Harley-Davidson Unveils the Milwaukee-Eight

Aug 26, 2016 View Comments by

Milwaukee-Eight engine

Harley-Davidson is rolling out an all-new big twin engine for its 2017 lineup of touring motorcycles. The Milwaukee-Eight is the ninth big twin in its history, promising riders more power and an improved experience on the road.

According to the brand, the Milwaukee-Eight retains the classic 45-degree V-twin cylinder angle but produces 10 percent more torque and features four-valve cylinder heads that offer 50 percent more intake and exhaust flow capacity than previous year models. Its engine is counter-balanced to cancel 75 percent of primary vibration at idle, and a new heat management strategy improves rider and passenger comfort.

Replacing the company’s twin-cam engine, the Milwaukee-Eight 107 and 114 engines will be used in Harley-Davidson’s new touring and trike models. The 107 (1,750cc) will be used in the Road Glide, Electra Glide, and Road King, and the 114 (1,870cc) in the Road Glide Ultra and Tri Glide Ultra models, among others.

Harley-Davidson made several other announcements, including:

  • New touring suspension: New dual bending valve front suspension technology provides the performance of a racing-style cartridge fork with linear damping characteristics and reduced weight. New emulsion-technology rear shocks offer 15 to 30 percent more pre-load adjustment than previous standard touring shocks, with a single, hand-adjustable knob to hydraulically dial in pre-load.
  • Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations: The CVO Limited and CVO Street Glide models feature the new Milwaukee-Eight 114, while the CVO Pro Street Breakout is powered by the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B air-cooled V-twin engine.
  • 2017 Harley-Davidson Street 500/750 Motorcycles 2017 Street motorcycles are now available with ABS and Harley-Davidson’s Smart Security System with hands-free, proximity-based security fob, each as a factory-installed option.
  • A powerful cruiser lineup: The High Output Twin Cam 103 will be the standard for all 2017 Softail models and Dynamodels (U.S. models only). The Street Bob model and the S Series cruisers will feature the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110.

On September 23, 2016, Harley-Davidson dealers across the country will host open house events so riders can test ride the 2017 touring motorcycles and check out the all-new Milwaukee-Eight.


To schedule a test ride, visit h-d.com/testride.

Text and photography: Harley-Davidson


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