When the original FXS Low Rider hit showroom floors back in ’77, it was immediately popular and dominated Harley-Davidson sales. Based on the FX Super Glide, which was essentially a mishmash of parts from the big-frame FL and smaller XL (Sportster) models, the FXS was the first attempt by the factory (under the blighted AMF banner) to emulate the look of the home-job customs that were popular at the time.
Since then, the FXS changed from the original, hard-mount frame to the rubber-mount, FXR frame in the early eighties, and has been built on the new, hybrid Dyna frame (FXDL) since ’91. Fast forward to 2017, and you can see The Motor Company hard at it to further improve and refine the Low Rider, and these latest versions are certainly the best yet. Read on to find out why.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider and Low Rider S.
The SuperLow line carries few changes into the ’17 model year, and for the most part can be considered a direct carryover from 2016. 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.
Honestly, at first glance I was a little underwhelmed by this new-for-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.
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.
I like to see these somewhat-special bikes; they pay homage to their roots, but aren’t slaves to any specific model. So far, the special Sporties have been relevant, and it seems the designers aren’t jumping the shark quite yet so I look forward to the next concept. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at what makes the Forty-Eight so, well, forty-eightish.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight.
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.
Harley-Davidson adds to its extensive ’small bike’ family with the 2015 Iron 883. With roots going all the way back through earlier XL models to the 1950’s K-Model, the Iron has a top-notch pedigree with plenty of modern features to keep it relevant in the current entry-level market. To me, this is yet another example of how the factory tends to look back to established traditions while pushing forward into new technology and ever-increasing customer expectations.
Continue reading for more information on the Harley-Davidson Iron 883.
Black-out is the name of the game with Harley-Davidson’s Fat Bob — a member in good standing of the Dark Custom series. While the Fat Bob only saw a new paint color for 2015, for 2016 Harley slapped that High Output Twin Cam 103™ engine in it for some extra sexiness. With fat tires, an extreme riding position, and hot-rod styling, the Fat Bob looks like a beast and yeah, it talks the talk, but it also walks the walks when it comes to performance.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob.
With its classic style, potent engine and faultless ergonomics, the Harley Davidson 883 Roadster is without a doubt one of the most wanted models in its class.
The motorcycle is propelled by the air-cooled, Evolution engine with a displacement of 883 cc which features aluminium heads and cylinders, and electronic fuel injection.
The stopping power is handled by a new set of brakes which feature bigger 300mm brake rotors paired with a stylized front caliper with 34mm pistons and a stylized rear caliper to match. For enhanced performances the motorcycle is also offered with standard anti-lock brakes (ABS).
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the Harley-Davidson 883 Roadster rides on Michelin Scorcher tyres with a deep-cut tread design which deliver a great grip and improve handling.
Hit the jump for more information on the Harley-Davidson 883 Roadster.
Harley Davidson has taken the wraps off its all new project. Named the Livewire, the new project represents Harley’s entrance into the world of electric bikes.
While many purists may consider this approach a blasphemy for the company’s heritage, many others look at it like a welcomed step forward in terms off efficiency and innovation.
The company says that its all new electric motorcycle will be available for test to select customers across the US. The US tour will cover 30 dealerships and it will be followed by Canada and Europe.
Harley added that at the moment, the new model is still in the project faze and won’t go into production, as its only purpose is to test the reaction of Harley’s customers across the world and to experiment with the new technology.
Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company declared “America at its best has always been about reinvention. And, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history.”
Levatich added: “This builds on many recent reinvention successes for Harley-Davidson. In just the last few years, we’ve broadened our reach to serve an increasingly diverse society, as well as reinvented our approach to product development and manufacturing. This has resulted in cutting-edge products like the recently launched Project Rushmore touring bikes, Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 models and this reveal of Project LiveWire.”
You can learn more about the project by visiting the dedicated site released by the company - projectlivewire.com .
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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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Meet the all-new 2014 Harley Davidson Dyna Low Rider which draws inspiration from the iconic Low Rider that dominated the American streets back in the 70’s.
The bike has been built with agility in mind, so it comes with a relatively low weight (292 kg) and compact dimensions, two features that help you maneuver it without too much fuss.
Power comes from an air-cooled Twin Cam 103 injected v-twin lump engine with a displacement of 1690cc. The unit cranks out a maximum power of 75 hp at 5010 rpm and 126 Nm of torque at 3,500 and is paired with a 2-into-1 exhaust.
The stopping power is handled by dual 4-piston fixed calipers in the front and a 2-pot floating caliper at the rear. There is also available an optional ABS system. The ABS version of the Harley Davidson Dyna Low Rider can be yours for $14,199 (€10,245).
Hit the jump for more information on the Harley Davidson Dyna Low Rider.
“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.
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.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Harley Davidson Seventy Two.
Harley Davidson Has finally revealed its 2014 lineup. Like it was expected, the bikes received both style and technological modifications to make them better suited for the demands of today’s riders.
The Iron 883 makes no exception and for 2014 comes with improved ergonomics and a new close loop exhaust system.
The bike was also fitted with an improved braking system which includes bigger brake rotors and modified calipers. There is also offered an optional ABS system.
The 2014 Harley Davidson Iron 883 is powered by Harley’s iconic air-cooled, Evolution engine which comes with electronic fuel injection and aluminum heads and cylinders. To offer a smooth riding experience the engine was rubber mounted and its power is kept in leash by a six speed transmission.
As far as performances are concerned, the Evolution engine puts out a maximum torque of 53.8 lb ft at 3750 rpm and delivers an average fuel consumption of 51 mpg.
Hit the jump for more information on the Harley Davidson Iron 883 (USA version).
