New engine may be used on next-gen Sportster family
Will keep pushrod design, but with variable valve timing
Harley has applied for a patent for a new balancer shaft design
Newly discovered patent images show that Harley-Davidson is developing a new air-cooled V-twin engine that will have variable valve timing. The patent application is for a new crankshaft balancer technology inside this engine. Nevertheless, the big news for customers is that Harley still believes that there is a space in its future line up for an air-cooled V-twin, even while it invests in electric vehicles and upcoming liquid-cooled v-twin models.
The patent drawings show the engine housed in a Fat Bob frame, but that bike already has the relatively new Milwaukee Eight engine, which is Euro 5/BS6-compliant in most models. Therefore, it makes sense for this new motor to debut in the heavily overdue