Harley-Davidson is showing off their new Revolution Max V-twin engine with two bikes for 2020, an Adventure Bike and a Street Fighter. The bikes were debuted at EICMA in Milan.
The new 60-degree, liquid cooled V-Twin engine comes in two varieties, either as a 1250cc for the new Pan America adventure bike or as a 975cc for the Bronx 975 street fighter. The 1250cc version produces 145 horsepower and 90 lb-ft of torque. The 975 has a respectable 115 horsepower and 70 lb-ft of torque. To provide a little perspective, the Ducati Multistrada puts out 158 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, making Harley-Davidson’s new bikes contenders. Both engines feature an internal balancer that cancels out primary engine vibration.
Harley-Davidson also worked with other companies to put the new bikes together. Brembo worked ona new radial monoblock four-piston caliper that matches up with the design of the bikes, while Michelin co-branded the tires for each bike.
The new bikes are a part of the legendary motorcycle manufacturer’s efforts to expand their offering. A press release from the company reads, “Leveraging its industry-leading design and strong manufacturing capabilities, it plans to offer its most comprehensive lineup of motorcycles, competing in many of the largest and fastes growing segments with a full portfolio of motorcycles across a broad spectrum of price points, power sources, displacements, riding styles and global markets.” The Pan America represents a new line of modular 500 to 1250cc midldleweights. The Bronx is the first of what will reportedly be eight more streetfighters that will be coming out from 2020 to 2022. A big part of this effort is the vision of expanding Harley-Davidson into the Asia and India markets. “The new product and broader distribution is intended to fuel Harley-Davidson’s customer access and growth in India, one of the largest, fastest growing markets in the world, and other Asia markets.” Entering new markets can be difficult, even for a legacy company like Harley-Davidson, but these bikes are more than ready for the challenge.