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Harley-Davidson boss Matt Levatich quits

Harley-Davidson boss Matt Levatich has just announced his is stepping down as the company experiences its biggest sales slide since the Global Financial Crisis.

In response to Levatich stepping down as CEO, president and board member, Harley shares jumped 4.9% on American markets.

Levatich legacy

Levatich took over in May 2015 and was pivotal in developing bold new strategies for the traditional brand, including:

We’re not sure if this announcement means the company no longer endorses these strategies.

“I am very fortunate to have spent many years with a company as revered as Harley-Davidson,” Levatich says.

“The grit and determination of the employees and dealers and their passion for bringing our brand of freedom to people around the world has always been inspiring.

“I am proud of what we have achieved during my time as CEO, in one of the most challenging periods in our history, and I am confident that the progress we have made on the More Roads plan will position Harley-Davidson for long-term success.”

Matt Levatich Harley-Davidson CEO politics silicon confirmsMatt at the 115th Harley party in 2018

HOG shares have fallen 46% since Levatich took charge and Harley bike sales in the US last year were the lowest in at least 16 years.

While in Australia last year, Levatich put some of the blame on motorcycle journalists.

Matt Levatich Harley-Davidson CEOP and president boss HogLevatich in Australia last year

New boss

The Board of Directors has appointed current Board member, German-born Jochen Zeitz, as Acting President, CEO and board chair.

A committee of the Board will be formed and an external search firm engaged to find a new CEO.

Levatich is expected to assist with the transition through the end of March.

Zeitz will remain chair when a new CEO is appointed and current chair Michael Cave is now presiding director.

“The Board and Matt mutually agreed that now is the time for new leadership at Harley-Davidson,” Zeitz says.

Jochen Zeitz with LiveWireJochen Zeitz with LiveWire

“Matt was instrumental in defining the More Roads to Harley-Davidson accelerated plan for growth, and we will look to new leadership to recharge our business. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Matt for his 26 years of service to Harley-Davidson. He has worked tirelessly to navigate the Company through a period of significant industry change while ensuring the preservation of one of the most iconic brands in the world.

“The Harley-Davidson Board and leadership team will continue to work closely together as we search for a new CEO. We have confidence that our combined leadership experience and deep understanding of Harley-Davidson will ensure an effective transition. As a passionate Board Member of Harley-Davidson, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and other Harley-Davidson stakeholders to advance and deliver the Company’s strategy and execution during this important time,” Zeitz says.

Zeitz has been a member of the Harley-Davidson Board of Directors since 2007 and established the Company’s Brand and Sustainability Committee.

He served as Chairman and CEO of the sporting goods company PUMA from 1993 to 2011. He was also PUMA’s CFO from 1993 to 2005. Zeitz served as a director of luxury goods company Kering (formerly PPR) from 2012 to 2016. He was a member of Kering’s Executive Committee and CEO of its Sport & Lifestyle division from 2010 to 2012. Zeitz is also a Board Member of the Cranemere Group Limited and is on the Board of The B Team which he co-founded with Sir Richard Branson.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley-Davidson Softail Standard confirmed

As predicted last week, the Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard is confirmed to return mid-year after it was recently listed with the California Air Resources Board.

One of the most popular Harley models ever sold in Australia will arrive at $A21,495 ($NZ22,750), ride away.

This entry-level Softail will come in black only with a solo seat.Softail Standard

It will be a long way from the original 1984 Evo original Softail Standard, now powered by the 107 (1746cc) Milwaukee Eight engine.

In 2017, the Softail range had a major overhaul making them up to 17kg lighter, with better handling thanks to a 17% stiffer frame, emulsion rear shock and Showa dual-bending-valve forks.

The Softail Standard comes with polished highlights, mini-ape bars, a 13.2-litre tank, low-slung 2-into-2 offset shotgun exhausts and 19-inch chromed steel rims with classic spokes.Softail Standard

Its front-end features clear-coated fork sliders, polished triple-clamps, polished top clamp and riser, and chromed headlamp bezel and turn signals.

