Harley-Davidson 2021 Models vs. Previous Models
If you’re a Harley-Davidson fan who wants to know what models get the axe in 2021, what new models are released, and how do the new models compare with previous generations, this guide will show you all that’s new in the Harley-Davidson 2021 line-up.
Harley-Davidson is one of the biggest names in motorcycling and ever since its inception in 1903, it has been a brand that became synonymous with American motorcycles. Its bikes can be seen on roads all around the world and it’s almost impossible not to spot one whenever motorcycles are featured in movies.
The company has numerous classic bikes in its repertoire, with some of the best Harleys ever made including Street 750, Sportster Nightster XL 1200N, Fat Boy FLSTF, and Road King FLHR. In recent years, they have also embraced the electric revolution as proof they can truly keep up with the times.
But what does Harley-Davidson have in store for riders in 2021? Let’s find out!
There’s no comparing the Harley-Davidson Pan-America with any models because this is a completely new addition to the Harley-Davidson family. This is the first time Harley-Davidson has made an adventure tourer and the bike was released to the markets at the beginning of the year. It’s also one of the most anticipated releases in the world of motorcycles in 2021.
The Harley-Davidson Pan-America is unlike any bike you’ve seen from Harley. It sports a rather futuristic design and comes with a larger fuel tank high ground clearance, and an adjustable windscreen, which all make it the perfect adventure bike.
This 1,250-cc V-twin powered bike also sports electronic intervention technologies that have been available on many Harley bikes in recent years, including traction control and multiple riding modes.
There are two versions of the Pan-America available, with the same design but different specs. The 1252cc Revolution Max engine is the heart of this new machine and it has a considerably changed architecture, which results in riders having to rev the engine much harder to chase power.
Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 1200
An improved rendition of the existing Iron 883, the Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 1200 is equipped with a 1200 cc engine and is the ideal choice for those looking for an affordable cruiser that’s still to be taken seriously.
The bike retains all the electronics that were present on the Iron 883 but also comes with an option for keyless ignition. This bike was set to be released in early 2021 as a direct competition to the Triumph Thruxton R and the Indian Scout Sixty.
Harley-Davidson Iron 883
Speaking of the Iron 883, this is not a bike that should be overlooked. The 2021 rendition has the same classic looks that provide a low and comfortable ride while sporting a rubber-mounted 883cc Evolution engine and great torque.
The 2021 model is the least expensive bike in the Harley-Davidson lineup and comes with an electric starter and an Evolution V-twin engine. Most of the specs are similar to the 2020 model, making this bike a joy to ride in the city.
Harley-Davidson 2021 Street Glide® Special
The Street Glide Special has been redesigned with a lower profile center console and a side fuel filler. The 2021 model also sports heated and cooled seats to optimize your riding season, as well as LED brake lights and a four-speaker Stage 2 system.
Available with either dark or chrome styling, the Street Glide Special 2021 allows for plenty of customization so you can truly make the bike your own.
Harley-Davidson Street Bob 114
The iconic Street Bob got a makeover for 2021, and while the style remained virtually unchanged, there are some performance upgrades to look forward to. The Screamin’ Eagle High-Flow Exhaust is one of the most anticipated upgrades, and you can feel the boost in performance every time you ride the bike.
The mini-ape handlebars were preserved, but Harley added four brand new paint set graphics to choose from. The Street Bob is still one of the highest customizable bikes in the Harley-Davidson lineup.
Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 114
Just like the Street Bob, the Fat Boy retained its classic lines but now sports a stylish chrome finish. The bike has a Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine, fat tires, and Lakester disc wheels and the 2021 version boasts upgraded LED turn signal inserts.
But the major change for the Fat Boy in 2021 is the addition of a lot of chrome to keep it shining. Also new are the Chrome or polished engine covers and rocker covers that replace the previous satin chrome finishes.
The premium Custom Vehicle Operations from Harley-Davidson has four new additions for 2021: the CVO Limited, CVO Road Glide, CVO Street Glide, and CVO Tri Glide. All models sport new shiny paint and finishes, the Milwaukee-Eight 117 powertrain, block-rocking audio, RDRS Safety Enhancements, and top-of-the-line features and accessories.
The Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin engine is exclusive to the CVO line and makes 125 lb-ft of torque for high performance. All CVO models also come with new LED console lights, dual DayMaker LED Headlamps, and a Boom! Box infotainment system.
