2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
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  • Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
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    2018- 2019
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    Milwaukee-Eight 107
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    107 cubic inches
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    19049
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Low Seat Height, Butt-Friendly Saddle, And A Smooth Ride

Harley-Davidson’s Fat Boy survived the Great Purge of 2017 that saw so many models eliminated from the Softail and Dyna lineups as the former absorbed the latter. The FLSTF joins the rest of the all-new-in-2018 Softail range with a completely reworked frame and a choice between the 107-inch and 114-inch Milwaukee-Eight powerplant. New design features add to the aesthetics and clearly mark these Fat Boys as members of the New Guard.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.

 

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2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Low Seat Height, Butt-Friendly Saddle, And A Smooth Ride

Harley-Davidson’s Fat Boy survived the Great Purge of 2017 that saw so many models eliminated from the Softail and Dyna lineups as the former absorbed the latter. The FLSTF joins the rest of the all-new-in-2018 Softail range with a completely reworked frame and a choice between the 107-inch and 114-inch Milwaukee-Eight powerplant. New design features add to the aesthetics and clearly mark these Fat Boys as members of the New Guard.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.

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2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

Ride It Again For The First Time

With the Softail Deluxe, Harley-Davidson brings a strong dose of nostalgia and antique design and with it comes H-D’s Big-Twin powerplant — the Milwaukee-Eight 107 — and its 109 pound-feet of stump-pulling torque that turned in a stronger top-gear roll-on than any previous engine family before it with the same 45-degree V-Twin. The charm and engine lope that even the oldest fans of the brand would recognize wasn’t lost and ABS, security and oodles of laid-back, classic vibes are included in the standard equipment package, so this is truly a melding of two technologically-distinct eras.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe.

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2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Low Rider

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Low Rider

One Of The Softail Initiates From The Dyna Family

Powered by the Milwaukee-Eight engine with a total of 110 pound-feet of torque, the agile Softail frame brings heretofore unseen performance to the Low Rider. Harley-Davidson is digging deep to give us better handling and more power and the Low Rider is a prime example.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Low Rider.

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2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Breakout

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Breakout

New Engine Choices, New Chassis, New Attitude

Once again, Harley-Davidson takes what’s old and makes it new again with its revamped-in-2018 Softail lineup, and the drag-tastic “Breakout” is one of the models that made the jump and carried into 2019. Harley offers this bobber-burner with the 109 pound-foot, Milwaukee-Eight 107 and the Mil-8 114 that boasts a total of 119 pounds o’ twist. The ground-up Softail-family rebuild contains myriad changes from the remarkable to the mundane that go way beyond a handful of re-arranged trim packages. We’re talking about the re-invention of the whole range with capabilities meant to offset the loss of the Dyna family, and technology that is more in line with the current industry standards. We’re talking a renewed focus on the Softails as H-D’s sole (or should it be soul?) cruisers. This is it; the drag-tastic sub-model of the range that Harley hopes will attract the younger buyers.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Breakout.

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2019 Harley Davidson FXDR 114

2019 Harley Davidson FXDR 114

its most powerful and expensive Softail yet with aluminum and carbon-fiber bits

With what went down as the biggest shift in the company’s corporate stance, Harley Davidson has gone on record showcasing its future plans over the next five years in great detail. As part of its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, HD has showcased multiple concepts under electric motorcycles, adventure-tourers, streetfighter, and Customs being the prominent ones.

But Harley has definitely taken care not to forget about its past nor the present. After releasing nine new Softails earlier this year, the Milwaukee brand has unleashed a brand new one, and this time, it gets the biggest of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engines with 1868cc. It’s the FXDR 114, and it comes built around the new platform with 240-section rear tire and lightweight aluminum swingarm.

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Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114

Harley-Davidson launches its most powerful and expensive Softail yet - The FXDR 114

Built around the new platform, comes with aluminum swingarm and carbon-fiber bits

With what went down as the biggest shift in the company’s corporate stance, Harley Davidson has gone on record showcasing its future plans over the next five years in great detail. As part of its brand new “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022, HD has showcased multiple concepts under electric motorcycles, adventure-tourers, streetfighter, and Customs being the prominent ones.

But Harley has definitely taken care not to forget about its past nor the present. After releasing nine new Softails earlier this year, the Milwaukee brand has unleashed a brand new one, and this time, it gets the biggest of the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engines with 1868cc. It’s the FXDR 114, and it comes built around the new platform with 240-section rear tire and lightweight aluminum swingarm.

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At $1.9m, this is the most expensive motorcycle to have ever been made

At $1.9m, this is the most expensive motorcycle to have ever been made

Called the Harley Davidson Blue edition, it comes encrusted with jewelry, gold and silver plating

The highest amount paid for a motorcycle at an auction until now was for a 1951 Vincent 998cc Black Lightning which got sold for a whopping $929,000. But this brand new $1.9 million Harley Davidson makes that seem like change.

Encrusted with jewelry, heat-resistant LEDs, gold and silver plating, an armored glass dome amongst others, this Harley-Davidson Blue Edition will go down the history books as the most luxurious motorbike ever to have been produced. It took around 2500 man-hours to hand-craft this exquisite piece of machinery.