A compact electronic instrument with digital display is set in the handlebar riser for a clean and uncluttered look.

Softail Standard accessory packages

Softail StandardAccessorise your Softail Standard

Since it’s a blank canvas for customisers there is a choice of four accessory packages.

Day Tripper Custom Package: Pillion seat and a 21-inch detachable sissy bar with pad, passenger foot pegs and mounts, forward foot controls and a black leather Single-Sided Swingarm Bag.

Coast Custom Package: Softail Quarter Fairing, black anodised aluminium Moto Bar handlebar and 5.5-inch riser, a Bevel two-up seat and passenger foot pegs, and BMX-style foot pegs from the 80GRIT Collection.

Touring Custom Package: Sundowner two-up seat and passenger foot pegs, a 14-inch-high light smoke quick-release windshield, classic black detachable saddlebags and a 14.5-inch detachable sissy bar and backrest pad.

Performance Custom Package: Throttle response and mid-range acceleration is improved with a Screamin’ Eagle Stage II Torque kit for the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner, Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Performance Air Cleaner and Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon mufflers. This factory-engineered performance upgrade retains the original equipment factory warranty when installed by an authorised Harley-Davidson dealer.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley unleashes 131 Screamin’ cubes

Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagles factory customs department has unleashed its biggest engine yet, the 131-cube (2147cc) crate motor.

The Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee Eight 131 Crate Engine features the same 114mm (4.5”) stroke as the 114 Milwaukee Eight, but has been bored out from 101mm (4”) to 109mm (4.31”).

Harley claims it makes 90kW (121hp) of power and 177Nm (131ft-lb) of torque when matched to the Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon mufflers. It also requires an ECM calibration and Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner.

That’s a lot of grunt, but still not comparable to the Triumph Rocket 3 which last year went from 2.3 litres to 2.5 litres with 123kW (165hp) at 6000rpm, up 11% over the previous model, and 220Nm (163ft/lb) of peak torque at 4000rpm.

That makes the Trumpy the biggest torque monster of any production bike in the world.

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC torque monster2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC

Price and availability

The 131-cube monster, as well as the recently introduced Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee-Eight 107″/ 114″ and 128″/131” Stage IV Kits, are not in the Aussie 2020 HD catalogue.

However, Harley-Davidson Australia spokesman Keith Waddell says they are “very excited to have these performance parts in ANZ and will provide an update when these parts are available for sale”.

We believe the parts are being homologated.

In the US, the price is $US6195 ($A9000) for the 131 oil-cooled version and $US6395 ($A9360) for the twin-cooled motor.

You could expect to pay around $A10,000 for the Screamin’ Eagle 131 crate motor, given a CVO 117 motor costs about $A7400.

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Screamin’ Eagle 131

Harley’s Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee Eight 131 Crate Engine bolts straight into 2017 and later Touring models running an oil-cooled or twin-cooled Milwaukee Eight engine.

With a compression ratio of 10:7:1, you will have to be careful on downshifts not to lock the rear wheel.

You will also be paying more to fuel up with high-flow fuel injectors that guzzle fuel at a rate of 5.5-grams a second.

There are bigger accessory motors available for Harley’s and other big twins, but Harley-Davidson Product Manager James Crean says their engine’s raw grunt is matched by factory-made reliability and a 12-month or 24-month factory limited warranty.

It comes in black/chrome or black/gloss black with 131 Stage IV badging on the cylinder heads and timer cover.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley Trikes recalled for electronic related brake issue | MY 19-20

Motorcycle Recall Notice

Today an official recall was issued for Harley-Davidson Trike models sold in Australia from March 12, 2018 through to November 5, 2019.

There are 363 trikes affected by this safety issue that relates to possible faulty brake application by the electronically controlled EHCU, that might stem from a faulty rear wheel speed signal.