The new paint options for 2021 are Black Hole with black onyx and gloss black and finishes; Sunset Black / Sunset Orange Fade with satin chrome finishes; and Bronze Armor with gloss black and smoked satin.
Harley-Davidson Bronx 975
Based on the latest Revolution Max engine released by Harley-Davidson, the Bronx 975 sports a 975 cc V-Twin engine and a minimalistic design that makes it a very tempting proposition if you’re looking to buy a Harley in 2021.
This bike has quite an edge over competitors in the same category, which comes in the form of aggressive design, stainless-steel exhaust pipe, and carbon-fiber fenders.
The future is electric and the release of the Livewire in 2020 proved that big brands such as Harley are embracing the revolution. The 2021 model builds on the same design and technology and comes in three color options. This is a suitable bike for riders who are interested in a whole new riding experience. The sophisticated technology used to make the Harley electric blends with instant acceleration for a ride like never before.
The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight retains the fat tires on a skinny bike that made this bike iconic since its release in 1948. The 2021 model has the same signature bulldog stance and a 1200 cc engine. This is the perfect bike for urban riders looking for a ride that commands attention and has a forward riding position with forward foot controls.
Also announced for 2021 is the Harley-Davidson Custom, an aggressive bike with a muscular stance that boasts 1250 cc of performance. The model doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s an all-new motorcycle that promises powerful performance and a design that truly catches the eye.
Harley-Davidson IRONe 12/16
The LiveWire was the first electric motorcycle in the Harley-Davidson line-up, and it proved to be a success. The company has decided to take its electric endeavors a step further with the IRONe models. These are electric motorcycles that are meant for children between 3 and 7.
This is a bold move, as there are not many electric motorcycles intended for children on the market. These bikes will be available in a limited edition, with only 550 units produced. The bikes can recharge in just one hour to allow young riders to travel for 30 minutes.
If you’re wondering why little kids need electric bikes from Harley, well, the answer is that they are a stepping stone for little ones to learn how to ride and control a motorcycle. The bikes are made from an aluminum frame and are robust enough to resist whatever little ones decide to put them through.
Harley-Davidson Streetfighter 975
The Harley-Davidson Streetfighter 975 is the company’s first attempt at a naked sportbike. Boasting a muscular stance and sleek design, the bike has sporty tires, a single podded analog cluster, and a headlight that has been mounted very low to increase the aggressive look.
The bike has been announced to be released in 2021, but no details are available about the power and torque of the engine.
Harley-Davidson Custom 1250
Sticking to its classic design and looks, the Harley-Davidson Custom 1250 is based on the company’s latest modular platform for middleweight bikes. The bike is equipped with a liquid-cooled V-twin engine that has a very similar architecture to that used on the new Pan-America.
The Harley-Davidson Custom 1250 looks very similar to a cruiser but also boasts lots of modern elements, including a rectangular number plate integrated into the taillight and a LED headlight.
New Touring Motorcycles
The Harley-Davidson touring family is getting bigger in 2021 with a trio of hot rod baggers with new features. The Road King Special, Road Glide Special, and Street Glide Special all have new two-tone options and you can choose between a bright chrome or blacked-out styling treatment.
All models come equipped with the touchscreen Boom! Box infotainment system, which is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can use this function to access navigation, streaming services, and media while minimizing distractions on the road.
Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 Are Getting the Axe
Unfortunately, not all Harley-Davidson bikes are heading into 2021. The Street 500 and Street 750, which were the brand’s entry-level bikes, are getting the axe this year. 2020 was the last year for these two models that were highly popular because they provided bikers with an excellent entry-level bike from the high-end manufacturer.
The cancellation of these two models leaves the Iron 883 Sportster as the cheapest model in the Harley-Davidson lineup. However, not all is lost, as Harley-Davidson is releasing a parallel-twin bike called the 338R to replace the Street 750 and 500 models. This will only be available for non-US buyers, though.
Other models that were discontinued in 2021 are the Harley-Davidson Breakout 114, Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Harley-Davidson Softail FXDR 114. For all of these bikes, 2021 will be their last year.
The 2021 Harley-Davidson models include several new and updated models, such as the Street Bob, Street Glide Special, Fat Boy, and four CVO models. Moreover, the company has a couple of electric bikes in the bag, being one of the first big brands to embrace the electric revolution.
Harley-Davidson has an iconic manufacturer for over 100 years, but the 2021 lineup shows that they are ready to embrace the future and bring new riders into the fold. All this happens while long-time fans are bound to see exciting upgrades for some of the brand’s classic models.