Last year, Harley-Davidson (H-D) revealed several prototypes of new models which diverge from its typical focus on cruisers. The heritage brand is definitely committed to meeting the 21st century by trying to appeal to other kinds of riders, in an effort to expand its customer base.
Recent design plans have emerged from the American manufacturer’s filings with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The illustrations show the current conceptual evolution of H-D’s three prototypes: the Streetfighter, Pan America, and the Custom.
The company previously expressed its desire to release these bikes to the public around 2020 and 2021. The design plans show changes to the 2018 prototypes, bringing them closer to production-ready status. However, these designs may not reveal the definitive versions of the new motorcycles. Some components are rendered in dotted lines, meaning that the illustrated parts are merely placeholders.
Both the Streetfighter and Pan America also seem to feature saree guards, indicating plans to sell the bikes in India. Many women in India wear sarees and dupattas, and these protective guards prevent the flowing fabrics from getting caught up and tangled in the motorcycle’s rear. They also serve as mounting points for cargo.
The H-D Streetfighter prototype was previously announced to accommodate a 975cc V-twin, while the Pan America and Custom would be powered by a 1,250cc engine. Harley-Davidson has also disclosed plans to develop more electric bikes as well as small-displacement motorcycles for the global market.