By Dennis Chung
Several months ago, Harley-Davidson announced plans to reduce its model lineup by 30% as part of its Rewire and Hardwire business strategies. More recently, the company revealed it will announce its 2021 models online in a “virtual launch experience” on Jan. 19. The question, then, is what current models are on the chopping block, and which models will return?
We think we’ve got a good idea, courtesy of Harley-Davidson. Or at least, H-D’s international sites. Harley-Davidson’s European and Canadian sites use a different microsite design for its Genuine Motor Accessories and Genuine Motor Parts catalog than the U.S. online storefront. The international sites have a handy tool for filtering accessories by model and model year.
At some point recently, the filtering tool was updated to include model years 2021 and 2022. Ordinarily, we could excuse this as just mundane data entry work, getting things ready with placeholder information. What’s interesting about the update is that not every model was given an entry for 2021 or 2022. The touring models were marked for 2022, but several models were left with much earlier end dates.
The Sportster models, for example, were left with 2021 end dates, with the exception of the Roadster which is only listed from 2016-2020. It’s no secret that the Sportster line as we know it is on its final legs. Harley-Davidson already confirmed that the Sportsters will not be updated to meet Euro 5 and are effectively discontinued in Europe. A spokesperson from Harley-Davidson France also confirmed that a replacement was in the works but that it wouldn’t be ready immediately.
If Harley-Davidson’s accessories site is a true indicator, the Roadster may not be returning for 2021, with the Forty-Eight, Iron 1200, and Iron 883 living on for one …read more