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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

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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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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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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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2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Springer Softail – Road Test Review

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[This 2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Springer Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] If your family name is Croesus then plunking down $27,000 for the 2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Springer will require nothing more than a simple draw from petty cash. The Kittrelle family, however, is of much more modest means, so that 27 big ones looms large. ...

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2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic – Road Test Review

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[This 2009 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic Road Test was originally published in American Rider magazine] The 2009 FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic is probably Harley-Davidson’s most traditional model. Facing the wind with its large headlight flanked by driving lights, its white sidewall tires mounted on wire wheels, and the ever so retro studded seat and saddlebags, you might think the Classic ...

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1982 Harley-Davidson XR1000 Revisited

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[1982 Harley-Davidson XR1000 Revisited was originally published in American Rider magazine] In 1982 Harley-Davidson found itself in one of those goods news/bad news situations. The good news was the company had bought its freedom from hidebound AMF the year before; the bad news was the buy-out left it hard up for cash in the middle of an industry-wide sales slump. ...

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