Trying to guess what new models Harley-Davidson will release next is like trying to guess the Lotto.
The numbers always surprise and it was a big surprise when Harley decided to shoehorn its CVO 110-cube Screamin’ Eagle engine into models other than the CVO range.
First there was the Softail Fat Boy and Slim which received “S” model variants with the bigger engine.
We reviewed them and found them not only more powerful (of course), but also more manageable and refined.
Then came the Dyna Low Rider S which we are now testing and finding to be just as civilised yet with a raw bare-knuckles-to-the-wind approach and a bit of Sons of Anarchy styling in the bars and bikini fairing.
Dealers tell us the S models are very popular considering they are only $2500 more than the standard versions, yet it would cost up to $6000 more to fit a Screamin’ Eagle engine as an aftermarket item.
Sales of Softails and Dynas have been a little soft in the US, so Harley responded with these limited-edition 110 models.
It would make sense to spread the love a little further across the Dyna and Softail range, especially models such as the Fat Bob and Heritage.
Perhaps more S models will be included in the 2017 model release this northern autumn.
While it would be great to have the bigger engine in the Touring models, don’t get too excited.
They are selling well in the US and don’t really need that sort of a boost. Besides, the 103 High Output engine is a worthy mill for touring duties.
Meanwhile, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company will next week release its first-quarter earnings report.
While the company’s stock has delivered impressive returns of 13.1%, outperforming other auto industry stocks, the share price has actually fallen 2% over the previous year and lost 13% this month, alone.
It seems the stock market is jittery over the company’s earnings as domestic sales continue to slump.
While Harley-Davidson Australia is doing extremely well, HD has had mixed performances around the world and it could be time for a bit of sales impetus.
Which models would you like to see getting the 110 Screamin’ Eagle engine?