Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsSoftail
IN THE NEWS

Softail

FEATURED ARTICLES
BUSINESS
February 1, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
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.
ARTICLES BY DATE
BUSINESS
February 2, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Cook's Corner, in Orange County, has long been a haven for area motorcyclists. But the legendary Trabuco Canyon roadhouse was more jammed than usual Wednesday. Scores of bikers had gathered to get a glimpse of two new motorcycles unveiled by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. for the 2012 model year: a laid-back Sportster called the Seventy-Two and a Softail Slim retro bobber. Harley-Davidson typically introduces all of its new models and updates at a single event in the summer. But with the market still soft in a tough economy, the Milwaukee manufacturer has in recent years wheeled out new bikes in the off-season.
Advertisement
BUSINESS
February 2, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Cook's Corner, in Orange County, has long been a haven for area motorcyclists. But the legendary Trabuco Canyon roadhouse was more jammed than usual Wednesday. Scores of bikers had gathered to get a glimpse of two new motorcycles unveiled by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. for the 2012 model year: a laid-back Sportster called the Seventy-Two and a Softail Slim retro bobber. Harley-Davidson typically introduces all of its new models and updates at a single event in the summer. But with the market still soft in a tough economy, the Milwaukee manufacturer has in recent years wheeled out new bikes in the off-season.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
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.
BUSINESS
December 15, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Harley Recalls 2 Types of Motorcycles: Harley-Davidson Inc. announced the recall of two types of motorcycles to repair electrical and fuel problems. Harley is recalling motorcycles with 1340cc engines from its FX, FXR, FL and FXD model groups made from June, 1989, through July, 1991. The company said the carburetor overflow system on the engines might release excess fuel onto the ground.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
The hottest motorcycles on the road don't come cheap. But some of the best of them keep their value after you put them on the road. Bikes made by Harley-Davidson, BMW, and Ducati, in fact, seem to hold their MSRP value better than any others. By brand, according to data compiled by the Kelley Blue Book Official Motorcycle Guide, Harley-Davidson motorcycles retained an average of 84% of their value over a five-year period. BMW was not far behind, at 81%, with Indian, Ducati and Triumph trailing slightly at 77%, 73% and 72%. PHOTO GALLERY: Top Ten Most Expensive Motorcycles Certain models scored even higher.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2000 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Harley-Davidson Inc., the Milwaukee manufacturer of the best-selling big bikes in the country, has pulled the plug on its effort to obtain federal trademark protection for the syncopated "potato-potato-potato" chug of its idling V-twin motorcycle engine.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
If there's anything that underscores Harley-Davidson's holiness in the motorcycle world, it's the company's announcement Monday that Pope Benedict XVI will bless its bikes at the Vatican next June as part of the Milwaukee manufacturer's 110th anniversary. While Harley, like much of the motorcycle industry, has suffered significant sales declines in recent years due to the global financial crisis, it remains a steadfast icon -- albeit an expensive one that many consumers aren't able to afford, even if they'd like to. Harley bikes retail for $7,999 to $38,599.
MAGAZINE
October 7, 2001 | NELSON HANDEL
Heavy metal thunder rumbled as Harley-Davidson aficionados roared down to Harley-Davidson/Buell of Glendale last month to register for the 18th annual Love Ride to Castaic Lake Nov. 11 for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. and the Los Angeles Times' "Reading by 9" initiative. Under the leather, denim and mirrored shades beat surprisingly gentle hearts--and all those hearts together sound like, well, as Harley enthusiasts describe it, "potato, potato, potato, potato."
NEWS
October 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The battered and rusted motorcycle that now stands at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee traveled more than 4,000 miles in the Pacific Ocean after it was swept away during the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. The 2004 FXSTB Softail Night Train , which washed up more than a year later on an island beach off British Columbia, Canada, carries a deeper, more poignant message about the loss of 20,000 people who died or remain missing. "This motorcycle has an amazing story to tell, and we are honored to be able to share it," Bill Davidson, vice president of the company, says in a statement from the museum.
AUTOS
January 30, 2008 | SUSAN CARPENTER
NOT to rub it in, but I do have a dream job. I get paid to ride motorcycles. I get to ride all the newest stuff. And I get to ride most of it before it's even available to the public. Sickening, I know. But there's one thing that makes my job a lot less dreamy: rain. Sometimes there's no way to avoid riding in it, such as last week when I had two days to test Harley-Davidson's surprise bike for 2008: the Cross Bones.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
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.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|