The CVO Tri Glide, Tri Glide Ultra and Freewheeler are all affected and owners should contact Harley-Davidson to have the fault rectified at their earliest convenience.

Recall Notice

Details
PRA No. 2019/18001
Date published 10 Dec 2019
Campaign Number 0175
Harley-Davidson Trike Models
CVO Tri Glide (FLHTCUTGSE)
Tri Glide Ultra (FLHTCUTG)
Freewheeler (FLRT)
Model Years 2019-2020
Affected Vehicles 363

What are the defects?

The electro-hydraulic control unit (EHCU) software may respond incorrectly to a faulty rear wheel speed signal by activating one of the rear brakes.

What are the hazards?

Unintended brake activation may increase the risk of an accident or injury to the vehicle occupants and other road users.

What should consumers do?

Affected consumers should contact their nearest Harley-Davidson Australia dealer immediately to schedule a safety recall service to install new software, free of charge.

To find a local dealer, visit HERE

For more information or immediate assistance, contact Harley-Davidson Australia Pty Ltd on 02 9886 0600 in Australia.

Harley Davidson CVO Tri Glide
Harley-Davidson CVO Tri-Glide

Source: MCNews.com.au

Harley pulls out of Walcha Motorcycle Festival

Harley-Davidson has pulled out of the Walcha Motorcycle Festival due to the current bushfire threat, but the event will still go on from Friday (15-17 November 2019).

Walcha Royal Cafe owner Toni Keable says HOG members from Perth have already arrived and many more have said they are still coming.

“There’s no change at Walcha. We’re still going ahead with the festival,” she says.

The festival was put together by the town after the last-minute cancellation of the Freak Show Festival of Motorcycles and national Harley Owners Group (HOG) rally when the organisers went into liquidation.

Earlier this week Walcha Tourism said the event would go ahead despite the current bushfire situation.

Harley pulls out of festival

However, late this afternoon Harley-Davidson Australia issued this statement:

The bushfire situation across New South Wales and the progressive dangers across the state has meant that Harley-Davidson Australia has made the difficult decision not to attend the Walcha Motorcycle Weekend this coming weekend, 15-17th November.

Harley-Davison Australia have been monitoring the bushfire situation and have been in ongoing contact with the Walcha Council and NSW Rural Fire Service to understand if it is safe for Harley-Davidson and our H.O.G. members to attend.  

Since Tuesday 12th November 2019, the NSW Premier has declared a State of Emergency with dangerous conditions across New South Wales, advising motorists to delay all non-essential travel with many highways and motorways closed.

All H.O.G. members planning to attend the event have been contacted.

From everyone at Harley-Davidson Australia, we ask all riders to remain safe and alert.

Toni believes the statement is a “safety precaution”.

“It is probably for insurance purposes not to leave themselves in a position of danger if something happens,” she says.

“We’ve had people arriving all week. We’ve also had people ring and say ‘we’re coming, we’ll get there, we will find a way’.

“Some of the roads are closed but some are still open. Everywhere there is a closed road, there is an alternative route.”

Riders should check www.livetraffic.com.au and www.google.com/maps for road closures before attempting to ride to Walcha.

Bushfires Harley Softail

“We met some Harley riders who said they had to ride 400km further than they expected.

“If they had rung us we could have told them about a safe shortcut.”

The Royal Cafe number is (02) 6777 1117.

Oxley closed

Just abit of the Oxley this morning, don’t see it being open this week.

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Meanwhile, the main attraction in getting to Walcha is the Oxley Highway which remains closed, not by fires but the high risk from falling burnt limbs after fires earlier this week.

Official advice is that motorists should avoid unnecessary travel and be prepared for conditions to change quickly and roads to close suddenly.

Riders should make sure they have water, food, supplies and a full tank of fuel. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged before you set out.

If you’re already travelling when a bush fire starts, follow the directions of emergency services personnel.

