July 28, 2010- Harley-Davidson released three new models yesterday, two based on the Sportster line and one upgraded touring machine.
With the economy still mired in a slump, Harley made a good move when they lowered their 883 Sportster, both on the road and on the sticker. The SuperLow features a revised front end geometry,
new wheels and tires, a reshaped seat and handlebars and a 25.5 inch seat height that should prove to be a good bike for women and new riders. The sticker is also the lowest in the Hog pen at $7,999.
In the press release for the SuperLow, HD said that the design of the European XR1200 bike provided some of the basis for the SL.
"In engineering the tire-and-wheel design and steering geometry for the SuperLow, the team applied lessons learned in the development of the XR1200X, which result in similarly significant gains in maneuverability," said Jim Hofmann, General Manager, Motorcycle Product Planning. "The SuperLow is of course a very different motorcycle from the XR1200X, with a different mission, but the theme of achieving a precise balance of steering geometry, tire profile and construction, and suspension tuning is the same and equally successful. It takes just one ride on the SuperLow to believe it."
The 18-inch-diameter front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel are fitted with Michelin® Scorcher® 11 radial tires. The profile, tread pattern and construction of these tires were developed specifically to enhance the handling of the SuperLow model. The new wheel-and-tire combination significantly reduces mass and inertia front and rear, which when combined with the tire design, improves steering response, and reduces steering effort. Read the SuperLow press release from Harley-Davidson here.
In addition to the SuperLow, Milwaukee has further refined the XR1200 to appeal to a younger, non traditional rider. Although it shares none of the sportbike characteristics of the discontinued Buell brand, the XR1200x has been updated to provide a more sporting ride to consumers accustomed to higher horsepower, quicker handling and responsiveness. The bike features adjustable front and rear suspension, floating front brake rotors and the venerable 1200cc Evolution® V-Twin engine.
The addition of the new Road Glide Ultra boosts the Hog Pen to 32 grunting machines and proves HD remains solidly committed to maintaining its dominance in the touring segment of the lifestyle. Although the new Road Glide Ultra doesn't blaze any new ground in its appearance, the frame mounted shark nose, dual headlamp fairing does give the bike a distinctive profile as it rolls down the highway.
Touring bike owners understand the aerodynamic benefits of mounting the fairing to the frame, part of which provides a base for a smaller windshield that still cuts the air but doesn't have that heavy feeling that fork mounted fairing have.
The Ultra also incorporates a new one-piece seat is shaped to improve rider leg reach to the ground, and to provide better lower back support. A key element of the new seat design is a narrower forward section of the seat, which makes it easier for more riders to place both feet on the ground. Read the Road Glide Ultra press release here
In addition to these models, Harley released four new CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) models. Read that release here