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2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic
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- 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic Review

All the regal long-haul power and comfort of the Road King® with an extra touch of nostalgia

The Road King® Classic model takes the nostalgic look and feel of the Road King a little further with extra details for this road-worthy touring bike, like leather-wrapped saddlebags, nostalgic chrome fuel tank console, tooled metal detailing on the fender, tank, seat and bags, and chrome laced wheels with wide whitewall tires. The innovative Harley-Davidson® Touring chassis is based on a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and a stout swingarm developed to withstand the demands of long-haul touring riders and today's powerful engines.

Residing beneath all that fine detail is the powerful 1690 cc, Twin Cam 103™ engine with integrated oil cooler, and an Anti-lock
Braking System and a Smart Security System are available as a factory-installed option.

Add in the standard electronic cruise control and the Road King® Classic proves, once again, that no one else can combine a glorious heritage with modern features and technology like Harley-Davidson.

 

CLASSIC FUEL TANK

Part of the unmistakable style of the Harley-Davidson® Road King® Classic motorcycle is plenty of room for showing off your paint. This classically styled, bold six-gallon fuel tank doesn't just give you a bigger canvas for premium or custom paint; it holds six gallons of go so you can eat up a lot more road between pit stops. We know fuel economy is important—but so is style. A dual-color paint scheme, crisp pinstripes that accentuate the clean lines of the bike and unique Harley-Davidson tank medallions make this ride the real king of the road.

CLASSIC HIAWATHA HEADLAMP

Big and commanding, this headlamp hearkens back to the Big Twins of the 60s. You get nothing less than the latest in materials and technology. Clear-lens reflector optics provide a longer distance high beam and wider low beam. It's a bright, striking daytime lamp that blasts a little further into the night. There's just no beating the classic lines of that sweeping headlight nacelle.

LEATHER-WRAPPED SADDLEBAGS

Unique to the Road King® Classic model are injection-molded hard saddlebags draped in premium leather. The intricate, hand-tooled leather is stitched with style and extremely durable as compared to other leather-wrapped bags out on the road. Bottom line—they keep their shape and never sag. And as the leather ages, it adds to the classic, old school attitude of the bike. With a capacity of 1.85 cu. ft. volume of storage, these slick bags keep your things conveniently tucked away on the road, and easy to access whenever you need them.

TANK MOUNTED GAUGES

Tank-mounted fuel gauges boast traditional styling while offering you a clean, unobstructed view of the electric speedometer and odometer. A little chrome never hurts either. You'll only find these unique gauges on the Road King® and Road King® Classic models.

WIDE WHITEWALL TIRES

One of the defining styling features of the Road King® Classic model is the nostalgic wide whitewall tires with premium laced wheels. A nod to the 1950s boulevard look, these fat rubber rollers are just the right throwback detail from Harley-Davidson that ups the ante in any scene. Total old school styling without sacrificing handling or performance.

UNIQUE REAR FENDER STYLING

At the tail end of the Road King® Classic model, a cool premium chrome accent tells those behind you exactly how you roll. With the legendary H-D® forged in the chrome, there's no way anyone can mistake the quality and style of The Motor Company. The license plate bracket sits high up on the fender and, as an extra touch, we throw a little LED lighting around the plate for crisp visibility.

PREMIUM PAINT

Up to two times thicker than the competition, custom quality paint comes standard on all Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Clearcoat layering up to five mils deep. Bigger metal flakes. Unique effects in the sunglo and pearl colors. Skimping simply is not in our vocabulary.

HAND FINISHED FUEL TANK

All Harley-Davidson® fuel tanks are finished by hand—that's what makes them stand out from the competition. Their seamless design and unmatched style are unique among all motorcycles on the road. The tanks are one of the first and last things people notice when they lay their eyes on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle—so we make it worth their time.

TWIN CAM 103™ ENGINE HERITAGE

The knowledge of what makes an engine truly move a rider runs deep at The Motor Company, and it was put to good use when we created the Twin Cam 103™ engine. We sweated bullets perfecting every cubic inch, pushing design and technology forward.
And we did it all without compromising one bit of Harley-Davidson's unique styling. Evolved, yet carrying on the legacy of the Flathead, Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead, Evolution®, Twin Cam 88® and Twin Cam 96™ engines that came before. The performance and durability are a direct result of the untold miles logged on the V-Twin since 1909, and the proud heritage that comes from a century's worth of commitment to life on two wheels.

