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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 take the Electra Glide back in time with Limited Edition ‘Revival’

2021 Harley-Davidson-Electra Glide Revival

Harley-Davidson have revealed a new Electra Glide Revival model to kick off a new Icons Collection in what will be an annual program of one or two limited-edition models that look to the past, as this first machine does with its revival of the 1969 Electra Glide styling, but will also, in other limited-edition models to come, explore Harley’s visions for the future of motorcycling.  Production of that model will never be resumed or repeated. Each Icons Collection motorcycle will be serialised, and the purchaser will receive a certificate of authenticity.

The Electra Glide Revival model is what Harley call ‘a retro-classic motorcycle for the nostalgist who longs to ride a bike with style both distinctive and timeless.’

Only 1500 will be produced and the pricing has been set at $40,495 ride away in Australia and $43,995 in New Zealand. Stocks of the 1868 cc Milwaukee Eight 114 powered model are arriving in dealer showrooms this week.

158 Nm (117 ft-lb) @ 3250 RPM from the Milwaukee Eight 114

The 1969 Electra Glide was the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle available with an accessory ‘batwing’ fairing and the accessory fairing and saddlebags were only offered in white moulded fiberglass.

Electra Glide Revival replicates that look with a Birch White painted finish.
A period-inspired tank medallion and Electra Glide script on the front fender complete the look.
Electra Glide Revival will be offered in a single colour scheme inspired by the original 1969 colourway: The two-tone fuel tank in Hi-Fi Blue and Black Denim bisected with a Birch White stripe, with Hi-Fi Blue paint on the fenders and side panels.
A solo saddle with a black-and-white cover and a chrome rail, mounted over an adjustable coil spring and shock absorber
The seat also gives a nod to Harley-Davidson FL models from the 1960s
Chrome steel laced wheels and wide whitewall tyres add to the nostalgic look, as does the chrome on front fender rails and saddlebag rails, front fender skirt, Ventilator air cleaner cover, fork covers, and auxiliary lights
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.
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.

An infotainment system with colour touch screen powers two fairing-mount speakers and features advanced navigation and hand and voice commands 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:

  • Cornering Enhanced Anti-Lock Brake System (C-ABS)
  • Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB)
  • Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS)
  • Drag-torque Slip Control System (DSCS)
  • Hill Hold Control (HHC)

2021 Harley-Davidson-Electra Glide Revival Specifications

2021 Harley-Davidson-Electra Glide Revival Specifications
Engine Milwaukee-Eight 114
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; four valves per cylinder
Bore 102 mm
Stroke 114 mm
Displacement 114 cu in (1,868 cc)
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Engine Torque 118 ft-lb (160 Nm) @ 3250 rpm
Power 97 HP / 72 kW @ 5020 rpm
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper, washable
Exhaust 2-1-2 dual exhaust with tapered mufflers
Lubrication System Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler
Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 32/68 ratio
Clutch Mechanically actuated 10 plate wet, Assist and Slip
Transmission 6-Speed Cruise Drive
Frame Mild steel; tubular frame; two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin downtubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded.
Swingarm Mild steel; two-piece drawn and welded section; forged junctions; MIG welded
Front Fork 49mm Dual Bending Valve
Rear Shocks Premium Low Hand-Adjustable Rear Suspension
Wheels, Front Type Chrome Steel Laced w/ Custom Whitewall Tires
Wheels, Front Width 3 in.
Wheels, Front Height 17 in.
Wheels, Rear Type Chrome Steel Laced w/ Custom Whitewall Tires
Wheels, Rear Width 5 in.
Wheels, Rear Height 16 in.
Tires, Type Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series, bias wide whitewall
Tires, Front Model D402F
Tires, Front Specification MT90B16 72H
Tires, Rear Model D407T
Tires, Rear Specification 180/65B16 81H
Brakes, Caliper Type 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear
Brakes, Rotor Type Dual floating rotors (front), fixed rotor (rear)
Brakes, Front Diameter 300 mm
Length 2,400 mm
Overall Width 960 mm
Overall Height 1,440 mm
Seat Height, Laden 752 mm
Seat Height, Unladen 785 mm
Static Ground Clearance 115 mm
Rake (steering head) (deg) 26
Fork Angle (deg) 29.25
Trail 173 mm
Wheelbase 1,625 mm
Fuel Capacity 22.7 L
Reserve Fuel Capacity, Fuel Injection (warning light) 3.8 L
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.9 L
Transmission Capacity 0.95 L
Primary Chain Case Capacity 1 lL
Coolant Capacity N/A
Weight, As Shipped 374 kg
Weight, In Running Order 391 kg
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 617 kg
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front 227 kg
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Rear 420 kg
Warranty 24 months (unlimited mileage)

