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Harley-Davidson Sportster

The Sportster family got its start in 1952 as an experiment in compact-bike building, and that defining characteristic persists to this day. A narrow frame and skinny front end define the look, usually with either a peanut tank or a teardrop tank to fill out the upper line. The powerplant is based on the Evolution Sportster engine that first rolled in 1986, and it combines engine and transmission within a common casting.

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2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster

2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster

Maybe not fast, but it’s certainly quick

A little sparse, a little spare, and an exercise in understatement describes the new-in-2016 Harley-Davidson Roadster, at least in appearance. Performance-wise, it’s agile with a greater lean angle than what you typically find in the Sportster stable. Not just a cut-down Sportster, the Roadster features a different frame and enhanced suspension along with the tried-and-true air-cooled Evolution engine.

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2018 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

2018 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200

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

Harley-Davidson expands the Sportster family with the new-in-2018 Iron 1200. Retro is in, so the ’70s-esque paint and custom touches drawn from that era 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 raises the Iron stable’s displacement ceiling to draw new customers from a market that has been in decline for over a decade.

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2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Iron 883

2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Iron 883

Nothing Comes Out Of The Hole Like A Sporty

When Harley-Davidson makes changes to the Iron 883, they stay 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.

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2015 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom

2015 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom

Showing Off A Brand New Look

The 1200 Custom in Harley-Davidson’s Sportster line went into 2018 with a new look and hit the streets with the tried and true 1200 Evolution® engine along with the 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.

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2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special

This Is What Sportster Owners Have Been Doing With Their Own Bikes For Generations

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. It all in the details, though, and it’s the details that separates it from its predecessor.

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2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

2016 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

It’s lean and mean with dark custom attitude

The Forty-Eight from Harley-Davidson’s Sportster stable has that signature bulldog stance with beefy front forks and fat tires on a narrow frame. The 1,202 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.

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2015 - 2019 Harley-Davidson SuperLow

2015 - 2019 Harley-Davidson SuperLow

It’s Unintimidating For New Folks, Yet Fun For Experienced Riders

Powered by the 883 cc Evolution engine, the SuperLow 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.

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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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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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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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