Aug 242015
 

Well, it is about freakin’ time! Not that there is all that much new happening in the 2016 Harley Lineup. Now, I did not say there was nothing new, just less dramatic than what we saw in the years following the Centennial Birthday.

 

First off, I have to tip my hat to the paint gods out there… Finally, in 2015, Harley re-released its Jade Sunglo Pearl paint (actually, it’s a little different, Deep Jade Pearl, but close enough). I just love that color. In fact, I like to call it, “ArtBiker Green.” I have been waiting for this color to be back since it disappeared from the 2004 lineup with the Night Train holding on to the last minute with that gorgeous color. And you bet your tuckus, it is available for the 2016’s.

 

But, WTF do you care about color? Like Ford said, “any color you want, as long as it’s black.” And while black may still be the favorite of the Harley community, the young upstarts on their Sportys and, gasp, Even… Smaller… Bikes… just may be drawn in by the bass boat styling that Harley has latched onto (about four years late, but trends move through the hallowed halls slowly in The Company, which I can understand. I certainly wouldn’t want to be the one to say, “Hey, the hottest thing right now is a medium to large flake purple, chameleon paint that changes color with every angle and includes, purple, red, blue, gold, green, and pink… and at night, IT’S BLACK!” You know that guy got his walking papers just about the time he finished up his diatribe.

 

So, I suppose you would like a little info then. Well, how about if we point out a few cool surprises? Sound good to you? Me too. OK then, let’s work our way from the babies to the old geezer glides.

 

First, we have some cool news about the Street 750 and 500. Both bikes will take advantage of a shift in brakes. H-D and Brembo came together to create matching front and rear with 34mm pistons, and tugging against 300mm brake rotors. There have been a few additional, stylistic, and ergonomic changes with both the brake pedal and the clutch/brake levers, which will clean things up a bit as well as make the use more comfortable.

 

The Iron 883 was put on a little diet consisting of lightening holes, clipped fenders, and spoked, cast aluminum wheels, which reduces the un-sprung weight of this baby by 8 lbs. The big news however is the new suspension kit. It includes a cartridge-style fork and emulsion rear shocks with progressive-rate springs and a threaded pre-load adjustment collar. In fact, all the sportys got an upgrade in the suspension department! Dialing in the perfect ride just got sooo much easier.

 

I have always liked the Iron, but personally preferred the XL1200N, which was perhaps the most fun bike I have ever ridden (maybe second to the 49 Pan, but this baby started EVERY time and didn’t wear out my knee). But, the Nightster was not an easy decision… I was also infatuate by the Forty-Eight. This bike has always had a bit of a more aggressive look and is reminiscent of café racers of years gone by. The bike sports chopped fenders, an aluminum fork brace, and slotted guards as well as a 130mm front tire to balance out the new 49mm forks.

 

Now the big(ger) news; this year shows us two limited edition Softails that have been packed with the CVO’s 110 engine. That’s right baby… the big guns. The Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S both have the upgraded engine as well as: cruise control, abs, and security system. But, say the Fat Boy or Slim just aren’t your gig? Maybe you dig the Breakout, or you fancy a Dyna. Well, you are not totally left out of the power dept. (that is, unless you want a Street Bob, which did not get upgraded). Yup, the remaining Softails and Dynas have gotten the High Output 103” engine, which includes a high flow air box and a performance camshaft.

 

The Heritage Softail Classic gets a little refresher as well, although you may not pick them out right away. First, better saddlebag supports were implemented. Then, a few tweaks to the seating and backrest, as well as new leather tank panel set to match the backrest. So, while the changes are mild, they are there. Good news is that the FLSTC is the other model to get the ABS and Cruise Control thrown into the package. You can get it on the other models, but yer gonna have to pay extra.

 

Now as far as the FL’s go, there is not too much change. But the Road Glide Ultra has returned to the lineup. There are a few minor tweaks, but really nothing to write home about. If you are a fan, simply be happy this ol’ gal is back.

 

As we turn our attention to the CVO Models, you know, the ones that will leave you with a payment equal to, or exceeding your monthly mortgage AND property tax bill; one does have to think that Harley is getting a little classy. Self-Monitoring Tire Pressure Gauges? Isn’t that an option on like a Mercedes, Audi, or something? I mean, cool! Bring it on! But I am still not putting on some white tennis outfit and prancing around the parking lot with joy because my tires are at exactly 36 and 40 lbs., respectively.

