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2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special

2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special
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Next Up of the Promised "50 New Models"

Harley-Davidson adds to its Sportster footprint and moves the progress bar on its “50-new-models” goal with the ’Seventies-tastic’ Forty-Eight Special. Like the base model Forty-Eight, it rolls with numerous custom touches that tie it directly to a specific era, just of a more-recent vintage. Blackout components and chrome accents mix freely across the machine with the same 1200 cc, 73 pound-feet Sportster engine that drives the base model. Join me today whilst I dig into the details specific to this charming little mid-size standard to see how it differs from its predecessor.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special

2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special

Next Up of the Promised "50 New Models"

Harley-Davidson adds to its Sportster footprint and moves the progress bar on its “50-new-models” goal with the ’Seventies-tastic’ Forty-Eight Special. Like the base model Forty-Eight, it rolls with numerous custom touches that tie it directly to a specific era, just of a more-recent vintage. Blackout components and chrome accents mix freely across the machine with the same 1200 cc, 73 pound-feet Sportster engine that drives the base model. Join me today whilst I dig into the details specific to this charming little mid-size standard to see how it differs from its predecessor.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

A Little Bit Retro, A Little Bit Cafè, And a Little Bit Gangster

Harley-Davidson expands the Sportster family with the new-for-2018 Iron 1200. Retro is in, so the ’70s-esque paint and custom touches draw from that era to give the Iron 1200 plenty of nostalgic value. Power comes from the venerable Evolution engine to the tune of 73 pound-feet of torque to give this ride modern performance that belies the dated veneer. A classic dish with custom spices, the new Iron 1200 stands poised to raise the Iron family’s displacement ceiling in order to try and draw new customers from a market that has been in decline for over a decade. Join me while I take a look at the rest of the package, and let’s see what else it has going for it.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Iron 1200.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

The low slung roadster gets oomphed up at the factory

Paying regards to what their customers made, Harley-Davidson decided to add two new models to their already strong Sportster series, factory-costumed Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. Yes, the Iron now also comes with the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine running under the hood apart from the 883cc.

Taking inspiration from their customers, the Milwaukee brand created the new Iron 1200 giving it an all-new character and soul making it look very much like a custom motorcycle. It gets pimped up with equipment that was previously available only as exclusive HD parts and accessories, yet still retains the aggressive throwback styling.

“A modern take on what’s been putting big grins on the faces of Sportster motorcycle riders for decades,” says Harley.

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Gallery: Harley-Davidson Forty Eight Special and Iron 1200

Gallery: Harley-Davidson Forty Eight Special and Iron 1200

The Bar and Sheild brand launched two new motorcycles in their Sporters lineup as part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade. The Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special factory customs.

These machines pay regards to the throw-back styling trends developed all over by the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.

Taking inspiration from what Harley customers were doing with their Sportster models since generations, the Milwaukee brand created the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special and gave them an all-new character and soul making it look very much like a custom motorcycle.

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Harley-Davidson launches two factory-custom Sportsters with a little more oomph

Harley-Davidson launches two factory-custom Sportsters with a little more oomph

The Iron 1200 and the Forty-Eight Special

That is exactly what the new models are all about. The Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. These machines pay regards to the throw-back styling trends developed all over by the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.

As part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade, Harley-Davidson has already introduced 10 new ones this year: nine new Softails and the Street Rod. Now, the Bar and Shield brand has added two more models in their Sportster lineup, their first after the Roadster was launched back in 2016.

Following the footsteps of what Triumph did with theBonneville Bobber, BMW with its R nineT range, Indian with the Scout Bobber and Ducati with their Scrambler series, Harley is trying to rake up its falling sales with these factory-customs.

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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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2015 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom

2015 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom

Showing Off A Brand New Look For 2018

Coming into 2018 with a new look, the 1200 Custom in Harley-Davidson’s Sportster line hits the streets with the tried and true 1200 Evolution® engine and agile chassis that’s secured a place for itself in the lineup for over half a century. Kinda the black sheep of the Sportster stable, the 1200 Custom lives up to its name with a look apart from the rest of its siblings with a beefier front end and more aggressive riding position to put a little more ’sport’ into the ride.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom.

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2015 - 2018 Harley-Davidson SuperLow

2015 - 2018 Harley-Davidson SuperLow

Unintimidating For New Folks, Yet Fun For Experienced Riders

The SuperLow line saw few changes into the 2017 model year, and carried that into 2018. Powered by the 883 cc Evolution engine, the XL 883L delivers modest performance and nimble handling. The slammed suspension puts the rider’s butt close to the ground where even the shortest inseams can feel confident and in control with both feet down flat. While this ride isn’t quite as entry level as the Street 500/750, it is the smallest of Harley-Davidson’s traditional designs and typically serves as a trainer bike for folks interested in air-cooled cruisers.

