We now know exactly what to expect from the Harley-Davidson lineup next year. The bike maker plans to roll out two new models: a 10th Anniversary Edition V-Rod and a new Dyna Switchback. The V-Rod will wear special silver paint designed to pay homage to the aluminum bodywork of the original liquid-cooled Harley, and buyers will get to enjoy unique 10th Anniversary V-Rod bags as well.

Meanwhile, the Dyna Switchback boasts a detachable windshield and a set of removable hard bags to create a versatile ride that can toe the line between an in-town cruiser and a long-haul machine. The Switchback, like all but two of H-D's entire line of Dyna, Softail and Touring models, packs the company's Twin Cam 103 engine with a full 100 pound-feet of torque.

The rest of the Harley-Davidson stable has received a few updates as well, including the company's Night Rod Special. That bike gets a new set of light-weight wheels, a tapered tail section and an inverted front fork along with improved ergonomics.

Finally, the Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations team has rolled out a CVO Road Glide Custom with all the tricks. Buyers can rock out to a high-output Harman/Kardon stereo, and each CVO Road Glide Custom is built with a frame-mounted fairing dipped in wild paint. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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MORE HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODELS WITH TWIN CAM 103™ POWER IN 2012

V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition and Dyna® Switchback Bagger Join the Model Line

MILWAUKEE (July 20, 2011) – Harley-Davidson offers more Big Twin performance for 2012 as its Twin Cam 103™ powertrain is standard equipment on Softail® and Touring motorcycle models and most Dyna® motorcycle models. Harley-Davidson will offer two new models for 2012. The V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition celebrates a decade of power-cruiser performance, while the new Dyna® Switchback is a convertible custom-touring motorcycle with detachable hard saddlebags and windshield. In addition, the Night Rod® Special has significant updates for 2012 with refreshed bodywork and optimized rider ergonomics. Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM rolls out the gleaming new CVO™ Road Glide® Custom, a limited-production, high-performance touring masterpiece.

Harley-Davidson believes every motorcycle it sells can be a custom of one. Harley-Davidson
H-D1™ is a comprehensive offering of customization tools for the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle owner. H-D1 tools include Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories listings in print and on-line catalogs, Fit Shop and consultation services at Harley-Davidson dealerships, and factory customization and Bike Builder tools on harley-davidson.com. H-D1 offers almost unlimited opportunities to optimize fit, function, style and performance and turn a Harley into a motorcycle that is truly personalized to its owner.

Harley-Davidson heads into 2012 with 32 models, each born of experience that spans generations and a passion for riding that will never diminish.


Highlights of the 2012 Harley-Davidson line include:

The Twin Cam 103™ engine powers all 2012 Dyna®, Softail® and Touring models with the exception of the Dyna Street Bob® and Dyna Super Glide® Custom. This engine produces up to 100 ft lbs. peak torque, an increase of approximately 6 percent over the Twin Cam 96™ engine it replaces as standard power for many of these models. The Twin Cam 103 is equipped with automatic compression release. It features identifying badges on the derby cover, timer cover and air cleaner trim ring.

A Security Package that pairs Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob is available for all 2012 V-Rod®, Dyna®, Softail®, Touring and CVO™ models. The Security Package is standard equipment on CVO™ models and on the Road Glide® Ultra, the Electra Glide® Ultra Limited, and the Road King® Classic. The Security Package is a factory-installed option for all other models.

The Night Rod® Special is updated with new tapered tail section, lighter-weight wheels, an inverted front fork and improved ergonomics. Harley-Davidson celebrates a decade of power cruising with the V-Rod® 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, finished in Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork that evokes the anodized aluminum bodywork of the original V-Rod model that introduced the liquid-cooled Revolution V-Twin engine in 2002. All V-Rod models will carry V-Rod 10th Anniversary badges.

The new Dyna® Switchback combines hard saddlebags and a windshield with the eager handling and Twin Cam 103 performance of the Dyna chassis. It's a custom-touring bike ready for a long weekend trip, until the detachable bags and windshield are removed. Then in seconds the Switchback becomes a custom street cruiser with a gleaming headlamp nacelle, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels and a mini-ape handlebar. This convertible concept makes the versatile Switchback two motorcycles in one.