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The finalists of the Battle of the Kings 2018 have been chosen

The finalists of the Battle of the Kings 2018 have been chosen

They will go head-to-head at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show this weekend

It might not be the best of times for the Milwaukee brand these recent years. It has recently come under the hammer from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines, and before that, slow growth and lack of customer demands forced the company to decide on closing its factory in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2019.

Luckily, Harley has a few tricks in its arsenal to keep the excitement ticking amongst its enthusiasts. And after nearly three months of building and a month of online voting, the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings (BOK) has finally culminated with five finalists from the UK dealer builds (The BOK is conducted for the European dealers only).

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2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob

The Performance Model In The 2018 Softail Lineup

Harley-Davidson’s Fat Bob is one of only a few Dyna models that made the crossover into the all-new 2018 Softail lineup. Its popularity as an FXD played heavily into that decision, and it looks like the factory is doubling down on more of the same modern-custom/bobber vibe that endeared it to its fans. Heavily bobbed and blacked-out, the Fat Bob comes with a choice between the 107-inch Milwaukee-Eight and the 114-inch version along with a (relatively) sporty new suspension system, all of which gives the Fat Bob an aggressive bent that is meant to appeal to a younger generation of rider. Will it be enough? Time will tell, and with the overall decline of motorcycling, models that grab the Millennials’ attention may help prop up the MoCo until the next gen comes of age or, at least, until the pendulum swings back the other way.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

Post WWII-Era Bobber Style

Harley-Davidson and the custom-bike culture have always gone hand-in-hand, and the new Softail Slim makes for a rolling tribute to both. The Slim rides on the same, newly-revamped frame as the rest of the fake-hardtail family for that unmistakeable geometry and dated look that you just can’t get from a traditional swingarm. Bobbed fenders and blackout paint tie right into the custom trends of yesteryear quite nicely, but it’s the 107 cubic-inch Milwaukee-Eight V-Twin and its 100-plus pounds of torque that drives the Slim past “historical-tribute” turf right into viable power-cruiser territory. Since the whole point of the original bobbers was to provide a more thrilling ride, I find this pairing of power and panache to be entirely fitting. This is a big year for the Softails as the MoCo phases out its Dyna cruisers and the ST family takes on the full weight of the cruiser market all by its onesies, and it’s interesting to see what the factory decided to hinge its mid-size hopes upon. That’s right folks; this ain’t last year’s Softail, so let’s check it out.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

2018 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

The Closest Thing Harley Has To A Sport-Tourer

Not too long ago, Harley-Davidson vowed to release 100 new models over the next decade, and it seems the MoCo is working hard to keep that promise. So far, the “new” models have been variations on existing/past models or one of the new Softail models that absorbed some Dyna DNA as the successor to the FXR family was put out to pasture. Today’s feature is a combination thereof. Introducing the 2018 Sport Glide, an all-new Softail model that borrows from the past while looking to the future. The detachable panniers and mini-fairing give it some (very) light touring capabilities, but it’s the 108 pounds of grunt from the Milwaukee-Eight engine that reveals its true nature as a power cruiser. Is it enough to help revitalize flagging sales? Time will tell, but in the meanwhile let’s take a look at this latest Frankenstein creation from the mad scientists of Milwaukee.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Sport Glide.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic

2018 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic

A New Spin On An Old Classic

Harley-Davidson’s lineup has recently undergone a major shakeup with lots of what you might call the ’low hanging fruit’ that fell by the wayside — like the entire Dyna family line, for example — but not the venerable Heritage Softail Classic. Oh no. It moves into the 2018 model year with a dark edge to its paint packages, and a choice of either the 107- or 114-inch Milwaukee-Eight engine that brings solid, 100 pound-feet-plus performance to the table no matter which you choose. Though the underpinnings are all radically different than the originals, the overall classic looks remain largely unchanged for the requisite historical tie-in. Harley has put a new emphasis on the Softail lineup with plenty of performance-driven custom designs for the fiery-eyed pegdraggers out there, but for someone looking for an old-school cruiser and tour bike, the Heritage is your Huckleberry.

Continue reading for my reviw of the harley-Davidson Heritage Classic.

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Thunderbike Customs Unveils First MY18 Breakout

Thunderbike Customs Unveils First MY18 Breakout

Sexy First Custom On The New Softail Line

Thunderbike Customs of Hamminkeln, Germany, has long been a favorite among the European artists whose medium of choice is American iron, so imagine my delight when I discovered that it has released a brand-new model based on Harley-Davidson’s revamped Softail platform. Not just any Softail either, but the drag-tastic Breakout no less. My previous favorite was the “Fresh Out,” a kind of trippy paisley cruiser that was also built on the Breakout, but I’ve only just glanced at the newest effort and already I see some really cool stuff. Is it enough to win me over? That remains to be seen, so let’s dive right in and check out what those crazy Germans have been cooking up over there.