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

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Harley Davidson now has its own event at the Winter X Games

Harley Davidson now has its own event at the Winter X Games

It’s called the Snow Hill Climb and riders will drag race up the hill

Debut in 1995, the X Games is an annual extreme sports event hosted, produced, and broadcast by ESPN. A couple of years later, they started the winter edition of these games where the most celebrated winter action sports athletes from around the world compete in a myriad of sporting activities on the icy Buttermilk Mountains in Aspen, Colorado.

Events include Shovel Racing, Snow Mountain Bike Racing, Skiboarding, Ice climbing, Snow skating, and other such sports on the snow. The 2018 edition is right around the corner, and this time Harley Davidson has decided to be part of the action and is introducing a new event: The Snowhill Climb.

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2016 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Roadster

2016 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Roadster

Maybe Not Fast, But Certainly Quick

Honestly, at first glance I was a little underwhelmed by this new-in-2016 offering from The Motor Company. I thought it was a little sparse, a little spare, and an exercise in understatement. It wasn’t until I started to familiarize myself with the bike that I realized this is the whole point of the design. Still, my disappointment persisted as I labored under the misconception that this bike was just a lightly modified version of existing Sportster models, but again I was off target since it actually uses a slightly different frame than the other Sporties, and comes with enhanced suspension as well. At this point, I abandoned all of my preconceptions and took a slightly more objective look at the Roadster, finally willing to give it an honest chance. This is what I found.

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

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2016 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

2016 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

Lean And Mean Dark Custom Attitude

Stripped-down Sportsters have progressed beyond the days of the “$4,995 Sporty,” into what has become a blank canvas for designers at Harley-Davidson. Each new model seems to gravitate toward a specific design edict be it historical, custom or some combination thereof. The Sportster Forty-Eight is no exception as it reaches back to the 1970s-and-beyond for inspiration. The 1200 cc Evo engine comes blacked out with chrome blings, fed by a ’peanut tank’ that appeared on Sporty’s throughout its history. Low, low seat height and Dark Custom attitude give the Forty-Eight that low-slung, lean, mean look.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight.

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2016 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 883

2016 - 2018 Harley-Davidson Iron 883

Nothing Comes Out Of The Hole Like A Sporty

When the folks at Harley-Davidson introduced the K-model (direct ancestor of the XL, or Sportster line) back in 1952, I doubt they could have known they were birthing a genre that would still be thriving over half a century later. Yet, here we are with a 2018 Sporty that pays tribute not so much to the factory, but to the custom touches added by owners over the ages. The factory stayed faithful to at least one important aspect – performance. While XL models have never been known as ’fast’ bikes, they certainly have a well-deserved reputation as ’quick’ bikes. Nothing in the Harley world comes out of the hole like a Sporty, or handles the corners like one, and the Iron 883 maintains that tradition with aplomb. Bikes like this show how the XL line has not only survived, but also thrived in the entry-level and sport-minded American markets.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Iron 883.

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2016 - 2017 Harley-Davidson SuperLow 1200T

2016 - 2017 Harley-Davidson SuperLow 1200T

Add saddlebags, a detachable windshield and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank to a Sportster and you have a mini-tourer — that happy balance between an around-town bar-hopper and a hit-the-interstate pocket-bagger. It’s been a long time — over 10 years — since Harley did away with the vibration-’o-plenty hard-mount engine. The SuperLow 1200T enjoys the benefits of the rubber-mounted Evolution engine with a smoother ride and better rider comfort for long miles in the saddle.

Departing from the traditional Sportster peanut tank, the SuperLow 1200T comes with a teardrop fuel belly and the quick release windshield lets you go bare for an around-town ride or pop it on the bike for trips up the highway.

Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson SuperLow 1200T.

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Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two

Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two

The Evolution Sportster has been around for a minute, since 1986 in fact, a bit too late for the custom craze of the ’70s. It was born into a world of changing attitudes about motorcycling in general, and a burgeoning new market among the so-called “Rich Urban Biker” crowd. You know, the folks that ten years prior would have rolled up their windows and locked their doors when a Harley pulled up next to them at a light, and couldn’t change a needle-valve if you held a cocked 1911 to their head. Catering to this crowd was a smart move by the Company, ’cause if you want to make money, you have to make a product for people who have money.

While the Evo Big-Twins — most notably the Softails — benefited early from efforts to tie into Harley’s deep roots, Sportster design sort of stagnated, seemingly satisfied to continue the general design characteristics established by the K-model in 1952, and subsequent Ironhead Sportsters up through ’85, with minor variations. Fast-forward to 2016, and the Sportster Seventy-Two that plumbs the depths of the outlaw/custom culture of the ’70s, a look that is now once again in vogue with the New Guard, and has shed a lot of the stigma attached to the originals.

Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two.

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2014 Harley Davidson SuperLow

2014 Harley Davidson SuperLow

Harley Davidson has taken the wraps of its 2014 lineup. The 2014 Harley Davidson Super Low 1200 comes with a comprehensive list of features that make it look better and ride better. Like its predecessor, the 2014 model comes with a premium paint scheme, lots of chrome and a classic cruiser attitude.

