Pan America and 48X could be two of about 10 new models for Harley-Davidson in 2018.
Two weeks ago, Harley-Davidson registered the trademarks “Bronx” and “Harley-Davidson Bronx” with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Now they have registered “Pan America” and “48X” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Spain.
These three models could be coming in the New Year, along with about seven others.
Early in 2017, company boss Matt Levatich said HD would release 100 new models in the next 10 years. They were right on track with 10 new models in 2017 – nine Softails and the Street Rod.
The Bronx, 48X and Pan America could be among about 10 new models from the Milwaukee manufacturer next year.
While Harley never makes specific comments on future product, we expect these will arrive later in the year.
Harley usually unveils one or two new models in February/March and then a major batch of new models in August/September.
Having only just registered these names, it is a little early for the bikes to be unveiled in February.
In fact, they are not necessarily due next year.
The trademark applications are still subject to approval and, once approved, the applicant has 36 months to use or lose the name.
Besides, the new models could be resurrected names such as the ninth new Softail last year, the Sport Glide, and the Street Rod from the previous V-Rod range.
What are Bronx, 48X and Pan America?
While, the Pan America sounds like a full-dresser addition to their Touring range, the 48X and Bronx are tipped to be added to the Sportster range.
After all, 48 is already a Sportster model, so a 48X is likely to be a special edition, perhaps with a bigger engine. And Bronx is a tough New York neighbourhood, befitting the image of either the urban Sportster cruiser or new Dyna/Softail range.
The Sportster range is certainly in need of an update.
The 883 and 1200 Evolution engines are getting old and they still have five-speed transmissions. They may also get mono suspension like the new Dyna/Softail range.
Or the Sportster range could be dropped altogether as was the V-Rod this year.
Perhaps the new Bronx will be the fourth model in the Street range which consists of the 500, 750 and Street Rod.
A bobber or street scrambler style would be most welcome.