Pick of the week: Harley Davidson reveals new engine for 2017 models

In the news this week, Harley Davidson has announced the release of the new Milwaukee-Eight engine, the ninth two-cylinder engine in the company’s 113-year history. Aswell as the arrival of a new engine, next year’s touring models will include a revised front and rear suspension system.

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Harley claims the new Milwaukee-Eight engine has been designed to deliver greater engine performance, greater torque, better fuel economy and comprises of four-valve cylinder heads to produce 50% more intake and exhaust flow capacity. Keeping with the same look, feel and sound of a Harley Big Twin engine, the Milwaukee-Eight has been produced with three options to choose from; the Milwaukee-Eight 107 (1745cc) and the Twin-Cooled 107 are available for the standard motorcycle models, or a larger Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 (1870cc) for CVO models.

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Harley Davidson’s Vice-President of Styling and Product Development Strategy, Scott Miller said: “These are the most powerful, most responsive and most comfortable touring motorcycles ever offered by Harley Davidson”.

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The 2017 line-up consists of 36 models, including 13 Touring motorcycles and Trikes. From entry-level Street 500 and Street 750; six Dyna models; V-Rod Muscle and Night Rod; seven Softails and three CVO models, there is a plethora of new bikes to choose from.

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