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2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo: Voted: Awesome

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:20 am

2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V Seventy-Two

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Authentic '70s chopper attitude meets modern power and premium H-D styling in this bare-bones, lowrider-inspired radical custom

The Harley-Davidson® Seventy-Two motorcycle is a metal flake dream machine, a Sportster® motorcycle on a trip back to the days when the cool kids rode Sting-Ray bikes and the big boys parked choppers in a row on the curb. Those motorcycles were long and lean; candy-apple colour and gleaming chrome shimmering in hazy summer sunlight. From its Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint and ape bars to its narrow whitewall tires, the Seventy-Two model is a respectful nod to that era, and to the influence of the custom culture that still percolates today along Whittier Boulevard, the legendary cruising street in East Los Angeles, also known as Route 72. A new generation of custom builder is tapping into that era and making a fresh statement, not just in California but in garages across the country, even around the world.

"In creating the Seventy-Two [motorcycle], we were also inspired by the vibe of the early chopper era," says Frank Savage, Harley-Davidson Manager of Industrial Design. "Those bikes were colourful and chromed, but also narrow and stripped down to the essentials. You look at period examples and they are almost as simple as a bicycle. It's a custom style that's very particular to America and that California scene."

Metal flake, an iconic design element of the 70s, appeared in everything from dune buggy gel coat to vinyl diner upholstery, and on custom motorcycles. Harley-Davidson Motor Company brings the sparkle back on the Seventy-Two motorcycle with Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint. This new finish is created by applying a black base coat, followed by a polyurethane system that carries hexagon-shaped flakes that are more than seven times the diameter of the metal flake that is used in typical production paint. Each flake is coated with a thin aluminium film and then tinted red. Four applications of clear coat, combined with hand-sanding, create a smooth finish over the flakes.

"The final touch to the Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint is a logo on the tank top and pinstripe scallop details on both fenders," says Savage. "Each was originally created by hand, and we recreated that art in a decal for production, so they still have the appearance of hand-applied graphics in that they are not exactly perfect. The graphics are then covered with a final clear-coat application."

A solo seat shows off more of the paint exposed on the Seventy-Two motorcycle. The powertrain is finished in grey powdercoat with chrome covers and a new round air cleaner with a dished cover. A classic Sportster® 2.2-gallon "peanut" fuel tank adds a final period touch to the motorcycle.

Based on the Harley-Davidson Sportster platform, the Seventy-Two™ introduces Hard Candy Big Red Flake, a sparkling, metal flake color option applied to the fuel tank and fenders. A solo seat and side-mount license plate bracket leave much of the chopped rear fender – and more of that paint – exposed on the Seventy-Two. The Evolution® 1200 cc V-Twin powertrain is finished in Gray powdercoat with chrome covers and a new round air cleaner with a dished cover. A classic Sportster 2.1-gallon fuel tank, narrow white wall tires, Chrome Laced wheels, and high mini-ape handlebar complete a look that nods to chopper custom motorcycles of the 1970s.




2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V Seventy-Two Model Highlights

• Paint color options: Hard Candy Big Red Flake with period pinstripe details on fenders and fuel tank, Black Denim, Big Blue Pearl
• Powertrain is finished in Gray powdercoat with chrome covers
• Chrome, eight-inch round air cleaner cover
• 2.1-gallon Peanut Tank with lightening hole mounting bracket
• Dunlop® white wall 21-inch (MH90-21) front and 16-inch (150/80B16) rear tires
• Chrome Laced wheels
• Stainless steel mini-ape handlebar, mounted on a two-inch high riser
• Chopped rear fender
• One-piece, Sportster® classic solo seat
• Side-mounted license plate
• Solo seat with black textured vinyl cover
• Handlebar-mounted speedometer with chrome cup
• Chrome rear fender struts
• Chrome coil-over pre-load adjustable rear shocks
• Forward foot controls

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2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V Seventy-Two - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: Color Option $10,499; Hard Candy Big Red Flake Option $11,199 USD
Canada MSRP Price: Color Option $11,919; Hard Candy Big Red Flake Option $12,719 CDN


DIMENSIONS
Length 89.4 in. (2270 mm)
Overall Width 36.0 in. (915 mm)
Overall Height 47.6 in. (1210 mm)
Seat Height:
• Laden2 26.6 in. (675 mm)
• Unladen 28.0 in. (710 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.7 in. (119 mm)
Rake (steering head) 30.1°
Fork Angle 30.1°
Trail 5.3 in. (135 mm)
Wheelbase 60.0 in. (1524 mm)
Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson® Series, narrow whitewall):
• Front – D402F MH90-21 54H
• Rear – D401 150/80B16 71H
Fuel Capacity 2.1 gal. (7.9 L) (warning light at approximately 0.65 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.8 qts. (2.6 L)
Transmission Capacity 1.0 qt. (.95 L)