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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Harley-Davidson is a little too much into their style, so they rarely come up with a bike that is truly bad to the bone. But most of their ideas are taken one step further by people such as Mike Wilson of Dyno Mike’s Dynamic Chassis and Sandy Kosman of Kosman Specialties, who have teamed up to build what they call the Harley-Davidson XR124.
They’ve taken Harley’s sportiest ride, the XR1200 and made it look, sound and feel more appealing for the younger crowd, while still retaining the bike’s original style. In other words, they’ve mounted an S&S 124 cubic inch Evo engine on a twin shock rubber mount frame with a Buell XB12 front end (meaning upside down fork, front fender and six-piston caliper). The aluminum tank and rear fender were ordered from Evan Wilcox.
These guys aren’t just bike assemblers, so they’ve built their own exhaust and wheels. Overall, the thing weighs less than 500 pounds, which should make it flickable, while the power-to-weight ratio should make things at least very interesting.
As with most successful tuner projects, this bike looks like it was actually made like this by the manufacturer, but we can only wish H-D would build such a bike.
You can’t entirely say what’s not perfect with a bike until it ends up in the hands of tuning specialists and they strengthen its weak points in the very often successful attempt of making the best better. This is exactly the case of the Storz XR1200 based on Harley’s flat-track style road bike.
Steve Storz, founder and boss of Storz Performance, who worked at this project, told MCN: “The XR1200 is decent bike in its stock form, but in my opinion it needs help in two areas: suspension and overall weight."
So the H-D specialist concentrated on upgrading the bike using lighter parts mainly on the chassis and bodywork sides. The suspension, wheels, brakes, exhaust, handlebars and seat unit are anything but standard parts as the bike gets Storz/Ceriani Inverted fork, YSS piggyback shocks, wire spoke wheels with alloy rims and billet hubs, chain drive conversion kit and solo seat tail section, just to mention some of its most important tuning features. The bike also features lowered clip-ons handlebars and a billet alloy footrest and gearlever kit. Overall weight was reduced by approximately 33 lbs (14.9kg), so I guess this is a truly accomplished mission.
What we like most about the Storz Performance XR1200 is the fact that without any engine upgrade or mod, it really turns into a much greater overall performer.
At last year’s end, the world had witnessed the first ever Harley successful backflip achieved on a modified XR1200 by our favorite Australians. While that premier was already impressive, the Aussies are now exploiting the bike’s full stunting potential and have recently established an unofficial world record for the world’s longest Harley jump, 157.6 feet. Also, they got their hands on a HD Sportster 883 and started looping it around in the globe of death, so it’s one crazy idea after the other in the minds of those who have turned the XR1200 into a record-breaking machine. Videos are attached after the jump.
Nobody has ever before attempted to backflip a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and when the idea finally struck, it did in two different heads, that of Kain Saul in Australia and Chuck Carothers in Prague. They both recently performed their backflips on Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles, meaning that both deserve our recognition and appreciation, despite the fact that the XR1200 used by Kain was specially-prepped for the job while Chuck’s much more rigid XR1200 threw him to the ground. See both videos after the jump.
Now that Harley-Davidson is concentrating on its own brand after bringing Buell to a sad end of the road and planning to sell MV Agusta, we became even more interested in their future plans and came across a concept bike designed by Miguel Cotto. The interesting part about it is that, unlike the usual concept designs that we see nowadays, power comes from a high-revving 883cc engine claimed to retain the HD sound that drives bikers crazy about their bikes.
We like the hubless wheels and this concept HD motorcycle in general, but certainly can’t imagine a pack of highway wolfs getting their beards on this baby not even ten years from this day.
Every now and then, Harley-Davidson looks back at their most successful history times and at the motorcycles representing those times just so that they get inspired and create new interesting models that would determine the growth of their lineups without drifting away from the original American style. Back in 2008, they’ve come up with the XR1200, which is no more or less than a bigger, street legal version of the notorious XR750 raced at AMA Flat Track championships and rode by daredevil Evel Knievel, but the new bike was only destined for Europe. It seems that the demand for such a model there was higher, but now the Harley-Davidson XR1200 is available in the US too as a 2009 model year so we’re fresh off this new American ride and ready to share our experience with you.
It finally happened! Someone thought at combining the looks of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with an electric motor and the result is definitely something that most fans of the American builder could enjoy as their future bad boy toy. But how does the name Harley-Davidson even stand next to words such as electric motor, green technology and so on? French designer Nicolas Petit is the man that made it possible and although the intention was to design the electric cruiser in the Milwaukee style, the first thing that prospects will ask for is the V-twin engine powering all present Harley-Davidson models and the only electric thing fitted on those is the starter. So that’s where the title comes from.
Called the Trunk, this concept bike is definitely appealing and the motor, which is enclosed in a rounded case, isn’t that bad either. The only problem is that the oddly named thing will never sound, vibrate and feel like a veritable Harley-Davidson motorcycle and that’s in contradiction with all that this manufacturer is all about.
Throughout history, Harley-Davidson proved it has the power adapt, but an electric motor will only power the company on its big cloud reserved in Heaven. Or is that just me?
Harley-Davidson has just started taking pre-orders for the much raved XR-1200 model and if you’re quick you might just have yours in December. How is that possible? Simple, you got to have a thing for the Orange and
Black version –as it is the first one to be shipped – and subscribe for one of the first 750 bikes to be produced. Either that number is or isn’t met until Dec 15th, the American motorcycle maker will stop taking orders.
At an MSRP of only $11,179, it isn’t that hard to take a decision and call +17148914300 to book yours.
Harley will start shipping the Silver or Black colored XR-1200’s in February or
March and that is also the period in which you’ll get the Orange and Black one if you won’t pre-order it until the above mentioned date.
The MSRP for the Black painted California version will be reduced to $10,900.