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2012 Harley-Davidsons Head to Dealers

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Harley-Davidson has announced the early arrival of 2012 models to its U.S. and European dealerships. The Motor Company is shipping off 15 models from its 2012 lineup, including the Touring, Sportster and Trike units. Harley-Davidson also states that new models will be announced during the July 20th Dealer Meeting. Stay tuned to Motorcycle USA for upcoming first ride evaluations of the 2012 crop of Harley-Davidsons later this summer. – MCUSA Ed

Harley-Davidson has begun delivery of all 15 models in the 2012 Touring, Trike (North America only) and Sportster lines to its dealers in the U.S. and Europe. These motorcycles will be available for sale immediately, giving customers an opportunity to get on a 2012-model Harley-Davidson with much of the riding season still available. Shipment of these select 2012 models has been accelerated to provide greater continuity of supply in dealerships during the peak summer selling season. Additional 2012 models will be announced on July 20 at the Harley-Davidson summer dealer meeting in Anaheim, California.

2012 Sportster: Personalization and Power
 
2012 Harley-Davidson Road King FLHR
2012 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic
2012 Harley-Davidson XR1200X
Harley-Davudsin announces delivery of its 2012 Touring, Trike and Sportster lines to dealers including the: Road King(top), Tri Glide Ultra Classic (middle) and XR1200X (bottom)
The six 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster models range from the affordable Dark Custom roadster posture of the Iron 883 to the track-inspired performance of the XR1200X. Each Sportster model offers the heartbeat of an authentic American V-Twin engine and pace-setting style and performance.

Back for its first full year of production is the Sportster 1200 Custom, the motorcycle that introduced the web-based H-D1 Bike Builder factory customization process. Using Bike Builder, customers can personalize their 1200 Custom with seat, handlebar, foot control, wheel, security, paint and engine finish options that are installed right at the factory. Even more dealer-installed accessories can be added, and viewed, on the Bike Builder site. The customer can then print out a description of their bike and bring it to a Harley-Davidson dealer to review the motorcycle with trained staff, select additional accessories to be installed by the dealer to further customize the motorcycle, and then place an order. Customers can expect to be riding their new bike in as little as four weeks from the time an order is placed with an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.

All 2012 Sportster models will have Michelin Scorcher tires with a tread pattern designed, tested and styled specifically for the Sportster motorcycle to provide ideal grip, even wear and longer life. Fifteen Sportster paint options include seven new color choices for 2012. Side covers will be finished in either gloss black or denim black to match the finish on other bodywork. The Forty-Eight model will have a new tank graphic.

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster models

SuperLow
Iron 883
Sportster 1200 Custom
Nightster
Forty-Eight
XR1200X

2012 Touring: The Legend Rolls On
 
For 2012, all eight Harley-Davidson Touring models are powered by a Twin Cam 103 engine with Automatic Compression Release and integrated oil cooler. Producing 102 ft. lbs. of peak torque at 3500 rpm, the Twin Cam 103 provides outstanding performance around town and on the open road. All Touring models also feature the 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission, 41.3 mm telescopic front forks, air-adjustable rear shocks and an Isolated Drive System for smooth power delivery. The Harley-Davidson Touring chassis has a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and two-piece swingarm designed to deliver responsive maneuverability and long-haul durability. Chassis geometry and suspension are calibrated to deliver confident handling and comfort.

All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new “tubeless” Chrome Lace Aluminum Wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair. Six new colors or color combinations are among the 12 paint options offered within the 2012 Touring model line.

2012 Harley-Davidson Touring models
Road King
Road King Classic
Electra Glide Classic
Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Electra Glide Ultra Limited
Street Glide
Road Glide Custom
Road Glide Ultra

2012 Trike: Three Wheelin’ 

The 2012 Tri Glide Ultra Classic brings original-equipment design, quality and service to the three-wheel motorcycle segment, based on chassis structure and geometry engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle. With a deluxe Tour-Pak carrier and integrated trunk, a four-speaker/ 80-watt Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio System, electronic cruise control and electric reverse drive, the Tri Glide Ultra Classic inspires confidence, passion and independence in any riding situation. The Tri Glide Ultra will be available in three color combinations: Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl / Vivid Black or Ember Red Sunglo / Merlot Sunglo. 
 
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Comments
Scoot   July 7, 2011 01:00 PM
The 2012 Harley line up is the same as always. Nothing new, just new colors and more or less chrome on the 1960's bike. When will Harley really come out with something new? Closing Buell was there huge mistake.
Mitch   July 5, 2011 08:05 AM
Even though H-D is no longer the innovative company it once was decades ago before the brand began to take priority over the bike in Milwaukee. I will give MOCO credit for the effort they put into updating their touring line in 2008 and FINALLY now making the 103 engine standard (Should be standard for Softails too IMO). Now I can say if I ever find a 2012 Glide for a reasonable price (would have to used) I might actually consider buying one.
Glen   July 2, 2011 01:13 PM
Harley Davidson, I still believe you can do better if only you would listen and read the hand-writing on the wall. Remember the '69 Honda CB750? How it changed the world. This could have been you.
irksome   July 1, 2011 09:08 AM
The HD 2012 Lineup: Retag the left-over 2011 Lineup.