Harley-Davidson may be doubling down on its battery bike plans, but it hasn’t forgotten about its traditionally-minded customers just yet. Oh no! Instead of swearing off the evils of dino juice, Harley-Davidson has just taken the wraps off its most powerful street-legal engine ever.
New, from K-Tel … er, from Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagle accessories program, comes the “Milwaukee-Eight 131 Crate Engine for Touring model motorcycles.” Harley-Davidson says this 131 cubic-inch motor (that works out to 2147 cc) makes 131 lb-ft of torque and 121 rear wheel horsepower if you are running the Screamin Eagle Street Cannon exhaust.
Obviously, the increased displacement is the main reason for that power jump from the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine; the new 131 engine has the same 4.5-inch stroke as the 114 engine, but with 4.31-inch bore cylinders, and trick heads and top end parts. Because of all these modifications, it can also run at higher rpm than the standard Milwaukee-Eight.
It’s made to replace the engines on 2017-and up Harley-Davidson tourers that originally came with the Milwaukee-Eight oil-cooled or water-cooled engines. Although we haven’t seen a Canadian price tag yet, we’ll likely see it available here soon. Ask your dealer, and they should be able to get you more details on local availability.