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2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

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The 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two XL1200V sports a vintage design language which draws inspiration from the style of the ‘70s choppers. The Sportster Seventy-Two features a large metal flake paint, peanut tank, round retro-style air-cleaner cover, ape-hanger handlebars and a pair of tasty whitewall tyres all of which underline its retro style.

The custom look of the bike is combined with a comfortable riding position, forward mounted controls and first class ergonomics.

The Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two is propelled by an air-cooled, evolution engine with a displacement of 1,202 cc. The unit is rated at 96 Nm at 3500 rpm and is paired with a six speed transmission.

The bike is offered with a standard advanced security system which features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle electronic security functions as you approach and walk away from the bike.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two.

Overview

Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

The 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two XL1200V is a bare bones radical custom motorcycle. From front to rear, the Seventy-Two sports a bold, vintage look that recalls classic bobbers and the styling of ’70s choppers. New for 2013, the XL1200V Sportster Seventy-Two comes with optional Hard Candy Custom, a large metal flake paint finish that recalls the iconic styling of 1970s custom bikes, and offers blazing color showing through a deep, rich finish. With its large metal flake paint, peanut tank, round retro-style air-cleaner cover, ape-hanger handlebars, and brilliant whitewall tyres, the Sportster Seventy-Two boasts a one-of-a-kind custom style that’s full of attitude. And the Seventy-Two is uniquely priced to be an incredibly attractive value. No other bike in its class offers so much no-nonsense retro attitude and modern high-end style at such affordable cost. The Harley Seventy-Two is a masterful mix of vintage bobber and contemporary retro-chopper styling. Its powerful Evolution engine gives it impressive road muscle. The XL1200V’s big-flake paint on the fuel tank is eye-catching, expressive, and of the highest Harley-Davidson quality. Forward-mounted controls make the Seventy-Two XL1200V comfortable for cruising across town. The H-D XL1200V is an attractively priced bike that brings the best of modern chrome-and-bling appeal to an aggressive, old-school chopper attitude. The Seventy-Two screams high-end custom, at a price that makes the it truly accessible. For more retro-inspired modern custom rides, take a look at other 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportsters, like the XL1200X Forty-Eight, or the new 2013 Softail Slim FLS, which brings the best of old-school 1940s-era bobber style to today’s streets with a contemporary flair and up-to-date ride technology.

Styling

Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

Retro Air Cleaner Cover

This street legal, mirror-chrome air cleaner cover makes a powerful statement that recalls the glory days of old iron crossed with a clean, contemporary look.

Whitewall Tyres and Laced Wheels

Large lace-spoked wheels with their bold brilliant white walls complete the old school low-rider look.

Hard Candy Custom Color (Optional)

New for 2013, Hard Candy Custom™ paint is a large metal flake finish that’s more than just paint job, it’s a shining declaration of independence—bright, bold and unique. The Sportster® Seventy-Two™ is available in Hard Candy Lucky Green Flake, Hard Candy Big Red Flake, or Hard Candy Coloma Gold Flake. Recalling the iconic rebel styling of ‘70s custom bikes, Hard Candy Custom™ paint marks another milestone in The Motor Company’s legacy of innovation. We start with several passes of 200 micron flake over a black base, then clear coat it, hand-lay the graphics, and apply the many layers of clear coat to allow the flake to shine through. It’s a painstaking process that delivers a premium custom look straight from the factory, so you can start flying your colors with no waiting or extra effort.

Classic Peanut Fuel Tank

First appearing on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1948, the small, tapered peanut fuel tank holds strong today with its traditional styling and modern attitude. A low, powerful bulldog look that gives way for showcasing more engine, the peanut fuel tank is attitude and looks all balled up into one.

Mini-Ape Hanger Handlebar

Grab ahold of the stainless steel mini-ape hanger handlebar and put your fists up into the wind—it’ll take you back to the glory days of chopper cruising. And to keep the look cool and clean, the wiring is routed inside the steel.

Classic Rear—Modern Functionality

The chopped rear fender completes the Seventy-Two model’s long, low chopper look and keeps things classically clean and raw. The chrome bullet taillights combine this old school retro-styling with new school technology, packing stop beams, turn signals and running lights into each lamp.

