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New Street Bob 114 heads Harley-Davidson’s 2021 lineup

New Street Bob 114 heads Harle...
The 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Bob 114 is the latest Softail model to receive the bigger Milwaukee-Eight motor
The 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Bob 114 is the latest Softail model to receive the bigger Milwaukee-Eight motor
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The 2021 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy gets refreshed styling with more chrome
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The 2021 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy gets refreshed styling with more chrome
The 2021 Pan America 1250 opens a new chapter in Harley-Davidson's 118-year history
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The 2021 Pan America 1250 opens a new chapter in Harley-Davidson's 118-year history
The 2021 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 114 in action
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The 2021 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 114 in action
Harley-Davidson powered up the 2021 Street Bob with the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine
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Harley-Davidson powered up the 2021 Street Bob with the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine
The Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide in a 2021 two-tone color option
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The Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide in a 2021 two-tone color option
2021 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special
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2021 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special
The 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Bob 114 is the latest Softail model to receive the bigger Milwaukee-Eight motor
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The 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Bob 114 is the latest Softail model to receive the bigger Milwaukee-Eight motor
The 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special in action
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The 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special in action
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In the build-up to the February 22 launch of the ground-breaking Pan America adventure bike, Harley-Davidson has unveiled its 2021 fleet, starring a punchier Street Bob along with equipment upgrades and fresh colors across the range.

Harley-Davidson worked throughout 2020 on the Rewire strategy, a plan designed to streamline its manufacturing, sales and marketing lines and the first step in a restructuring process that's about to kick into second gear with the five-year Hardwire 2021-2025 plan.

Once the Rewire phase is done, the American brand is setting its sights on evolution through innovation in an effort to attract new customers and offset its aging baby-boomer base of true believers. To bring in new blood, H-D is striking out in some surprising directions, and the upcoming Pan America 1250 is a bold example.

The 2021 Pan America 1250 opens a new chapter in Harley-Davidson's 118-year history
The 2021 Pan America 1250 opens a new chapter in Harley-Davidson's 118-year history

Expanding into the densely-populated Adventure class is a huge leap for a company that's stayed well within a very different wheelhouse for several decades. The challenge becomes especially daunting when the landing zone is crowded with best-selling legends like the BMW R 1250 GS, Ducati Multistrada, KTM 1290 Super Adventure, and more. If anything, the Pan America is a display of sheer determination, diving for the first time into a very demanding market and with a brand-new liquid-cooled engine.

In the meantime, Harley-Davidson has revealed the rest of its 2021 lineup, starting with the new Street Bob 114. Based on the current model, the bobber gets a boost with the most powerful engine available to the Softail family; the 114-ci (1,868-cc) Milwaukee-Eight comes in place of the basic 107-ci (1.753-cc) version.

The Touring section has received some updated equipment, as both the Road King Special and Street Glide Special get the new Daymaker LED headlamp, while new two-tone color options are available for the Road Glide Special and Street Glide Special.

The 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special in action
The 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special in action

As for the eclectic CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) family which is distinguished by the exclusive Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine, 2021 brings a new Harley-Davidson Audio system designed by Rockford Fosgate, as well as new color options and styling bits.

Two model families, Street and Sportster, have been dropped completely from the European lineup, whereas for 2021 the US market retains the Street 500 and three Sportsters – the Forty-Eight, Iron 883 and Iron 1200. A new Euro 5 generation of Sportsters is rumored to be on the way.

Now the spotlight centers on the Pan America, whose global launch is scheduled for February 22, 2021, as the first of a new breed of Harley-Davidson motorcycles that is expected to stretch from small electric city bikes to a 975-cc V2 streetfighter.

Source: Harley-Davidson

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David V
Before everyone jumps in and says the Pan American is an ugly beast, it's really much better looking in reality. The photos really don't do it justice especially with that awful orange/white mix. Although why they went with such a rectangular front light is a mystery. Front views are important on bikes. I've seen the bike in my local HD shop and it looks great. Can't wait for a test ride. If the engine at 140hp is as good as it promises, these will be good bikes. They won't attract the average BM GS rider but that's not the aim. Harley has to diversify or die.
Don't get me wrong, I love my actual Fatbob but these low rider types just aren't good for touring. The last holidays I've had in Italy and Corsica have been nightmare rides. Too long for easy handling and too low for comfort. Around town they're great though.
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Looking forward by taking design cues from 1940!
Bill S.
Still love my 20 year old Deuce and it looks like the day I bought it Never a problem. Great for riding the desert in Vegas.
VincentWolf
HD needs to abandon engineering any new gas bikes. They are history. I love bikes and raced them and competed for decades. They were my life in the 60s, 70s and 80s. But they pollute so much for their small size just like lawnmowers do--they don't have extensive pollution controls like cars do. Fuel injections means little without a catalytic converter and no bike has that. So please stop with the advertising bikes that are history. EV's are the wave of the future and so focus on that.