels (front 19-inch and rear 18-inch diameter)
  • Kahuna Collection accessories: heated rider grips, pegs, rider and passenger floorboards, and muffler tips
  • All LED Lighting: Daymaker® headlamp, fog lamps, tail/brake lamps and signals
  • Colour-matched painted fairing duct
  • Low-Profile windshield
  • Clean front fender is trimmed to expose more of the custom front wheel
  • Power locking trunk with interior light
  • Heated rider and passenger seat covers
  • Ventilator air cleaner and air cleaner insert
  • Lighted hand controls
  • Tour-Pak carrier dome light and carrier rack
  • CVO motorcycle custom-fit luggage and a trunk organiser
  • CB radio

Colours: Blizzard White with a three-stripe graphic pattern and Gray Contrast Cut wheels and bright chrome finishes; Black Stardust with a three-stripe graphic pattern and Gloss Black Contrast Cut wheels and bright chrome finishes.

CVO Street Glide features:

2020 CVO Street Glide
2020 CVO Street Glide
  • Fugitive cast aluminium wheels
  • Low-profile two-piece fuel tank console
  • Updated rider and passenger seat/backrest cover and stitching
  • Heavy Breather air cleaner with two paint treatments
  • Larger colour-matched oil cooler cover is a larger size
  • Smoked mid-frame air deflectors
  • Billet fairing-mount mirrors

Colours:

  • Black Stardust Fade to Stormcloud with subtle graphic treatment highlighted by Satin Chrome and Bright Chrome finishes. Fugitive wheels finished in Gloss Black/Satin. Ventilator air cleaner.
  • Smokey Gray and Black Hole with new 1970s/race-inspired graphics highlighted by Gloss Black, Satin Black and Black Onyx finishes. Fugitive wheels finished in Denim Black/Gloss Black. Gloss Black Heavy Breather air cleaner.
  • Premium Sand Dune monotone finish with pearl topcoat and subtle graphics highlighted by Smoked Satin Chrome, Gloss Black and Black Onyx finishes. Fugitive wheels finished in Gloss Black/Smoked Satin. Gloss Black Heavy Breather air cleaner.

CVO Limited colours

2020 CVO Limited
2020 CVO Limited
  • Moonlight Blue with Deep Sea Blue Accents done with modern twist of two-tone and panel style paint highlighted by Satin Chrome and Bright Chrome finishes and new graphics and medallions; Tomahawk wheels finished in Contrast Gloss Black/Satin.
  • Smokey Gray with Stormcloud Accents done with modern twist of two-tone and panel style paint highlighted by Gloss Black, Satin Black and Black Onyx finishes and new graphics and medallions; Tomahawk wheels finished in Contrast Denim Black/Gloss Black.
  • Premium Sand Dune monotone finish with pearl topcoat and subtle graphics highlighted by Smoked Satin Chrome, Gloss Black and Black Onyx finishes; Tomahawk wheels finished in Gloss Black/Smoked Satin.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com