 

But it is nice to The Company try to keep up with the times. I am impressed and very happy with the move to a workable ABS system (although I would still prefer front and rear brakes not be linked. Sometimes I break the rules and use my rear tire for upwards of 60% of my stopping power… like when I do not want to grab the front brake and downside on a mountain road, which happens to be looking over the most gorgeous, and the most deadly drop into oblivion I have ever seen. Or when I am overloaded and have a majority of weight on the back of the bike. But, hey, maybe it is just me and perhaps I will ride one and think to myself, “you know what? This pre-programmed ratio that takes all the complex and unique details out of the riding situation and relies on an average approach to quality braking, might just be the ticket for me!” Hey, it could happen.

 

But enough, what follows is the press release set out by Harley-Davidson, discussing the ins and outs of the CVO line in 2016. Enjoy that third mortgage, and drop me a note from somewhere 2500 miles from home.

 

L&R,

ArtBiker

 

What follows is an official press release from Harley-Davidson:

 

2016 CVO Limited –

New styling details include a color-matched splitstream vent in the Batwing fairing, replacing the previous black vent. A new color-matched bezel for the wrap-around lighting on the Tour-Pak luggage replaces the previous black bezel. A new super-premium cover material for the rider and passenger seating surfaces combines vinyl and perforated leather for improved comfort. Refined by Project RUSHMORE, the CVO Limited is equipped with Daymaker LED lighting, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, and the color touchscreen BOOM! Box 6.5 GT infotainment system with 3D GPS and 6.5-inch BOOM! Bagger speakers with 75-watt-per-channel amplification. The Airflow Collection combines black rubber and brilliant chrome highlights on heated handgrips, the brake pedal pad, and shifter peg and rider and passenger floorboards. Premium removable luggage liners, backlit hand control and dash switches, and a high-output charging system are also standard equipment. The CVO Limited rolls on polished-chrome Slicer custom wheels. The new paint scheme is offered in three-color combinations: Palladium Silver/Phantom Blue, Carbon Dust/Electric Red Pearl, and Charcoal Slate/Palladium Silver.

 

2016 Road Glide Ultra –

The distinctive frame-mounted, Shark-nose fairing of the CVO Road Glide Ultra motorcycle features triple splitstream vents and a 13.5-inch touring windshield to virtually eliminate head buffeting. An exclusive 1.25-inch diameter chrome handlebar offers more pullback and height to position the rider for optimal control and long-haul comfort. Improved seat and backrest shapes and foam density further enhance touring comfort for rider and passenger. A new color-matched bezel for the wrap-around lighting on the Tour-Pak replaces the previous black bezel. The fairing is equipped with brilliant Dual Daymaker Reflector LED headlamps. The color-matched inner fairing holds a color touchscreen BOOM! Box 6.5 GT infotainment system with 3D GPS and 6.5-inch BOOM! Bagger speakers with 75-watt-per-channel amplification. The influence of Project RUSHMORE includes Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, One-Touch design latches, and a stout 49mm fork. A dual control heated seat, polished chrome Slicer custom wheels, premium removable luggage liners, back-lit hand control and dash switches and a high-output charging system are also standard equipment. The paint scheme features flowing color in three new combinations: Ruby Red/Palladium Silver, Stardust Silver/Palladium Silver, and Charcoal Slate/Carbon Dust.

 

