Excitement at EICMA

Harley-Davidson launched several hotly anticipated new models at the recent trade show in Milan

Photos: Stefano Gadda

The EICMA two-wheeled trade show in Milan is where the world’s motorcycle manufacturers unveil their new products to the world for the first time.

At this year’s show, Harley-Davidson launched its "More Roads to Harley-Davidson" strategy with advanced prototype versions of two hotly anticipated new motorcycles – the Bronx streetfighter and the Pan America adventure bike – as well as the public debut of a range of new pedal-assisted electric two-wheelers.

Centre stage

The streetfighter-style Bronx is the first Harley-Davidson® model to get the 975cc version of the company’s new Revolution® Max engine, a liquid cooled DOHC 60-degree V-twin, which puts out around 115 horsepower and in excess of 70ft/lb of peak torque.

Also receiving intense media and public attention on its debut was the Pan America adventure bike. This model has the larger 1,250cc Revolution Max engine, which produces 145 horsepower and more than 90ft/lb of torque.

Both bikes use the engine as a stressed member of the frame for reduced weight and enhanced handling, and sport high-quality components including TFT instrumentation, inverted forks and Brembo brakes. Production versions of both bikes are expected to reach dealer showrooms by the end of 2020.

Forward thinking

Prototype versions of the new Harley-Davidson electric two-wheelers also made their debut at EICMA. Three styles of e-bike with varying degrees of accessibility were on show, from step-through to mid-range to high-step, each with mid-mount motors and internal removable batteries, belt drive and hidden cables for a premium look and feel. The e-bikes are scheduled to be available through Harley-Davidson dealerships in 2020.

Alongside these groundbreaking new vehicles, H-D presented its full model line-up for 2020, which includes the new Electra Glide® Standard, the Road Glide® Limited and a host of cutting-edge technological innovations. The new range demonstrated H-D's ongoing commitment to delivering a comprehensive offering, with something to suit every type of rider.


Custom kings

The customization element of Harley-Davidson heritage was also in evidence on the stand, with all five global finalists of the Battle of the Kings competition on display, representing dealers from Mexico, Germany, Canada, the USA and the UK. The final winner selected from the 270 custom entries worldwide was the incredible FXGTS Coast Glide from California’s Laidlaw Harley-Davidson.