Weight:
• As Shipped 545 lbs. (247.2 kg)
• In Running Order 555 lbs. (251.7 kg)
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1000 lbs. (453.6 kg)
• Gross Axle Weight Rating
• Front 335 lbs. (152.0 kg)
• Rear 665 lbs. (301.6 kg)


ENGINE
Engine Air-cooled, Evolution® Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3.5 in. x 3.812 in. (88.9 mm x 96.8 mm)
Displacement 73.3 cu. in. (1200 cc)
Compression Ratio 9.7:1
Fuel System3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper cartridge type
Lubrication System Dry-sump


DRIVETRAIN
Primary Drive Chain, 57/38 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 68/29 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Transmission 5-speed Gear Ratios (overall): U.S.
• 1st 9.315
• 2nd 6.653
• 3rd 4.948
• 4th 4.102
• 5th 3.517


CHASSIS
Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube section, stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 39 mm
Rear Shocks Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels4: Chrome Steel Laced
• Front 21 in. x 2.15 in. (533 mm x 55 mm)
• Rear 16 in. x 3 in. (406 mm x 76 mm)


Brakes:
• Caliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
• Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, uniform expansion rotors
• Front 11.5 in. x .2 in. (292.1 mm x 5.1 mm)
• Rear 10.24 in. x .28 in. (260.1 mm x 7.1 mm)


Suspension Travel:
• Front Wheel 5.69 in. (145 mm)
• Rear Wheel 2.12 in. (54 mm)


PERFORMANCE
Engine Torque5 (per J1349):
• North America 73 ft. lbs. @ 3500 RPM (99 Nm @ 3500 RPM)


Lean Angle (per J1168):
• Right 28.6°
• Left 29.8°


Fuel Economy6
(EPA urban/highway test) 48 mpg (4.9 L/100 km)


ELECTRIC
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 12 amp/hour, 200 cca
Charging Single-phase, 30-amp system (357W @ 13.5V, 2000 RPM, 405W max power @ 13.5V)
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
• Turn Signal Lights 28W self-canceling
• Rear Tail/Stop/Turn Signal Lights 8W/28W per lamp
• Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security
system7 (optional)


WARRANTY
Warranty8 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Service Interval9 First 1000 miles (1600 km), every
5000 miles (8000 km) thereafter
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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:26 am

A big shout out to jstark47 who let me know I had the model designation wrong as H-D media stated it was a XL883L* and in fact it's a XL1200V (now fixed on Total Motorcycle, I informed H-D about the error as well on their end). What a pain to fix but again thanks jstark47 for letting me know! :D

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* I should have known as it was a 1200cc engine but I was in quite the rush to put it up... DOH.
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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by High_Side » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:37 am

I'm really digging this Harley - Awesome.

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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by madjak30 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:21 pm

Sorry, but big time FAIL!! (My opinion of course...)

Looks like a home build...mini apes, all the control cables & hoses just hangin' out...tank is waaayyy small...all for the bargain price of...wait for it...wait...$11,919CDN?? Ummm, no thanx!!

And why isn't the side cover colour matched?? I expect more from Harley...

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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by HYPERR » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:44 pm

Gee I wonder why the bike looks so much better in the second pic than the first. :roll:
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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:31 am

IMHO, any bike with mini apes makes you look like a douche (see the guy in the first pic for proof).

There are lots of cool Sportsters in H-D's lineup. This isn't one of them.
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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by rayian » Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:47 pm

Yawn, another Harley.

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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:16 pm

Grey Thumper wrote:IMHO, any bike with mini apes makes you look like a douche (see the guy in the first pic for proof).
That's the thing. The bike itself may look good but no human being actually looks good riding a bike with apes. They all look ridiculous and like a complete moron. Nobody can pull it off. Even Peter Fonda looked ridiculous in Easy Rider. If Peter Fonda in the context of the late 1960s couldn't pull it off, how is the ridiculous looking idiot in the picture going to pull it off wearing designer jeans from the 1970s? :laughing:
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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:19 pm

High_Side wrote:I'm really digging this Harley - Awesome.
Are you serious or are you being sarcastic? :?

I love the look of the Sportster, not so much the functionality. I would rate this bike somwhere between cool and uncool. The first pic however is an epic fail.
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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:23 pm

madjak30 wrote: And why isn't the side cover colour matched?? I expect more from Harley...
Well in their defense that is the oil tank so with the super hot oil flowing back in there maybe that paint is not strong enough to withstand that kind of punishment?
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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by madjak30 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:33 pm

Kind of a lame excuse (sorry, not being a turd toward you)...you can't tell me that Harley doesn't know about powder coatings...I know they are trying to save a buck, but it's a premium brand (or it's supposed to be) so their bikes are held to a higher standard...you are buying into a brand and they know it (check out their Branded line of merchandise... :shock: ), so I expect a better finish than if I just went to one of the Japanese Dealers and picked out one of theirs...and the Japanese bikes are getting better with their quality as well, so they do need to raise the bar a little...

