Someone at the MoCo has woken up. While Polaris has been doing its best to out do Harley at making a less expensive bike that looks like it came from the 1940s, Harley has been investing in innovation.
Keep this up Harley and I'll be washing my bike and putting a "best offer "sign on it.
I will stick with my Hammer , it simply looks better , and is Bullitt Proof . (Bullitt spelled that way on purpose) I wonder if this model HD will have 3 oil drain plugs too ....
You can see there's no bolt on tranny or connecting primary on the new one. It will have a plug to drain the glycol though. I'm dying to see what kinda power they get outta that 750. Hell, if they could get 80-90 hp that bike might be preferable to a V-rod being it's surely going to be considerably lighter.
If you get the chance, you should try to ride a V-rod. Their engines are sublime. I like the simplicity of our Vics, but they got nothing on an V-rod engine. V-rods also use high caliber Brembo brakes that make ours feel like they are made of wooden blocks.
The problem with the V-rods are that the ergos suck (at least for me) and with that long wheel base and massive rear tire, turning the damn things is about as nimble a procedure as spinning a 5000 passenger cruise ship.
They also have the maintenance issue of adjusting the valves which requires the engine to be removed from the frame. Hopefully, they thought through that aspect of these new bikes a little better.