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Biker Dad: Harley makes a power play for 2017

Source: Harley Davidson Source: Harley Davidson
Source: Harley Davidson Source: Harley Davidson
Source: Harley Davidson Source: Harley Davidson
Milwaukee, WI (WMC/NBC) -

The new Harley-Davidson models are rolling out for 2017. This year it's not so much the bike, but the engine that is getting all the buzz.

Many of the bikes will be packing 107 and 114 cubic inch engines stuffed inside the frames. The new big motor is called the "Milwaukee Eight." It is a first for Harley, a v-twin that has four valves per cylinder. That configuration promises extra torque, or low end power, and a more distinctive Harley rumble due to less engine noise. Harley's Milwaukee Eight will power the touring bikes and trikes that bear the Harley label. It's also the first major overhaul of the Harley v-twin in 15 years.

"These are the most powerful, most responsive and most comfortable Touring motorcycles ever offered by Harley-Davidson," said Scott Miller, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling and Product Development Strategy. "You truly have to ride one to feel the difference – so we're inviting all riders to visit a Harley-Davidson dealer and take a test ride."

The motor company unveiled the first ever Milwaukee Eight, with another first. They broadcast LIVE from the floor of the Wisconsin factory where they were made. You can watch that LIVE Facebook feed here.

"We're excited to open our doors to allow the world to see our newest Big Twin engine come to life in our state-of-the-art factory," said Randy Christianson, General Manager of Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations in Menomonee Falls, Wis. "With an all-new design, the new Milwaukee-Eight engine offers quicker throttle response, more passing power, purer sound, a smoother ride and more of the feeling riders want from a Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle."

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four. He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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