Its old-school walnut fuel tank still holds 4.5 gallons and feeds the rubber-mounted 73.4 cu in, air cooled , Evolution engine. The engine features electronic fuel injection and aluminum heads and cylinders which lighten the load of the bike and improve air-cooling efficiency. The unit sends its power to the ground through a modern transmission.

The 2014 Harley Davidson SuperLow 1200 is offered with a base price of $11,799.

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2014 Harley Davidson SuperLow 1200T

2014 Harley Davidson SuperLow 1200T

Harley Davidson has taken the wraps off its new 2014 SuperLow 1200T. The new motorcycle shares the same frame with the Spoerster 1200, but it comes with a set of key features which give it a pretty special character.

In terms of power, the bike is equipped with an air-cooled, Evolution, 1,202 cc, engine which generates a maximum power of 67 hp at 5750 rpm and 96 Nm of torque at 3750 rpm. The unit delivers an average fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100 km.

To make its motorcycle better suited for touring, Harley equipped it with mini-floorboards, spacious saddlebags and a 14” windscreen that can be easily uninstalled, thanks to its quick-release system.

For enhanced safety, the new Harley Davidson SuperLow 1200T is also available with an optional ABS system.

The Harley Davidson SuperLow 1200T is offered with a base price of $11,799.

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2014 Icon Iron Lung

2014 Icon Iron Lung

“She was an accident waiting to happen. 600 pounds of American coke fired iron, riding on weather-checked English rubber. Cracking femurs or rupturing internal organs were her specialties, and she had done so on more than one occasion. The Iron Lung, a 1991 Harley Sportster roadracer, was a vision of what never was, in response to a question that was never asked.” – This is how Icon presents its new creation, the epic Iron Lung.

This new mechanical beast was born from Icon’s desire to create a truly special motorcycle that has the look of the legendary Harley-Davidson endurance and circuit racers from the 1970s, but is mixed with modern technologies and contemporary lines.

Like you’ve probably guessed, the Iron lung is based on a standard 1991 Harley Davidson Sportster. Luckily, Icon doesn’t play when it comes to modifying motorcycles, so they’ve started their work by boosting the engine’s power. Therefore, the Sportster’s 883cc unit was upgraded using a big bore kit up to no less than 1200cc. The increased capacity was combined with a Supertrapp exhaust system so the end result should be fairly impressive.

For enhanced performances, the Iron Lung’s front end had to receive some attention to. So, apart from the custom front fairing built in house, the guys from Icon have also decided to make the entire front lower and wider. They’ve also added a new sub frame, progressive 970 shocks, fresh forks (borrowed from a Harley Davidson Wide Glide) and custom triple clamps.

If you like those tasty wheels you should know that they come from a V-Rrod, while the custom seat was created by New Church Moto and the paint job is signed by the Garage 31 team.

All in one, the bike’s design and specs are fairly catchy and if you want to see it in action hit the jump for the official video released by Icon.

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Local Motors Racer

Local Motors Racer

Local Motors is a relatively new company specialized on automotive design and technology and its purpose is to create unique and innovative vehicles. A while ago, the company amazed the automotive media with its capableRally Fighter, a sporty off road vehicle powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 that goes head to head with models like the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

Luckily the company didn’t stop there and its newest project is a custom motorcycle named the Racer.

The new custom bike has a pretty interesting story. To start this project Local Motors organized the Custom Motorcycle Design Challenge with Justin and Jarrod Del Prado of Arizona-based DP Custom Cycles.

The challenge was to invite a wide range of designers to come up with their version of a customized 2000-2003 Harley Davidson Sportster.

More than 2,400 files were submitted for evaluation and the winner was the DP Racer designed by Andre Costa of Portugal.

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2014 Harley Davidson Seventy-Two

2014 Harley Davidson Seventy-Two

Meet the 2014 Harley Davidson Seventy Two – a classy sportster packed with tasty features. In terms of style the motorcycle comes with a mini ape-hanger handlebar, a peanut fuel tank, whitewall tires and laced wheels.

The motorcycle is equipped with Harley’s tried and tested Air-cooled, the 1200cc Evolution engine which comes with aluminum heads and cylinders. The engine also uses electronic fuel injection and is rubber mounted for enhanced smoothness.

For 2014 the Seventy Two gets a revised braking system that now includes larger rotors and optional ABS. Moreover, the hand controls were also revised for improved ergonomics and the close loop exhaust system is entirely new for lower emissions and stronger performances.

The 2014 Harley Davidson Seventy Two can be yours for no less than $10,849.

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2014 Harley Davidson Forty-Eight

2014 Harley Davidson Forty-Eight

Meet the new 2014 Harley Davidson Forty Eight. Compared to the previous generation the new version gained a new color, stronger brakes and more comfortable hand controls. The biggest improvement is represented by the new closed loop exhaust system which enhances the engine’s performances and makes it more environmentally friendly. The new exhaust system features a twin design, new durable mufflers with exhaust shields, a catalyst and mini heated oxygen sensors.

