Jul 282010
 

Well ArtBiker Readers, I spent a few hours pouring over the specs of the new 2011 models last night and was a touch let down by advances made, but still just as excited as ever.  I can’t help it… new Harleys just make my heart race.

As faithful readers know, it was my 40th birthday last month and I had been promising myself a new touring rig for three or four years now.  I had planned on getting it for myself when I hit that “over the hill” age.  But, with my birthday being in June, I couldn’t commit to buying anything without waiting for the new models to be released.  So, I bought the Ol’ Lady her dream Nightster instead.

I had predicted a couple things with the new bikes, one being a factory set up touring model using the V-Rod platform.  I was wrong.  I still think that it would have been a very good move on the part of the Factory.  However, they did make a “New” touring model out of the Road Glide.  Now there is a Road Glide Ultra, which is the best handling Harley model with the addition of a tour-pak.  The pic below looks pretty good, but I don’t think I am a fan of the new blue color.

The other prediction I made that did come true was a return to dual pipes on the touring rigs.  I think it is a better aesthetic decision and it seems the Factory has agreed.

Besides the new Road Glide Ultra, the only other new models live in the Sportster category.  Of course, we have the previously announced XR1200 X (which replaces the XR1200), and the new Sportster SuperLow with its 25.5-inch seat height (this is comparable to the Nightster and Iron, but with a more traditional Sportster look).

Key improvements to 2011 Harley-Davidsons include:

  • A PowerPak for select touring models, which bundles a Twin Cam 103 engine (essentially a stroked 96) with ABS and a security system for $1,995
  • New seats for touring models (which were introduced mid-cycle in 2010 for select bikes), featuring a new seat pan, foam shape, and cover with narrower width for easier reach and a deeper bucket
  • A Security Package, which combines ABS and a security system (available on Softail, VRSC, and Touring models without the PowerPak) for $1,195
  • An ABS option for all Softail motorcycles except the Cross Bones
  • A return to dual exhaust pipes for FLHX and FLTRX models
  • New hand controls for Softail models, featuring a separate trip switch, a larger digital odometer with gear and rpm display, fewer wires, and a separate hazard button

There was a change in the CVO bikes this year as well as the Fat Bob was dropped in order to place in a new CVO Road Glide Ultra.  If you were a fan of the Fat Bob CVO, I hope you picked one up last year.

The 2011 Harley-Davidson CVO lineup features four bikes, all powered by Screamin’ Eagle 110 engines:

2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra Priced at $35,999, the Road Glide Ultra gets an upgraded BOOM! Audio system, and will be limited to 3,000 units.

2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible Priced at $29,599, the 2011 CVO Softail Convertible will be limited to 2,400 units and features a new mini-ape handlebar, larger saddlebags, a two-speaker stereo with an iPod, cruise control, and ABS.

2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide Priced at $32,499, the CVO Street Glide wears a 19″ front wheel– the largest ever on a touring Harley– and will be limited to 3,700 units.

2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide Priced at $36,499 and limited to 1,500 units, the CVO Ultra includes a Road Tech zumo 660-navigation system, a power locking system, ABS, and a new dual-heated hammock-style suspended seat.

So, was it worth the wait?  Yes, of course… am I going to go out and buy that touring rig?  Well, I am thinking about it.  Unfortunately, like everyone else in the world, the available funds, or lack thereof, dictate such actions.  But, regardless of what really happens, if the world were my oyster and I could do anything I wanted, I would run out right now and buy a new 2011 CVO Street Glide in green and black.

With funds running the way they are, that is out of the question… So a backup plan would be to run out and buy a 2011 Street Glide OR Road Glide.  I would have to do some real test riding to decide which one I wanted to live with for a very, very long time.  And, it goes without saying that I would need the 103 engine upgrade right out of the gate.

But with funds running the way they are, that is probably not an option either.

However, if I can sell my Deuce, I might be able to swing a used 2009 Electra Glide Standard (the last year they made them and the first year with the new frame).  And over the next few years, turn it into a CVO Street Glide…  Yeah, that might be the only option.

