First 2012 Harleys revealed

More to come later this year

Posted: 30 June 2011
by Visordown News

HARLEY-DAVIDSON has revealed the first of its 2012 models – the full press information and gallery below:

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

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

Iron 883™
Sportster® 1200 Custom

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 an 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.

Details on the 2012 Harley-Davidson Touring, Trike and Sportster models are available at

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's website at

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"pace-setting style and PERFORMANCE"..!?? When measured against what, a ride-on lawn mower?

Posted: 30/06/2011 at 16:29

Hmmm... seems to me that they look just like last years models...

and the year before that.... and the year before that.... and the year before that.... and the year before that.... and the year before that....and the year before that....

Posted: 30/06/2011 at 17:31

More ability to customize than a Barbi Doll! Now that is bad ass and just plain manly.

Let's all try and figure out what Harley has in store with the teaser: "more to come later this year"

I guess:
1) 8 Color Options (vs. the current 7)
2) Trailer Hitch
3) Diabetic Edition
4) Square cupholder on handlebars for Jack Daniels bottle
5) Auditory speedometer (for the illiterate)
6) Fornicator Package

Posted: 01/07/2011 at 02:51

I have over 100,000 miles on motorbikes and I still don't get it. I will go to my grave wondering why anyone would pay a premium for any of these "2012" models. Why not just find a clean five-year old Harley that is dieing a quiet death in some posers garage?

Posted: 01/07/2011 at 04:28

Let's tke this 2011 and paint some more chrome bits black and call it the 2012 model!

Posted: 01/07/2011 at 10:51

>Why not just find a clean five-year old Harley that is dieing a quiet death in some posers garage?<

Because they have been brain washed into thinking that their 5 year old "104th Anniversary Edition" Fat Blob, with the extra five thousand dollars of chrome do dads and another four thousand dollars of "Genuine Screaming Beagle Performance Parts" just has to be worth six grand more than a stock new one...

Even though the "bike boom" has been over for two years over here, new and used "Hogs" are now dime a dozen and the economy, especially for discretionary spending, is still in the tank....

Posted: 02/07/2011 at 14:30

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