Engine

Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

Evolution Engine Heritage

The Evolution® engine—known in certain crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1984. Born from legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution® engine broke new ground in displacement innovation while maintaining the hunger for power, durability and proven reliability that The Motor Company was built on.

Evolution® Engine Innovation

Air-cooled and durable as hell, the 1200cc Evolution® engine is yet another nod to the unwavering work ethic that drives advancements in motor technology at Harley-Davidson. Aluminum heads and cylinders lighten the load of the bike and improve air-cooling efficiency. Electronic fuel injection says goodbye to carburetors and boasts increased reliability and less routine maintenance. Bottom line: the rubber-mounted Evolution® engine runs hard and rides smooth for thousands of miles so you can just worry about taking in the freedom of the open road.

Pure Harley-Davidson Styling

Feast your eyes on the 1200cc Evolution® engine and there’s no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you won’t find from any other motorcycle company. Black powder-coated cylinders and cylinder heads are topped off with chrome rocker covers and an old school round air cleaner cover for a tough vintage Harley-Davidson attitude. It’s a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the 1200c Evolution® engine makes an ironclad statement to holding on to what’s right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.

Technology

Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

H-D Smart Security System

The factory installed next-generation security system features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle electronic security functions as you approach and walk away from the bike. Stick the fob on your ignition key ring and let it do all the work. It’s this attention to details and security that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique.

Artfully Hidden Technology

Harley-Davidson leverages the latest in technology without compromising style and function. That means we hide electronics. The whole wiring harness is skillfully routed behind the jewels of the bike—the tank, engine and all the other eye-popping features you want to see. It’s just another way The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line fit and finish.

Intuitive Controls

Hand controls on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle are incredibly intuitive. The turn signals are self-canceling and, based on the speed and angle of the motorcycle, they know how long to stay on. Engaging the controls quickly becomes second nature so you can focus less on turning off your signal and more on basking in the freedom of the ride.

Handling

Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

Tuned to be Ridden

Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are different from any other bike out on the road. There’s a balance to them. The steering, the maneuverability—it’s all in concert. And each Harley-Davidson® model is tuned differently to create a unique riding experience for each individual no matter which bike they swing their leg over. Let’s face it, we didn’t get to where we are by being like everyone else.

Comfort

Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

Forward Mounted Controls

With the custom forward-mounted controls, you can kick back a little and stretch your legs for the ultimate cruise through town or across the state line. It’s time to take in the open road the way you were meant to—on a two-wheeled machine that’s built to outdo the rest.

Seat Engineering and Design

The seat is home for Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders. They want a seat that has unique style without sacrificing comfort. Because of that, Harley-Davidson invests a lot of time in researching, designing and testing seats so that every bike has just the right saddle.

Specifications

Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two
EngineAir-cooled, Evolution®
Bore88.9 mm
Stroke96.8 mm
Displacement1,202 cc
Compression Ratio9.7:1
Fuel SystemElectronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Primary Drive Chain38/57 Ratio
Length2,275 mm
Seat Height, Unladen710 mm
Ground Clearance120 mm
Rake (steering head) (deg)30.1
Trail134 mm
Wheelbase1,525 mm
Tyres, Front SpecificationMH90-21 54H
Tyres, Rear Specification150/80B16 71H
Fuel Capacity7.9 l
Oil Capacity (w/filter)2.8 l
Weight, As Shipped247 kg
Weight, In Running Order253 kg
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st9.315
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd6.653
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd4.948
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th4.102
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th3.517
Gear Ratios (overall) 6thN/A
ExhaustChrome, staggered exhaust with slash-cut mufflers
Wheels, Optional Style TypeN/A
Wheels, Front TypeChrome Steel Laced
Wheels, Rear TypeChrome Steel Laced
BrakesCaliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
Engine Torque Testing MethodEEC/95/1
Engine Torque96 Nm
Engine Torque (rpm)3,500
Lean Angle, Right (deg.)28.6
Lean Angle, Left (deg.)29.8



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