• Jul 28th 2010 at 6:00PM
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2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow – Click above for high-res image gallery

Shoppers at Harley-Davidson dealers across North America will be faced with the choice of three new models this year, as the 2011 lineup marks the release of the Sportster SuperLow, XR1200X and Road Glide Ultra. This hat trick of new releases increases Milwaukee's total offerings to an impressive 32 unique (that is... as long as you want a V-twin and two or three wheels) models.

If your confidence is in need of inspiration, as H-D words it, than the new SuperLow may be just what you're looking for. Sporting a design and build that highlight ease of handling and a low stand-over height, the SuperLow may drag pegs through the turns, but it should also help keep confidence high at stoplights. The second model, named the XR1200X (which we previously covered here) claims to "hone Sportster performance to its very limit" offering standard adjustable suspension, floating front brake rotors, and a high compression version of the 1200cc Evo engine packaged in the XR chassis. The matte-black finish of the engine and drive components complete the no-nonsense look of the XR1200X.

Rounding out the new releases is the Road Glide Ultra, which has its sights set further on the horizon while wielding a frame-mounted fairing. The new cockpit encases a four-speaker Harmon Kardon Audio system (with iPod connection), as well as a cruise control feature, amongst other luxuries. More touring amenities include the King Tour Pack, luggage carrier and standard ABS... we expect Route 66 has another thing coming.

Four new CVO variations will be available in limited quantities for the 2011 model year, several of which we recently had an opportunity to put through their paces, so stay tuned for the imminent full ride reports on all the new bacon from hog-central Harley-Davidson. For now, you can see more pictures and read the press release after the break.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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Plus New PowerPak Touring Combo and Available ABS for Softail® models

MILWAUKEE (July 27, 2010) – Harley-Davidson introduces the new SuperLow™, XR1200X and Road Glide® Ultra models with its expansive line of 2011-model-year motorcycles. With 32 models including urban brawlers, long-haul touring machines, contemporary customs drenched in chrome, dark retro-style bobbers, exhilarating sport roadsters and inviting standards, Harley-Davidson offers a motorcycle to match the desires of almost any street rider. Each rolls to the sound track of the American road, a syncopated V-Twin cadence that is the pulse of every Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

Highlights of the 2011 Harley-Davidson line include:

* The new SuperLow combines revised front end geometry, new wheels and tires with a reshaped seat and handlebars to achieve well-balanced handling and comfort that will inspire confidence in new riders and exhilarate those with experience.
* The qualities of a frame-mounted fairing and luxury touring accommodations come together in the new Road Glide Ultra. Powered by a Twin Cam 103™ engine, this long-haul beauty comes equipped with a King Tour-Pak® luggage carrier, vented fairing lowers, ABS (anti-lock braking system), Harley-Davidson Smart Security System, cruise control, and a four-speaker, 80-watt Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio System.
* The new XR1200X is Harley-Davidson Sportster® performance honed to its finest edge, with adjustable front and rear suspension, floating front brake rotors and the surging power of a high-compression 1200cc Evolution® V-Twin engine.
* Select Touring models gain power and technology with the new Harley-Davidson PowerPak, which bundles the Twin Cam 103™ engine with ABS (anti-lock braking system) and the H-D® Smart Security System. PowerPak is a standard feature on the 2011 Road King® Classic, Electra Glide® Ultra Limited, and Road Glide® Ultra models, and will be available as a factory-installed option on the 2011 Street Glide® and Road Glide® Custom models.
* 2011 Harley-Davidson Softail models except Cross Bones® are newly available with optional ABS. New hand controls add features, convenience and cleaner styling.
* The 2011 VRSC™ power-cruisers are available with a new Security Package option, which bundles ABS with a Smart Security System for greater value. Michelin® Scorcher™ tires and new colors and graphics round out changes to the Night Rod® Special and the V-Rod Muscle™.
* The four 2011 Dyna® models project pure attitude. Built with the rawest styling of all the Big Twin motorcycles, Dyna models are a customizer's dream. Each is offered in new colors.

Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO™) offers four premium, limited-production motorcycles for 2011.

* The new CVO Road Glide Ultra features a Road Tech® zumo® 660 GPS navigation system, upgraded Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio system with BOOM! Bagger speakers and an 8GB iPod® nano® and dock, and a two-up suspended touring seat with dual heat controls.
* The CVO Street Glide rolls on a new 19-inch Agitator™ front wheel, and new ventilated fairing lowers house two of the six speakers that are part of a 100-watt-per-channel audio system that incorporates an 8GB iPod nano with dock.
* The CVO Softail Convertible has a new audio system that integrates 3.5-inch speakers and a 20-watt-per-channel amplifier into a redesigned inner fairing. Music is delivered by an 8GB iPod nano stored in a protective pouch. Also new is a 1.25-inch welded mini-ape handlebar, Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), cruise control, keyless ignition and ABS.
* The CVO Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® has a new suspended, heated, two-up seat with leather inserts. Dual mufflers feature new chrome billet end caps with black spears, and new mirrors are finished in mirror chrome.

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 Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      How about including half a brain for people who like these loud obnoxious things? I used to do that when I was 6, with hockey cards in my spokes. Puberty changed all that. Honestly, these things are stupid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great job Harley! The motor company has really broken the mold with these bikes - they look nothing like the rest of the lineup.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The 1200X will handle quite nicely for a street bike. The SuperLow is meant for the shorter rider - not for the 25.5" seat height, but since it is the 883 it would scrunch up anyone over 5'11.

      The 4.5 gal tank is quite nice. That'll be over 200 miles of riding before searching for a station.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Owned six Harleys including my present FLHRCi. Really wanted to get into a new one and was hoping that HD might just move the "Revolution" into the touring line to make the break out of the stone age. No such luck. Maybe next year!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        There won't be revolution. It's Harley. You pay premium for old tech.
      • 5 Years Ago
      H-D: Still building that overpriced, noisy garbage that shakes itself to pieces.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is laugh out loud funny. Literally.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Or is the SuperLow really aimed at women?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did not want to seem sexist. But since women are generally smaller, they would be the primary target. Kinda like the Softail Deluxe (which a lot of women I know own).

        ...though I do have an Outlaw with an even lower seat. But I think the rake and hp of that beast gives it enough testosterone to keep me from wearing skirts. ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      New in what regard? Colors? Trim? I've seen newer tech. attached to exposed flywheel John Deere tractors!
      • 5 Years Ago
      so they shut down Buel because the bike market has shrunk and now they expand by 3 models? did I miss something?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "This hat trick of new releases increases Milwaukee's total offerings to an impressive 32 unique"

        Actually the 32 offerings is SMALLER than the amount available last year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In reality these are the std 'replacement' models HD does every year. They will also drop a few models. This was done to lend an air of 'limited edition' to specific bikes.

        For 2011, these are the supposed drops:
        XL1200C Sportster 1200 Custom
        XR1200 (The XR1200X model will replace it)
        FXD Dyna Super Glide
        FXSTC Softail Custom
        VRSCAW V-Rod

        Kinda like last year - they brought back the Fat Boy, which had been dropped for a few years. They also dropped various Springer models over the years, with the CrossBones the latest of those models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "hone Sportster performance to its very limit"

      That is funny. HD might want to contact the fella they bought the name (XR1200) from. Or the guy they recently let go, or maybe Mule.

      Thanks for the chuckle HD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh only two Vrod models.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I liked the original Vrod model IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me too much of the metric bikes. No, seriously, the styling of this looks like the Star Warrior 1700. HD needs to look elsewhere for their inspiration.
      • 5 Years Ago
      3 new offerings, all of which will be back in the shop before the odo hits 1000mi
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