Harley-Davidson has announced three more motorcycles to expand its 2014 range while it awaits the much-anticipated Street 500 learner bike. When the retro Low Rider, versatile SuperLow 1200T and customised Street Bob Special arrive next month it will be their biggest model line-up yet with 32 bikes. All three new models will be on show at the Brisbane Moto Expo from March 21-23.
Harley-Davidson Australia director of marketing Adam Wright says the addition of the models is a “further result of being customer led and delivering the attitude and features riders want”.
Harley created the Dyna Low Rider in 1977 and contrary to belief, the song “Low Rider” by War is not about the bike but about low-sprung cars. Anyway, the new FXDL includes many retro features such as a polished headlamp visor, wrinkle black trim, 2-into-1 exhaust and split five-spoke aluminium wheels. Unlike the old Low Rider, it will be more comfortable with compliant suspension, a new seat that moves 4cm forward and back and has a removable bolster, foot controls moved 5cm forward and adjustable handlebar risers. Like all Dynas, it is powered by a rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103 engine and comes with plenty of accessories for customisation. Price is $23,250 (plus on-road costs).
The SuperLow XL1200T is a touring version of the Sportster with a detachable windshield, locking saddlebags and Dunlop Harley-Davidson Blackwall tyres. Docking points also allow you to fit accessory racks and backrests. The new seat, controls and mini-footboards are designed for long-distance comfort. It comes with aluminium wheels and chrome and two-paint options. The lightweight tourer costs $19,250 (+ORC) and is 260kg dry, which is almost 53.5kg less than the lightest Harley Touring bike and 56kg lighter than the Dyna Switchback. It’s also SuperLow as the name suggests with a 663mm seat compared with the 1200 Custom at 676mm, although not quite as low as the Fourty-Eight at 660mm. ABS and the remote key fob with keyless ignition are available as options.
Harley has also released a stripped-down custom version of the Dyna Street Bob FXDBB with forward controls, bobbed rear fender, Fat Bob fuel tank and drag handlebars replacing the mini-ape hanger bars. It rides on split five-spoke cast aluminium wheels, has two-tone paint and a Badlander dual seat instead of a solo seat. Price is $23,495 (+ORC).