PURE HARLEY-DAVIDSON STYLING

Feast your eyes on the Twin Cam 103™ engine and there's no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you won't find from any other motorcycle company. Black powder-coated heads and cylinders are highlighted by machined cooling fin tips and chrome rocker covers. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power.
From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the Twin Cam 103™ engine makes an ironclad statement to holding on to what's right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.

SIX-SPEED CRUISE DRIVE®

You want a ride that rumbles—not begs for mercy—when you lean on it a little. The Six-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission provides smooth, quiet shifting and reduces engine speed on the highway, so you get a better match between engine turnover and road speed. And the Isolated Drive System makes acceleration flow in a smooth, steady stream from your wrist right down to the pavement. It's a rare ride when a bike responds like this, and a low growl goes a long way when you're opening up the road ahead.

FOUR-POINT ENGINE ISOLATION SYSTEM

After three decades of keeping the vibrations of the Big Twin from getting to the rider, Harley-Davidson engineers decided to take something that is already great and make it even better, perfecting the delicate balance of shake, rattle and ride—comfortably. In 2009, we added a fourth isolation point to our three-point rubber engine isolation system. Just get that Big Twin idling and feel the difference.

CRUISE CONTROL

If you're ready to take touring to the next level, the standard cruise feature will help you settle in for the long haul. Get the comfort of the cruise without the cables cluttering up your handlebar. Our electronic throttle control technology makes it possible to have the best of both worlds.

ARTFULLY HIDDEN TECHNOLOGY

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

INTUITIVE CONTROLS

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

FRAME AND SWINGARM

Change everything. Lose nothing. Our complete redesign of the frame and swingarm has only been around since 2009, and it's already changing the game entirely. Stamped and welded parts and bent tubing were ditched for strong castings and forgings—just like the legendary Harley-Davidson frames of years past. The result is a frame that rides rigid and owns the corners. The acceleration is strong. The ride is tight and responsive. And the feel on the road is confidence inspiring.

LEGENDARY LOW SPEED MANEUVERABILITY

At The Motor Company, we believe you don't make innovative, next-generation Touring motorcycles without shedding a little blood, sweat and tears. And when you get it right—like with the low speed maneuverability on our Touring models—all the other upgrades in the ride just combine to create a big-boned bike that is light and nimble while carving up tight turns or if you find yourself riding in a parade or group ride.

BREMBO® BRAKES

Confidence. Control. High-performance dual disc Brembo® brakes offer consistent stopping power at all speeds. The 4-piston front and rear caliper with dual front rotor brake system is state of the art and top of the line. It's just another way The Motor Company puts a high level of detail into their bikes to give you peace of mind throughout your journey.

AIR-ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION

With air-adjustable suspension that comes standard, you can dial in your ride to accommodate heavier or lighter payloads, battle unexpected road conditions or simply set it to how you like to roll. The lighter the load, the softer you can go by decreasing the air pressure a bit, or increase the air pressure for a more firm ride. A convenient air valve is located between the saddlebag and rear fender for quick adjusting. It's all about rider and passenger comfort and setting your bike to fit your taste—the easy way.

TUNED TO BE RIDDEN

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

FULL-LENGTH FOOTBOARDS

Your boots were made for riding, in any way you see fit. Our full-length footboards boast a tried and true design that's stood the test of time. Rubber vibration isolation for a comfortable ride. Traditional toe shifting is familiar to seasoned riders and intuitive for those just starting out. Heel shifting makes getting through the gears even easier and more convenient. It takes a few rides, but once you've gotten used to the smooth shifting rhythm, you'll never give it up. Plus, height adjustable passenger boards add another level of comfort for your riding partner.

WIDE SET HANDLEBAR

Classic style and maximum comfort. That's the perfect balance of the wide set handlebars that come standard on the Road King® Classic model. They're designed to keep you comfortably propped in a commanding position while making sure your neck muscles stay calm and relaxed mile after mile, state after state. Durable stainless steel insures the structural rigidity you expect from a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle with the deep, lustrous finish you desire.

DETACHABLE WINDSHIELD

Go from touring to cruising in a heartbeat. Leave the screen on for a clean envelope of air over the long haul. Or detach it in seconds for a completely new look and ride. The Lexan® windshield is as tough as they come—durable, scratch resistant, low maintenance. And whether you choose to cruise or keep the shield on, your Road King® Classic motorcycle rules with a nostalgic style and versatility you can make your own.