All Harley-Davidson® Softail® models get the performance boost of the Twin Cam 103 engine for 2012. The Fat Boy® and Fat Boy® Lo have a new reduced-reach handlebar for more-comfortable ergonomics. A lower, narrower seat shape places the Fat Boy rider in a new "in the bike" position. The Softail® Deluxe and Heritage Softail® Classic will be available with a new optional "tubeless" Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair.

The Twin Cam 103™ powertrain gives all Harley-Davidson® Touring models assertive power for passing. On Touring models, the Twin Cam 103 is equipped with an oil cooler. All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new "tubeless" Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option.

The Harley-Davidson Sportster® line appeals to a broad range of riders with six 2012 models ranging from the race-inspired XR1200X™ to the accessible SuperLow® to Dark Custom roadsters like the Iron 883™, Nightster® and Forty-Eight®. The Sportster® 1200 Custom can be personalized for fit, function and style with H-D1™ factory customization, a process that allows customers to use the Bike Builder tool on harley-davidson.com to build the motorcycle from a selection of options that are installed as the bike is assembled by Harley-Davidson Motor Company or are installed by a dealer after the motorcycle is delivered. New 1200 Custom color options have been added to Bike Builder for 2012.

The new CVO™ Road Glide® Custom is one of four limited-production 2012 models from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM, each turned out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, and the most-powerful V-Twin engines offered in production Harley-Davidson motorcycles. CVO Road Glide Custom is a hot-rod bagger with a frame-mounted fairing topped with a smoked Wind Splitter windshield, a high-output, amplified Harman/Kardon® Advanced Audio system, and a color-matched, low-profile fuel tank console.