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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:57 pm

madjak30 wrote:Kind of a lame excuse (sorry, not being a turd toward you)...you can't tell me that Harley doesn't know about powder coatings...I know they are trying to save a buck, but it's a premium brand (or it's supposed to be) so their bikes are held to a higher standard...you are buying into a brand and they know it (check out their Branded line of merchandise... :shock: ), so I expect a better finish than if I just went to one of the Japanese Dealers and picked out one of theirs...and the Japanese bikes are getting better with their quality as well, so they do need to raise the bar a little...

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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:37 am

I went with: AWESOME

Yes, it's a sportster and it has a small tank and yes, it's a little pricy (but really, not that much for a 1200cc H-D) but why I voted Awesome was because of the fact that Harley-Davidson actually produced something quite unique here with a true to form 70's styled motorcycle. The Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint, ape bars and whitewall tires, it all screams 70s cool.

This is an in-town motorcycle IMO, not for the highways or for touring, but for looking cool in the city. A 8l tank and 1200cc engine is adequate for this as you would maybe ride 50km max anyways.

Maybe I find it cool as well because it reminds me of my first 1970s style bicycles, you know where you had a banana seat, highbars and of course the "cool" clothes peg/hockey card on back spokes to make it sound like a motorcycle!

This is the style I mean (and I owned a blue one myself)

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Don't you think the Harley-Davidson 72 sorta hits the mark then and deserves an Awesome rating?

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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by ceemes » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:43 pm

Mike, the answer to your question is a resounding NO!!!!!!!!!

A douche looking bike for douche image only riders. I long for the day when HD actually comes up with something new and exciting instead just doing variations of the same old tired theme. This bike is not only an epic fail in my books, but a stinkin' three coil turd on wheels.
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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:56 am

ceemes wrote:Mike, the answer to your question is a resounding NO!!!!!!!!!

A douche looking bike for douche image only riders. I long for the day when HD actually comes up with something new and exciting instead just doing variations of the same old tired theme. This bike is not only an epic fail in my books, but a stinkin' three coil turd on wheels.
That's good. :laughing:

If you are meaning Harley-Davidson should take some ideas from Buell I would 100% agree with you. You are right, the 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo is an image bike, a 8l tank and the bike setup isn't exactly "practical" for anything other than city duty... but it's hard not to see a positive in it as it seems to be designed to be an image bike right from the start. And that's my point, it's such an awesome bike because it isn't pretending to be anything other than an image bike from a very specific time frame (70s) and it looks awesome doing JUST that job. Take it out of that pigeon hole and it's a fish out of water (like a Goldwing would be for track riding).

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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:56 pm

BTW, we just had to hunt down where that H-D photo was taken and here you go:


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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by jstark47 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:23 pm

I "uncooled" the 883 Iron a few weeks ago, it would be inconsistent of me to like this one. But there's more to it than being consistent.... here we have another "hands high, butt low, feet in front" Harley, on a Sporty frame. It wasn't until I had a chance to ride my stepdaughter's Sporty that I learned how small they are. (Took her's out for a spin a week ago Saturday, my butt was numb after a few miles.) The only people this bike fits are 5'4" but with arms that hang down by their ankles!! :wacko:

It's a bike that's all about posing, all about looking cool, not about riding. Compared to this, I would probably love a XR1200X (except for the weight..), 'cause the XR is made to ride. The SeventyTwo could be yet another sales success for H-D, marketed to people in search of "lifestyle accessories." It doesn't even relate to motorcycling as I know it.

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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:52 pm

H-D really should bring back the late 90's Sportster Sport (but with a less awkward name). Dual disks up front, fully adjustable front and rear suspension, standard riding position, actual handling and ground clearance. They've already got the XR. Maybe they can slap a bit more chrome on it.
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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:11 am

Grey Thumper wrote:H-D really should bring back the late 90's Sportster Sport (but with a less awkward name). Dual disks up front, fully adjustable front and rear suspension, standard riding position, actual handling and ground clearance. They've already got the XR. Maybe they can slap a bit more chrome on it.
Harley-Davidson did produce the -XL883R/XL1200R Sportsters till 2007 which had a 12.5l tank, 5.6" ground clearance with good handling and riding position. One of the issue with sportsters has always been the "too small gas tank for trips" all along thanks to H-D not wanting to give up with "Peanut shaped tank"

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I did really like the looks of those models myself, but looking back at older H-D sportsters I think H-D has come a long way since in design...

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Re: This Week: 2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200V SeventyTwo -VOTE

Unread post by mogster » Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:21 am

Not my cup of tea I'm afraid.

It gets a fail from me as firstly I don't like the style & secondly this particular bike looks flimsy.

BTW the rider looks like a k**b too! (but then he is at a major disadvantage being sat on a Harley) :lol:
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