By Charles Plueddeman | Photos by Brad Cheney and Buddy Wilinksi
As featured in H.O.G.® Magazine Issue 037
This is a story of one – of one engine, one motorcycle, and a single rider – and the journey that will bring them all together.
We set out to follow a new Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight™ 107 engine, the company’s newest V-Twin engine design, from its assembly to its delivery to the new owner of a 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide® Special.
The odyssey begins at Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations on Pilgrim Road in the Milwaukee suburb of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the “Power Factory” that manufactures Harley-Davidson Big Twin engines. An all-new design, the Milwaukee-Eight™ engine was engineered to deliver more power and a better motorcycling experience for riders and passengers, while retaining the iconic look, sound, and feel of the legendary Harley® Big Twin engines that came before it.
“The guiding principle behind the Milwaukee-Eight™ was our voice of customer research from every region of the world,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Product Operations Scott Miller. “They asked us to create a new engine calibrated to enhance the motorcycle touring experience in every way. That same voice also demanded that we stay true to our legacy and respect the defining elements of a Harley-Davidson V-twin.”
Motorcycles powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight™ engines offer quicker throttle response, more passing power, purer sound, a smoother ride, and more of the feeling riders want from a Harley-Davidson Touring bike.
Our story continues at Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, Pennsylvania, where the Milwaukee-Eight™ engine completes its journey to become a 2017 Street Glide Special.