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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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      I could MAYBE handle that Night Rod Special in another 10yrs, but Harleys just aren't my thing. The only thing good to even remotely come from Harley was Buell.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kind of like new models from Audi and VW... you need to look very hard to spot what's changed... Pass.
      Ritchie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love my 1999 FLSTC
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am on AUTOblog... right? As in automobile...
        Nevadarain72
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        I guess there's always gotta be one person on every post that says "ZOMG wy iz ther a motercicle heer?!?!!11" Listen up everyone: They've been reporting motorcycle news and updates for a while now; they've reviewed a half-dozen or so motorcycles as well. Heck, they even write posts about boats occasionally. They haven't stopped because of your comments, and I doubt they will in the future. As someone who likes reading about vehicles in all shapes and sizes. I enjoy seeing the variety (and cars still form the bulk of the posts) of content. If you don't, the solution is simple: skip it and move on.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see these new bikes on trailers behind pickup trucks!!! Best Buy employee on Friday. Hardcore biker on Saturday!
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hahaha "updated" and "new" "special silver paint"; "detachable windshield and a set of removable hard bags"; "new set of light-weight wheels, a tapered tail section and an inverted front fork"; "Harman/Kardon stereo"; "frame-mounted fairing dipped in wild paint" What a joke. Lets paint it Billy-Bob then it's new. Or switch the wheels out! All show and no go
      Boost Retard
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just don't understand the appeal of these bikes.
      joeboarder108
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is barely even interesting to people who ride motorcycles
      xroadrider
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a Honda VFR800 and have owned several Honda Magnas ranging in years from 1982 to 2000. I looked at Harley Davidson but I just don't see anything to justify the increased cost. I've never had a Honda break down on me, ever. The only times my bikes have failed me was due to my own error - either as a rider or a mechanic. I've ridden the Buell 1125R and a few others and I just was not very impressed by the geometry of the bike, the rider position, or the handling. The power on the 1125R was acceptable, but not extraordinary, especially compared to imported bikes from Europe and Japan. While some commenters have claimed that Harley motors produce more power than their Japanese counterparts, this simply is not true. It's like saying that a farm tractor produces more power than a Ferrari. Every Harley I've ever experienced is a heavy pig of a bike; all that extra displacement is needed to make it get up and go - and you are shifting twice before you get to the other side of the intersection. Compare that to an import, such as the Yamaha VMAX - it's a V-4, 1700cc (102 cubic inch) DOHC motor that puts out 197 bhp to a chassis that weighs 613 lb (wet). The motor redlines at 9,000 RPM and is liquid cooled and won't shake itself apart with vibration. Combine that motor with a cruiser chassis that has about 65 degrees of lean angle and you get a proper bike that can be ridden all day comfortably, will beat almost anything short of a Ducati 1098 off the line, and will still carve up a canyon. I'm sorry, but Harley just doesn't cut it today as a motorcycle. Harley builds fashion accessories, the middle-age accountant's equivalent of a small, hairless dog or a $2,000 handbag. Harley sells a "lifestyle," not motorcycles.
        viperbono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xroadrider
        Since your so pro-Japan and not willing to support your country I would suggest moving to the country where you buy most of your products! I have a XL1200C and love it! I purchased a air-cooled street bike and I love it(just to let you know I know what I purchased)! If you want to bag on Harley then do it in the Honda Blogs where all of your other un-American supporting buddies will love to hear your rants!
          tgsigallium
          • 3 Years Ago
          @viperbono
          Says the guy riding a POS HD bike made from Chinese and Mexican parts. Hell, if you wore a HD helmet (which I doubt) it would made in China along side that Chinese leather HD jacket you wear to be just as unique a person as all your Harley-Tard circle jerk of friends. Let me guess, you're a "Loud Pipes Save Lives!" and "Obama is a Muslim" card carrying fool as well. Way to be a prick and support Americuh!
        AngeloD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xroadrider
        Quote: "While some commenters have claimed that Harley motors produce more power than their Japanese counterparts, this simply is not true." I think you missed the fact that we were comparing the v-twin motors in the HD vs the metric crusiers.
        tim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xroadrider
        @ xroadrider - I agree with your assessment of HD. But don't knock Buell.
      mchlrus1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can tell that anyone who negatively looks at Harley has never ridden one. Go to your local HD store and test one out. It's a club and its very fun to cruise out on one, although I like the Gold wing better than the Road King, any cruiser, I'm in favor of HD. I do agree with liquid cooling but don't hate it till you try it. HD has better resale values because of the class system. 883 to sportster to V rod or some thing to road king.
        ChrisH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mchlrus1
        I will give you one of two reasons I never will own a HD. ABS was not available on many of their models, they are slowing fixing that but they bundle it with other options making it more expensive. The bikes weigh too much. They are pigs. Far too many are over seven hundred pounds, many getting to eight hundred pounds. Sorry, that is just insane for what they are.
      hdwl1947
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Harley's are so bad why do all the riders on their look a like bikes drool when looking at my Night Train?
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hdwl1947
        And that folks is the gist of it. He didn't say that his bike is good because it has a built-in steering damper or a slipper clutch. Its good because people LOOK at him and it makes him think he is cool. The reason they actually look it him when he revs his POS engine because it's load, obnoxious and annoying! The majority of Harley riders are posers, they don't ride because they enjoy riding, they ride to show off and stroke their tiny ego.
          hdwl1947
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Redline
          Probabally been riding longer than you are old. My Night Train is dead stone stock so is not loud. 28,000 miles and you push the button and it runs, uses no oil, comfortable enough to do 500 miles days, will cruise at 80 all day, and only gets 42 mpg. I have no tatoos and wear body armor not leather and dew rags.
        xroadrider
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hdwl1947
        That would be an attempt to get into the Harley-owner's mindset. Drooling on one's self, the formation of a unibrow and a beer gut, and a monosyllabic vocabulary are all signs of this horrible syndrome.
      Edward
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's hard to believe that the V-Rod is ten years old. I don't think I've ever seen one "live." The old farts I see on Harleys are always on the nostalgic, caveman, hairy knuckle old styles. With plenty of chrome.
        vrmchris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        hello to all, to sir edward, i concur with you on harley-davidson i would like for harley to take a page from porsche. evolve their styling and their technology. the "baby boomer" generation will not be around forever. motus came out with a 1600cc v4 engine. that should have been harley doing that in a sport-tourer bike. fresh, new, and exciting. until then, long term harley-davidson is in trouble. regards, vrmchris
          vrmchris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @vrmchris
          to streferhoo, that sounds nice, however given tightening emissions standards; air-cooled v-twin engines will go to liquid cooling. porsche had to do the same thing with their air-cooled boxer six. regards, vrmchris
          straferhoo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @vrmchris
          Harley riders want only one motor, air cooled big twin. And it's gotta make that "potato potato" idling sound.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edward
        Coming from someone that's seen a few of them in person, you're not missing a whole lot. They looked cool at first but now they seem a bit... dated. Plus, the Night Rod just look way more badass, IMO. :)
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