The company made the announcement just now on a new social media app, called Periscope, so we don’t have any photos of the bikes just yet.
The broadcast was beamed live from Portland Oregon and went on a “virtual ride” of 26,000 miles (40,000km) across 24 time zones around the world over the 26-minute broadcast.
Harley designer Ben McGinley introduced the new models which also includes the Street 750 for the American market. In Australia, we only get the Street 500.
The new Sportster features new paint schemes, new air cleaner, slotted graphics and “premium” upgraded suspension.
In the 25th anniversary year of the Fat Boy, the company has injected it with some serious muscle and a dark colours scheme.
It’s the first time the 110 (1800cc) Screamin’ Eagle has been used in any standard bike, rather than the CVO models.
They are also adding the bigger engine to the Softail Slim.
The Harley website is still being updated with the new models and as soon as they are available, we will bring you more model details.
We also wanted to get some comment from Harley-Davidson Australia media guru Adam Wright, but he said it would need to be a little later this afternoon as I’m in the city doing this piece with Periscope and on a bike”.
He was featured in the second instalment of the Periscope broadcast before passing over to Tokyo, then Barcelona, Toronto, Mexico City, Las Vegas and back to Portland. The broadcast quality was a little sketchy but it’s cutting-edge stuff.