Here a few weeks ago, Mother Harley brought out this year’s new models. Across the board there are relatively few surprises except on the new Ultra Classic and the new Tri-Glide. A few years ago, I saw where the Harley Davidson Motor Company applied for a patent for water cooled big twin heads. Well, this year they are putting those puppies to use. The top of the line Ultra Classic and the Tri-Glides are the first official “Waterhogs” sporting two small radiators mounted in the fairing lowers in the highway bars. An electric water pump is mounted where a conventional oil cooler used to mount. Adding water cooling does not leave enough room up front for an oil cooler (I’m not a fan of this).
The way the radiators are placed is supposed to direct the heated air away from your legs. I would certainly hope so! I suppose I’ve known since the advent of the V-rod that water cooling was coming down the pike, but it’s a bit of a shock that it is now here. What do you think? We are asking your opinion of the new “Waterhogs”? Is there any hope for future Harley models?
Is this the finish of Harley as we know it?
If interested in all the details of Harley’s new models, they have a very nice presentation on their website, titled “Project Rushmore.”