Touring models 2017 with new Milwaukee-Eight engine and modified chassis

MILWAUKEE (August 23, 2016) – More power, more comfort, more precision: With the Touring series presented today for the 2017 model year, Harley-Davidson once again setting standards in the touring segment. All new Harley-Davidson Tourers are equipped with the completely redesigned Milwaukee-Eight™ engine, the ninth Big Twin in the company's history, and feature new chassis components on the front and rear wheels.

“The new Harley-Davidson Touring family of motorcycles are the most powerful and comfortable touring motorcycles Harley-Davidson has ever produced,” said Scott Miller, vice-president of styling and product development strategy. “With them, the company takes the Harley-Davidson look, sound and feel to a completely new level. You just have to experience it for yourself. We therefore warmly invite all motorcyclists to take a test ride at their nearest Harley-Davidson dealer.”

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New engine: The Milwaukee-Eight

The ninth Big Twin in the long company history of Harley-Davidson represents a fundamental new design. The typical look, the unmistakable sound and the distinctive driving feel of a real Harley-Davidson Big Twin are combined with a noticeable increase in performance in the new Milwaukee-Eight .

“The new Milwaukee-Eight carries the legacy of the many Harley-Davidson Big Twin engines and carries it into the future ,” emphasizes Chief Powertrain Engineer Alex Bozmoski. “Although it is a 100% new design, the unique Big Twin character is retained in its entirety. However, surveys of Harley-Davidson riders around the world revealed a desire for further advances in performance, durability and styling. We have fully addressed this with the new generation of engines.”

The Milwaukee-Eight also retains the classic Harley-Davidson cylinder angle of 45 degrees, but has four-valve cylinder heads with a 50 percent higher gas throughput and, depending on the configuration, achieves up to eleven percent more torque than last year's models. Thanks to a balancer shaft that reduces first-order vibrations by 75 percent when idling, the new engine conveys the classic pulsation of a real Harley® V-Twin when stationary, but at the same time is characterized by its smooth running at higher speeds. At the same time, a new waste heat management system provides added comfort for the driver and front passenger in all models with the Milwaukee-Eight. And despite its higher performance, the models with the new Milwaukee-Eight consume less fuel than their predecessors.

Harley-Davidson offers the Milwaukee-Eight in two displacement categories: the Milwaukee-Eight 107 (107 cubic inches/1,745 cc) and Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight 107 (107 cubic inches/1,745 cc) for the production models as well as the Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight 114 (114 cubic inches/1,868 cm³) for the limited edition touring special models from Harley-Davidson® Custom Vehicle Operations ( CVO )™.

New Touring Suspension
Newly developed suspension components at the front and rear increase the comfort, driving precision and driving dynamics of all Harley-Davidson® Touring models from the 2017 model year. The shock absorbers offer a 15 to 30 percent larger adjustment range compared to the previous series shock absorbers on the Touring models for spring preload. At the same time, the preload is now conveniently adjusted by hand using a single rotary control.

“This allows the preload to be adjusted to the weight of the rider, passenger and load without tools or an air pump,” explains Paul James, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Product Planning.

The new front fork features the SDBV™ damping technology from Showa®, which has all the advantages of a cartridge fork from racing with linear damping characteristics and low weight.

Screamin' Eagle® Performance
Coinciding with the introduction of the new generation of engines, Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle® Performance is releasing a full range of new ECE-certified products for the touring models, including the “Street Cannon” slip-on mufflers and the Heavy Breather Performance, fan and high-flow air filter. In addition, the new Screamin' Eagle® Stage I, II, III and IV kits for the Milwaukee-Eight™ in certain countries allow a further increase in performance, ranging from even better torque for relaxed overtaking to a comprehensive upgrade with maximum performance increase is sufficient (eligibility varies depending on the market).

Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations
The three limited-edition “Factory Custom” special models from Harley-Davidson® Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO) once again combine powerful performance with the highest level of exclusivity in the 2017 model year:
• The CVO™ Limited benefits from the 2017 Performance and refinement of the new twin-cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine as well as the suspension comfort and handiness of the modified touring chassis. Also new are the attractive “Slicer” wheels, which are finished in Contrast Chrome depending on the paint version, as well as the seat, which now offers the driver even more comfort. In addition, the new CVO Limited sports a new custom paint job in four different color combinations.

• In addition to the new Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 and the modified chassis, the new 2017 CVO™ Street Glide® comes with a boom! Infotainment system with four speakers and 600 watts of power is used. Also new for the 2017 model year: the case and fork lock can now be conveniently locked and unlocked using a remote control. There is also a newly designed seat cover and four exclusive, new color combinations.

• In the 2017 model year CVO™ Pro Street Breakout®, dynamic performance meets a powerfully elongated look with charismatic dragster elements. The CVO Pro Street Breakout, characterized by fascinating surfaces, enriches the character of the CVO model range with a darker color. The machine is powered by the air-cooled Screamin' Eagle® Twin Cam 110B™ engine. The three available paint finishes include the new two-tone Starfire Black/Scorched Apple combination.

Powerful chopper and cruiser model range
The choppers and cruisers in the Harley-Davidson model range are also powered by the proven and powerful High Output Twin Cam 103™ or the High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine in the 2017 model year. Machines with Twin Cam 110™ or Twin Cam 110B™ engines are available in limited quantities.

New trike
In the 2017 model year, Harley-Davidson will also be adding a second trike to the Tri Glide Ultra in Europe. This is the Freewheeler, which features a particularly clean custom design and is powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight engine.

Further information can be found at www.hd.com/discovermore.

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