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2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two First Ride Photo Gallery

We romp around Daytona Beach during Bike Week on Harley's latest Sportster, the 2012 Seventy-Two, a slim bike with retro styling clues including killer Candy Red metal flake paint and 10-inch mini-ape handlebars. Read all about it in our 2012 Harley '72 First Ride article.

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At the core of the ’72 is a revvy 1200cc Evolution engine that provides a spirited ride.
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Slim, light, and easy to toss around, the '72 is a fun little bar hopper.
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Out on the open road, riders are subjected to a healthy dose of wind blast.
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A small fender, 21-inch tall wire wheel and whitewalls give the Harley '72 a clean-looking front end.
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The air-cooled Evolution 1200cc engine of the 2012 Harley '72 puts out a claimed 73 lb-ft torque @ 3500 rpm.
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The Harley-Davidson '72 will take all the lean you can throw at it until the peg feelers begin to scrape signalling the end of your lean angle.
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While the Harley Seventy-Two is a blast to ride around town, the low fuel light of the gas tank seems like it's always on which means longer hauls will require freqent stops at the gas station.
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We have to admit, riding the ’72 was one of the funnest times we’ve had recently.
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A six-layer painting process resulted in this lustrous Candy Red paint on the Harley Seventy-Two.
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Forward mounted controls and mini-apes allow riders to stretch out comfortably on the Harley-Davidson '72.
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Cruisin' The Loop outside of Daytona Beach on the Harley '72.
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Harley's latest Sportster is also a member of its Dark Custom Line.
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Scootin' through the swamps of Florida on the Harley-Davidson '72.
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the Seventy-Two fit right in at Bike Week whether we were at Willie’s Tropical Tattoo for the old school chopper show or riding into the Broken Spoke Saloon.
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Old reliable. You always know what you're going to get from a Harley transmission, a solid clunk and reliable engagement.
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Ten-inch mini-apes and the return of the peanut tank add up to one sporty lookin' Sportster.
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Ridin' around the Daytona Beach countryside onboard the Harley Seventy-Two on a sunfilled afternoon. Life is good!
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This is your face on the Harley '72 at 72 mph. Fortunately, my cheeks returned to normal after the ride!