2-1-2 EXHAUST

Welcome to the crossroads of pure Harley-Davidson style and smart engineering. The 2-1-2 exhaust helps direct heat away from the rider and passenger, while providing ample performance, and signature Harley-Davidson rumble, and big style.

ENGINE IDLE TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

Our motorcycles are built to be ridden. A lot. So that means that rider comfort is top of mind. Always. With the Engine Idle Temperature Management Strategy (EITMS) feature, the motorcycle automatically cuts fuel and fire from the rear cylinder when idling, which helps reduce engine heat felt by rider and passenger. Best part, you can easily turn this feature on or off yourself whenever the bike is stopped

SEAT ENGINEERING AND DESIGN

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


2012 Touring Models: The Legend Rolls On

For 2012, all eight Harley-Davidson® Touring models are powered by a Twin Cam 103TM engine with Automatic Compression Release and an integrated oil cooler. Producing 102 ft. lbs. of peak torque at 3500 rpm, the Twin Cam 103TM engine provides an outstanding performance around town and on the open road. All Touring models also feature the 6-Speed Cruise DriveTM transmission, 41.3 mm telescopic front forks, air-adjustable rear shocks and Isolated Drive System for smooth power delivery. The Harley-Davidson® Touring chassis has a single-spar, rigid-backbone frame and two-piece swingarm designed to deliver responsive manoeuvrability and long-haul durability. Chassis geometry and suspension are calibrated to deliver confident handling and comfort.

All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new "tubeless" Chrome Lace Aluminium Wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair. Six new colours or colour combinations are among the 12 paint options offered within the 2012 Touring model line.

2012 Harley-Davidson® Touring Models

" Road King®
" Road King® Classic
" Electra Glide® Classic
" Ultra Classic® Electra Glide®
" Electra Glide® Ultra Limited
" Street Glide®
" Road Glide® Custom
" Road Glide® Ultra


 


2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic Model Highlights

NEW Rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103™ V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) with heated O2 sensors and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
NEW Tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option
NEW Paint color options
- Black powder-coated powertrain with chrome covers
- Chrome 2-1-2 dual exhaust with slash-up end caps
- Chrome, Laced Steel wheels with wide-whitewall tires
- Chrome, nostalgic fuel tank console with electronic speedometer
- Deep FL front fender with trim
- Clean rear fender with deluxe trim
- Stainless steel, ergonomic handlebar
- One-piece, two-up Road King® seat with tooled leather trim and chrome accents
- Clear, large Lexan® quick-release detachable windshield
- Tooled, leather-wrapped hard saddlebags; 1.85 cu. ft. volume
- Large Hiawatha headlight and chrome nacelle
- Auxiliary passing lights
- Electronic cruise control

 

 

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic Features and Benefits

- 6-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission with integrated Isolated Drive System (IDS)
- Dunlop® “Multi-Tread” rear tire construction extends tire life by 25 percent
- Brembo® 4-piston front and rear caliper with dual front rotor brake system
- Air-adjustable rear shocks
- Full-length rider footboards
- Height-adjustable passenger footboards
- Six-gallon fuel tank
- Optional Original Equipment Custom Color paint program


 

 


 

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price:
Vivid Black $19,599, Solids $19,984, Two-Tone $20,334, Custom Colors $20,504 USD

Dimensions
Length 94.2 in. (2393 mm)
Overall Width 37.5 in. (953 mm)
Overall Height 55.1 in. (1400 mm)
Seat Height:
- Laden2 26.7 in. (678 mm)
- Unladen 28.1 in. (714 mm)
Ground Clearance 5.1 in. (130 mm)
Rake (steering head) 26°
Fork Angle 29.2°
Trail 6.7 in. (170 mm)
Wheelbase 63.5 in. (1613 mm)
Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson® Series, bias wide whitewall):
- Front – D408F WWW 130/90B16 67H
- Rear – D407 WWW 180/65B16 81H
Fuel Capacity 6.0 gal. (22.7 L) (warning light at approximately 1.0 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.0 qts. (3.8 L)
Transmission Capacity 1.0 qt. (.95 L)
Primary Chain
Case Capacity 1.4 qts. (1.3 L)
Weight:
- As Shipped 773 lbs. (350.6 kg)
- In Running Order 810 lbs. (367.4 kg)
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1360 lbs. (616.9 kg)
- Gross Axle Weight Rating
- Front 500 lbs. (226.8 kg)
- Rear 927 lbs. (420.5 kg)
Luggage Capacity
- Volume 1.85 cu. ft. (0.0518 m3)

