Thinking about it - if their plan is to launch 100 new models (or whatever the number is), the easiest way to do that is to mix and match as wide a variety of engines, frames and cycle parts from their current stock/parts bins as possible. They're targeting little niches of hundreds of bikes based on the existing technology they've got.That bike is H-D's answer to what they see guys doing to old FXR's in Hot Bike mag - in that view, kudo's to H-D ! it's just that I'm not the buyer for it, or the $ it would take to straighten it out. Perfect for some guys but it reminds me of the now defunct Rocker whatever that flash in the pan was. :blahblah:
When you've got relatively little truly new coming down the line, it makes sense. In effect, it's the old mix and match strategy that allowed them to repackage a couple of different basic engines and frames into seemingly endless models over the last 20-30 years. Only change is they've got some newer engines to add into the mix, and have finally realised there are sales to be had outside the trad Cruiser afficionados.
Btw - maybe sacrilege on here - but I have to confess I think the older long-stroke engines with the narrower V actually look much better than our short fat little over-square hi-po Rod mills. There, I said it