There’s a great big truck on the way over here. And its full of a host of new, as yet to be ridden, bikes for you to take a spin on. The brand in question is Harley-Davidson. And the ‘tour’ is going to be here in Ireland this weekend, the 21st and 22nd of August where it will appear at both Waterford and Dublin Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealerships.
Harley have been busy during the ‘Great Unhappiness’ and have developed a duo of new bikes. These are the, already delivered, Pan America adventure bikes as well as the recently announced, but yet to be released, Sportster S. The duo have been added to with the eagerly awaited LiveWire as well as the thoroughly re-designed, yet fundamentally old school Fat Boy.
Americana - New Direction
The first of the new owners have already taken delivery of their new Pan Americas. This is a bike that has taken the American giant in a whole new direction. While it brings the game to some of the European giants such as BMW and KTM, it’s a bold move for the old brand and one that may yet work.
First reports of the second one, the Sportster S, are just going to press this week. This is a traditional name on a bike that is anything but. It has the looks to go with its 121 bhp engine, Brembo brakes and Showa suspension. With this kind of power and specification it’s no longer possible to stick the brand into the ‘big weight, low power’ category.
Americana - Street Presence
Both the third and fourth are machines we’ve already heard of. They are the LiveWire and the Fat Boy. While the Fat Boy may have been around for decades at this stage, a new frame, engine and fuelling system make for an even better ride without losing any of the bikes street presence.
The last one is the long awaited LiveWire. This all electric machine made a massive impression on me when I first rode it over five years ago. The power delivery, the handling and that beautiful noise are all much more than would be expected.
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