Continue reading for more on the Thunderbike custom Breakout.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob

2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob

Rebuilt And Reintroduced As A Softail

The Harley-Davidson lineup has undergone some serious changes for MY18, and the chopped-down, Dyna-based Street Bob was rebuilt and reintroduced as a Softail model while the Dyna family was cut from production in its entirety. Not only did it switch to Harley’s faux-rigid style frame, but the frame itself got completely reinvented to the point where it bears little resemblance to the original that saw the light of day for the first time back in ’84. Sure, it still has that classic Softail visage, but the factory achieved it in a totally different way this time, and any perceived similarities are only skin deep. As if that wasn’t enough, the Street Bob got a beating-heart transplant with the addition of the new-to-cruisers, Milwaukee-Eight 107 powerplant that brings over 100 pounds of twist to the table. More power, new frame and a new family/model combination. Excited yet? I know I am, so let’s get started.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Street Bob.

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Harley-Davidson Announces 2018 Softail Lineup

Harley-Davidson Announces 2018 Softail Lineup

Old Models Get New Life And An Across-The-Board Revamp

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. The Sturgis bike rally is over and Harley-Davidson has revealed to the world its 2018 lineup, and while what there is would definitely qualify as big news, what there isn’t is almost as important. Noticeably missing is the Dyna family and the V-Rods. I’ll be honest; with only a few exceptions I never really cared for the Dyna family — didn’t see anything wrong with the FXR family that it replaced — so it doesn’t hurt my feelings to see it go away. Perhaps “go away” isn’t the correct terminology here since the sport-handling characteristic of the Dyna got engineered into the all-new faux-rigid frame of the 2018 Softails. At the end of the day, the range has been eliminated right along with the apparently-failed experiment that was the V-Rod family.

What we’re left with is pretty remarkable. At first, I was ready to deride H-D for taking shortcuts with its promise to produce 100 new models by 2027, and I’m still about half-cheesed at what constitutes a “new design” in Milwaukee, but at some point the preponderance of changes has to add up to something beyond a simple update. That is exactly where I think we are at with Harley’s all-new Softails. Think I’m overstating it? Read on and see for yourself.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Softail lineup.

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2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Pro Street Breakout

2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Pro Street Breakout

Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) program has been hard at work churning out models with the toppest-of-the-shelfestfeatures they can cook up. All that R&D isn’t wasted on the premium models though, as frequently technology pioneered in the CVO program makes its way through the Rushmore bikes and on down the line to the less-expensive models. H-D’s newest CVO release is a direct assault on the American muscle-bike market, and it cuts a mean figure with its raked front end and massive V-Twin engine. Introducing the FXSE CVO Pro Street Breakout, a model packed with CVO and Screamin’ Eagle yummy goodness as it rolls off the floor ready for stoplight-burner action. While Harley markets the V-Rod as its “performance line,” this Breakout definitely qualifies for that category as well, albeit with a more traditional look and DNA that goes back to the classic dragster/gasser era. Join me while I take a gander at this latest creation out of Harley’s CVO division.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson CVO Pro Street Breakout.

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2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout

2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout

Harley-Davidson has a reputation for incorporating modern technology with classic design elements from the past, even embracing custom looks that never saw a showroom floor, and the Softail Breakout does not disappoint.

The engineers borrowed from the custom “Gasser” look of the 1950s and 1960s when setting up this sled, then they packed it full of CVO-inspired innovations to ensure that the performance is up to date. Back in the day, Gassers were customized drag bikes and this bike pays tribute to its roots while maintaining the performance standards demanded by its customer base.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout

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2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

When you’ve been making motorcycles for over a century, you accumulate plenty of grist for your creative mill, and Harley-Davidson has made a business model out of revisiting past designs. Harley fans typically have an appreciation for historical references and tribute bikes, a fact H-D takes to the bank over and over again. They’re now trying to score with that concept once again with the FLSTN Softail Deluxe. This ride comes absolutely dripping with nostalgic touches that come backed up by modern technology — just not too modern if you know what I mean — and it plugs a small hole in Harley’s lineup. With that in mind, I want to take a look at this ride and try to pick out all the little touches that reach back in time and make the Deluxe such a special ride.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe.

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2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim/Softail Slim S

2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim/Softail Slim S

Harley certainly loves historical references, and that comes naturally since they helped to define those eras. The factory picked the 1950s as the targeted period for the FLS Softail Slim, specifically the minimalist “bobber” niche known for trimming off anything that didn’t directly contribute to performance.

Bobber enthusiasts back in the day were fixated on one thing only — the need for speed — and Harley was not remiss in this regard. The factory keeps sticking more powerful engines into each successive model, so this ride is not meant for the all-show/no-go category. Let’s take a look and see how the details pan out.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim and Softail Slim S.

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2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy / Fat Boy Lo / Fat Boy S

2015 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy / Fat Boy Lo / Fat Boy S

When old Arnie jumped his “borrowed” Fat Boy into the drainage sluice in Terminator 2back in ’91, he cemented the Fat Boy’s place in American pop culture for all time. Harley has stayed true to the original look, and they’ve continually refined the Fat Boy in the interim to bring us the newest range of models built on the FLSTF platform.