Perhaps it goes without saying that the motorcycle continues to be propelled by the old, air-cooled 1200cc, Evolution engine which cranks out a maximum torque of 70.8 ft-lb at 3,500 rpm. The engine features electronic fuel injection and light, aluminum heads and cylinders. Its power is sent to the ground via a modern six speed transmission.

In terms of style the 2014 Harley Davidson Forty-Eight comes with black powder-coated cylinders, lots of chrome, a peanut fuel tank and a round headlight.

The bike is offered with a base price of $10,749.

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2014 Harley Davidson 1200 Custom

2014 Harley Davidson 1200 Custom

The Harley Davidson 1200 Custom has received a series of small upgrades for 2014. The most important ones include the new brakes, the hand controls and a modern close loop exhaust system.

The motorcycle is built around the air-cooled, 1200cc Evolution engine which features aluminum heads and cylinders. The engine is also combined with an electronic fuel injection system which makes it more reliable and easier to maintain. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine is rubber-mounted and delivers an average fuel consumption of 48 mpg.

The engine is fed by a 4.5 gallons fuel tank and is mated on a six speed transmission.

The bike rides on chrome 5-spoke wheels wrapped in 130/90B16 72H front and 150/80B16 77H rear tires.

The 2014 Harley Davidson 1200 Custom (USA version) is offered with a base price of $10,649.

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2013 Harley - Davidson Sportster Forty - Eight

2013 Harley - Davidson Sportster Forty - Eight

The 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight XL1200X is another custom looking bike developed by the famous American manufacturer.

The bike features a unique design and you’ll especially like the classic peanut fuel tank with its powerful bulldog look. The custom appearance of the motorcycle is also enhanced by the slammed black drag-style handlebar with speedo and under mount mirror.

This new custom Harley rides on 16 inch wheels wrapped in 130/90B16 73H front and 150/80B16 77H rear tires. Its classic design is combined with a modern air-cooled, Evolution, 1,202 cc engine which cranks out 98 Nm of torque at 3200 rpm, with a combined fuel consumption of 4.9 liters / 100 km. For maximum performance the engine features aluminum heads and cylinders, electronic fuel injection and is also rubber-mounted so is able to ride smooth for thousands of miles.

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2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom 110 Anniversary Edition

2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom 110 Anniversary Edition

The Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom 110 Anniversary Edition is a true eye catcher. With its fat, in-your-face front end, the thick triple clamp and beefy front tyre wrapped around a 16-inch chrome laced wheel it will manage to get noticed every time it passes down the street.

Among the unique features available for the 110 Anniversary Edition you’ll find the optional 110th Anniversary Gas Tank Medallion, 110th Anniversary Serialization Plaque and 110th Anniversary Edition "Living Art" Finishes and 110th Anniversary Paint Styling. On the list of standard features there are chrome laced wheels, new Rear LED Lighting, hand finished fuel tank and premium paint.

The motorcycle is powered by a 1,202 cc air cooled engine which delivers a maximum torque of 95 Nm at 3500 rpm and offers an average fuel consumption of 4.9 liters / 100 km.

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2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow XL883L

2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow XL883L

The Harley Davidson Sportster SuperLow measures only 26.8 inches between the saddle and the tarmac so it truly deserves the SuperLow name.

The bike is powered by Harley Davidson’s iconic Evolution engine also known as the Blockhead. The unit is based on the legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, but is packed with a series of modern features which make it stronger and more reliable (air cooling, aluminum heads and cylinders and electronic fuel injection). The engine has an 883 cc displacement and delivers a maximum torque of 67 Nm at 4,500 rpm, while the combined fuel consumption is rated at 4.6 l/100 km.

The motorcycle is equipped with Michelin Scorcher tyres which provide superior performance, sensational grip, impressive durability and great handling thanks to their exclusive deep-cut tread design. Furthermore, under the rear rubber, aramid belts are used to stabilize the ride.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

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.

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2013 Harley - Davidson Sportster Iron 833

2013 Harley - Davidson Sportster Iron 833

The 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 833 XL883N features an exclusive custom look underlined by the chopped fenders, peanut fuel tank and the classic profile. Besides its tasty mix of design lines and attractive accessories, the motorcycle is also equipped with modern technologies and a very capable power plant.

Talking about the engine, the Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 833 is propelled by an air-cooled, Evolution unit with a displacement of 883 cc. The engine is combined with a five speed transmission and cranks out 67 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. Is also worthy of being mentioned that the fuel consumption is rated at 4.6 liters / 100 km.

The Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 833 is offered with a factory installed 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.

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2013 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Roadster

2013 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Roadster

The 2013 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Roadster was especially developed to offer a high level of comfort. The motorcycle features mid-mounted controls which and an ergonomically designed seat which offers a first class riding position.

Needless to say that you also get intuitive controls and the turn signals are self-canceling which means that they know how long to stay on based on the speed and angle of the motorcycle.

