It's not every day a motorcycle magazine announces their top picks for motorcycle of the year. It's certainly not every day that they bend their own rules to accomodate an entire family of motorcycles instead of just singling out one model. Today is that day.
The crew at Rider Magazine unanimously chose the Milwaukee Eight Touring Family of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles as 2017 Motorcycle of the Year. Here are some of the things they had to say about it:
"When Harley-Davidson relaunched its Touring family of bikes in 2014 under the Project Rushmore banner with a large dose of customer-driven enhancements and precision liquid-cooling for the Ultra Limited, we were impressed by the bikes’ more powerful engines, nice new features like hydraulic clutches, better lighting and latches and more comfort, and how much cooler its flagship touring machine was between the knees. Little did we know the best was yet to come for 2017 with a new engine for the Touring family, the Milwaukee-Eight."
"The new four-valve per cylinder Milwaukee-Eight V-twins meet all of these demands and more, yet stay true to that gorgeous traditional style."
"At this stage we’ve ridden and dyno tested most of the 10 regular-production Touring models, and can happily say that they make more power and gobs more torque down low, with ample pulling power for two-up touring or just flying down the highway. They also shake less at stops, don’t heat up your legs and are narrower to make it easier to get your feet down at stops. The new suspension helps them handle better than before and improves the ride, too."
"The refinement and development timeline that began with a new chassis for the touring bikes in 2009 is now complete, resulting, as we said in our December 2016 issue, in a truly integrated package, one that honors the past, embraces the future, offers more performance and makes the rider’s and passenger’s comfort, safety and enjoyment a top priority."
"Congratulations to Harley-Davidson for the Milwaukee-Eight Touring Family, Rider‘s 2017 Motorcycle(s) of the Year!"