But I ain’t complainin’,

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

2011 Harleys…

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Jun 292010
 

Well, as you know, I have purchased a Nightster for my little lady and she LOVES it!  You also may know that for years I have been saying that for my 40th birthday, I would buy myself a bagger.  Well my 40th came and went earlier this month and I did not rush out to a dealership to purchase a new set of wheels.  But fear not good friends, because I still may do it.  The family is in a state of flux from trying (and miserably failing) to sell our home and move into new diggs with less taxes and more land.  The Panhead is on its way back from North Carolina in a week or so and the sidecar rig is getting ready to get back on the road.  So it is not like I can complain about bikes.

But I do want that bagger.

The sidecar rig was purchased for the girls to ride in and it will probably stay in the stable for a little while.  It is a freakin’ blast and the girls do love it.  I plan to keep the sidecar until my youngest is 5 which gives the little Yamaha XS another two years at our home as she sits.  Who knows, we may keep her around as is, or we might chop her like so many of those other bad ass XS’ out there.  But as our girls grow up and get old enough to hop onto the back of a two wheeled machine, it would be nice to have a rig big enough to take them anywhere.  And since neither the Pan nor Nightster even have a passenger seat, we are running low on options.  (yes, I know the Nightster has a passenger pad available… don’t muck with my reasoning!  Plus, that is my Ol’ Lady’s Sled.)

And it is not like the Deuce doesn’t have a sissybar… but it really isn’t a touring rig.  And with the Pan as my daily driver, I could really use something for longer runs to Sturgis, Daytona, Laughlin, Laconia, etc… So, I will most likely be putting my beautiful Deuce up for sale to free up space in the garage as well as get together a couple bucks to pay the Motor Company (funny thing… they want a lot of money for these things… still!).  It is a sad thing, but seriously, the Deuce has done me well; getting me through cancer, taking my beautiful bride and myself to Sturgis for our honeymoon, and giving me nearly 50k miles of pure pleasure on the open roads of this fine country.  I am not getting younger and my little girls are getting older.  In another six months my oldest will be 5 and legally able to ride on the back of a bike with me… whoa… can that be right?  Is she going to be 5?!?!?  Damn.

But I digress… I actually just sat down at the computer to tell you that the new 2011 Harley Models will be introduced on July 27th.  That is a Tuesday… call in sick and spend your time on-line browsing to find out what is actually going to happen.  I have seen the 2011 colors and there are some nice ones.  But they did not bring back the Jade Sunglo Pearl that I pine for… so it really doesn’t matter to me.  Black is good.

I hear there may be a new CVO model and I lust over the current (2010) CVO Street Glide in “Spiced Rum” (which is rich, Harley speak for Root Beer).  But at 30k I might just as well get the CVO Ultra with all the bells and whistles in bad ass “Crimson Mist Slate and Dark Black” (black and gray with red pinstriped flames to us simple folk).  Hell, that one comes with the quick detach touring pack and is ONLY 36k.  But for this kind of scratch, you can bet your ass I would wait to see what the new model (if any) looks like.

But, alas, I am certainly no better off financially than any of you and something like that is just a pipe dream… so I am back to the regular Street Glide and Road Glide models… I just can’t decide.  I also am interested to see if the models change for 2011.  Plus, there have been rumors of a water cooled touring rig coming out.  Don’t know if that is true or not, but if I was Harley, I would come out with a bagger based on the V-Rod platform.

Now before you go throwing rocks at me and spitting on my freshly waxed ride, hear me out.  Over the years the V-Rod has grown on me.  I don’t own one, don’t want to own one, and have actually never ridden one.  But I have seen a few custom baggers made out of them over the last year or two and I can tell you that a couple of them look pretty freakin’ good.  And with all that brute power behind you, it might just make an amazing touring rig.

Ok, I seem to have lost focus again and am getting all over the place here.  Point is this.  The new models will be released in a month.  Put it on your calendar, have a BBQ, get the guys over to the garage, whatever… just be ready to check it all out and then come back to ArtBiker World to discuss.

Talk you you on July 27th.

Love, Respect, and New Bikes,

ArtBiker