The 2013 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Roadster sits on Michelin Scorcher tyres which provide superior grip and excellent handling. The bike is kept in check by dual disc front brakes witch feature 4-piston fixed calipers grabbing on floating rotors.

Power comes from an air-cooled, Evolution engine with a displacement of 883 cc. The unit develops a maximum torque of 67 Nm at 4,500 and was born from the legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C Custom

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C Custom

The Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Custom is as all-American as any bike can get. Built for the long and winding roads of the country, this custom cruiser was designed with the idea of being an all-around companion for the most ardent of riders.

A wide front end and chunky 16" tire gives the new Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom a strong and contemporary stance. It features plenty of all the trademark Harley amenities, including new wheels, a pull-back handlebar, and a reshaped LED tail lamp. All these elements give the Sportster 1200 Custom an exciting new look that should be an eye candy to a lot of riders. The headlamp offers a reshaped classic Sporter "eyebrow" look while the taillight comes with a new shape that features a bright, low-maintenance LED element. The pull-back handlebar, a critical piece of Harley’s design engineering, is mounted on a curved riser that likewise incorporates an LED warning light display. The bike is then finished off with a pair of chrome, 5-Spoke cast aluminum wheels on the front and rear and wrapped in Michelin Scorcher “31” tires.

In terms of powertrain, the Sportster 1200 Custom is far from a push-over, thanks to a mighty and rubber mounted 1200cc Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and mated to a five-speed transmission and a dual staggered exhaust system.

On top of all of its features, the Sportster 1200 Custom also comes with an H-D1 factory customization, a new opportunity that allows the customer to choose from seven option categories to optimize fit, function and style. By selecting from available factory-installed wheels, handlebars, seats, paint, foot control position, security system, and engine finish, the customer can create a 1200 Custom that is a truly personalized motorcycle that oozes of power and attitude.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster

Some bikes are made to thrill while others are made to shrill. The Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200N Nightster is both - and a whole lot more.

Ever since its introduction in 2007, the Nightster model has prowled the streets with a deep, menacing growl. Its low, dark, and aggressive, and its styling has brought back some serious attitude to Harley’s Sportster family. With chopped front and rear fenders, a side-mounted license plate, a low 25.3" seat height, old-school front fork gaiters, and raw-boned graphics, the Sportster Nightster has become the ideal no-nonsense cruiser bike Harley-Davidson fans have come to love.

Other design details of the Sportster Nightster include a chopped front fender with black brackets and lightening holes, a chopped rear fender with black supports, black fork sliders and fork gaiters, a Sportster Classic solo seat, a black headlamp body with a black visor and satin trim ring, a low-rise handlebar and black riser, and a new pair of laced steel wheels with chrome spokes and black hubs.

What makes the Sportster Nightster all the more impressive, apart from its design, is its performance capabilities. To ensure that the Nightster upholds its bad-ass reputation, Harley fitted the bike with a rubber-mounted 1200cc Evolution V-Twin powertrain with an Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) system and mated to a five-speed transmission.

Unlike the rest of Harley’s family of models, the Nightster has been around for a little over four years. But in that time, it has become one of the most sought-after cruisers on the market, mainly because it’s stealthy look matches well with the customer’s need for a powerful and versatile cruiser.

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2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight

2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight

The all-new Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight is a bike that drips power and attitude, something that its builder, Harley-Davidson, wasted the bike to exude.

Can we blame them? If you see this bike prowling the streets, then you best get out of its way. The Forty-Eight is the personification of an urban brawler; from the fat, balloon tires to the all-steel peanut tank to the solo seat and all the custom touches in-between, the Forty-Eight is a mighty two-wheeled trampler that owns the concrete road.

In terms of design, Harley-Davidson wanted to build a bike that not only performs like a beast, but looks like one too. The 26" seat height offers a low profile, while the peanut tank and big 16" wheels combine for a menacing look that could only come from Harley-Davidson. Custom touches have also been added, including a chopped front fender mounted on fork brace with lightening holes, a slammed speedometer, under bar mounted mirrors, a low profile custom handlebar, a side-mounted license plate, and a pair of 16" black, laced steel wheels.

For all of its imposing aesthetic characteristics, the heart of the Forty-Eight is still its rubber-mounted 1,200cc Evolution V-Twin powertrain, one that comes with an Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), a chrome, shorty dual exhaust with slash-cut mufflers, and a five-speed transmission.

Any which way you look at the Harley Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight, you’ll go back to the same conclusion: it’s the kind of meaty cruiser that you’d love to have in your garage.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow

The Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow is a throwback to what Harley’s are all about: fun to ride, easy to own, and plenty of performance.

We all know that any motorcycle is more enjoyable when its fit, function, and styling are a perfect match to its owner. That’s why the Sportster XL883L SuperLow is such a fun bike because it offers plenty of the things riders enjoy in a low-hung cruiser. Balanced and responsive handling is a key element of the SuperLow, helping the rider and the machine glide through corners with smooth confidence. The bike’s combination of wheel size, radial tires, and front-end geometry also contributes to its outstanding maneuverability while the final drive ratio is matched to the rear wheel size to provide smooth acceleration.