Engine
Engine Air-cooled Twin Cam 103™ with Integrated Oil-Cooler
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3.875 in. x 4.38 in. (98.4 mm x 111.3 mm)
Displacement 103 cu. in. (1690 cc)
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Fuel System3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Fiberglass, washable
Lubrication System Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler

Drivetrain
Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 32/68 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Transmission 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios (overall): U.S.
- 1st 9.593
- 2nd 6.65
- 3rd 4.938
- 4th 4
- 5th 3.407
- 6th 2.875

Chassis
Frame Mild steel; tubular frame; two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin downtubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded
Swingarm Mild steel; two-piece drawn and welded section; forged junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 41.3 mm telescopic
Rear Shocks Air-adjustable
Wheels4 (Tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced option): Steel Laced
- Front 16 in. x 3 in. (406 mm x 76 mm)
- Rear 16 in. x 5 in. (406 mm x 127 mm)

Brakes:
- Caliper Type 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear
- Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, fixed rotors
- Front (dual) 11.81 in. x .2 in. (300 mm x 5.1 mm)
- Rear 11.81 in. x .28 in. (300 mm x 7.1 mm)
- Anti-lock Braking System: Standard

Suspension Travel:
- Front Wheel 4.6 in. (117 mm)
- Rear Wheel 3 in. (76 mm)

Engineered for Sidecar Use: Available

Performance
Engine Torque5 (per J1349):
- North America 100 ft. lbs. @ 3250 RPM (135 Nm @ 3250 RPM)
Lean Angle (per J1168):
- Right 33°
- Left 31°

Fuel Economy6 (EPA urban/highway test) 42 mpg (5.6 L/100 km)

Electric
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 28-amp/hour, 370 cca
Charging Three-phase, 50-amp system (585W @ 13V, 2000 rpm, 650W max power @13V)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement

Lights (as per country regulation):
- Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
- Tail/Stop Lights 8W/28W (5W/21W)
- Turn Signal Lights 28W (21W) self-canceling
- Indicator Lamps: High beam, running lights, directional light bar, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, security system7, 6-speed, low fuel warnings, cruise control, ABS
- Auxiliary Lamps (except where prohibited by law): Two @ 35W each

Warranty
Warranty8 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval9 First 1000 miles (1600 km), every 5000 miles (8000 km) thereafter

1 Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered. Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication. Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation. Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest information. All models feature 6-speed transmission (V-Rod® models and Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.
2 Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
3 Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
4 Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
5 Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
6 The combined fuel economy numbers were derived using a combination of estimated city and highway values. Fuel economy estimates are derived from US EPA exhaust emission certification data on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family under ideal laboratory conditions. Your actual fuel economy will vary depending on your personal riding habits, road and driving conditions, vehicle condition and maintenance, tire pressure, vehicle configuration (parts and accessories), and vehicle loading (cargo, rider and passenger weight). Break-in mileage may vary.
7 North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
8 See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
9 Inspections of certain systems and components are required at 2500 mile (4000 km) intervals. See Owner’s Manual for full details.

 


 

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: Vivid Black $21,499, Color Option $21,919, Two-Tone Option $22,309, Custom Color Option $22,499, Wheel Option $510 CDN


Dimensions
Length: 2,400 mm
Seat Height, Laden: 678 mm
Seat Height, Unladen: 735 mm
Ground Clearance: 146 mm
Rake (steering head) (deg): 26
Trail: 170 mm
Wheelbase: 1,625 mm
Tires, Front Specification: WWW 130/90B16 67H
Tires, Rear Specification: WWW 180/65B16 81H
Fuel Capacity 3: 22.7 l
Oil Capacity (w/filter): 3.8 l
Weight, As Shipped: 355 kg
Weight, In Running Order: 368 kg
Luggage Capacity -Volume: 0.052 m3
Luggage Capacity -Weight: N/A

Engine
Engine 1: Air-cooled Twin Cam 103™ with Integrated Oil-Cooler
Bore: 98.4 mm
Stroke: 111.1 mm
Displacement: 1,690 cc
Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

Drivetrain
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st: 9.593
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd: 6.65
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd: 4.938
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th: 4
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th: 3.407
Gear Ratios (overall) 6th: 2.875

Chassis
Exhaust: Chrome, 2-1-2 dual exhaust with slash-up end caps
Wheels, Optional Style Type: Tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced
Wheels, Front Type: Steel Laced
Wheels, Rear Type: Steel Laced
Brakes, Caliper Type: 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear
Parking Brake: N/A

