Category Archives: New Model Year

2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Road Test

2018 Softail Fatboy Road Test
The 2018 Softail Fatboy

Today I had the opportunity to road Test a 2018 Harley-Davidson Fatboy featuring the all new mono-shock frame and suspension. The new bike houses a 114 cubic inch Milwaukee 8 motor and six-speed transmission.

Looking over the bike I noticed many changes, some obvious, some not so obvious. Continue reading 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Road Test

Harley Releases 2018 Model Motorcycles

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The new 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Lineup. Notice the Softail line now includes the former Dyna Streetbob, Fatbob, and Low Rider Models

Last night Harley-Davidson unveiled their all new 2018 motorcycles, parts, and clothing line up in Los Angeles.

Highlighting the new product line is the all new Softail platform. The new platform is designed to replace both the Softail and Dyna lineups as we know them and features models from both of the former families. These bikes Continue reading Harley Releases 2018 Model Motorcycles

Will Changing the Exhaust on My Harley-Davidson Void My Warranty?

Harley and the EPA
Look for print similar to this on any parts or accessories you install on your Harley. It could void your warranty.

As I wrote HERE, the EPA and Harley-Davidson reached a settlement last summer regarding the use of non-street legal Race Tuners used to modify a bike’s fuel injection system. Since then I’ve had the chance to talk with Harley-Davidson reps and Warranty personnel to clear up what the settlement means for the average rider.

The agreement was reached because the EPA felt Harley-Davidson was encouraging riders to modify their bikes to the point they were no longer street legal or SMOG compliant.   Continue reading Will Changing the Exhaust on My Harley-Davidson Void My Warranty?

Harley-Davidson to Sponsor Nationwide Open House Weekend

FullSizeRenderAcross the nation this weekend Harley-Davidson Dealerships will be celebrating “Discover More” Open House events. The events are tied to the release of the new 2017 product line that launched late last month. The center piece of these events is expected to be the new Milwaukee 8 touring motor, but they will also promote new clothing and gear and new parts and accessories. Each dealership is asked to participate in giveaways and raffles to promote the line and engage Continue reading Harley-Davidson to Sponsor Nationwide Open House Weekend

Indian Motorcycle Road Command Event This Month

Visit and Indian dealer on September 17th for more information on Ride Command.
Visit and Indian dealer on September 17th for more information on Ride Command.

On September 17th Indian Motorcycle dealers will be offering limited edition screen cleaning clothes and micro wallets to customers who visit and take a look at the 2017 models featuring Ride Command™. Models featuring the new information and sound system include the 2017 Chieftain® and Roadmaster®.  The system features the largest touch screen in its class. For more information contact your local Indian Motorcycle dealer.

2017 Milwaukee Eight Liquid Cooling and Oiling System Review

(For a Technical Review of the Milwaukee Eight motor CLICK HERE)

The New Milwaukee Eight Engine
The New Milwaukee Eight Engine Offers Multiple Cooling Options

Since the 2017 Harley models were released last week, most of the questions I’ve gotten about them relate to the motor’s cooling systems. Some models are dual liquid cooled, using both coolant and oil while others are only oil cooled. Both also rely on air flow to assist with cooling. This has created some confusion on the matter.

To clear things up let me explain. Any 2017 factory model with fairing lowers is dual cooled. This includes CVO Street Glides, any Ultra model and Tri-Glide Trike models. Continue reading 2017 Milwaukee Eight Liquid Cooling and Oiling System Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Eight Road Test and Review

2017 FLHXS
This is the 2017 FLHXS Street Glide Special I road tested right before it was final assembled.

This afternoon I got the chance to road test a 2017 Harley-Davidson FLHXS Street Glide. The bike is equipped with Harley’s new Milwaukee Eight, 107 inch powertrain. (For a technical guide to the new motor click here)

A couple of notes:

  1. It was almost 100 degrees when I got the bike on the road
  2. My normal bike is a 2012 FLHX Street Glide with a 103 inch Twin Cam motor.

The first thing I noticed when the I started the bike was how quiet the cam side of the motor was. You could faintly hear cam chain noise and Continue reading 2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Eight Road Test and Review

A Technical Guide to The New 2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee 8 Motor

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The All New Milwaukee Eight Motor

Harley-Davidson has officially released a new motor, the Milwaukee Eight™, in their touring models. The standard version of this motor is 107 cubic inches with a 4.4 inch stroke and 3.9 inch bore. The CVO platform boasts 114 cubic inches from a 4.5 inch stroke and 4.0 inch bore. There is also a Screamin’ Eagle Stage 3 kit available to bump the motor up to 117 cubic inches.

Harley’s other Big Twin motor, the Twin Cam, operates using 1, two lobe cam per cylinder requiring a dual chain drive assembly. The Milwaukee Eight™ operates with a single, four lobe, cam driven by Continue reading A Technical Guide to The New 2017 Harley-Davidson Milwaukee 8 Motor

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Models and Milwaukee-Eight Motor Have Just Been Released

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Harley-Davidson has just released their 2017 line of motorcycles. The new product line was unveiled this morning at the Motor Company’s annual dealer meeting, this year held in Boston.

The center piece of the unveil is the new Big Twin Engine, the Milwaukee Eight©. It boasts 8 valves, 4 per head, giving it 50% more flow then Continue reading The 2017 Harley-Davidson Models and Milwaukee-Eight Motor Have Just Been Released

The New 2017 Victory Magnum

Photo Courtesy Of www.victorymotorcycles.com
Photo Courtesy Of www.victorymotorcycles.com

Victory has released the new 2017 Magnum, a bike designed for the rider who wants to tour in comfort and look good doing it. The Sport Touring class has become ultracompetitive and with this bike Victory establishes their place in the market. Right away you’ll notice the large 21″ Front wheel. The Magnum is the Continue reading The New 2017 Victory Magnum