The bike also offers a generous rear-suspension travel while it’s aerodynamic design comes with plenty of advantages, including a deeply cushioned seat and an easy-reach handlebar that provides outstanding comfort.

In terms of performance the SuperLow has riders covered with an Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), which Harley rubber-mounted to reduce the powertrain vibration. The engine is then mated to a five-speed transmission with a dual staggered exhaust system.

Find out more about the Harley Davidson Sportster XL883L SuperLow after the jump.

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2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883N Iron 883

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883N Iron 883

The Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883N Iron 883 is the personification of a stealthy and evocative bike that the Sportster line has been known for since it was born on the gritty dirt tracks and drag strips of the 50’s.

Fast forward to 2012 and the Iron 883 is still a favorite cruiser for Harley enthusiasts, highlighted by a design that evokes its Dark Custom styling.

Among the stand-out features of the Iron 883 include new black side covers, black powder-coated engine and covers, a black headlamp bucket with black visor and a satin trim ring, a black drag-style handlebar and riser, a chrome exhaust with dual straight-cut mufflers, black fork sliders and fork gaiters, and a pair of 13-spoke cast aluminum wheels wrapped in 31" Michelin Scorcher front and rear tires.

Inside, the Iron 883 runs with an 883cc Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The ridiculously powerful engine comes with a five-speed transmission with a dual staggered exhaust system.

True to its calling as an all-world cruiser, the Iron 883 takes attitude to a really, really dark place. It reflects the style of riders who want a quality
ride with no hassles; it’s the blacked-out, back-alley bruiser that’s considered the “anti-chrome” Harley model.

The Iron 883 is for those who want their first taste of that ride-hard-and-put-up-wet lifestyle that Dark Customs bikes are famous for.

Find out more about the Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 after the jump.

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Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight goes against the women of roller derby [w/video]

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight goes against the women of roller derby [w/video]

Uwe Wachtendorf of Cycle Canada rides the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight on the roller girls track in the quest for the ideal cover shot for their next month’s issue. The joining is a stretch and they admit it in the video, but my opinion is that, considering the way some of those women look, they should have used the FAT Boy model.

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2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X

2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X

As hard as it may be to believe, Harley-Davidson’s XR1200X model was only available in Europe ever since it was introduced a year ago, keeping Americans away from the bike’s 74 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm and 40-degree lean angle, not to mention the impressive looks. But it is all over now that Harley announced that the 2011 model year comes stateside (how does that even sound considering the American company’s huge fan clubs stretching from coast to coast).

For a price of $11,799, the 2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X offers a lot. To begin with, the sports bike features Showa Big Piston front forks with adjustable rebound, compression and preload working together with the dual Showa rear shocks with 36mm pistons and piggyback nitrogen-charged reservoirs. Also, the front brakes – 292mm full-floating rotors and four-piston calipers – are supplied by Nissin.

But this bike is definitely all about the looks and with the rider positioned in a rather sporty riding position – at 29.2 inches from the ground, gripping on rear-mount pegs and holding on to dirt track-style handlebars – it will most likely be a hit in the States as well. So the question remains: why would H-D test the old continent market before introducing the bike here? Anyway, colors available for 2011 are Black Denim and White Hot Denim.

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Old school yet modern: Harley-Davidson Sportster Bobber

Old school yet modern: Harley-Davidson Sportster Bobber

This eye-catching bobber is a personal project of Richard Dunn and it actually started from a 1975 Harley-Davidson Sportster. When he bought the bike, it had all of its original parts on (apart from a weld-on hardtail), so it was just a matter of restoring, reshaping or upgrading the different components that now turn it into a bobber.

Featuring 3-inch lower suspension supporting the original 7-spoke mag wheels as well as a new generation Sportster fuel tank and a custom oil tank, this bike turns from old school into modern. The bars, which are bolted on H-D risers, were supplied by Biltwell Keystone, while Front Street Cycle sent in the rear fender and Baas Metal Craft the thin seat. This last piece is actually described as being “wrapped with foam and some saddle cowhide with a tight stitch around the perimeter,” just so you’ll see the attention to details that this thing required.

Apart from the main parts mentioned above, Dunn’s blood, sweat and tears helped at making the old H-D Sportster look and perform like a one-of-a-kind bobber that is best represented by these gorgeous pictures.

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2010 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

2010 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

Harley-Davidson has today revealed their latest “all-new” motorcycle that they add to the 2010 Sportster 1200 lineup, the Forty-Eight. While the bike gets the consecrated H-D air-cooled Evolution 1200 engine and five-speed transmission, Sportster fans will most likely be attracted by the radical new stylistic approach, meaning low profile custom handlebar with under-mounted mirrors, a shorty-style front mudguard and a cut-down rear one, both being wrapped around 16” fat, 150-section tires. The solo seat is positioned at only 26 inches from the ground and we also like the fact that the ’48 features a multitude of blacked-out components. Starting at $10,499 in black, the latest Sportster 1200 qualifies as an entry-level H-D with high-end finishing touches. Also, there’s an abundance of options, including a pillion seat kit, but find out more in the press release after the jump.