Performance
Engine Torque Testing Method: J1349
Engine Torque 2: 135 Nm
Engine Torque (rpm): 3,250
Lean Angle, Right (deg.): 33
Lean Angle, Left (deg.): 31
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy: 5.6 l/100 km

Electric
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator LampsHigh beam, running lights, directional light bar, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, security system, 6-speed, low fuel warnings, cruise control, ABS
Gauges: Tank-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer; time-of-day clock on odometer; dual trip meter; low fuel indicator light and mileage countdown feature; low oil pressure indicator light; engine diagnostics readout; LED indicator lights; 6-speed indicator light; cruise control indicator light
1: Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
2: Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
3: Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
4: Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
5: Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
6: Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
7: North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
8: See motorcycle owner's manual for complete details

 


 

2012 Harley-Davidson FLHRC Road King Classic - Press Release 1

MORE HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODELS WITH TWIN CAM 103™ POWER IN 2012

V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition and Dyna® Switchback Bagger Join the Model Line

MILWAUKEE (July 20, 2011) – Harley-Davidson offers more Big Twin performance for 2012 as its Twin Cam 103™ powertrain is standard equipment on Softail® and Touring motorcycle models and most Dyna® motorcycle models. Harley-Davidson will offer two new models for 2012. The V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition celebrates a decade of power-cruiser performance, while the new Dyna® Switchback is a convertible custom-touring motorcycle with detachable hard saddlebags and windshield. In addition, the Night Rod Special has significant updates for 2012 with refreshed bodywork and optimized rider ergonomics. Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM rolls out the gleaming new CVO Road Glide® Custom, a limited-production, high-performance touring masterpiece.

Harley-Davidson believes every motorcycle it sells can be a custom of one. Harley-Davidson H-D1™ is a comprehensive offering of customization tools for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner. H-D1 tools include Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories listings in print and on-line catalogs, Fit Shop and consultation services at Harley-Davidson dealerships, and factory customization and Bike Builder tools on www.harley-davidson.com. H-D1 offers almost unlimited opportunities to optimize fit, function, style and performance and turn a Harley into a motorcycle that is truly personalized to its owner.

Harley- Davidson heads into 2012 with 32 models, each born of experience that spans generations and a passion for riding that will never diminish.

Highlights of the 2012 Harley-Davidson line include:

The Twin Cam 103™ engine powers all 2012 Dyna®, Softail® and Touring models with the exception of the Dyna Street Bob® and Dyna Super Glide® Custom. This engine produces up to 100 ft lbs. peak torque, an increase of approximately 6 percent over the Twin Cam 96 engine it replaces as standard power for many of these models. The Twin Cam 103 is equipped with automatic compression release. It features identifying badges on the derby cover, timer cover and air cleaner trim ring.

A Security Package that pairs Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob is available for all 2012 V-Rod®, Dyna®, Softail®, Touring and CVO™ models. The Security Package is standard equipment on CVO™ models and on the Road Glide® Ultra, the Electra Glide® Ultra Limited, and the Road King® Classic. The Security Package is a factory-installed option for all other models.

The Night Rod® Special is updated with new tapered tail section, lighter-weight wheels, an inverted front fork and improved ergonomics. Harley-Davidson celebrates a decade of power cruising with the V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, finished in Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork that evokes the anodized aluminum bodywork of the original V-Rod model that introduced the liquid-cooled Revolution V-Twin engine in 2002. All V-Rod models will carry V-Rod 10th Anniversary badges.

The new Dyna Switchback combines hard saddlebags and a windshield with the eager handling and Twin Cam 103 performance of the Dyna chassis. It's a custom-touring bike ready for a long weekend trip, until the detachable bags and windshield are removed. Then in seconds the Switchback becomes a custom street cruiser with a gleaming headlamp nacelle, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels and a mini-ape handlebar. This convertible concept makes the versatile Switchback two motorcycles in one.

All Harley-Davidson Softail models get the performance boost of the Twin Cam 103 engine for 2012. The Fat Boy and Fat Boy Lo have a new reduced-reach handlebar for more-comfortable ergonomics. A lower, narrower seat shape places the Fat Boy rider in a new "in the bike" position. The Softail Deluxe and Heritage Softail Classic will be available with a new optional "tubeless" Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair.

The Twin Cam 103 powertrain gives all Harley-Davidson Touring models assertive power for passing. On Touring models, the Twin Cam 103 is equipped with an oil cooler. All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new "tubeless" Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option.

