Harley Tourers get new suspension for 2017

We covered Harley’s new Milwaukee-Eight engine, the ninth Big Twin in its history, in this short feature here, now we focus on the new suspension upgrades being introduced to the 2017 Harley-Davidson touring line-up.

Emulsion style shocks, recently seen on the new Harley-Davidson Roadster, make an appearance at the rear of the new Harley tourers. This does away with the need to pump up the rear suspension bladders to set the rear preload on the touring models.

The new shocks also offer up to 30 per cent more pre-load adjustment than their predecessors, with adjustment made via a hydraulically assisted knob.

“Pre-load can now be adjusted to match the load of rider, passenger and gear without tools or an air pump,” said Paul James, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Product Planning. “Once set, the pre-load will not leak down or require further adjustment.”

At the front of the 2017 H-D touring motorcycles Showa will provide their new SDBV forks.

Showa SDBV Forks
Showa SDBV Forks

First shown by Showa at EICMA two years ago, it is a new style of fork internals that utilise a new Showa Dual Bending Valve structure to give cartridge style fork performance but at a lower cost and weight than full cartridge style forks.

The Harley Touring models already had the best chassis and suspension performance in the entire Harley-Davidson line-up, with this latest improvements, and the new Milwaukee-Eight engine, these new models will be extremely sought after.

Make mine a CVO Street Glide thanks with the bigger Milwaukee-Eight 114-cube, 1870cc engine and to add to the soundtrack further the CVO Street Glide also scores a four-speaker, 600-watt stereo system.

Harley-Davidson 2017 CVO Street Glide
Harley-Davidson 2017 CVO Street Glide

Other Custom Vehicle Operation machines include the biggest bagger of them all, the CVO Limited.

Harley-Davidson 2017 CVO Limited
Harley-Davidson 2017 CVO Limited
Outside of Harley’s Touring family the CVO Breakout continues with the 110B while Street 500 gets ABS

CVO have also produced a Pro Street Breakout to top the Softail line-up for 2017. Only the Touring models score the Milwaukee-Eight engine for 2017, thus the CVO Breakout retains the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B air-cooled V-Twin engine.

Harley-Davidson 2017 CVO Pro Street Breakout
Harley-Davidson 2017 CVO Pro Street Breakout
2017 Harley-Davidson Street 500 Motorcycles

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Street 500 motorcycle is now available with ABS and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free, proximity-based security fob, each as a factory-installed option. Additionally, 2017 Street 500 can be optioned with new two-tone  paint schemes which include Vivid Black Deluxe and Fire Red Deluxe.

Other 2017 Harley-Davidson details
  • High Output Twin Cam 103 standard for all 2017 Softail models and the S Series cruisers