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Harley-Davidson Nightster café racer by Deus

Harley-Davidson Nightster café racer by Deus

Australia-based tuner Deus Ex Machina has turned the Harley-Davidson Nightster into a café racer that they call the Deus Special. The original 1200cc V-Twin motor was kept, but the bike now offers a completely different riding experience and the muscular looks are sure to indicate that from the very first glance.

Deus told hell for leather magazine they’ve used modified Yammy SR400 tank, quick release strap, new taps etc.
custom fender’ectomy....warren got handy with the drill bits
custom 2 into 1, retuned fuel maps to suit
single saddle conversion
kept the belt drive, chains look nicer but the customer wanted his pants to stay up.

What’s not to like about this custom motorcycle?

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Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH by WrenchMonkees

Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH by WrenchMonkees

1959 Harley-DavidsonSportster XLCH

Looking at the stock Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH and at what the crew at WrenchMonkees could do with it, you won’t find many differences, but the fact is that this hardtail is now the result of a mix between the HD motorcycle and Husqvarna parts in an attempt to stand out the off-road side of the original machine even more.

The source of around 60 horsepower is a 900cc V-Twin engine supplied with gas by an S&S carburetor, while the megatron dual exhaust is a WM creation. The hardtail rear frame (probably this bike’s most distinctive part) was also built by the Copenhagen-based custom motorcycle builder and together with the Borani style rims with Pirelli rubber, gives a scrambler look to the attractive thing.

What sets this custom further apart from its American DNA is the Husqvarna CR tank with its European style, but also WM components such as the fender, seat, headlight and taillight as well as the custom paint.

The WrenchMonkees Sportster XLCH is priced at just under $21 grand (DKR 105.000). Read the specs after the break.

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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 XL Sportster 1200 Custom/Low/Nightster

2009 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 1200 Custom/Low/Nightster

Because the Sportster family wouldn’t be the same without the 1200cc models, Harley-Davidson caries on producing the Custom, Low and Nightster models with small tweaks and calls them 2009 model years. Similar and yet differently styled, the bikes are out to get each one of those who have long planned to buy a Harley and finally decided on what family to start with.

The Low model is a comfy, agile and classy Sportster, the Nightster is a veritable bad boy machine and the Custom comes as the right combination between the first two models.

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2009 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883 Low/Custom

2009 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster 883 Low/Custom

While the 2009 Sportster lineup is completed with the introduction of the brand new Iron 883, we shouldn’t forget how this model was born from the combination between the Low and Custom ones that have kept on going strong in the last few years. These bikes are also new and look like being built following some unique recipes, but in fact they’re nothing but different rides suiting different rider needs while benefiting of the same V-twin engine.

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2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883

Harley-Davidson is adapting to the motorcycle market’s most recent demands and the best proof of this fact is the newly launched blacked-out Sportster model. The latest Dark Custom of the series shares most features with its larger sibling, the Nightster 1200, but not the engine and therefore not the price. Everything from the slammed suspension to the side-mounted license plate holder is there, but the most important unit – the V-twin engine – displaces 883ccs while the price starts just under $8K.

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The proper interpretation for “Metal Horse”

The proper interpretation for “Metal Horse”

This Harley-Davidson Sportster underwent an unusual transformation which may very well bring the behavior from the old west back on modern highways in the mind of the author, of course.

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Harley-Davidson Iron 883 gets promotional video

Harley’s latest addition to their Dark Custom lineup – the Iron 883 – is nothing more than a blacked-out, stripped-down Sportster which addresses to the younger crowd, but it sure rocks.

In the promotional video, the bike is presented as being perfect for commuting, cruising and even to be ridden down the drag track in the weekends. And by the way, becoming a part of the exclusive Harley-Davidson club requires no password apart from the machine’s $7,899 MSRP.

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Harley-Davidson “Ride Free” program

Harley-Davidson “Ride Free” program

Starting from the idea that a guarantee should mean something, Harley-Davidson uses the power of example and launches a program called Ride Free through which they encourage riders to buy the Sportster model.

More precisely, those who buy a ’08 or ’09 Sportster (excluding XR1200) from a participating dealer until March 31, 2009 are offered the opportunity to ride it for up to one full year and then trade it for a new Dyna, Softail, VRSC or Toruing model and receive the original MSRP value of their Sportster motorcycles.

Also, those who already own a ’07, ’08 or ’09 Sportster can trade it until March 31 and have the same benefits.

Although that might seem like one great opportunity (which it actually is), it is recommended that you take in consideration the fact that the economy is going through a tough period and there will be more and more such offers. Still, in March the weather starts being just good for riding so I bet you won’t abstain yourself.

