Word has it US Highlander is getting back to producing motorcycle engines. As you may recall, the company was on track to start a new line of American-built bikes when a small plane crash claimed the lives of Chase Bales, Damian Riddoch and Mats Malmberg, the main players behind the company. Without them, the US Highland plant closed its doors.

Now a new group of owners is getting the brand back on its feet. TheKneeslider.com reports we may see a relaunch early next year, complete with a new single-cylinder engine. A V-Twin will follow along shortly thereafter, and US Highland plans to also offer build-to-order bikes.

The powerplants will be made available to individual consumers as well as larger manufacturers in a number of displacements. We're just glad to hear the idea is still alive and well. Stay tuned for more information as the brand progresses, and be sure to head over to the US Highland site for more information.


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      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      That 507cc single looks like it could make for a wicked fun around-town bike
      Gary
      • 2 Years Ago
      My next American motorcycle will be an EBR 1190RX, but I hope US Highland can get back on their feet as well.
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gary
        I hope there's a dealer close by should you need them.
          Gary
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rick
          There is: http://www.ferracci.com/ebr/index.php And you might want to check this list to see if there's one scheduled for your area: http://www.ebrdealer.info/list.htm
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      As great as it would be to have more domestic motorcycle production, I wonder whether the company can succeed as an engine maker and custom bike builder. Seems to me to be really successful, they're going to have to get benefits of scale. Maybe they will ramp up after they get enough orders though. That Street Tracker that they have as their first bike looks pretty sweet from what little I can tell from the website. That engine looks like it was pulled from an old tractor though.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      GeeDavy
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they are hoping to be America's Rotax these engines are not the way to do it.
      BKdroid
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see an American-made 2-stroke engine with modern technology. Double the HP/L of most 4-strokes and with DI, the emissions would be massively reduced to the point of possibly being road legal again. And 2-strokes are so much less complicated.