2016 CVO Street Glide –

You’ll hear Harley’s top-shelf bagger comin’ thanks to a “premium audio system unmatched for sonic quality in the motorcycle category – a BOOM! Box audio system driving four dual-amped three-way speakers through a pair of 300-watt, four-channel amplifiers, meticulously engineered to deliver extraordinary sound optimized for the motorcycle-riding environment. A color-matched splitstream fairing vent replaces the previous black vent in the batwing fairing. The CVO Street Glide also features a side-fill fuel tank topped by a slammed console with illuminated CVO logo, extended saddlebags, Airflow Collection accessories from handgrips to muffler caps, a custom CVO seat, Daymaker LED headlamp, and aerodynamic Wind Splitter windscreen. Project RUSHMORE features include an iconic Batwing fairing with splitstream vent to reduce head buffeting, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, and the BOOM! Box 6.5GT infotainment system with touch screen and GPS. For 2016, wheels are selected to complement each paint color combination: Five-spoke Contrast Chrome Aggressor wheels and a blacked-out engine are paired with the dynamic Carbon Crystal/ Phantom Flames and White Amethyst/Black Licorice Flames colors; Polished Chrome Aggressor wheels and a Granite and Chrome engine are matched with the Atomic Red/ Candy Apple Flames or Black Licorice/Midnight Cobalt Flames colors.

 

Hard Ball – Victory’s Latest Bagger

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Dec 112011
 

Well, the bike has been released… the teaser had us all wondering, and we were correct about the ape hangers and pinstripes… what I didn’t expect were the hard bags…. She has some attitude, and if you like the Cross Country model, this one is much the same, but without the fairing… or, if you prefer the Crossroads model, she’s much the same but with hard bags.

Regardless, I think there will be a market for this bagger… “stripped” down, matte black, pinstripes, ape hangers… it’s the rat rod of the touring line.

Fake, Fake, FAKE!!!!

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Nov 142011
 

Saw this story on Mike Werner’s Blog, Bikes in the Fast Lane:
Can you believe this??  At EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo e Motociclo e Accessori), or the Milan Motorcycle Show as it is better known to us Americans, Italian cops confiscated three “rip-off” bikes!

According to Visordown News“The Guardia di Finanza seized a three-wheeled scooter from the Yiben stand and another unknown motorcycle at EICMA under grounds of falsification and copyright infringment.” The Yiben YB 250 ZKT is a direct copy of the Piaggio MP3 which, you guessed it, was designed and is manufactured in Italy.

The Chinese company is not unlike others who rip off designs from other countries (not to be stereotypical here, but it does seem to happen quite often).  I seriously doubt anything will be done, but perhaps Yiben will feel a pinch when they are not allowed back at EICMA next year.

(pics are from internet… love the one with the sheet over the face of the accused… lol)

 

Ford’s Press Release – the 2012 F-150 HD Edition

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Aug 152011
 

 

 

8/12/2011 4:05 PM EST

2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 Offers the Ultimate in Performance, Style with New Features, Class-Leading Power

The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 delivers on the custom cool design that the lineup has been known for, with new snakeskin leather interior accents, a new stylized bodyside graphic and a new wheel and premium paint color. Combine that with a standard 6.2-liter V8 engine and plenty of technology, and it delivers power, capability and style like no other.
2012 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 offers distinctive new design enhancements with snakeskin leather interior accents and unique bodyside graphic. Also new for 2012 are 22-inch machined-aluminum wheels with painted accents and unique center cap as well as a premium exterior color choice – White Platinum Tri-Coat Standard content includes the voice-activated Navigation System, a 4.2-inch productivity screen, power moonroof and Remote Start System The truck is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine, which uses big-bore architecture to deliver a best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque and provides maximum trailer towing capability of 7,500 pounds
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STURGIS, S.D., Aug. 9, 2011 – The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 delivers on the custom cool design the lineup is known for, with new snakeskin leather interior accents and a stylized bodyside graphic. Also new are the wheel design and a premium paint color. Combine that with a standard 6.2-liter V8 engine and plenty of technology, and it delivers power, capability and style like no other.

“This is a great pairing of two icons of the open road: Ford and Harley-Davidson. Both brands appeal to truck owners and motorcycle enthusiasts alike,” said Marc Lapine, Ford F-150 marketing manager. “For 2012 we worked with Harley-Davidson to continue to push the styling envelope while still delivering the durability and power that F-150 is known for and that our collective customers expect. It perfectly captures both brands.”

The successful collaboration between Ford and Harley-Davidson has produced 10 F-150 models, as well as six Super Duty F-250 and F-350 models, and in 2009 the first Harley-Davidson F-450 edition truck. Ford has sold more than 70,000 Ford Harley-Davidson F-Series trucks since the brands teamed up in 1999.

