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Details About Harley's New Bikes Emerge In Design Filings



Remember when Harley-Davidson dropped the big news on our last summer with the announcement of three fascinating, decidedly non-Harley models based on a modular platform with a water-cooled engine? Remember how we were all, "That's nice, but we'll believe it when we see it"? Well, out of sight is believing because a whole load of design drawings for those bikes recently filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office just showed up on the internet.

The three new models — the Streetfighter, Custom 1250, and (my personal fave) the Pan America 1250 — are slated to show up in Harley showrooms around the world over the next couple of years. An attempt to expand its customer base from aging podiatrists, weekend warriors, and pirate cosplayers, these admittedly very row bikes represent a future for Harley none of us could have predicted.

 Harley-Davidson Streetfighter Design Filing up with these drawings? What do they show us? A surprising amount, actually. In all three sets, we see and evolution from the prototypes we saw in July to what are probably more production ready designs. There are small changes like cast wheels for the Pan America, different rear subframe mounting points on the Custom, a license plate assembly on the Streetfighter and big changes like new bodywork on all three. </p>
<p> One <em> very </em> interesting addition to both Streetfighter and Pan America is what looks like saree guards under the bikes' pillion seats. A saree guard is just what it says on the tin, a barrier to prevent the flowing sarees from women in India from getting caught up in a bike's rear tire and final drive chain. That addition suggests that these bikes will be sold in India which, honestly, is a really smart move for the Motor Company. </p>
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 Harley-Davidson Streetfighter Design Filing
 Harley-Davidson Pan America Design Filing

Also, notice that the bikes' engines and things like braking systems are represented by dotted lines. Apparently, this denotes that the items rendered in dotted lines are part of the current filing and it probably also shows us where Harley plans to dip into the parts bin (the brake and clutch levers, for instance). That leaves me wondering when we get a look at this new modular VROD-derived mill.

 1212 Design Filing

So, yeah. These pictures are pretty good and shed some more light on the upcoming bikes, but they also raise more questions than they answer. At least they suggest that Harley is taking this seriously and is actually going to produce these things. Probably. We'll see, I guess.

Source: EUIPO


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