Monthly Archives: February 2018

Will Harley electric bike be a Revelation?

Article from: Motorbike Writer (via Motorbike Writer)

Harley-Davidson has launched two new Sportster variants – Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special – and applied for the trademark name H-D Revelation which could be the name for their electric bike to be released next year.

CEO Matt Levatich last month defrayed concern about their fourth consecutive year of sliding sales by announcing they would have an electric motorcycle available within 18 months.

This brought forward the previously announced due date by two years.

While their electric bike concept unveiled in 2o14 was the Livewire Project, the company has not been talking about releasing the Livewire, but an “electric motorcycle”.

So it could have a different name.

H-D Revelation

H-D Revelation would be a suitable name for their electric bike as many of the riders – both public and moto journalists – who have tested it have described it as a “revelation”.

Harley-Davidson greenies eight electric motorbike
MBW riding the Harley LiveWire in LA

The name is also similar to the Evolution engines in their Sportsters and the Revolution X in the Street family.

This is the fourth new name Harley has registered in the past few months with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The others are Pan America, 48X and Bronx.

Pan America could be a new Tourer model, while the 48X and Bronx are believed to be Sportsters, a family which hasn’t had a significant drivetrain upgrade in years.

The new model names may not be used this year, as companies have a couple of years to use them before they expire.

However, we do expect about 10 new Harley models in 2018 as part of Harley’s “100 models in 10 years” policy announced early last year.

In the first year of the policy, Harley released 10 new models including nine new Softails which now include the Dyna family and the Street Rod.

New Sportsters

Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 - revelation
Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

Meanwhile, Harley has announced two new variants with hardly any changes.

The Iron 1200 is basically the blacked-out 883-powered Iron, but with the 1200 Evolution engine.

It also features satin-black Mini Ape bars, Café Solo seat, black nine-spoke wheels, black belt guard and black rear sprocket.

The Forty-Eight Special has a wide front tyre, wide forks, gloss-black Tallboy handlebars and black split nine-spoke cast aluminium wheels.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special - revelation
Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special

Both come standard with ABS and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System. Australia should get them within the next month.

They are not exactly a revolution or revelation in new models, but new models all the same.

It is typical of Harley to release a couple of “mid-year” mild variants around this time of the year.

We still expect a substantial upgrade in the Sportster line-up in August when they usually announce their major upgrades.

This year it will coincide with Harley’s 115th anniversary celebrations in its hometown of Milwaukee.

And here’s our wild tip: Like the Street family, which is made in both the USA and India, the new Sportster may also be produced in two countries.

Harley is building a plant in Thailand, so they could also be produced there.

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We Need Our Track Back - Rally to Parliament House

The #WNOTB Rally aims to deliver a message to the Minister Mick Murray, the government and Motorcycling Australia, that we want our track back and we’re no longer prepared to sit passively by and wait.

The Rally will be on the morning of Sunday 25th February 2018
Will form-up at Barbagallo Raceway at 08.00am ready to depart at 08.45am.

PROCESSION RIDER – BRIEFING:

•THIS PROCESSION IS FOR ROAD REGISTERED MOTORCYCLES ONLY.
• Ensure you have a current, valid, appropriate class, licence for the motorcycle you are riding.
• The rally will form-up at Barbagallo Raceway in Neerabup. Please be there for 08.00am ready to depart at 08.45am
• The rally procession will be divided into riding groups of 20 motorcycles with each group being led by a marshal wearing a hi-vis vest. There will be approx. 3 minute intervals between each riding group.
• Ensure you stay with the group you start with, do not join other riding groups – our permitted group number is 20 + Marshals
• Access and unimpeded passage to be given to all emergency vehicles at all times.
• All participants and marshals are to comply with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act and Regulations.
• No person or vehicle will display any banners or placards which are substantially constructed of wood, iron or similar substance or of such dimensions that they are likely to be a danger or cause interference to other persons.
• No materials to be used on the vehicles to obscure a driver’s vision, vehicle lighting or registration plates.

The procession will travel south on the Mitchell Fwy to Parliament House in Perth.

RACE/TRACK BIKES ON TRAILERS – BRIEFING…

• Ensure you have a current, valid, appropriate class, licence for the vehicle and trailer you are driving/towing.
• Assemble at Parliament House car park – off Harvest Terrace from 08.30am
• Race/Track bikes to be un-loaded and parked on rear paddock stands at the steps of Parliament – please follow the instructions from the marshals.
• Cars and trailers will be parked in allocated areas away from the motorcycle procession parking area – please follow the instructions from the marshals.
• Access and unimpeded passage to be given to all emergency vehicles at all times.
• All participants and marshals are to comply with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act and Regulations.
• No person or vehicle will display any banners or placards which are substantially constructed of wood, iron or similar substance or of such dimensions that they are likely to be a danger or cause interference to other persons.
• No materials to be used on the vehicles to obscure a driver’s vision, vehicle lighting or registration plates.

We will hold a ‘meeting’ at Parliament House – in the car park and on the steps of Parliament and then disperse again between 12.00 and 1.00pm

PLEASE NOTE: We are expecting a significant number of solo motorcycles in the procession and several race/track bikes on static display. Parking maps will be displayed on this event page ahead of the rally. Please be patient when assembling at Parliament House and please also be patient when the event is over and everyone is leaving.