Harley-Davidson’s got plenty of work to do for 2021, with none of its bikes meeting the latest emissions standards.
From January 1 next year, all new motorcycles will have to meet the new Euro 5 regulations. Most manufacturers have been busy updating their ranges, but Harley-Davidson’s got some catching up to do.
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The American factory will use the upcoming regulations as an opportunity to condense its line-up. And it looks as though its 750cc V2, 883cc V2 and 1,202cc V2 engines won’t be updated for 2021. That means the Street 750, Street Rod, Iron 883, Super Low, Sportster 1200 Custom, Iron 1200, Forty-Eight, Forty Eight Special, Super Low 1200T and Roadster models will be dropped from the European line-up by the end of the year.
Adapting engines to meet the new requirements can be quite an expensive process. And considering the low sales figures for the bikes in Europe, it’s unlikely H-D will be in a rush to update them soon. If you are a fan, you’ll probably be able to bag a bargain if you move quickly though, as dealers rush to empty their showrooms of Euro-4 stock.
Whether we’ll see these models again is another question entirely. If we do, they’ll definitely be much cleaner and more efficient…