You can check online here for bushfires in Queensland.

In NSW, check the RFS website, SES website, Fire Update Site, or download the ‘Fires Near Me’ app.

Walcha Motorcycle Weekend highlights

Harley was planning to bring its truck of merchandise and demo bikes including a LiveWire electric motorcycle for “demo rides” on their Jumpstart Experience.

demo ride online walcha
Harley offers non-licensed people a demo ride with their JumpStart

However, there is still a host of other entertainment across the three days, including stunt shows, a rodeo, guided rides, Harley demo rides, a Steampunk motorcycle gallery, markets, music, food stalls, a billy cart derby show and shine and more.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

All accommodation in town is fully booked so Council has organised for camping at the Oxley Sportsground.

Local not-for-profit groups will provide basic catering onsite and clean-up services.

To read all about the Freak Show debacle check the articles listed below.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Walcha Motorcycle Weekend revs up

The Walcha Motorcycle Weekend revs up from tomorrow (15-17 November 2019) to replace the Freak Show Festival of Motorcycles and national Harley Owners Group (HOG) rally which were axed at the last minute.

Among the many highlights will be the chance for riders to hear Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire electric motorcycle and even go for a “demo ride” on their Jumpstart Experience.

demo ride online walcha
Harley offers non-licensed people a demo ride with their JumpStart

Harley-Davidson Australia spokesman Keith Waddell says they have been “working closely with Walcha Council to support their plans to host riders with music and food options over the weekend”.

The company will set up at the Walcha Showground and will run demo rides over the weekend.

Meanwhile, he says the liquidators of the two axed events are “working through the required processes on asset and refund retrieval for all involved”.

“As this process may take some time, Harley-Davidson will refund the $99 HOG ticket cost directly to members,” he says.

“All HOG ticket holders have been contacted directly to arrange those refunds.”

The liquidators have not yet provided any details on refunds for Freak Show ticket holders.

Walcha Motorcycle Weekend program

There is a host of other entertainment across the three days, including stunt shows, a rodeo, guided rides, Harley demo rides, a Steampunk motorcycle gallery, markets, music, food stalls, a billy cart derby show and shine and more.

Click here for details.

Of course, one of the main attractions is simply getting there by riding Thunderbolts Way and/or the magnificent Oxley Highway.

All accommodation in town is fully booked so Council has organised for camping at the Oxley Sportsground.

There will be some conditions due to current water restrictions.

Local not-for-profit groups will provide basic catering onsite and clean-up services.

Walcha Royal Cafe owner Toni Keable says they will continue with the entertainment they had previously planned before the events were axed.

Oxley highway hillclimb
Toni and Brad Keable of the Royal Cafe, Walcha

“People can be assured that this weekend will definitely go ahead,” she says.

“Everyone is positive and we’re not going to let this opportunity to showcase the town slip through our fingers.”Walcha

Liquidation

The original twin events were organised by Inside Line Events International which was behind the aborted TT events planned for either the Oxley Highway or the Sunshine Coast.

Freak Show Festival organiser David Rollins sent us this formal statement:

The organisers of the Freak Show Festival of motorcycles regret to inform that the event has been forced into voluntary liquidation due to difficulties maintaining ongoing support from sponsors

The organisers are personally and financially devastated by this outcome, having poured considerable money into the event as well as time.

A liquidator has been appointed. All ticketing and trade enquires should be addressed to Wexted Pty Ltd, Level 12, 28 O’Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000. E: [email protected]

He says there is “not much I can add to it for legal reasons”.

More than 1000 tickets had been sold and they claimed they were expecting about 5000 to attend.

Freak show

The Freak Show Festival was to include a flat track, a dirt hill climb, custom motorcycles, the Globe of Death, wheelies, stoppies and burnouts, a ride-in cinema playing motorcycle-themed movies, live music and food and beverages.

It was scheduled for one weekend after the Australian Motorcycle Festival (formerly the Sydney Moto Expo) in Wollongong from November 8-10.

