Harley-Davidson 2020 Concept

01/08/2010 @ 6:03 am, by Jensen Beeler23 COMMENTS

Harley-Davidson is probably the last company we’d expect to start showing concept motorcycles, but that didn’t stop designer Miguel Cotto from imagining what the Milwaukee brand would look like in 10 years. We don’t know what the next decade will have in store for the American brand, but we’re willing to bet this isn’t it.

While Cotto’s design is perhaps a bit too Tron-like for most Harley riders, he has been sure to keep intact the company’s iconic air-cooled v-twin powerplant. As such, at the heart of the 2020 concept is an 883cc Sportster motor. The rest of the design elements are new though, with a hubless drive system being the centerpiece of the design.

We dig the futuristic look that’s going on here, which is also the reason why most Harley riders will hate it, and why this is probably a misguided foray into the brand’s identity. Maybe Cotto should pitch the idea to someone like Honda instead?

Editors’s note: This concept was not commissioned by Harley-Davidson, and Yanko Designs picked up the story, and did not create the images you see. -JB

Source: Yanko Desgin

  • SteveO

    That is the stupidest thing HD has thought of since getting rid of Buell and Paying 125 Mil to do so.

    But nevertheless the idiots that run HD will never cease to amaze those of the sensible Moto riding world.

  • Joe Rosa

    Well I must be blind because I can’t see a Sportster engine in there.

  • MTGR

    HD will never build this, nor will anyone else. I don’t know why any company bothers with these types of radical concepts. Remember the ones that became the Honda VFR? Radical concepts that ended up being a bloated unimaginative mainstream bike. And I have no doubt all the artistic concept pieces Yamaha has shown for the upcoming Tenere will end up becoming just another ugly adventure bike like the old one or the V-Strom but with side mount rads. Just hype some design studio puts out to try to justify their existence. Artist design masturbation. HD is just grasping at straws to try to convince investors they have not become as outdated and out of the loop as they currently appear.

  • MaineDuc

    Where does the chrome go, or the saddlebags?

  • simpson

    Is this from HD, or is it just from some independent designer who wanted to stir controversy and garner attention by putting the HD name on a design that is so far afield from what they are doing it is ridiculous.

    This may have been where Buell would have gone, but HD flushed them.

    -simpson

    potato, potato, potato

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  • @MTGR Re: “Artist design masturbation”

    The studio is named “Yanko Designs.” At least they’re up front about it….

  • Ryan

    Won’t match pirate costumes..

  • I added a note to clarify this post. This is the work of Miguel Cotto, not HD, not Yanko. Sorry for any perception that this concept was commission by Harley-Davidson.

    In other news, Happy Friday.

  • Ceolwulf

    think you mean Yanko did NOT create the images, Jensen

  • Quite right, my bad.

  • John M

    Uh, I just looked at a Cycle magazine from 1986, and the new Harley’s then looked exactly like the new 2010 models. Harley is too busy holding onto 1955 to ever change for the better.

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  • Troy

    Even twenty years down the road it still looks like an easy chair. BORING! How ’bout they come up with something new. My $.02

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  • Phenix_Rider

    I can see Honda putting this out with a “Human Friendly Transmission” and electric/solar/fuel cell/hydrogen motor in 10 years. Harley would never have the balls, nor could they sell anything more advanced than an air cooled V-twin lazy boy. Buell might be at this point in a few generations- just look how much the mass is centralized and how low to the ground it is. And there are no spokes at all to transfer braking forces.

    Troy- “easy chair” LOL The handlebars are in the front wheel and the footpegs are in the rear. No way is there any room for a beer gut. Slide the pegs back two inches and the rider would be almost completely prone. It’s a workable design, with the right advances in the hubless drive and a small enough engine. A rotary perhaps?

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