Introducing the new Harley-Davidson 2012
The physiognomy of the new 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycles has just been revealed by the manufacturer of Milwaukee: main new features, the Dyna Switchback bridges the gap between Touring and Cruising, while the V-Rod celebrates its 10th anniversary.
The physiognomy of the new 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycles has just been revealed by the manufacturer of Milwaukee: main novelties, the Dyna Switchback stretches a bridge between Touring and Cruising, while the V-Rod celebrates its 10th anniversary. Details review.
Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback: baby Road King !
As usual at Harley-Davidson, the Switchback mixes genres to continue to seduce: announced as the lightest in the Touring range (330 kg all the same, or 43 kg less than a Road King), the novelty 2012 wants to be both Cruiser and Tourer.
Powered by the 1690 Twin Cam 103 and its 126 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm (see box below) and equipped with a six-speed "Cruise Drive" gearbox, the Dyna Switchback should overcome long journeys. without difficulties.
All at Twin Cam 103 !
For 2012, all Touring and Softail models will be equipped with the Twin Cam 103 engine with the exception of the recent Blackline. THE TC103 produces up to 134Nm of torque, an increase of approximately 6% over the Twin Cam 96 it replaces.
Equipped with specific camshafts, the Twin Cam 103 cube 1691 cc, has ESPFI injection and adopts dimensions of 98.4 mm bore and 111.1 mm of stroke.
In addition, the Fat Boy and Fat Boy Special 2012 will adopt a handlebars whose curvature has been studied to offer "better ergonomics and more comfort". Finally, new spoked wheels and chrome profiles, with tubeless tires, are available on the Softail Deluxe model..
Especially since the handling has been refined thanks to a tire with a "slender profile" (130/70/18) and a "specific front axle geometry", specify the engineers of the Motors Company.
Practical, its 13-liter rigid suitcases and its windshield can be quickly disassembled without tools: a trick that makes it easy to enjoy the clean lines of the Switchback, from its chrome headlight pod to its enveloping rear fender through its 17.8 liter tank and its mini Ape-Hanger handlebar.
The Dyna Switchback will be available in three colors (Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver Pearl and Ember Red Sunglo) at a price of 17,190 euros.
Note that like all Touring models in the 2012 range, Switchback comes with ABS and the standard Smart Security immobilizer system..
Harley-Davidson celebrates ten years of the V-Rod
Launched in 2002, the V-Rod is a special case in the Harley-Davidson universe: the American counterpart of the Yamaha V-Max, this surprising Muscle-Bike which comes in three models (V-Rod, Night Rod Special and V-Rod Muscle: read our) is the only water-cooled Harley to date.
Developed with Porsche, this generous 1250 cc block impresses both with its technical sheet (nearly 125 horsepower and more than 110 Nm of torque) and with its appetite for taking turns. The "Revolution" is indeed capable of reaching 9000 rev / min: a real culture shock for the regulars of the placid revs in the tumbled big twin. !
In order to properly celebrate the anniversary of this imposing machine (292 kg dry for the Muscle!), The Milwaukee firm offers it a special series – the V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition – and takes the opportunity to make some alterations to the Night Rod.
It is adorned with spoke rims now made of aluminum, a new rear profile and improved ergonomics. The handlebars are placed closer (7.62cm) to the rider, while the footrests are moved forward.
By the way, the American also adopts a generous inverted fork, a saddle with topstitching, a black windshield and graphics addressing the emblem "10th Anniversary" found on all VRSC 2012 models..
The special "V-Rod 10th Anniversary" edition boasts the same ergonomic and aesthetic features as the 2012 Night Rod, but its handlebars and fork retain a chrome finish where the Night Rod exhibits a black epoxy tint. The V-Rod "10th Anniversary Edition" will be available in black Vivid Black for 18,190 euros and the Night Rods at 16,990 euros (black) and 17,190 euros (metallic).
CVO Road Glide Custom
Finally, the American manufacturer’s "Custom Vehicle Operations" (CVO) entity has also unveiled a new model which, as always with CVOs, appears as polished as it is ultra-equipped: the Road Glide Custom.
Featured as a "Bagger-style" hot-rod, the CVO Road Glide Custom receives a low-profile fairing and a short smoked Wind Splitter windshield.
Equipped with the most powerful air twin of the range (the Twin Cam 110 which develops 162 Nm of torque), it is equipped with a sophisticated Harman / Kardon audio system (radio, CD and MP3) and a two-part saddle who can receive a a removable pouf.
2443 mm long and weighing no less than 383 kg, this Road Glide Custom exudes luxury and comfort through the least of its 1802 cc! But naturally such services are paid in cash: 32,000 euros !
Finally, it should be noted that the CVO Street Glide, CVO Softail Convertible and CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide models receive several modifications in 2012, particularly in terms of audio devices, colors and comfort..
The Softail Convertible thus addresses a redesigned windshield for better protection, a Zumo 660 Road Tech GPS with MP3 player, while the Ultra Classic features chrome rims and a King Tour-Pak incorporating new chrome LED brake / tail lights..
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