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Mechanical Clutch Returns to 2021 Touring Models

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Feb 28, 2021 3:00:00 PM

All 2021 Touring models (Touring, Trike, CVO and Police models) have been fitted with a cable-actuated clutch or mechanical clutch.


You might be wondering why. Harley-Davidson engineers and designers are always trying to provide an improved experience for riders. They continuously gather feedback on the motorcycles – from dealers, from customers, from journalists. This feedback then helps guide their choices and decisions regarding the development of new models and changes to existing models.

Here's what they had to say:

"Based on subjective rider feedback during the past several years, feedback indicated that customers preferred the flexibility that the cable clutch offers. Customer feedback indicated that some customers perceive that mechanical clutches require less force to operate. For customers who prefer to “feel” the clutch, the cable clutch allows them a better opportunity to “feel” the mechanical activation, versus it feeling more digital or forced.  And the cable clutch allows the location of the friction zone to be adjusted slightly in or out to better suit rider hand size."

That being said you should know that the mechanical system does require occasional adjustment to compensate for clutch wear and cable stretch. If you have questions about how to maintain a hydraulic or mechanical clutch, let our Service team help! You can also look up the maintenance requirements for your motorcycle online.

What else did they change? New options to choose Black versus Chrome finishes. ALL new paint options. New audio accessory options. New LED lighting accessory options. See the whole lineup of 2021 Harley-Davidson motorcycles:

Want to see the best-of-the-best? Check out the 2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide.

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