Night Rod Special
There are two V-Rod models offered this year, the Night Rod Special and the V-Rod Muscle, both of which will be offered with a new Security Package option that includes Harley-Davidson's Smart Security system with hands-free fob and ABS brakes. Also new this year are Michelin Scorcher tires and color options.
Sportsters are gaining a big resurgence amongst young riders, new riders, women, and well, actually everybody. This year H-D offers two new Sporty models at two opposite ends of the spectrum. On one end you have the SuperLow aimed at the beginner rider and at the other end you have the XR1200X for those who like speed, performance, and handling. Then you still have the Nightster, Forty-Eight, Sporster Low, and Iron for the rest of the crowd.
Totally geared towards the new rider, the SuperLow features revised steering geometry with wider lock to lock movement, increased seat padding with a 25 1/2-inch seat height, a 68/29 (2.34:1) final drive ratio matched to the rear tire diameter to help promote smooth acceleration at stops and low speed, smaller 18-inch front wheel, and radial tires just to name a few.
NEW Wheel size: front 18 x 3.5 inches, rear 17 x 4.5 inches
NEW 4.5-gallon fuel tank for extended range
NEW Easy-reach handlebar
NEW Revised rear suspension with 2.5 inches wheel travel for added comfort
Sportster 1200 Low
Another new model in the Sportster lineup is the XR1200X. with its long history in racing, Harley has updated one of its most iconic models, the XR750 with this distant relative the XR1200X. Last year we saw the XR1200 and this year the XR1200X carries many of the same characteristics except with a more sporty/performance oriented edge with Showa adjustable front and rear suspension, Nissin dual front brakes with 292mm full-floating rotors and four piston calipers.
Isolation-mounted XL Evolution® 1200 cc V-Twin engine with black powder-coated finish features downdraft Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), high-performance camshafts, precision oil-cooled cylinder heads and a large-capacity oil cooler
Upswept, high-volume 2-1-2 straight-shot exhaust system with satin black finish
Cast aluminum swingarm
3.5-gallon fuel tank with aircraft-style aluminum alloy fuel filler