February 1, 2012 |
Motorcycles represent a lot of things: freedom, power, fearlessness. With Harley-Davidson's new Softail Slim, unveiled Wednesday, "exposure" would also be appropriate. The Milwaukee manufacturer has stripped its classic Softail to its skivvies with a retro bobber that highlights the brute force of the machine. Starting at $15,499, the new-for-2012 Softail Slim represents a sort of Harley-style spring cleaning, for which every bit of bling was removed to showcase the bike's essentials.
February 1, 2012 |
In 1972, the Brady Bunch ruled TV, the Eagles dominated radio, and Atari launched a video game revolution with Pong. But California pop culture was playing out a bit differently on two wheels, with candy-colored customs thundering down the boulevard, clearing away traffic and turning heads. It's this era that Harley-Davidson distills in its new Seventy-Two, a laid-back Sportster with sparkling metal flake paint introduced Wednesday. The vibe of this bike isn't menacing so much as playful, with its mini ape hangers, skinny white walls and throwback “peanut” tank, which holds only 2.1 gallons of gas but, for Harley's increasingly young and urban buyers, is more than enough to get them to the corner bar. In developing the Seventy-Two, Harley-Davidson looked into its rear view and scavenged from its past, per usual, but it also peeked into the garages of custom shops in France, Japan and Germany, where its designers were dazzled with metal flake finishes and “raw, simplified looks,” said Harley-Davidson media relations manager Jennifer Hoyer.
March 8, 2013 |
Harley-Davidson is taking advantage of this week's Daytona Bike Week to unveil a new addition to its stable of stylish street crawlers. This one is called Breakout. It's a mean machine, a throaty, growly beast with a low stance and a ton of low-end torque produced by the company's signature massive, belt-driven V-twin powertrain. The company calls the bike "an urban prowler, a bike ready for a midnight ramble to the roadhouse or a rib joint rendezvous with the crew. " Study: Motorcycling a $42 billion annual business That's about right.
August 19, 2013 |
Harley-Davidson has unveiled a new line of motorcycles for 2014 that the company is calling "the largest scale new model launch" in its 110-year history. The company staged a Denver press event to spotlight eight new machines that the company says will feature improved power, improved braking, enhanced aerodynamics and superior ergonomics -- all part of an ambitious campaign to modernize the company's reputation as a producer of venerable but somewhat dated motorcycles. The company promises the new bikes "pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night," as a result of the product improvements.
April 7, 1996
I couldn't believe Harley-Davidson wanted a trademark (or free publicity) for its "distinctive" noise-making machine ("Ready to Rumble," March 17). This vehicle's racket of 1909 is obsolete! Haven't they heard? Quiet is in. Ear and air pollution are out. IRIS McKINLEY Redondo Beach
September 4, 2002 |
Harley-Davidson Inc. is warming up for its 100th birthday bash in Milwaukee next year with a 10-city road tour that arrives Friday at the California Speedway in Fontana. Based on crowds that showed at the first two stops, in Baltimore and Atlanta, the three-day Southern California blowout is expected to draw thousands of Harley riders and fans of the big bikes and the Harley culture they have spawned.