We have the traditional-looking Fat Boy as a base model with the blackout Fat Boy Lo as sort of a side-grade model. The factory included the Fat Boy in its “S-series” program that sees existing bikes souped up with Harley’s biggest production engines and decked out with Screamin’ Eagle performance parts. Join me while I take a look at the specific upgrades H-D sprinkled across the range.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, Fat Boy Lo and Fat Boy S.

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2016 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

2016 - 2017 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

The original “Softail” design was born – and shelved – in the mid-’70s. It wasn’t until 1986 that the factory combined its brand-new Evolution engine with the Softail frame for the original FLST. This base model borrows from the look of the ’49 through ’57 FL “Hydra-Glides” that came with a rigid frame and hydraulic front forks. The FLSTC “Heritage Softail Classic” that came out in 1988 did more than borrow suggestions from a certain era; it dove headlong into the custom world of yesteryear. Harley keeps the line alive with its new, 2017 FLSTC that comes with all the familiar touches from the past.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.

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Harley Softail Breakout vs the Vulcan 900 Custom

Harley Softail Breakout vs the Vulcan 900 Custom

Rigid-looking frames are nothing new, and many manufacturers have followed Harley-Davidson into this cruiser/dragster sub-genre. Kawasaki is one such competitor, and its entry for the 2015 model year is the Vulcan 900 Custom. Since it so closely resembles the H-D Softail Breakout, I wanted to see how these two stacked up against each other. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Continue reading for my comparison of the Softail Breakout versus the Vulcan 900 Custom.

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Pope-Blessed Harley Davidson Sells For $52K At Bonhams Auction

Pope-Blessed Harley Davidson Sells For $52K At Bonhams Auction

Harley-Davidson models with celebrity signatures are pretty cool items to have. But how often is it for somebody to own a Harley that has the signature of the Vicar of Christ in it. One such Harley, a FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic, was auctioned off at a Bonhams event in Paris, carrying with it a signature from no less than Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and received by Pope Francis.

Yep. The former pope signed it and the current pope received it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you turn a standard Harley FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic into a certified collectible.

Apparently, the signature of Benedict XVI was more than enough for the bike to attract its fair share of bidders. Having it received by Pope Francis added even more appeal to what is already a one-of-a-kind motorcycle. In the end, the holiest of Harleys went to a telephone bidder who surprised a lot of people by stepping up with a bid of €46,000. That’s about $52,000 based on current exchange rates.

The $52,000 may be a lot of money for a Harley, but this particular one is special for all the right reasons. Besides, the winning bidder has a history of collecting Harleys that have had audiences with the pontiff. Remember Pope Francis’ 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide that was sold a year ago at the same auction? The bidder who bought that model is the same one that scooped this one up.

In the end, the Pope-blessed Harley auction will go to a good cause as proceeds of the auction will be sent to the Stowarzyszenie Przyjazny Świat Dziecka (Friendly World Association), a Polish non-profit organization that provides care and support to children and families.

Click past the jump to read more about the Pope-blessed Harley-Davidson FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic after the jump.

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Harley-Davidson Issues Recall On 19K Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson Issues Recall On 19K Motorcycles

In case you’re wondering, recalls aren’t an endemic that’s exclusive to the auto industry. Motorcycles go through the same course, if not more often than cars due to the more dangerous nature of these bikes. That said, it’s been a while since Harley-Davidson has issued a recall for any of its motorcycles so when it announced that problems were discovered with the brake line banjo bolt in the front brake master cylinder, the famed American bikemaker did what had to be done.

According to the statement issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the corrosion of the brake line banjo bolt on these bikes could result in a “sudden loss of fluid”, which in turn could lead to the loss of power on the front brakes, thus increasing the possibility of a crash happening. In other words, uh-oh.

Fortunately, the issue seems to affect only a limited number of full-sized cruisers built between August 22, 2011 and February 24, 2012. Models affected generally belong to the FL and FX families so if you own a V-Rod or a Sportster, you’re still in the clear. But if your bike is part of the affected lot of 19,015 bikes in the US, it might be in your best interest to have your Harleys brought to your local dealers so certified engineers can do a proper inspection on your bike’s master cylinder.

If it’s determined that there’s a problem, Harley-Davidson will fix the problem at no cost to the bike owner. The recall begins on January 14, 2015 so better find out soon if you’re bike is part of the affected bunch.

Click past the jump to read more about the Harley-Davidson’s recall of 19,015 bikes.

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2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

The 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe is now offered with an exclusive Hard Candy Custom paint scheme which draws inspiration from the ‘70s custom bikes.

The retro style of the motorcycle is underlined by its classy fenders which are combined with a set of unique Dunlop tyres. The front end holds a premium touring tyre with a three-ply polyester casing and two fiberglass belts while the back cruiser tyre has an advanced tread pattern.

When designing the Softail Deluxe, the company’s engineers have spent a lot of time in the ergonomy department; thereby the motorcycle offers a very comfortable riding position thanks to its low seat with slim sides and the pull-back handlebar.

The motorcycle’s center piece is the air-cooled, Twin Cam 103B engine with a displacement of103 cu in. The unit puts out 98.7 f-lb of torque at 3,000 rpm and delivers a combined fuel economy of 42 mpg.

