The new filing from the European Patent office shows that Harley Davidson is coming up with two new bikes. These two bikes will be powered by a new water-cooled engine and are supposed to follow a café racer and flat track styling in terms of design.
Photographs were revealed last year in investor documents but now since Harley-Davidson have gone to the trouble of protecting the intricacies of the design, it mostly confirms that the models are on their way.
Both bikes will use the same engine from the Pan American adventure bike, a 1250cc motor. The engine is called ‘Revolution’ which is a 60 degree liquid cooled V-twin, which promises a huge step forward in performance.
Keeping aside the engine, both bikes make use of Harley’s new modular design principle. Both seem to share the same steel trellis frame using the engine as a stressed member. They also share some running gear such as suspension, while the swingarm on the flat tracker looks to be straight off the Future Custom model slated for release next year.
From the looks the Café Racer i,s clearly based on the short-lived Willie G. Davidson designed XLCR from the 1970s, right down to the bar and shield logo on the tank. While the Flat Tracker seems to be based on XR750 and XG750R that Harley-Davidson have long campaigned in professional flat track racing.
Neither of these models appear on Harley’s future planning document. It suggests we might not see these machines until 2021 at the earliest, with models likely not in dealers until 2022.
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