Powering Upcoming Bikes
Harley’s new middleweight engine is now officially registered. It’s the engine that will power many Harleys of the future, and now that the European Union Intellectual Property Office officially has it on file, you can really see what it’s all about.
Harley’s new engine is a liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin that will range in size from 500cc to 1250cc. According to Motorcycle.com, there will be four different sizes of the engine at least. Most likely those sizes will be 500cc, 750cc, 975cc, and 1250cc.
The engine is different than the one that was in some of the concept bikes. Motorcycle.com shows some specific things that are different, including the engine cover. It’s a different shape, slightly. Many other engine parts appear to be so as well.
The company filed a design for the engine and seven other designs for engine parts, covers, and components. That would suggest Harley has something truly unique on its hands. The crankcase and transmission are extremely compact, something that should come in handy for using it in multiple bikes.
It’s possible that this engine could not appear in a bike until 2020 or 2021. This move to a new engine that can be used on multiple types of motorcycles is something Harley should have done long ago. The electric stuff might be good for the long term, but the company failed to execute on a new good line of gasoline-powered motorcycles long ago. Hopefully, they can make this engine work.