Harley-Davidson’s Pan America Virtual Launch

Harley-Davidson first introduced the Pan America in 2018, intending the motorcycle to be its first off-road bike. The new Pan America, expected to be available for purchase later in 2021, will be officially previewed during a digital launch on February 22nd.

About Harley-Davidson’s Pan America

motorcycle riders on the highwayHarley-Davidson has long remained a key player in the cruiser market. Yet, the buying habits of younger riders skew smaller, more sustainable and toward active pursuits.

Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire electric motorcycle was one bid to attract younger riders to the brand and the Pan America appeals to more adventure-style use.

To date, the Pan America’s key features have included:

  • Liquid-cooled 1250cc V-twin 60-degree engine, offering 145 HP and over 90 ft-lb of torque
  • Chain-and-sprocket final drive
  • Cross-spoked wheels
  • Double-sided swing arm attached to the rear shock
  • Liquid crystal display (LCD) computer
  • Reflect Defensive Rider System for traction
  • Lower seat height for greater accessibility
  • Design input for the frame and tires from Michelin and Brembo
  • Strong capabilities for on and off-road travel
  • Engine integrated into the frame to reduce the overall weight
  • New power train

Pan America’s Promotion

Harley-Davidson held a virtual global launch for all anticipated 2021 models on January 19th. The Pan America was not the only bike featured – riders learned more about 27 new models, including the Street Bob 114, Fat Bob and CVOs.
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New Harley-Davidson Models for 2020

Harley-Davidson has announced its plans to launch several new 2020 models. The upcoming lineup includes a few additions that reflect the brand’s strategy in recent years, including electric bikes for eco-conscious riders and sporty all-terrain bikes. Here are some of the new models scheduled to appear before the end of the year.

Low Rider S

While not a completely new model, it’s been couple years since Harley-Davidson had this performance cruiser in its lineup. The upgraded version trades the old Dyna platform for the Softtail underpinning, complete with a 43mm inverted fork toward the front and adjustable shock.

Visually, it’s the bike you remember but with a heavier feel. The Softtail chassis weighs an extra five pounds, which will give a greater sense of power and more assertiveness from the 1,868cc Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin engine.

Pan America & Bronx

The highly anticipated Pan America off-road motorcycle has been in the works for the past few years. While not all details are known, Harley-Davidson fans have plenty of reasons to be excited. The Pan America is its first true adventure bike powered by the Revolution Max mill, a 1250cc V-twin engine delivering over 145HP and 90 lb-ft of torque. It will also feature design input from Michelin and Brembo.

The Bronx is essentially the Pan America on a smaller scale, featuring a 975cc engine capable of producing over 115HP and 70 lb-ft of torque. It stands out in a few regards, including a sportier, street-influenced look that’s geared toward a younger audience.

Electric Scooter

Harley-Davidson made its first venture into electric motorcycle territory with the LiveWire and now, rumor has it that two new electric models will come out late in 2020 – a proper electric scooter and a midweight proper motorcycle, inspired by flat track models.

The scooter, built more like a moped, recently had a patent filed through the European Union Intellectual Property Office, although recent reports say its features aren’t quite established. Meanwhile, the larger “Mid Power” model appears to pick up where the LiveWire left off.
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Harley-Davidson Announces New Custom Paint Sets

As riders, we love well-made bikes that take us the distance but also want a motorcycle that reflects who we are. Aftermarket motorcycle parts have grown popular in recent years, as more riders desire some degree of personalization.

Likely in response to this growth, Harley-Davidson announced two Limited Paint Sets for early 2020, available only in-store. Created with input from well-known Harley-Davidson stylists and hand painted by artists, each set delivers the pop needed to elevate your bike and aims to give touring models a high-performance look.

These paint sets will only be available for purchase at Harley-Davidson dealerships. Contact your local dealer to pre-order for the new year!

Mayhem Set

motorcycle on the open road Designed to mimic speed and excitement, the Mayhem Limited Paint Set:

  • Uses an Inferno red pearl and phantom black base
  • Symbolizes acceleration with front and back ghost white and silver highlights
  • Indirectly alludes to the brand’s racing past

Meant for touring models, the set covers custom-painted cowlings, front and back fenders, lighting, gas tanks, side covers, the upper fairing, chin spoiler and stretched saddlebags with Harley-Davidson’s number one racing logo.

This kit is compatible with any 2017 or newer Road King, Street Glide and Road Glide models, including standard and special versions. Only 150 sets will be available worldwide.

Quick Shift Set

With dashes of neon on solid black, the Quick Shift Limited Paint Set starts with a gunmetal metallic and solid black base, adding a pewter pinstripe and hyper orange, yellow or green accent on top.