The Harley-Davidson Sportster® line appeals to a broad range of riders with six 2012 models ranging from the race-inspired XR1200X™ to the accessible SuperLow® to Dark Custom roadsters like the Iron 883™, Nightster® and Forty-Eight®. The Sportster® 1200 Custom can be personalized for fit, function and style with H-D1 factory customization, a process that allows customers to use the Bike Builder tool on harley-davidson.com to build the motorcycle from a selection of options that are installed as the bike is assembled by Harley-Davidson Motor Company or are installed by a dealer after the motorcycle is delivered. New 1200 Custom color options have been added to Bike Builder for 2012.

The new CVO Road Glide Custom is one of four limited-production 2012 models from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM, each turned out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, and the most-powerful V-Twin engines offered in production Harley-Davidson motorcycles. CVO Road Glide Custom is a hot-rod bagger with a frame-mounted fairing topped with a smoked Wind Splitter windshield, a high-output, amplified Harman/Kardon® Advanced Audio system, and a color-matched, low-profile fuel tank console.

 

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2012 Sportster® Models: Personalization and Power

The six 2012 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® models range from the affordable Dark CustomTM roadster-inspired Iron 883TM motorcycle to the track-inspired performance of the XR1200XTM bike. Each Sportster® model offers the heartbeat of an authentic American V-Twin engine and pace-setting style and performance.

Back for its first full year of production is the Sportster® 1200 Custom bike, the motorcycle that introduced the Web-based H-D1TM Bike Builder factory customization process. Using Bike Builder, Customers can personalize their 1200 Custom motorcycle with the seat, handlebar, foot control, wheel, security, paint, and engine finish options of their choice, which are then installed right at the Factory. Even more Retailer-installed accessories can be added, and viewed, on the Bike Builder site. The Customer can then print out a description of their bike and bring it to a Harley-Davidson® Retailer where they can review the motorcycle with trained staff, select additional accessories to be installed by the Retailer to further customize the motorcycle, and then place an order. Customers can expect to be riding their new bike in as little as four weeks from the time an order is placed with an authorized Harley-Davidson® Retailer.

All 2012 Sportster® models will have Michelin® ScorcherTM tires with a tread pattern designed, tested and styled specifically for the Sportster® motorcycle to provide an ideal grip, an even wear and a longer life. Fifteen Sportster® paint options include seven new colour choices for 2012. Side covers will be finished in either Gloss Black or Denim Black to match the finish on other bodywork. The Forty-EightTM model will have a new tank graphic.

2012 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® Models

" SuperLowTM
" Iron 883TM
" Sportster® 1200 Custom
" NightsterTM
" Forty-EightTM
" XR1200XTM

2012 Touring Models: The Legend Rolls On

For 2012, all eight Harley-Davidson® Touring models are powered by a Twin Cam 103TM engine with Automatic Compression Release and an integrated oil cooler. Producing 102 ft. lbs. of peak torque at 3500 rpm, the Twin Cam 103TM engine provides an outstanding performance around town and on the open road. All Touring models also feature the 6-Speed Cruise DriveTM transmission, 41.3 mm telescopic front forks, air-adjustable rear shocks and Isolated Drive System for smooth power delivery. The Harley-Davidson® Touring chassis has a single-spar, rigid-backbone frame and two-piece swingarm designed to deliver responsive manoeuvrability and long-haul durability. Chassis geometry and suspension are calibrated to deliver confident handling and comfort.

All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new "tubeless" Chrome Lace Aluminium Wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair. Six new colours or colour combinations are among the 12 paint options offered within the 2012 Touring model line.

2012 Harley-Davidson® Touring Models

" Road King®
" Road King® Classic
" Electra Glide® Classic
" Ultra Classic® Electra Glide®
" Electra Glide® Ultra Limited
" Street Glide®
" Road Glide® Custom
" Road Glide® Ultra

2012 Trike Models: Three Wheelin'

The 2012 Tri GlideTM Ultra Classic® motorcycle brings original-equipment design, quality and service to the three-wheel motorcycle segment, based on chassis structure and geometry engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle. With a deluxe Tour-Pak® carrier and integrated trunk, a four-speaker/80-watt Harman/Kardon® Advanced Audio System, electronic cruise control and electric reverse drive, the Tri GlideTM Ultra Classic® motorcycle inspires confidence, passion and independence in any riding situation. The Tri GlideTM Ultra Classic® motorcycle will be available in three colour combinations: Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl/Vivid Black or Ember Red Sunglo/Merlot Sunglo.



 

 

 

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