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2013 Harley-Davidson FXDB Street Bob – Tour Test Review


“Give me a road-trip report,” says Editor Tuttle, tossing me the keys to the Harley Street Bob. “Let me know if the modifications we asked for made it into a decent cruiser-touring bike.” Bob is your basic big twin, styled like a 1950s bobber, when it was the fashion to cut down, or bob, the fenders. Taking Harley’s H-D1 program ...

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Harley-Davidson’s H-D1 Program


The Street Bob is the least expensive of Harley’s big twins at $12,999, but it and the Sportster 1200 Custom can be ordered with enough options using the HD-1 program to take them in many directions, be it even more custom cruiser, cruiser tourer or something in between. You choose from the factory and dealer options when you “build” the ...

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Ridden & Rated: 2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout


Once upon a time, wide 240-series rear tires were only found on $50,000 custom motorcycles, or bikes heading for the drag strip that needed a big footprint to maximize traction. Today, they’re pretty common on cruisers, many of which handle poorly because of them. Not so for the new Harley-Davidson Breakout, which does a lot more than just go in ...

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2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout – First Look Review


Custom Vehicle Operations is Harley-Davidson’s skunkworks, the division where new designs, features, paint schemes and accessories are conceived and implemented on limited-edition models. Each year, H-D unveils four CVO models about a month before it pulls the covers off the rest of its model-year lineup. For 2013 it unveiled the CVO Breakout, a “super premium long custom” built on the ...

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2013 Harley-Davidson CVOs


To maintain their exclusivity, Harley-Davidson has limited production of motorcycles in its Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) line to about five percent of total annual production. For 2013, that amounts to roughly 12,500 units spread over four models. 2013 is also Harley’s 110th anniversary, and less than 3,000 CVOs will be offered with special paint, custom seats and serialized badges, for ...

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2013 Harley-Davidsons


Harley-Davidson isn’t releasing any all-new, regular-production models for 2013, but it’s got some new CVOs (see page 22) and made some great changes and additions to the lineup to help kickoff the Motor Company’s 110th birthday festivities. The yearlong international celebration began with a Museum Launch Party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 30, 2012, and a giant Harley Owner’s Group ...

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2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Custom – Road Test Review


From the menacing, brushed-nickel skulls on its prow and tank, to the smoky graphics swirling around its sharknose fairing, Harley-Davidson’s 2012 FLTRXSE CVO Road Glide Custom means business. Even the names of its high-end accessories—Agitator wheels, Rumble Collection components and Heavy Breather air cleaner—are street tough. And Mr. CVO’s Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 V-twin is the Godfather of the ...

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Ridden & Rated: 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim


By Greg Drevenstedt * Photography by Kevin Wing Whereas the CVO Road Glide Custom is freighted with extras (see page 30), the new-for-2012 Harley-Davidson FLS Softail Slim is stripped down to the bare essentials, like bobbers built in the ’50s by former servicemen. It’s no surprise, then, that Captain America, a World War II-era superhero, rides a Slim in The ...

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2012 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob vs. 2013 Victory Judge Review


(This Retro Cruiser Shootout was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Aggressive, big-inch, V-twin cruisers with style and muscle have always been a favorite on the American road, and two of the latest are the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob (updated for 2012), and the Victory Judge (just released as a 2013 model). One is notable for its sharp ...

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Harley-Davidson Styling Chief Willie G. Davidson to Retire


After nearly 50 years as head of styling, Willie G. Davidson is retiring from Harley-Davidson on April 30, 2012. Willie G., Senior Vice President and Chief Styling Officer, is widely recognized as a legend in the world of motorcycling and motorcycle design. He will continue his involvement with the company as an ambassador at motorcycle rallies and events, and through ...

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