Sets accommodate 2018 and later Breakout and Fat Bob models. Kits cover custom-painted fuel tanks and front and rear fenders. Only 100 sets will be available globally.
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Harley-Davidson Announces 4 New Bikes

For certain age groups, Harley-Davidson represents the ultimate bike – a high-quality investment that continues to perform trip after trip. Younger demographics that have less brand allegiance have approached Harleys with a tepid attitude. After a few years of slumping sales, the long-time motorcycle brand decided to retool its strategy and announced its plan earlier in July, right in time for the company’s 115th anniversary.

New Bikes

close-up of leather motorcycle gloveFor the first – and perhaps most crucial – part of their progression, Harley-Davidson revealed four new models. While the new bikes will diversify the brand’s lineup, the company’s plan further targets:

  • A younger, most cost-conscious demographic
  • Customers who would otherwise go for a Ducati or BMW
  • Riders who would like a second bike

Covering three types, the new models include four 500-cc to 1,250-cc middleweight platform bikes:

  • Pan America 1250: Part of the popular Adventure Touring line, this model is geared toward on-road overland travel and on-off use and is expected to debut in 2020.
  • Future Streetfighter: This 975-cc model is strictly a street bike, albeit with an updated design. Like the Pan America, it’s slated for 2020.
  • Future Custom: Another 1,250-cc model, this bike blends classic and modern design themes while being relatively compact overall.
  • Livewire: Previewed four years ago, this electric bike will be the first to appear, with sales to the public starting in 2019. This concept, considered an advancement in motorcycle design, has already gotten a significant amount of buzz and will see additional electric models launched through 2022. Design wise, this no-clutch, twist-and-drive model will be lighter and smaller, offering more cost-effective operation. Its ease of use is expected to attract a larger swath of potential riders and for more experienced customers, the bike will give a reliably fast yet quiet ride.

By comparison, existing Harley models average around 1,700-cc and weigh about 1,000 lbs.

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4th Annual MDA Benefit Ride & Concert

Trantolo & Trantolo, LLC and TSI Harley-Davidson present the 4th Annual MDA Benefit Ride & Concert on Sunday, July 15, 2018. This annual event is back at it’s original venue, Sun Valley Beach Resort in Stafford Springs.

Ride, Rock & Make a Difference for the MDA of Connecticut!

Purchase Tickets

MDA Tickets Tickets are $30 in advance and include the scenic motorcycle ride and admission to the concert. They can be purchased at:

  • The Law Offices of Trantolo & Trantolo
  • Four Seasons By The Lake at Sun Valley
  • TSI Harley-Davidson
  • Yankee Harley-Davidson
  • Sheldon’s Harley-Davidson

Join the Ride

Don’t miss your chance to take part in the largest one-day charity motorcycle ride in Connecticut! The scenic motorcycle journey to Sun Valley is police-escorted and will leave from three satellite locations:


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Indian Chieftain Elite vs. Harley-Davidson Street Glide CVO

On March 1st, Indian released their 2018 Chieftain Elite bagger motorcycle. Following its release, some enthusiasts began comparing this motorcycle to Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide CVO. Just how similar are the two touring bikes?

Legendary Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles are two of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the world. As America’s first motorcycle company and oldest continually running manufacturer respectively, many riders can identify these brands on sight. Longtime enthusiasts know they can expect solid bikes from both Harley-Davidson and Indian, which is why we’re taking a closer look at how these two new models stack up to each other.

Chieftain Elite Specs

Touring bikes have extensive storage for luggage, making them a great asset for longer trips. The Indian Chieftain Elite has many modern features that riders new and old can appreciate, including:

  • Thunderstroke 111 49 V-twin engine
  • 6-speed transmission
  • Surround sound audio
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Customizable touchscreen split display
  • Pathfinder LED lights

Bagger bikes can be very heavy – the Chieftain Elite is 827 pounds without gas in the tank! Also, weight increases when riders add their belongings to the saddlebags. The extra pounds can make this model more challenging to handle, especially for newbies.

In 2013, Indian released their all new Thunderstroke 111 V-twin engine. This high-quality air-cooled engine is 111 cubic inches (1811 cc) and produces 161 Nm of peak torque. Indian was challenged to combine their classic engine features with modern technology, without disappointing their brand-loyal bikers. Still recognizable as an Indian engine, the Thunderstroke 111 has improved power and better piston durability.

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New Triumph Speed Triple Motorcycles

Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. was established in 1983 by English businessman John Bloor. Formally Triumph Engineering from 1902 – 1983, this motorcycle manufacturer has since grown to be the largest in England. Triumph is known for stylish and functional cruisers, supersports and touring motorcycles. Their first bike in the Speed Triple series was unveiled in 1994; the details of two new models have been released in February 2018.