Design in the details
The exterior of the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 offers a bold front fascia and six-bar billet-style bright chrome grille, and it boasts “Harley-Davidson” bright chrome badging. The truck also has a lowered appearance with a standard, fully integrated deployable running board.

Also standard are new 22-inch machined-aluminum wheels with painted accents and Harley-Davidson bar and shield logo on center cap. The paint selection is classic Harley-Davidson – Tuxedo Black and White Platinum Tri-Coat; this is the first year white has been offered.

New graphics on the bodyside of the truck are executed in a unique snakeskin texture, while “Harley-Davidson” dimensional lettering is featured on the box side. The snakeskin is inspired by tank inserts on premium-level Harley-Davidson motorcycles and also comes into play on the interior.

“This is the first time we’ve captured the full spectrum of light to dark on the exterior,” said Mike Massara, F-150 program manager. “The graphic flows and accents the design curve of the truck, yet brings the texture of the snakeskin into the vehicle, which is something that’s very difficult to do.”

Interior trim panels are covered in high-gloss Tuxedo Black paint, while the console lid and upper steering wheel carry the snakeskin leather. The scuff plate features brushed aluminum with snakeskin texture. All interior chrome surfaces feature a satin finish. Premium snakeskin leather-trimmed seats come with accent color inserts and unique cloisonné badge.

The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 interior is customized to appeal to the truck buyer who appreciates the attention to detail for which both Ford and Harley-Davidson are renowned.

Examples are the seats and the console lid featuring handmade cloisonné badges that are produced by the same company that makes badges for Harley-Davidson motorcycles; the console has limited-edition serialization plates, which include laser-engraved VIN and build numbers.

Nearly every member of the Harley-Davidson F-150 team at Ford is a Harley-Davidson owner.

Superior convenience
The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 offers plenty of technology options to meet customer needs. Key to helping customers take advantage of all the capability offered by the Harley-Davidson F-150 is a standard 4.2-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) productivity screen.

This screen offers a range of menu options, giving the customer important information on everything from fuel economy to towing performance. The menu is navigated through a five-way button on the steering wheel; the screen is positioned between the tachometer and speedometer.

Additionally, the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 comes equipped with a standard voice-activated Navigation System that integrates several functions, including voice-recognition destination entry, climate control and SiriusXM Satellite Radio into one easy-to-use system, displaying them on an 8-inch touch screen.

For the customer who wants more control of transmission gear selection, SelectShift Automatic™ transmission functionality is standard. A toggle switch located on the console shift lever engages the mode, where the transmission doesn’t second-guess the driver, giving total control over gear selection and performance feel.

Other standard features on the 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 include:
Power moonroof Rear view camera Second-row heated seats Ambient lighting Remote Start System 110-volt power inverter Power-adjustable performance pedals
Potent power
Ford tapped into a bit of its proud racing heritage to create the 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine, which uses big-bore architecture to produce impressive horsepower and torque. The gasoline engine delivers a best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque and provides maximum trailer towing capability of 7,500 pounds.

Customer benefits of the 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine include:
SOHC valvetrain with roller-rocker shafts: The single overhead camshaft (SOHC) per cylinder head design results in a stiff valvetrain that allows optimized camshaft lift profiles and results in great low-speed torque. The roller-rocker shafts allow valve angles to be splayed, resulting in optimized intake and exhaust port layout for better breathing Dual-equal variable cam timing: Intake and exhaust valve opening and closing events are phased at the same time to optimize fuel efficiency and performance throughout the engine speed range and throttle positions Two spark plugs per cylinder: Due to the large bore size, two spark plugs per cylinder are used to more efficiently burn the fuel-air mixture in the combustion chamber, enabling better fuel economy and increased engine torque. The twin plugs also help the engine maintain a smooth, stable idle Dual knock sensors: A knock sensor on each bank of cylinders of the V8 engine allows the spark timing of each cylinder to be individually optimized real-time, throughout the engine speed range. The engine learns the optimum timing via an adaptive algorithm
F-Series firsts
Harley-Davidson F-Series trucks have continuously been pushing the envelope of innovation, bringing a variety of features to F-Series for the first time, including:
20-inch wheels 22-inch wheels Wet-on-wet paint Superchargers Badges as interior ornamentation All-wheel drive Power deployable running boards High-gloss painted interior
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