The new Harley-Davidson Custom 1250 will debut as a 2021 model, but will probably not be offered on sale in India.
Harley-Davidson has confirmed on the “Future Models” section of the brand’s official website that the Harley-Davidson Custom 1250, seen as a concept in 2018, will make it to production in 2021. The H-D Custom 1250 will share the Revolution Max engine with the first adventure tourer from Harley-Davidson, the upcoming Pan America. The Custom 1250 was first showcased in 2018, but then Harley-Davidson has undergone a complete change in product planning, with a change in the CEO, when Jochen Zeitz took over. That change in leadership and strategy has also meant Harley-Davidson will have a different business plan for India, with a partnership with Hero MotoCorp.
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So, it’s still not clear what Harley-Davidson’s future product plan for India will be like. With the Street series axed from production, it’s still unclear what will be the product strategy for the Indian market. For 2021, Harley-Davidson has the Pan America adventure tourer and now the Custom 1250 as two new models. The Bronx streetfighter, which would have used a downsized 975 cc version of the 1250 cc Revolution Max engine, has been postponed, or may have been cancelled altogether.
The liquid-cooled, 60-degree v-twin engine Revolution Max makes 145 bhp in the Pan America, although it’s likely to have a slightly different state of tune on the Custom 1250, with more torque lower in the revs to suit the personality of the bike. Harley-Davidson has discontinued its Sportster range with 750 cc, 883 cc and the 1,200 cc v-twin engines discontinued from the European market in the Euro 5 era, which will come into effect from January 1, 2021. The Custom 1250 is the first new model which will be a sort of replacement for the Sportsters. And apart from a new engine, the Custom 1250 will likely bring in a lot more technology and performance than the Sportsters.