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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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Harley-Davidson Announces 110th Anniversary Celebrations in 2013


Harley-Davidson will celebrate 110 years of American-built motorcycles and epic riding experiences with an array of global events and activities in 2013. Among the events during the year-long celebration will be a rally in Rome, Italy, June 13-16, and a massive party over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, in Harley-Davidson’s home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition ...

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Harley-Davidson Releases Two Mid 2012 Models: Seventy-Two and Softail Slim


At Harley-Davidson’s West Coast unveiling of two mid 2012 models, at well-known biker hangout Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon, California, Paul James, Director of Consumer Influence and Product Communications, was the bearer of good news. Sales and profits were up, Harley’s 110th anniversary was on the horizon (to be celebrated over Labor Day weekend 2013) and the Motor Company’s Facebook ...

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2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback – Road Test Review


[This 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback Road Test was originally published in the November 2011 issue of Rider magazine] On the face of it, the central feature of Harley’s new 2012 Switchback seems simple enough. A quick-release windscreen and color-matched saddle­- bags let you easily “switch back” from cruiser tourer to clean stylish custom and vice versa. Two bikes in one—double your ...

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