Harley-Davidson 2012 models with oomph – and pizzazz

Posted: October 25, 2011 in Automotive, Uncategorized
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“Get your motor running
Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way”**

These lyrics mean many things to so many people. It is an anthem really that perhaps is instantly identifiable with a lifestyle – that of the motorcycle. From the immediately recognizable opening guitar riff, this classic rock radio staple was Canadian rock icons Steppenwolf’s single biggest release. When it was attached to the soundtrack of ‘Easy Rider’, that one movie in its own way did more for motorcycles and the life on the road than any other movie before or since, including Marlon Brando’s ‘The Wild One’. Remember Peter Fonda’s chopper for the picture? This bike was specially built for the low budget film; one of four custom builds from Harley-Davidson® Hydra Glide® bikes – all previously owned by police departments. Wonderful irony.

At the end of the day, the name Harley-Davidson® is synonymous with larger machines, often inappropriately associated with bike ‘gangs’ and the like. Truth be known, many bike owners, regardless of the brand are members of clubs – organizations, not gangs that often arrange various events and even fund raise for a charity of choice. Once considered a domain for men only, today both sexes consider motorcycles as a mode of transport – for that spirit of adventure.

“Owning a Harley is a lifestyle,” says Alex Carroni PR maven of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada. “Once you experience your first, it’s unlikely you’ll move to another brand. Sure, as you mature and your road experience changes and the physical demands on your body take its toll, you may move around among the models. It’s not unusual for a rider with the initial purchase of, say a Sportster® Nightster® XL1200N – with its classic vintage motorcycle appearance to trade up for an awesome cruising road machine, the six speed transmission CVO™ Street Glide®, almost 900 pounds of supremely-engineered, controlled power.”

She, Alex, is quick to point out that these days, with Harleys being built in Milwaukee and the strength of the Canadian dollar, there has probably never been a better time than now to invest in a North American-made machine compared to an import. In fact, since the end of August 2009, prices of Harley-Davidson machines have been reduced by about 14½%.

“I can practically guarantee that once you come through our doors, at some point, you will be the proud owner of one of the best engineered driving machines on the planet – bar none. There’s just something about the name and experience that compels you to come back.”

Let’s take a look at some of the exciting line up for 2012; what does Harley have in store for the newcomer to motorcycling and the enthusiastic, alike.

2012 Sportster Custom

Now for the first time ever, any Harley-Davidson customer that wants to purchase a 2012 Sportster 1200 Custom with a base MSRP of $11,389 will, with the aid of a powerful online tool at www.harleycanada.com/HD1bikebuilder.com be able to build and visualize their own, custom bike – and pricing. Choose colour; wheels, front end components – as many as 2,600 different combinations including foot-control location, seat and handlebar choices all of which may be selected to adjust the fit of the actual motorcycle to an individual rider’s specific stature. Once you have finished building your bike, print off the detailed description and take it down to your closest Harley-Davidson dealer. There a professional, highly-trained staff member can review your planned bike. They might even suggest items you had not considered, perhaps even removing others that, based upon your intended usage, may not be either necessary or appropriate. Finalized, place the order and expect to take delivery of a brand new, fully-customized bike within four weeks. All work will have been done at one time, leaving you to enjoy your new-found freedom with minimal interruption as you take to the open road and a lifetime of new adventures.

2012 Dyna Switchback

Harley-Davidson now gives you the opportunity of owning two bikes – and all for the price of one! The new Dyna Switchback is indeed a true quick change artist; with colour-matched hard saddlebags and a fork mounted windshield, you’re sitting astride a 1,690cc beast with 100-foot pounds of torque at 3,500rpm. The Switchback is considered a custom touring motorcycle. However, remove the saddle bags and detach the windshield (all without tools) and voila, you’re now looking at your new custom street cruiser. The choices are yours and it all takes but a few moments depending upon how you plan to use your bike that day. This is a motorcycle that is sure to impress, regardless of your intended use. The H-D Dyna Switchback is designed and styled to evoke a classic proportion and clean, straight lines – from the fuel tank to the full-coverage rear fender. This bike will make a impression wherever it goes. And regardless of how you configure it in the morning, hours later on a winding, undulating two-lane highway in Northern Ontario, you’ll still feel alert and comfortable, thanks to a responsive riding package that Harley’s engineers and designers have worked hard to accomplish. Weighing in at only 718 pounds, it’s ready to handle whatever you throw in its path, delivering strong performance on the boulevard and the highway. Consider taking a Switchback for a test ride and see for yourself what enthusiasts and engineers alike are talking about. And yes, with its straight cut muffler, this machine’s chrome exhaust is tuned for a deep exhaust tone that makes it sound the way a Harley should.

