So, I have been daydreaming a little about a new bike… not for me, but for my lovely wife. The Ol’ Lady has a Nightster that just kicks ass, but she has suddenly discovered the Blackline. I must admit the Blackline is a beauty!
I love riding the Nightster (with her permission, of course). It feels a lot like my 49 Pan, but the apes are smaller and it consistently starts and goes… that second one is a very nice quality in a bike. However, we do like to travel across country and that measly 95-mile gas tank is a bit on the restrictive side.
So, I posted a photo comparing a bunch of Harley’s to see which one she liked best (just going on looks. You know, gut reaction).
She chose the Blackline and the Fatboy Lo (both of which I would have chosen myself). We would have chosen the 48, but again, the petrol capacity issue.
Then I figured we would open it up a bit… check the Harleys out against the Victory. The Victory has a bigger engine and seems to give you a little more bang for your buck.
She has not selected from the above list of the Hammer 8-ball, the Vegas High Ball, the Vegas 8-ball, and the aforementioned Harleys.
But that is OK because Victory is introducing a new model in one short week. December 9th will be the debut of a new model. Below is a teaser that tells you almost nothing except there are red pinstripes on the rims, the paint is probably flat black, and there will most likely be some more pinstripe work on the tins. You can also guess that there are ape hangers on the bike by the level in which the rider’s throttle hand sits in one particularly short shot. The keen eye will observe my good friend Frank’s (Nino925) rings on that throttle hand… Yup, best out there, visit his site here. And do a search in the search bar in the upper right corner of the blog… I have a lot of info on Nino!
Anyway, the video is almost not even a teaser, but it will do to keep the juices flowing, keep the dreamers dreaming, and keep me posting bike pics form my better half to drool over while I fantasize about being able to put one under her X-Mas Tree.
Well, I have been waiting on the edge of my seat for months now… as I do every year. You see, my beautiful wife and I celebrate our anniversary on July 20th, and each year it is something I am proud of and excited to celebrate! But, this year was a touch different. You see, this year, instead of having to wait until Sturgis, the announcements of the new Harley line up happened on, you guessed it, my anniversary! Now, that is not to belittle my big day with the ol’ lady; of course I wait with baited breath each year to celebrate that milestone. This year was no different and I could not wait for our Anniversary Date, just as soon as I was able to get to the Harley shop and get the inside scoop from the Dealer’s Meeting.
So here’s the skinny:
2012 really does not have much new. Now, there are some big changes, but not a whole lot new.
The biggest news is that many of the line up have finally received a boost in the ol’ muscle department. The 103 engine that was first introduced in the CVO models a few years back, has trickled down to the standard fleet. For those who think a bit differently about those numbers, a 103 is about a 1688cc engine. More importantly for many is that the HP numbers are approx. 100 from the factory (which will probably change before you leave the parking lot as I am sure you are gonna put on a better breathing system and exhaust, maybe a Power Commander, and possibly even a hotter cam).
So, the 103 is found in all the touring models (including the standard Road King which was left out last year), all the Softails (cause we all know they are the Blvd. hot rods), and many of the Dynas. My guess is that the Dyna line will all get the update in another year or so… keeping some costs down and some entry models more affordable with the 96ci. (The Wide Glide, Fat Bob, and new Switchback got the 103 and the Street Bob and Super Glide Custom were held back with the 96).
The other big change in availability is that you can now get ANY of the big twin models with ABS. Some will like it, some will not. It is an option so you certainly don’t have to get it. I personally am looking forward to it because Harley is one of the few that have an independent system, meaning that the front and rear brakes are NOT integrated. This allows me to use the front or rear brake, as I see fit not a power transfer between the two. I don’t care what you say, I know the importance of each brake and if I want just front or back, then I want just front or back… ‘nuff said.
On to the new models:
The Night Rod® Special is updated with new tapered tail section, lighter-weight wheels, an inverted front fork and improved ergonomics.
NEW Black, split five-spoke cast aluminum wheels are three pounds lighter than previous wheels.
NEW Tapered tail section with flush-mount LED taillight.
NEW Pullback handlebar places controls three inches closer to the rider and optimizes overall feel with a low, wide position.
NEW Reduced reach, forward-mounted rider footpegs.
NEW Inverted front forks.
NEW Two-up seat with custom stitching.
NEW Stylized, black speed screen visor.
NEW Slim design, center-mount license plate.
Harley-Davidson celebrates a decade of power cruising with the V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, finished in Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork that evokes the anodized aluminum bodywork of the original V-Rod model that introduced the liquid-cooled Revolution V-Twin engine in 2002. All V-Rod models will carry V-Rod 10th Anniversary badges.
The new Dyna® Switchback combines hard saddlebags and a windshield with the eager handling and Twin Cam 103 performance of the Dyna chassis. It’s a custom-touring bike ready for a long weekend trip, until the detachable bags and windshield are removed. Then in seconds the Switchback becomes a custom street cruiser with a gleaming headlamp nacelle, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels and a mini-ape handlebar. This convertible concept makes the versatile Switchback two motorcycles in one.
The new CVO™ Road Glide® Custom is one of four limited-production 2012 models from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)™, each turned out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, and the most-powerful V-Twin engines offered in production Harley-Davidson motorcycles. CVO Road Glide Custom is a hot-rod bagger with a frame-mounted fairing topped with a smoked Wind Splitter windshield, a high-output, amplified Harman/Kardon® Advanced Audio system, and a color-matched, low-profile fuel tank console. This model takes the place of last year’s Road Glide Ultra CVO.