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2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Blackline

2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Blackline

The 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Blackline features a vintage look and is fitted with a wide range of custom accessories which give it a pretty distinctive personality. The Softail Blackline also comes with optional Hard Candy Custom, a large metal flake paint finish that recalls the iconic styling of ’70s custom bikes. Other traits that form the motorcycle’s fancy personality are the cast aluminum wheels with full wrap fenders, mini “ape hanger” handlebars, chromed-out fork covers and the hand finish fuel tank.

The motorcycle is propelled by an air-cooled, Twin Cam 103B poweplant with a displacement of 103 cu in. The engine is mated on a six speed gear box and delivers a peak torque of 98.7 ft-lb at 3250 rpm. You also get the Engine Idle Temperature Management Strategy (EITMS) feature, which automatically cuts fuel and fire from rear cylinder when idling.

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2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy - International version

2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy - International version

The international version of the Softail Fat Boy draws inspiration from the choppers of the ’60s and ’70s, so it sports a classic design language which makes you think in its iconic ancestors.

The motorcycle is a laid back and luxurious chopper fitted with a robust fuel tank, custom looking rims and an air-cooled Big V-Twin Cam Harley engine.
Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103B Bore 3.875 in. Stroke 4.38 in. Displacement 103 cu in
The 103 cu in engine delivers 98.7 ft-lb of torque at 3000 rpm and delivers a fuel efficiency of 42 mpg.
The strong powerplant is kept in leash by a six speed cruise drive transmission which provides smooth, quiet shifting and reduces engine speed on the highway. The stopping power is assured by a set of strong brakes combined with ABS (optional).

Another feature offered by the Harley Davidson Softail Fat boy is the factory-installed next-generation security system which features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the electronic security functions.

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2013 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

2013 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

The 2013 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic features an attractive custom style. We especially like the old school saddlebags, the fluid fenders with chrome highlights or the imposing chromed headlamp. Not to mention about the wheels, the optional 110th Anniversary gas tank medallion, or the hidden rear shocks which further enhance the vintage look of the motorcycle.

As far as comfort goes you get a detachable windshield, tall handlebar, full-length rider footboards, convertible two-piece seat and engine idle temperature management strategy.

The 2013 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic is powered by a 1690 cc, Air-Cooled, Twin Cam 103B engine which cranks out 131 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm. The engine is married with a six-speed cruise drive transmission which provides smooth, quiet shifting and reduces engine speed on the highway. The Fuel consumption is rated at 5.6 liters/100 km.

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2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTSE3 CVO Softail Convertible

2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTSE3 CVO Softail Convertible

Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) emphasizes exclusive styling and inspiring performance with four limited-production motorcycle models for 2012. Decked out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, high-output audio and the most-powerful V-Twin engines offered in production Harley-Davidson motorcycles, each CVO model is a rolling object of desire for the discerning motorcyclist.

The Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible is a limited-production custom motorcycle that can be configured for all-day touring, two-up cruising or solo profiling by adding or detaching key components, which can be easily removed or installed without tools.

Power comes from an air-cooled, Twin Cam 1802 engine which sends power to the rear wheel through a six speed cruise drive transmission. The Softail rear suspension mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame, but offers the comfort of modern suspension that is hidden under the chassis.

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Harley-Davidson provides the motorcycle for 2014's Captain America

Harley-Davidson provides the motorcycle for 2014’s Captain America

In Marvel’s last Captain America movie we had the occasion to see a modern Harley metamorphosed into a 1940 style motorcycle ridden the by the famous hero. In the upcoming part (2014’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’), the producers remain loyal to the American brand, so we’ll have the occasion to see Steve Rogers’ character riding another Harley bike. Fortunately, this time the motrocycle will look like a contemporary model, as the action will take place in the modern era.

The new Captain America motorcycle was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con and is basically a Harley Davidson Softail Breakout.

Talking about their motorcycle, Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson Marketing Communication Director, declared: “Captain America and Harley-Davidson have had a long and glorious association dating back to the introduction of the character in 1939. He’s ridden different Harleys throughout the history of the character, and his bike for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ needed to fit the modern day setting of this story. Our newest model, the Softail Breakout, with custom touches that personalize the bike for his character was the perfect choice for this film.”

“Captain America makes the perfect marketing partner for Harley-Davidson as he truly embodies the iconic, heroic, and American aspects of our brand. Both Captain America and our motorcycles are great symbols of freedom.”

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2014 Harley Davidson Softail Breakout

2014 Harley Davidson Softail Breakout

The 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Breakout is here. The motorcycle has all it needs to continue to be considered one of the best looking models in its class and comes with a low muscular profile, modern color options and lots of chrome.

Starting with the chopped fenders and finishing with the riser mounted speedo, the 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Breakout inspires power and respect. Every detail was designed with maximum attention by the company’s designers and we especially like the classy fuel tank, the slammed console and the imposing Gasser wheels.

The motorcycle’s center piece is the shiny twin cam 103 engine which boldly displays chrome accents to match the rest of the body. As far as power is concerned, the engine cranks out a peak torque of 95.2 ft-lb at 3,000 which is transferred to the rear wheel through a six speeds Cruise Drive transmission.

The 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Breakout is offered with a base price of $18.499.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Breakout (USA Version).