The show and rally were also sponsored by NSW Tourism Department who expected it to deliver more than $1.7 million in visitor expenditure to the region.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2020 Harley Pan America & Bronx | More details emerge

2020 Harley-Davidson Pan America & Bronx


More details around Harley-Davidson’s expanding range for 2020 have emerged at EICMA, with further information released on the Pan America, as well as new Bronx models.

Harley Davidson Pan America Adventure Tourer
2020 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250

Both will feature a new Harley-Davidson powerplant, called the Revolution Max which will come in two capacity versions, a 975 cc for the Bronx streetfighter, and a 1250 cc version for the Pan America.

Harley Davidson Bronx streetfighter
2020 Harley-Davidson Bronx

Revolution Max will be a 60-degree V-twin with liquid-cooling and dual down-draft throttle-bodies. The 975cc version is expected to produce 115 hp and 70 lbs-ft (95 Nm) of torque.

Harley Davidson Pan America Adventure Tourer
2020 Harley-Davidson Bronx 975cc Revolution Max

The 1250 Revolution Max is expected to produce 145 hp and 90 lbs-ft of torque (122 Nm), although these figures are all performance targets from Harley-Davidson, so we could expect to see some change as we get closer to the release date.

Harley Davidson Pan America Adventure Tourer
2020 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 with Revolution Max 1250

The Revolution Max will be run as a stressed member of the frame and will feature a counter-balancer to mitigate engine vibration, with Harley promising a ‘surge of high-rpm power’ with a more performance orientated design approach obviously being taken.

Harley Davidson Bronx streetfighter
2020 Harley-Davidson Bronx

Harley have also announced they collaborated with Brembo to create a new radial monobloc four-piston caliper for these machines.

Harley Davidson Pan America Adventure Tourer
A specially developed Brembo brake will be featured across both models

Both models feature dual front disc brakes with the new Brembo caliper and upside-down forks, as well as a monoshock rear.

Harley Davidson Bronx streetfighter
Michelin tyres are fitted to both models, with a banana-type swingarm on the Bronx

A trellis-style sub-frame is visible on the Pan America and looks designed to feature plenty of luggage along with reasonable pillion perches.

Harley Davidson Pan America Adventure Tourer
The Pan America features a trellis sub-frame with spoked wheels

Hand-guards and an adjustable screen are featured, along with crash bars that may be standard fitment and look well integrated into the Pan America. Hard panniers are also shown in some shots, and look to mount via integrated mounting points, alongside a pillion grab rail.

Harley Davidson Pan America Adventure Tourer
A large screen on the Pan America seems ready for an extensive electronics system plus inter-connectivity with mobile devices

Final drive is chain on the Pan America, with a large digital display and cruise control switches on the left switchblock. A steering damper is also visible.

Harley Davidson Pan America Adventure Tourer
2020 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250

Styling is unique with Harley obviously keen to set themselves apart from the competition, while entering the highly competitive adventure-touring segment.

Harley Davidson Pan America Adventure Tourer
2020 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250

The Bronx features a belt final drive in the images provided, with the same switchblock as the Pan America with cruise control, and a single round digital dash.

Harley Davidson Bronx streetfighter
2020 Harley-Davidson Bronx

Compression and rebound adjustment is also visible on the fork tops, with flat bars.

Harley Davidson Bronx streetfighter
2020 Harley-Davidson Bronx – Single digital dash, busy switchblock and adjustable forks

The headlight also looks to feature a DRL and may be an LED unit.

Harley Davidson Bronx streetfighter
2020 Harley-Davidson Bronx

Source: MCNews.com.au

Harley-Davidson trademarks Rude Boy

Harley-Davidson trademarks often end up as names for their motorcycles, but in this case, Rude Boy will be used for their upcoming range of electric bicycles.