Find out more about Ride Free at http://www.h-d.com/ridefree.

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Harley brings the best of it to you through an inspiring clip!

See what makes each of Harley’s 5 motorcycle families unique. Includes interviews with the engineers and designers, including Willie G. Davidson. Clip 1. Softail, Dyna Clip 2. VRSC, Sportster Clip 3. Touring

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2008 Harley-Davidson XR1200

2008 Harley-Davidson XR1200

Harley-Davidson’s latest racing success shows inspiration behind new model launch
In 1970 Harley-Davidson introduced a new 750cc, 4 speed, 90 bhp V-twin engine motorcycle specifically for flat track racing, the XR750. Little did the engineers realise that the bike they had produced would go on to become the world’s most successful flat track bike, destined to dominate championships from the early 1970’s through to the present day.
The XR750’s success was underlined again (in 2007) with Kenny (...)

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New Two-Up Low Rear Shock Kit for Harley-Davidson Sportster models

New Two-Up Low Rear Shock Kit for Harley-Davidson Sportster models

Harley-Davidson Sportster owners can add rear suspension capacity with the new Two-Up Low Rear Shock Kit (P/N 54704-07, $184.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories. These heavy-duty shocks and springs are tuned for the touring rider carrying the weight of a passenger or loaded saddlebags. The shock length and spring rate have been engineered to maintain the original-equipment seat height. The chrome-bodied shocks feature adjustable preload for a comfortable, controlled ride. The (...)

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New Rear Fender Bib from Harley-Davidson

New Rear Fender Bib from Harley-Davidson

Hides Mounting Holes in Rear Fender with Solo Seat.
Designed to cover seat, pillion and luggage rack mounting holes exposed when riding with a solo seat, the decorative Rear Fender Bib from Harley-Davidson Genuine Accessories is form-fitted to hug the contour of the rear fender. Styled to match the original-equipment seat, the Rear Fender Bib for Fat Boy (P/N 52038-08; $69.95) and Softail Deluxe (P/N 52018-08; $69.95) models features a textured leather insert. The Rear Fender Bib for (...)

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2008 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom

2008 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster 1200 Custom

Sparkling chrome sets the 1200 Custom apart from other Sportster models. A chrome Laced 21-inch front and chrome Slotted Disc Cast Aluminum rear wheel, chrome engine highlights, chrome handlebar and headlight, and a polished fuel tank console give this model a custom gleam. Forward controls and a pull-back handlebar riser put the rider in a laid-back position that’s perfect for cruising.

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The lean and hungry Nightster debuts in Milwaukee

The lean and hungry Nightster debuts in Milwaukee

On Thursday March 29, the House of Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee hosted a Nightster Motorcycle Launch Party. The event - the first of its kind - was held at the HiHat & Garage on Milwaukee’s East Side.
Motorcycles lined the street outside the bars, but the motorcycle that stole the show was actually inside. On display within the HiHat & Garage were two 2007 Harley-Davidson XL 1200N Nightster motorcycles - the newest, grittiest, bare-knuckled edition of H-D’s Sportster motorcycles. (...)

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2007 Harley-Davidson XL 1200N Nightster

2007 Harley-Davidson XL 1200N Nightster

Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycles get a burst of adrenalin with the launch of the new XL 1200N Nightster. With a wicked combination of exceptional performance, unique design and a low seat height, the Nightster has a gritty, urban feel offering a sharp ride for the street.

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2007 Harley-Davidson XL 883R Sportster 883R

2007 Harley-Davidson XL 883R Sportster 883R

It is the racing history of the Sportster family, specifically the Harley-Davidson XR flat-track racers, that fuels the 2007 XL Sportster 883R design.

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2007 Harley-Davidson 50th Anniversary Sportster

2007 Harley-Davidson 50th Anniversary Sportster

Marking the evolution of a hot rod, the 50th Anniversary Sportster honors the family heritage with a special 1200cc model sure to stun on the street. With the new standard Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) system, new gauges and handlebar wiring, the 50th Anniversary Sportster stands out in the tradition of previous commemorative Harley-Davidson models. Special features include gold "50th" tank emblem, serialized bar clamp nameplate with "50th" logo, "H" logo silk screening on side cover and embroidered seat marking 50 years of production. Paying tribute to a legend, the Anniversary Sportster is offered in two appropriate commemorative colors, Mirage Orange and Vivid Black. Production will be limited to 2,000 motorcycles.

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2007 Harley-Davidson XL 1200 Sportster 1200 Custom

2007 Harley-Davidson XL 1200 Sportster 1200 Custom

A powerful performer that goes the distance in style, the XL Sportster 1200 Custom features a 4.5-gallon fuel tank and fuel-injected XL Evolution 1200cc engine. New gauges include a clock, low-fuel warning light and two trip set odometers, while longer handlebar wires provide more customization options. Reduced clutch and break lever effort make the XL Sportster 1200C that much more fun to ride.

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