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2014 Harley Davidson Softail Slim

2014 Harley Davidson Softail Slim

The Harley Davidson Softail Slim is a modern cruiser wrapped in a classic skin. Despite its retro appearance, the 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Slim is loaded with modern features such as the H-D Smart Security System or anti lock brakes.

It also comes with a modern air cooled; twin cam 103 engine with a displacement of 103.1 cu in. The engine puts out a maximum torque of 97.4 ft-lb at 3,000 rpm. The engine delivers an average fuel consumption of 42 mpg and is mated on a six speed cruise drive transmission.

In terms of style, the 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Slim brings hidden rear shocks, a narrow rear tire paired with a chopped fender and a round air cleaner cover. You also get a stylish and comfortable solo seat and half moon foot boards.

As far as prices are concerned, the base 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Slim can be yours for no less than $15,899.

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2014 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

2014 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

Harley Davidson revealed the 2014 iteration of its Heritage Softail Classic that continues to be inspired by the classic cruisers of the ‘40s.

If you are looking for a classy cruiser that offers first class ergonomics, a smooth riding experience and a strong engine then you’ll certainly like the Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic as is considered by many riders one of the best “toys” in its class.

The motorcycle was designed with versatility in mind and comes with a convertible two-up seat, a removable windshield and a tall handlebar that offers a commanding riding position. For enhanced comfort you also get full-length rider footboards and a tank mounted console which keeps you posted on all vital stats.

At its heart lies a modern twin cam 103 engine that offers plenty of low-end torque and is kept under control by a six speeds Cruise Drive transmission.

The 2014 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic comes with a base price of $18,349.

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2014 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe

2014 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe

The 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe has arrived. The motorcycle comes with Harely’s iconic design language and features hidden rear shocks, a useful luggage rack, stretched fenders and a tank mounted console.

The 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe is propelled by a twin cam 103 engine which cranks out more than enough power to help you deal effortless with highway traffic. Fire it up and it will reward you with a maximum torque of 97.4 ft-lb at 3,000 rpm. The engine is mated on a six speed cruise drive transmission that offers a combined fuel consumption of 42 mpg.

As far as technology is concerned, the Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe comes with an optional H-D Smart Security System and standard anti-lock brakes.

The 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe is offered with a base price of $ 18,099.

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2014 Harley Davidson Softail Fat Boy Lo

2014 Harley Davidson Softail Fat Boy Lo

The 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Fat Boy Lo continues to offer the perfect mix between a classic style, first class ergonomics and a strong engine.

The motorcycle is powered by the company’s iconic Twin Cam 103 engine that features black powder-coated heads and cylinders. The unit comes with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection and delivers a peak torque of 97.4 ft-lb at 3,000 rpm. All this power is kept under control by a modern, six speed Cruise Drive transmission.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Fat Boy Lo comes with standard anti lock brakes (ABS) and an optional H-D Smart Security System with a hands free fob.

As far as prices are concerned, the 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Fat Boy Lo can be yours for no less than $17,499.

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2014 Harley Davidson Softail Fat boy

2014 Harley Davidson Softail Fat boy

Meet the 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Fat Boy. The motorcycle’ style draws inspiration from the classic “hardtail” choppers and features a laid back stance, chromed details and a fat custom tank. The motorcycle rides on disc-17 inch cast aluminum wheels that give it a pretty distinctive look. The front wheel is shod in a 140mm wide tire, while the rear one comes with a 200mm wide rubber.

The motorcycle is propelled by Harley’s Twin Cam 103 engine with black powder-coated heads and cylinders. The engine features Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection and it comes at lower cruising rpm, for improved smoothness and efficiency. Fire up the unit and it will reward you with a peak torque of 97.4 ft-lb at 3,000 rpm which is transferred to the rear wheel through a Six-Speed Cruise Drive transmission.

The 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Fat Boy is offered with a base price of $17,699.

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2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy – USA Version

2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy – USA Version

There aren’t many motorcycles that are able to compete against the iconic Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy as this model is considered by many riders the purest form of an American motorcycle. Starting with its unique style and finishing with its state of the art technologies, the USA version of the 2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy is a true benchmark in its segment.

The 2013 version of the Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy (USA model) comes with a rigid-mounted, counter-balanced Twin Cam 103B V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The engine cranks out a peak torque of 97.5 ft. lbs. @ 3000 RPM (132 Nm @ 3000 RPM and is mated on a six speed Cruise Drive transmission.

The 2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy (USA version) is offered with a starting price of $16,999 USD.

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2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo 110th Anniversary – USA

2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo 110th Anniversary – USA

Harley Davidson presented the 2013 USA version of its Softail Fat Boy Lo. The new motorcycle features a tasty design language that underlines the classic origins of the Harley Davidson brand.

Unlike the international model that remained with the old engine, the USA Softail Fat Boy Lo model comes with a slightly more advanced 1690 cc, counter-balanced Twin Cam 103B V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The engine is mated on a six speed 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission and delivers a maximum torque of 97.5 ft. lbs. at 3000 RPM (132 Nm @ 3000 RPM). The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by a set of capable brakes combined with ABS.