Speeding into Action

riding on a sunny dayThe two new Speed Triple motorcycles are the most powerful and responsive bikes in the series. The manufacturer has updated the engine, handling and technology to accommodate needs of the modern rider.

Stronger Than Before

The Speed Triple will be available in S (standard) and RS models, with 105 new engine parts for a better performance. Riders will experience a faster spin up and engine rev than previous models. Another improvement is the 117 NM torque – an increase of four percent – for a smooth curve across the range. The Speed Triple S has four riding modes: Rain, Road, Sport and Rider-configurable. In addition to these four, the RS model also has a Track mode.

Improved Rider Experience

As new motorcycle models are released each month, advanced technology seems to be a big factor of modern design. The Triumph Speed Triple is no different, boasting a full-color, 5-inch TFT (thin-film-transistor) instrument display with six different screen styles. Riders will be able to change contrast settings and adjust the position too. The RS model also features a keyless ignition, which can activate the engine through a transmitting signal.
Choose from jet black and crystal white to fit your personal style. Pricing and further details will be released by Triumph on Monday, February 26th, 2018. What do you think of these new bikes?

Harley-Davidson Recall for Brake Failure

On February 7th, 2018, it was reported that Harley-Davidson is recalling 251,000 motorcycles worldwide for potential brake failure. Of this number, nearly 175,000 belong to riders on U.S. roadways. The cost to Harley-Davidson is $29.4 million dollars. If you own a Harley-Davidson CVO Touring or VSRC motorcycle from 2008 – 2011, read on for further details.

What Caused the Recall?

motorcycle shock absorberAccording to official documents, there is a module within Harley-Davidson’s anti-lock brake system that can cause these models to fail without warning. When the oil is contaminated by moisture, the brake valves and module can corrode, causing a system shutdown. Either the front or back brakes could fail, but there is a chance of both systems malfunctioning.

When Did the Investigation Begin?

Unfortunately, it took three reported crashes and two injuries to spark an investigation into the potential dangers associated with CVO Touring and VSRC bikes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began examining problems with the anti-lock brake system in July 2016, after 43 total complaints were filed against the Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer.

Harley-Davidson’s Response

The issue is linked to the motorcycle’s brake fluid, which should be replaced every two years by the bike owner.

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Harley-Davidson To Expand “Riding Academy”

Among motorcyclists, it is no secret that Harley-Davidson – one of the most popular and influential brands in the motorcycle industry – has been struggling in recent years. Less people are riding and less people are shopping for bikes. In addition, the perception of Harley-Davidson is that it’s for older generations. As sales continue to drop, the company has made several attempts to get business booming again, while restoring their image for younger generations.

Harley’s most recent solution? Expanding their 17-year-old “Riding Academy”.

What Is Harley Riding Academy?

motorcycle safety training courseIn 2000, Harley-Davidson launched a program of three to four-day motorcycle courses offered at dealerships around the country. Approximately 245 dealerships offer this training, but about 25 percent of them have only been for the past three years. Clyde Fessler, who started the “Riding Academy” program, says it is about “getting people comfortable on a motorcycle and getting them to feel safe and confident.”

Why Younger Generations Don’t Ride

Intimidation is a big reason why more millennials are not riding motorcycles. Yet, there is another factor keeping this generation off two wheels. Many young people – especially recent college graduates – have to put off major purchases due to overwhelming student loan debt and low entry-level salaries.

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New 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Model Unveiled

In 2018, Harley-Davidson will celebrate its 115th year in the motorcycle industry. Ahead of this milestone, the company has rolled out a plan to revamp its image and attract a younger generation of riders. As part of their plan, Harley-Davidson is renovating their Softail lineup of cruiser bikes. In late August, eight new models were announced. On November 7th, news broke of a ninth motorcycle.

What do we know about the Softail Sport Glide?

A City Cruiser with Touring Style

riding motorcycle on a sunny dayThe Sport Glide is being described as a cross between the Sportster – a stripped down cruiser- and the Electra Guide – a bulked up touring motorcycle. Harley-Davidson hopes this new bike will be attractive to up and coming riders who are intimidated by touring models.

Since touring bikes are designed for long trips, they need to fully dressed and have a large frame. Such features can translate to more difficult handling, which is why these bikes can be daunting to many beginners.

The Sport Glide comes with lockable saddle bags, cast aluminum wheels and forward-mounted foot controls. It’s new fairing is designed for ultimate wind resistance, keeping gusts away from the rider’s chest. Sporting a 107-cubic-inch V-twin engine, the Sport Glide bike is powered with the same “Milwaukee Eight” engine of the other 2018 Softail models.

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