Back in July last year, Harley-Davidson revealed its huge plans for the future, with information about raft of new motorcycles ranging from 500 to 1250cc – and the American factory has just filed patents for its first three new models, which are expected to make it to market for 2020.
The introduction of H-D’s new Streetfighter, Custom 1250, and the Pan America 1250 confirms that the Milwaukee-based brand is serious about switching things up – as it moves away from its more traditional output with a series of bold new machines, in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience.
And despite the initial scepticism when H-D released the concept images of the bikes in July last year, it looks like they’re well on the way to becoming a reality – confirmed by a bunch of design drawings recently filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
And despite the initial scepticism when H-D released the concept images of the bikes in July last year, it looks like they’re well on the way to becoming a reality – as confirmed by a bunch of design drawings recently filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
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Of course, at this stage – technical details for the new machines are very sparse. However, we do know that the three new models will sit as part of a new family, making use of Harley’s newly developed liquid-cooled DOHC 60-degree V-Twin engines (that will be produced in four displacements spanning from 500cc to 1250cc).
Interestingly, the Pan America and Streetfighter patents show the bikes fitted with sari guard – and considering Harley-Davidson’s previous commitment to Asian markets (most notably India); it’s not too much of a surprise.
Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250
The Pan America 1250 is Harley-Davidson’s first adventure-touring model – and the concept looks the business, with its tall windscreen, wire-spoke wheels, engine protectors and hand guards. Looking at the patent, there’s a few notable differences including the use of cast wheels, the addition of extended bodywork below the seat, a redesigned tail which integrates mounts for luggage, different engine, new footpeg mounts, a rear axle adjuster and a shark fin-style chain guard.
Harley-Davidson Custom 1250
Sitting more comfortably within the current Harley-Davidson lineup, the new Custom 1250 isn’t a massive departure for the American brand. And of the three new machines, the Custom’s patents are very similar to the concept model unveiled last year.
The Custom 1250 comes with a tubular swingarm, a high-mounted shotgun-style exhaust, a swingarm-mounted license plate with indicators either side, conventional mirrors, and a single slim LED headlight.
Harley-Davidson Streetfighter 975/Harley-Davidson Bronx 975(?)
The Harley-Davidson Streetfighter concept from last year, seemingly made use of its new, smaller 975cc liquid-cooled engine. But aside from that, there are several changes between the bike in the patent drawings, and the initial concept – despite the overall look of the new modern naked-bike remaining similar.
Firstly, it has quite an aggressive riding positon, there’s new bodywork, a slash-cut exhaust and more guards to protect the drive belt. The drawings also add a license plate holder, a rear lighting cluster that extends from under the tail, new mirror designs and a different radiator guard.
At this stage, that’s about as much as we know – but we’re expecting more information about Harley-Davidson’s new models to come through sooner rather than later.