The motorcycle was built with ergonomy in mind. Thereby, you are treated with a slammed, narrow-cut seat that rides 24.25-inches off the ground, a low 1.25 inch handlebar and forward foot controls.

The USA version of the 2013 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Softail Fat Boy Lo 110th Anniversary is offered with a starting price of $19,499 USD.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FXS Blackline

2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FXS Blackline

The Blackline is a Harley-Davidson Softail pared to the bone with visual elements of the original bobber movement combined with a raw style embraced by today’s young bike builders. The rear fender is bobbed high-and-tight over a slim, 144 mm tire that emphasizes an authentic hardtail profile.

The rider hugs the frame on the lowest two-up seat offered by Harley-Davidson, while reaching high for the new Split Drag handlebar. The rigid powertrain allows tight packaging of the engine and frame to create a solid connection between the rider and the power that moves the Blackline.

Power comes from an air-cooled, twin cam 103B engine which has a displacement of 1690 cc. The engine is combined with a 6-Speed Cruise Drive gear box and delivers an average fuel consumption of 42 mpg (city/highway). As far as torque is concerned the Harley-Davidson Softail FXS Blackline puts out 134 Nm @ 3,250 rpm.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

The Fat Boy Lo moves further the Fat Boy legacy and its unique character continues to impress us.

This new boulevard cruiser features a tasty custom design language which draws inspiration from the classic cruisers but also throws into mix numerous modern details. From front to back, the Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo shows attitude, with custom, black bullet hole wheels, a denim black frame, blacked-out covers and header shields, and satin chrome in all the places mirror chrome would normally reside.

The rider is met by a narrow-cut seat which ides just 24.25-inches off the ground. You’ll also like the forward foot controls and the low, 1.25-inch handlebar.

The motorcycle is propelled by an air-cooled, Twin Cam 103B engine with a displacement of 1690cc. The engine is mated on a six speed cruise drive gearbox which offers an average fuel consumption of 42 MPG.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTF Fat Boy

2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTF Fat Boy

The Harley Davidson Softail Fat Boy is a classy looking cruiser. Despite its relatively old age, the motorcycle continues to be in the center of attention thanks to its custom looking design, the modern technologies and first class performances.

The 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTF Fat Boy’s distinctive features are the fat tires, fat bars, fat fenders and a big, powerful, black powder-coated, counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B engine. The latter is air cooled and has a 1690 cc displacement. The engine is mated on a six speed transmission which offers an average fuel consumption of 42 mpg.

New for 2012, the Harley-Davidson Softail FLSTF Fat Boy offers a larger readout on the odometer with more information, such as gear and RPM data, plus the new Security Package option with an Anti-lock Braking System and Smart Security System.

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2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Softail Deluxe

2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Softail Deluxe

The Harley Davidson FLSTN Softail Deluxe is characterized by a low slung stature, an extremely low seat with "collapsing sides," pull back handlebar and riser, and easy-reach, extended kickstand.

The Harley-Davidson FLSTN Softail Deluxe is powered by a strong Twin Cam 96B engine which is paired with a 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission and offers an average fuel consumption of 42 mpg.

The unique look of the 2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Softail Deluxe is given by a series of tasty styling cues such as the clean front light bar, tombstone taillight, chrome grab rail and luggage rack and wide whitewall tires. On the options list you’ll find chrome profile laced aluminum wheels and more custom color schemes.

The bike is offered with a standard Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob, five-gallon fuel tank and a horseshoe oil tank.

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2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

2012 Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

The Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic received a few upgrades for 2012 which help it remain on the same level with its rivals. The motorcycle continues to deliver smooth performance from its Air-cooled, Twin Cam, 1690 cc engine. The engine is paired with a six speed cruise drive transmission which offers combined fuel consumption (city/highway) of 42 mpg.

The bike is not only strong, but is also comfortable to ride thanks to its low seat height, ample luggage space, wind protection and the passenger accommodations. Its Lexan windshield allows for quick conversion to custom cruising, while the 1940s-style leather saddlebags offer a pretty generous storage volume.

As far as styling goes you’ll especially like the full FL front fender and the chrome laced wheels and hub cover.

On the options list you’ll find Anti-lock Braking System, tubeless chrome aluminum profile laced wheels and an original equipment custom color paint program.

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2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

With its unique, minimalist style, the Harley-Davidson Softail has conquered a lot of fans. The motorcycle is now available in Slim configuration, which is basically a stripped down version of the base model.

Among the features offered by the new Harley-Davidson Softail Slim you’ll find black-rimmed wheels, round black air cleaner cover, Hollywood-style handlebars and fat chromed front forks. The vintage look of the motorcycle is underlined by its chopped rear fender and the low slung profile.

But what makes this bike truly desirable is its twin cam 96B counter-balanced engine. This unit has evolved on the legacy of the Flathead, Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead, Evolution and Twin Cam 88 engines that made Harley Davidson’s motorcycles famous. The engine has a 1,688 cc displacement and rewards you with a peak torque of 132 Nm achieved at 3,250 rpm.