Source: MCNews.com.au

Harley-Davidson LiveWire recall notice

PRA No. – 2020/18609
Date published – 5 Nov 2020
Campaign number – 0176

Supplier – Harley-Davidson Australia Pty Ltd
Traders who sold this product – Harley-Davidson Australia dealers
Where the product was sold  – Nationally
Dates available for sale18 August 2020 – 19 October 2020

Motorcycle Model Affected

Harley-Davidson LiveWire 

Model Year 2020

Click Here for VIN list (link)

41 affected motorcycles

What are the defects?

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. 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).

What are the hazards?

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.

What should consumers do?

Consumers with affected LiveWire model motorcycles should contact their nearest 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.

To find a local dealership, visit https://www.harley-davidson.com/au/en/tools/find-a-dealer.html

Source: MCNews.com.au

Baggers go wild at Laguna Seca | Video Highlights

Drag Specialties King of the Baggers

Images by Brian J. Nelson

MotoAmerica Speedfest at Monterey staged a first of its kind road race for baggers and it didn’t disappoint as the big V-twins scratched and clawed their way around the iconic Laguna Seca circuit in ferocious fashion.

2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca

The victory went to S&S Indian’s Tyler O’Hara, the pre-race favorite. But it was not without drama as the Challenger-mounted Californian battled back from an off-track excursion in turn two to beat Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson’s Hayden Gillim by 1.9 seconds in the eight-lap introduction to the class at Laguna.

2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca – Hayden Gillim
Tyler O’Hara

“Three or four laps in, I was going into (turn) two and I didn’t have any moments going into turn two the whole weekend and just ended up tucking the front. I saved it and then actually went all the way off into turn two. Actually, at the start Frankie (Garcia) was telling me my bike was smoking and I was like, ‘You’re full of it. What are you trying to psych me out?’ But he was serious. I looked at the bike and looked down and I saw a little brake fluid on the pipe. I said, ‘Okay, well we can figure this out. Don’t pull me out of here. We’re just going to figure it out.’”

Tyler O’Hara – 2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca

“We didn’t have any rear brakes at all either, so that was a little interesting. We just did our homework and I was very fortunate that I was able to keep it on two wheels in the sand. Hayden was riding really good, and same with Frankie. It’s just so fun, like you said, being able to be part of this whole King of the Baggers. I haven’t seen people that excited about motorcycle racing in a long time. People were jumping up and down and hooting and hollering. It was just fun to put on a show with these guys. My hats off to everybody who rode a bagger this weekend because some of the bikes out there didn’t look too fun to be on. So hats off to the team.”

Tyler O’Hara – 2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca

Third place went to Indian-mounted Frankie Garcia with the Roland Sands Design-backed rider bouncing back from a painful crash during practice on Friday.

Ben Bostrom – 2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca

Travis Wyman was fourth, over 30-seconds behind Garcia, followed by Cory West, Eric Stahl, Tony Sollima, Josh Chisum and Logan Lackey.

Josh Herrin was a DNF – 2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca

King of the Baggers Results

Pos Name Make Diff
1 Tyler O’Hara IND 13:18.0
2 Hayden Gillim HD +1.994
3 Frankie Garcia IND +14.246
4 Travis Wyman HD +46.5
5 Cory West HD +56.032
6 Eric Stahl HD +01:21.8
7 Tony Sollima HD +01:29.7
8 Josh Chisum HD +01:46.0
9 Logan Lackey  HD  +1 Lap
Tyler O’Hara topped the podium – 2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca
2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca
2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca
Josh Herrin – 2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca
Indian took top honours in first and third – 2020 King of the Baggers – Laguna Seca

Source: MCNews.com.au