The Dealer News is out and the 2012 Models have begun to roll! The Sportsters and the Touring bikes are already shipping and will be available on dealer’s floors almost immediately. And for any of you who are getting into the three-wheeled world, the trikes are also being released.
I don’t have any super special or top secret details, but I know that ALL the touring rigs now ship with a 103 engine! So I have waited long enough. I see a Road King in my future… anyone want to buy an Anniversary Edition Deuce?? How about a 15 passenger van??? Or a Ford Focus Wagon?? Gonna have to sell all three, but that King will have a nice spot in the ol gahrahge when I am done!!
Oh, and if these bikes don’t tickle your fancy, the full release is July 20th… Which is earlier than the usual Sturgis Release, so HD is jumping on the “get the bikes out there before the season ends” bandwagon.
Love, Respect, and New Harleys,
MILWAUKEE (June 29, 2011) Harley-Davidson has begun delivery of all 15 models in the 2012 Touring, Trike (North America only) and Sportster lines to its dealers in the U.S. and Europe. These motorcycles will be available for sale immediately, giving customers an opportunity to get on a 2012-model Harley-Davidson with much of the riding season still available. Shipment of these select 2012 models has been accelerated to provide greater continuity of supply in dealerships during the peak summer selling season. Additional 2012 models will be announced on July 20 at the Harley-Davidson summer dealer meeting in Anaheim, California.
2012 Sportster: The six 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster models range from the affordable Dark Custom roadster posture of the Iron 883™ to the track-inspired performance of the XR1200X™. Each Sportster model offers the heartbeat of an authentic American V-Twin engine and pace-setting style and performance.
Back for its first full year of production is the Sportster® 1200 Custom, the motorcycle that introduced the web-based H-D1™ Bike Builder factory customization process. Using Bike Builder, customers can personalize their 1200 Custom with seat, handlebar, foot control, wheel, security, paint and engine finish options that are installed right at the factory. Even more dealer-installed accessories can be added, and viewed, on the Bike Builder site. The customer can then print out a description of their bike and bring it to a Harley-Davidson dealer to review the motorcycle with trained staff, select additional accessories to be installed by the dealer to further customize the motorcycle, and then place an order. Customers can expect to be riding their new bike in as little as four weeks from the time an order is placed with an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.
All 2012 Sportster models will have Michelin® Scorcher™ tires with a tread pattern designed, tested and styled specifically for the Sportster motorcycle to provide ideal grip, even wear and longer life. Fifteen Sportster paint options include seven new color choices for 2012. Side covers will be finished in either gloss black or denim black to match the finish on other bodywork. The Forty-Eight model will have a new tank graphic.
2012 Touring: For 2012, all eight Harley-Davidson Touring models are powered by a Twin Cam 103 engine with Automatic Compression Release and integrated oil cooler. Producing 102 ft. lbs. of peak torque at 3500 rpm, the Twin Cam 103 provides outstanding performance around town and on the open road. All Touring models also feature the 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission, 41.3 mm telescopic front forks, air-adjustable rear shocks and an Isolated Drive System for smooth power delivery. The Harley-Davidson Touring chassis has a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and two-piece swingarm designed to deliver responsive maneuverability and long-haul durability. Chassis geometry and suspension are calibrated to deliver confident handling and comfort.
All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new “tubeless” Chrome Lace Aluminum Wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair. Six new colors or color combinations are among the 12 paint options offered within the 2012 Touring model line.
2012 Trike: The 2012 Tri Glide Ultra Classic brings original-equipment design, quality and service to the three-wheel motorcycle segment, based on chassis structure and geometry engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle. With a deluxe Tour-Pak™ carrier and integrated trunk, a four-speaker/ 80-watt Harman/Kardon® Advanced Audio System, electronic cruise control and electric reverse drive, the Tri Glide Ultra Classic inspires confidence, passion and independence in any riding situation. The Tri Glide Ultra will be available in three color combinations: Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl / Vivid Black or Ember Red Sunglo / Merlot Sunglo.
Details on the 2012 Harley-Davidson Touring, Trike and Sportster models are available at h-d.com/2012.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com.
OK, so how many of you like to ride across the country? I sure as hell do. And how many of you have dreamt of just taking off and going, and going, and going? Sure enough, my hand goes straight up!
Well, there is a reality TV (Internet) show coming out now called The Motorcycle Diaries. It follows 5 young (and beautiful—hey, it is TV), folks as they take 50 weeks out of their regular lives and run around the country on Harleys. They will ride 25,000 miles, visit 220 cities, and put two wheels to asphalt in all 50 states.
Let’s see, we have a male model, a health nut searching for answers, a recovering addict, a stripper, and what is probably a well to do, spoiled, and sheltered young lady out to “discover” herself. Why? Well, I ‘spose we need to remember that the producers of this little ditty are hoping to spark the interest of the general public. And for that you need pretty people, varied personalities, and the possibility of drama! It is a “reality” show ya know.
Regardless, I think the episodes will be interesting. I am positive I will be jealous, and if it is done right, it could be the next hit. Biggest leap for this show is the fact that it is really dependent upon social media. There is a Facebook page and a Twitter account to follow. Not sure if each “character” will have their own, but know that you will be able to interact with them all on-line.
What do you think? Will you watch? Heck, I will give it a shot.