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2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy Lo - International version

2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy Lo - International version

The International version of the 2013 Softail Fat Boy Special Lo is a tasty looking custom bike manufactured by Harley Davidson. The motorcycle draws inspiration from the iconic Harley choppers that made history in the ’60s and ’70s.

The 2013 Fat Boy Lo FLSTSB version features a black-out paint scheme which gives it a unique appearance. It’s also worthy of being mentioned that the motorcycle is available in a limited number and features exclusive commemorative anniversary styling elements and premium features.

The international version of the Softail Fat Boy Special Lo is propelled by a Twin Cam 96B counter-balanced engine (the USA model comes with a Twin Cam 103B unit) which features a lightweight piston design for enhanced refinement and maximum performance. The engine offers a maximum torque of 117 Nm at 3,000 rpm and is paired with a six speed gearbox. The Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy Lo FLSTSB delivers an average fuel consumption of 5.6 l/100 km.

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Harley-Davidson-Bell & Ross 'Nascafe Racer'

Harley-Davidson-Bell & Ross ’Nascafe Racer’

If at any point in your life you doubted the co-existence of a watchmaker/motorcycle brand partnership, there will be no shortage in ways Harley-Davidson and Bell & Ross will show you just how ridiculous you are in your skepticism.

The iconic American motorcycle brand and the American watchmaker have collaborated in turning a Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Nightrain into a creative mash-up that features a Bell & Ross BR 01 Carbon watch installed in the handcrafted center console using a machined section of aluminum.

The special edition bike, which was overseen by Harley tuner extraordinaire, Shaw, is a one-off edition that has been christened as the “Nascafe Racer”. In building the bike, Shaw stripped the Harley back to its bare ‘n bones state before implanting the B&R watch into the center console. After doing so, the tuner custom painted the bike by using a combination of anodized blue, carbon, and a matte black custom paint finish to complete the stylish and expensive makeover.

While we never would have thought that Bell & Ross and Harley-Davidson would go hand-in-hand, given the segments to which their clientele belongs, we do applaud both American brands for the collaboration, if only to show that a hardcore-performance bike like Harley-Davidson and a luxury American timepiece like Bell & Ross can strike a partnership and create a one-of-a-kind ride.

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House of Thunder sells the world's most expensive motorcycle

House of Thunder sells the world’s most expensive motorcycle

House of Thunder is a German custom motorcycle builder that brags to have built the world’s most expensive motorcycle. In fact, the bike is a customized Harley-Davidson Rocker, which sells together with a 45metre transoceanic yacht built by Sunrise Yachts. The package also includes a rescue-boat and two jet skis if that’s a relief when you’re a billionaire willing to spend 22.66 million U.S. dollars on toys.

The Harley-Davidson Rocker turned into the most expensive motorcycle ever features a cleaned-up frame, hand-fashioned fenders and fuel tank as well as foldable handlebar to ease entrance in the garage on the boat. The paintjob matches that of the boat.

Eric Vauth of House of Thunder: “We still will build our normal custom bikes for our customers, but this is a completely new market and we always welcome new impulses for markets yet unexplored.”

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2010 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

2010 Harley-Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo

Harley-Davidson took their notorious Fat Boy model, lowered it and gave it a nice custom look before calling it a 2010 model year. The bike features the lowest seat in the American maker’s entire lineup and still the proven Twin Cam 96B V-Twin engine and six-speed Cruise Drive transmission. The colors available for 2010 are Vivid Black and Black Denim.

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Harley-Davidson bikes are good for stunts too

Matt Mingay is a stunt rider from Stuntz Inc performing on Harley-Davidson motorcycles such as the 2009 Fatboy and Ultra Glide as well as the Muscle and the Nightster. As crazy as it might sound, this guy manages to do with these bikes what few sport bike riders can with theirs.

Harley-Davidson has teamed up with Firestorm for the making of this video, which looks almost unrealistic due to the type of bikes involved. Believe it, it’s real!

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2009 Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom

2009 Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom

Bikers who like to simply lay back and enjoy the ride and sights ahead of them are offered a unique Softail model with a chopper profile straight from the FX custom era – the 2009 Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom. Also, meeting Harley’s most recent performance and reliability standards, this is a bike that combines nostalgia of the original American chopper design with the benefits of modern engineering.

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2009 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train

2009 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train

Harley-Davidson is supposed to offer the proper ride to anyone with a taste for freedom, not necessarily speed, and the 2009 FXSTB Softail Night Train is one of those special bikes that the American company builds for a specific rider crowd. Destined to young, rebel and fit (if we take in consideration the riding position) bikers, this might not be the ideal highway cruising motorcycle, but it will make a striking good impression down the boulevard.

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2009 Harley-Davidson FXCW Rocker/Rocker C

2009 Harley-Davidson FXCW Rocker/Rocker C

In the past few years we’ve witnessed Harley-Davidson taking on roads they’ve never rolled on before and last year’s launch of the all-new Rockers was a clear indicator that we’ll be seeing more of Harley’s innovative side. We certainly did with the introduction of the all-new Iron and V-Rod Muscle, but the two very similar Softail models stand out once again, now as 2009 model years, and we’re not looking the other way.

Meanwhile, this bike also got a very capable and threatening opponent so the manufacturer custom bike market is in full growth and dispute.

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