2012 V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition

This very special motorcycle is a stunning tribute to the original V-Rod and will only be available, in this 10th Anniversary edition for 2012. At a suggested base MSRP of $17,559, this stunning machine is lovingly finished in a Brilliant Silver Pearl custom paint job and a unique colour-matched frame. With loads of extra chrome and polished surfaces, this bike will literally dazzle, gleaming from the engine, exhaust and speed screen. This motorbike announces its presence loudly. Check out the 240mm wide rear tire, and the 10th Anniversary graphics. Not only does this V-Rod look terrific, it is backed up with a rubber-mounted (to reduce vibration and road noise) liquid-cooled 1,250cc Revolution® engine with electronic sequential port fuel injectors. Generating 125hp at 8,250rpm and all linked to an assist and slip clutch, five-speed transmission and a high-performance carbon-fibre belt drive. And that awesome rear tire? Combine it with Brembo (yes that’s right, the same braking system found on high-end aspirational sports cars) triple disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system, and you have a commanding performance vehicle that looks and acts the part – in spades. Remember, the V-Rod’s pedigree was originally inspired by drag racing bikes and monster-motor custom
performance motorcycles.

2012 CVO™ Road Glide® Custom

This is one bike that demands respect, commands the owner and onlookers alike to admire and nod in appreciation. This is a hot-rod touring performance motorcycle drenched with chrome that is only available in limited numbers so if you gaze at this machine with slack-jawed awe and reverence, it’ll take a strong will and an open cheque book to purchase one of only 2,100 units being produced. Not for the faint of heart, this bulging, limited-production motorcycle features the most powerful V-Twin engine offered by Harley-Davidson, an exclusive multi-coloured paint scheme and a brand new high-output Harman/Kardon sound system with MTX speakers and a host of other custom components, unique to this bike. And yes, the starting MSRP is $33,689. Everything about this machine shouts out its quality and complete synergy with the Harley-Davidson brand. When Bill Harley and Walter Davidson built the very first one-cylinder motorcycle in cramped quarters in Milwaukee, in 1903, would they even have dared to imagine a magnificent road machine such as this? OK. So technology aside, probably not. Regardless, everything about this bike speaks to its long, illustrious heritage and the highest standards. So much so, Harley-Davidson CVOs are backed by a two-year unlimited mileage warranty. Combine all this technology and style with the Screamin’ Eagle® Twin Cam 110™ engine, electronic throttle, electronic sequential fuel injection, a six-speed cruise drive transmission, all new black internally-wired handlebars with matching black hand controls and a whole host of additional features and amenities that make this a machine to be reckoned. Available in three absolutely gorgeous paint finishes, our vote goes to the White Gold Pearl and Starfire Black with Real Smoke graphic. Absolutely magnificent and a traffic stopper, to be sure.

While you may never quite pull off the Peter Fonda look from the late 1960’s, know that on any Harley-Davidson you choose, you are practically guaranteed to look the part – especially if outfitted from your local Harley-Davidson dealer. You’re a rider that knows who they are and where they are going. The fact it may take a little longer to get there since riding is so exhilarating makes no difference.

Drive well. Drive long. Drive safe.

“Like a true nature child
We were born
Born to be wild
We have climbed so high
Never want to die.

Born to be wild…”**

** ‘Born to be Wild’ – Written by Dennis Edmonton, aka Mars Bonfire.

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