The company has struck some trouble with the recent launch of their LiveWire electric motorcycle:

  • The bike was delayed a month going into North America dealerships;
  • Several dealerships refused to pay big money to instal DC fast chargers in order to sell them;
  • Sales have also been a disaster as customers have baulked at the $US29,950 (about $A44,000 when it arrives in Australia late next year) ticket price; and
  • They temporarily pulled the plug on production to fix a problem with one charger.

    Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle electric highways short circuit
    Riding the LiveWire in Orgeon

Rude Boy electric bicycles

The company has filed its application for the Rude Boy trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office for use with “electric bicycles; electric bicycle parts and accessories”.

Harley already has a Fat Boy Softail motorcycle which has been a huge success over the years, so they will be hoping for the same with with Rude Boy.

So far Harley has shown three pedal-assisted electric bicycles, an electric scooter and electric balance bikes for kids.

Harley and Indian announce 2018 sales results electric scooter bicycle
harley electric scooter

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.

Harley electric bicycle LiveWire ID specs rude boy bicycles
Harley electric mountain bike

Harley has previously shown their electric mountain bike (above) and their electric bicycle prototypes (below) under the “Future Vehicles” tab on their website.

We expect the latter will be the Rude Boy bikes.Harley-Davidson electric bicycle balance kids rude boy bicycles

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

Harley-Davidson plugs LiveWire back in

Production of the Harley-Davidson electric LiveWire motorcycle has started again after being stalled a few days this week over a problem with one home charger.

The company says it was only a “single occurrence”. There was no problem with the motorcycle, only the charger.

“We take pride in our rigorous quality assurance measures and our drive to deliver the world’s best motorcycles,” their press statement says.

They had asked owners only to charge their bikes with the DC fast charger supplied at some HD dealerships. However, they say it is now safe to use any method to charge them.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycleHarley-Davidson's electric LiveWire short circuit
LiveWires on DC fast chargers

Even though it doesn’t arrive in Australia until late next year, Harley-Davidson Australia had issued this statement:

As we lead in the electrification of motorcycles, we have delivered our first LiveWire motorcycles to authorized LiveWire dealers. We recently discovered a non-standard condition during a final quality check; stopped production and deliveries; and began additional testing and analysis, which is progressing well. We are in close contact with our LiveWire dealers and customers and have assured them they can continue to ride LiveWire motorcycles. As usual, we’re keeping high quality as our top priority.

We also asked how many Aussie orders they had and how many dealers were installing the DC fast charger:

We are not in a position to share any specific details and we are currently working closely with our dealer network as we get ready to welcome what will be a very exciting product for Australian and New Zealand customers.

Phone and other electrical devices can have issues with chargers overheating and causing a fire.

In March, the entire fleet of 18 Energica electric motorcycles for the MotoE series were destroyed in a blaze that was blamed on a short circuit in one of the charging units.

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Energica garage explodes in flame

Electric fires

Electric vehicle and charger fires can be caused by short-circuits, power surges, impact, excessive discharge or overheating.

They also cause special concerns for fire fighters.

Lithium batteries are obviously made with lithium which is highly flammable and stored in mineral oil.

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Tesla goes up in flames

While it is not toxic, it can cause nausea, diarrhoea, dizziness, muscle weakness, fatigue and a dazed feeling.

Electric vehicle and battery fires can also release sulphuric acid, carbon monoxide, copper and cobalt.

Fire fighters can’t douse the flames with water as the high voltage can cause an electric shock or electrocution.

Instead, they have to disconnect the power supply (usually an orange plug) and contain the fire to let it burn itself out.

LiveWire short circuit

Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle electric highways short circuit
Riding the LiveWire in Orgeon

This temporary hiccup with Harley’s electric motorcycle program follows a month delay in deliveries to US dealerships where it has created a lot of interest, but not a lot of sales.

Buyers are apparently baulking at the $US29,990 price (about $A44,000).

Some dealers are even rejecting the expensive DC fast-charger installation which is a requirement of being able to sell the bike.

