2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster, Touring & Trike – First Look
July 7, 2011
Filed under Cruiser + Touring Motorcycle Reviews, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Road Tests: Reviews on Harley Motorcycles, Latest News
Harley-Davidson has begun delivery of all 15 models in the 2012 Touring, Trike and Sportster lines to its U.S. dealers. These motorcycles will be available for sale immediately. Additional 2012 models will be announced in July.
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. 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. All 2012 Sportster models will have exclusive Michelin Scorcher tires. 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 other bodywork. The Forty-Eight model will have a new tank graphic.
The eight 2012 Harley-Davidson Touring models are powered by the Twin Cam 103 engine with Automatic Compression Release and an integrated oil cooler, generating a claimed 102 lb-ft of torque. All Touring models also feature the 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission, air-adjustable rear shocks and an Isolated Drive System for smooth power delivery. The single-spar, rigid backbone frame and two-piece swingarm is strong and responsive. All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new “tubeless” Chrome Lace Aluminum Wheel option. Six new colors or color combinations are among the 12 paint options offered.
The 2012 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic brings original-equipment design, quality and service to the trike segment, with chassis structure and geometry engineered to handle 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 is well-equipped for touring and available in three color combinations: Vivid Black; Big Blue Pearl / Vivid Black; or Ember Red Sunglo / Merlot Sunglo.
Details on the 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster, Touring and Trike models are available at www.h-d.com/2012.