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2012 Harley-Davidsons – First Ride Review

Dyna-Switchback

Spanning six model families plus the Custom Vehicle Operations division, the 2012 Harley-Davidson lineup is jam packed with more iron than a steel mill, 32 models in all. The big news, literally, is that the Twin Cam 103 V-twin, which boosts displacement by 7 percent (to 1,690cc) and claimed torque by 6 percent (to 100 lb-ft) over the TC96, is ...

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1949-1957 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Retrospective

Right-side-beauty

story and photography by Clement Salvadori [This 1949-1957 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide Retrospective was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Rider] Following World War II, Harley was on a roll. The Knucklehead’s OHV motor, in either 61- or 74-inch guise, put the big twins well in front of the flathead Indians. And then the Milwaukee skunk-works came up with the ...

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2012 Harley-Davidson CVOs – First Look Review

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Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) unit designs limited-production factory customs. CVO bikes are decked out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, high-output audio and Harley’s largest-displacement production V-twin, the fuel-injected Twin Cam 110, rated at 122 lb-ft of torque. Harley-Davidson is offering an all-new CVO model, the 2012 CVO Road Glide Custom, a hot-rod bagger that combines a shark-nose, frame-mounted fairing ...

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National Parks Motorcycle Touring: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

Teton Mountains

Story and photography by Donya Carlson [This Yellowstone National Park Motorcycle Tour was originally published in the January 2011 issue of Rider] As a native Southern Californian, I’m used to mountains. But riding over a crest along Teton Scenic Byway 33 outside of Ashton, Idaho, and seeing the snow-covered Teton Mountain Range spread out like a huge tapestry took my ...

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2010 Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight – Road Test Review

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photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight Road Test was originally published in the July 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Darkness is spreading among the 2010 Harley-Davidson lineup, but that’s a good thing for fans of backyard, bobber, bolt-on and mostly blacked-out customs who don’t want to create such a bike themselves. Harley’s “Dark Custom” gang (Nightster, ...

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2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic Road Test [American Rider]

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[This 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] Back in 1967 I bought a three-wheeled ’56 Harley Servi-Car from a car dealer who was selling cheap. I was living in Monterey, California, at the time, and it was an entertaining round-town machine. However, the only trip I took on it, 120 miles ...

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2010 Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom – Road Test Review

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[This 2010 Harley-Davidson FLTRX Road Glide Custom Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] Hot rodders are an interesting breed in their willingness to compromise a little comfort here or a little handling there in order to achieve their vision of the ultimate rod. Trading a crick in the neck for a chopped roof is something that a ...

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2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic – Road Test Review

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photography by the author and Brian Rathjen [This 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic Road Test was originally published in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Aftermarket trike conversions have been around for many years, but now you can pop down to your friendly Harley-Davidson dealer and buy the new 2009 Tri Glide, the first factory-produced trike on the ...

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