PR exercise

So Harley has two major PR exercises going at the moment to rescue the LiveWire.

Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor are currently shooting Long Way Up from the bottom to the top of the Americas, riding LiveWire motorcycles.

Charley and Ewan adventure on LiveWire
Ewan and Charley pack their LiveWire bikes for the trip

And now HD has brought in Hollywood action star Jason Momoa who plays Aquaman and Khal Drogo to test ride the bike.

“Harley wanted me to test one of the new LiveWires, I was kind of like ehhh. I like the idea of it but I wanted to hear it,” says Jason who is more at home on pushrod fuel burners.

While filming on the Gold Coast in 2017, he took delivery of a Softail.

Now he says he is stoked by the electric bike.

“I have never been on anything this fast, it kind of blew my mind,” he says.

“I am in love with it, it’s amazing and I look forward to the future of many more of these bikes.

“It’s so fast, faster than I need, it’s amazing. It’s good for the planet, beautiful, we’re moving with the times.

“Best part is, it’s the future. You can have this and your old one. It’s amazing.”

Harley is going to need a lot of star power to help the LiveWire over this current short circuit!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Harley ‘Roaring Sporties’ returning to Aussie racetracks in 2020

‘Roaring Sporties’ to Return to Australian Racetracks in 2020

After an absence of two decades Harley Sportsters are set to thunder around Australian racetracks again in 2020 thanks to some divine intervention by Eddy Garner. 

In its heyday the Harley Sportster series once raced at selected rounds of the Australian Superbike Championship but the rebirth of the category will be run with the national OzBEARS series. The first round of which takes place over the Easter weekend at Mount Gambier’s McNamara Park.

It was an extremely competitive category with full grids of 30-plus booming Harley-Davidson 1200cc V-Twins Sportsters lining up on the grids with riders like Robbie Phillis, John Allen, Len Willing, Robbie Hermans, Wayne Clarke, Cameron Donald and the late Kirk McCarthy punting them around at astonishing velocities, on a bike that was not considered to be the best handling machine to ever grace a racetrack.

The Sporties didn’t have the outright speed of a pure race-bike but the corner speeds and close proximity racing combined with the thunderous roar of a freight-train of the  V-Twins on full noise made them a popular attraction. 

In 2020 the Harleys will return, en masse, with the re-birth of the V-Twin class as part of the national OzBEARS series. Over a dozen riders have already committed to the first round. 

The series itself will be national with rounds in South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

However, unlike the past, the new look series will feature two classes: one for the traditional Harley-Davidson 1200cc Sportster machines, while the second class will be open to the newer XG750 Harley-Davidson Street Rod.

Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750
Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750

As for the Sportsters the class is open to all models including the ‘Classic’ pre-2002 models and ‘Superstock’ specification machines.  The class will also be open to the current Sportsters with inverted forks, the XG750’s and Sportster-engined Buells, with all bikes competing in the same race.

Harley Sportster Engine
Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster engines will once again be on full song in 2020

The bikes will run on treaded-tyres with tyre warmers allowed. 

The reintroduction of the series is the brainchild of long-time racer and Harley-Davidson aficionado, Eddy Garner, who has never let his passion for the race series wane.  

Eddy Garner

“Anyone that had anything to do with the Roaring Sporties series still has a real soft spot for the racing, the camaraderie and all the good times that were had back then. This really hit home at the Broadford Bike Bonanza at Easter this year. We had a number of bikes all grouped together in the pits and also out on track. The response from everyone that saw them confirmed that we were on the right track in our attempts to resurrect the series.  Since then I have done a lot of work attempting to put it all together and thanks to Scott Brown and everyone else at OzBEARS, I am extremely delighted to see that we will be back on track.” 

Harley Roaring Sporties
Roaring Sporties are back in 2020 – Image by Rob Mott

For more information contact Eddy Garner on 0416046901

Source: MCNews.com.au