Fans go behind the scenes via Facebook Live to see new Big Twin engine being made
TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - More power. More comfort. More control. Today, Harley-Davidson unveiled the all-new Milwaukee-Eight™ engine, the ninth Big Twin in its history, plus an all-new front and rear suspension for its Model Year 2017 Touring motorcycle lineup.
"Canadian roads were made for Touring," said Anoop Prakash, Managing Director of Harley-Davidson Canada. "With an all-new design, the new Milwaukee-Eight™ engine offers quicker throttle response, more passing power, purer sound, a smoother ride and more of the feeling riders want from a Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle."
To launch the Milwaukee-Eight™107 and Milwaukee-Eight™114 engines, Harley-Davidson—in a brand first—will take fans where they've never gone before: the floor of a Harley-Davidson factory in a virtual tour on Facebook Live to watch the making of its newest Big Twin engine today at 1:30 p.m. EST/ 12:30 p.m. MST.
"These are the most powerful, most responsive and most comfortable Touring motorcycles ever offered by Harley-Davidson," said Scott Miller, Harley-Davidson Vice-President of Styling and Product Development Strategy. "You truly have to ride one to feel the difference – so we're inviting all riders to visit a Harley-Davidson® dealer and take a test ride."
Power. Comfort. Control.
The new Milwaukee-Eight™ engine is a ground-up design that combines the classic look, sound and feel of Harley-Davidson® Big Twin engines with improvements in performance, comfort and control.
Retaining the classic 45-degree V-Twin cylinder angle, the Milwaukee-Eight™ engine produces 10 per cent more torque and features four-valve cylinder heads that offer 50 per cent more intake and exhaust flow capacity than previous years' models.
The Milwaukee-Eight™ engine is counter-balanced to cancel 75 per cent of primary vibration at idle, retaining the classic feel of a Harley® V-Twin while being very smooth at highway speeds. And a new heat management strategy redefines "cool" improving rider and passenger comfort.
New engine and much more for Model Year 2017
Along with the Milwaukee-Eight™ unveiling, Harley-Davidson also announced:
- A New Touring Suspension: New front and rear suspension components enhance the comfort, control and performance of all 2017 Harley-Davidson® Touring models. New dual bending valve front suspension technology provides the performance of a racing-style cartridge fork with linear damping characteristics and reduced weight. New emulsion-technology rear shocks offer 15 to 30 per cent more pre-load adjustment than previous standard Touring shocks, with a single, hand-adjustable knob to hydraulically dial in pre-load.
- Screamin' Eagle® Performance: Harley-Davidson® Screamin' Eagle® Performance will offer a full selection of street-legal performance components for the Milwaukee-Eight™ engines, including Screamin' Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight™ Stage kits that deliver up to a 24-per cent increase in torque over the stock engine (availability varies by market).
- Harley-Davidson® Custom Vehicle Operations™: Harley-Davidson® Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO™) models combine prestige and performance in three limited-edition factory-custom motorcycles for 2017. The CVO™ Limited and CVO™ Street Glide® models feature the refined performance of the new Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight™ 114 engine, while the CVO™ Pro Street Breakout® motorcycle is powered by the Screamin' Eagle® Twin Cam 110B™ air-cooled V-Twin engine.
- 2017 Harley-Davidson Street® 500/750 Motorcycles: 2017 Harley-Davidson Street® motorcycles are now available with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and the Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System with a hands-free, proximity-based security fob, each as a factory-installed option.
- Powerful Cruiser Lineup: With the High Output Twin Cam 103™ standard for all 2017 Softail® models and Dyna® models (U.S. models only) except the Street Bob® model and the S Series cruisers with the Screamin' Eagle® Twin Cam 110™ engine, Harley-Davidson continues to offer its most powerful cruisers ever.
To experience the transformation of the 2017 Harley-Davidson® models now, visit h-d.com/testride to schedule a test ride.
*All comparisons in this communication are drawn between Harley-Davidson 2017 Touring models and 2016 Touring models.
**Not all models are available in all countries. Please contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer for more information.
About Harley-Davidson Canada
In August 2015, Harley-Davidson Inc. took over distribution in Canada as part of a global strategy to establish subsidiary units in its most important markets. The new entity, Harley-Davidson Canada, has focused on bringing the full Harley-Davidson ownership experience to Canada. Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel are available in 69 independent dealerships across Canada. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.
About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.
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