Clinging to a bygone era, or selling out and pandering to the hipsters with their ‘cafe-racers’, ‘trackers’ and ‘streetfighters’. It seems that Harley-Davidson are damned if they do or don’t at the moment. But is HDs newest offering, the Bronx, a motorcycle that bridges that gap and potentially does both at the same time?
First introduced as a prototype at EICMA in 2019, the Bronx is one of a few future motorcycles from HD that may hold just that for the company – the future.
With the company announcing the departure of CEO Matt Levatich earlier this year – recently replaced by former Director, Jochen Zeitz – HD desperately need some good news. Is the Bronx, and the soon to be release Pan-America, the start of a new era for Harley-Davidson?
The newly developed Revolution Max powertrain is at the heart of the new Bronx. The middleweight streetfighter is powered by the liquid-cooled 975cc engine, which from early numbers puts out ‘more than’ 115bhp (86kW) and 95Nm of torque.
Aside from this, very few details are known at this stage. HD also state that the engine is a fully-stressed member of the frame allowing for the engine to be placed lower and more forward for a more dynamic handling experience.
Perhaps recognising a chink in their armour, Harley-Davidson have tapped into the expertise of world class component manufacturers Brembo to “deliver bespoke solutions for braking”. In short this appears to be a ‘new’ radial monoblock four-piston caliper, most likely similar to those appearing on most mid to high-end motorcycles these days.
Tyres come courtesy of Michelin, with the French manufacturing co-branding a new tyre with HD.
Other than a few shots of the new, round single-instrument cluster, very few details are available on the electronics the Bronx will come equipped with.
As soon as more details come to hand, we’ll be sure to let you know.