Forty-Eight rea­sons to ride

Har­ley-Davidson has sev­eral new high­lights, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

TWO new mod­els, the re­turn of limited-edi­tion bikes, some cheaper prices, a big­ger en­gine, iPod Nanos and an­ti­skid brakes are the high­lights of the 2011 Har­ley-Davidson range ar­riv­ing next month.

Aus­tralian mar­ket­ing man­ager Adrian O’Donoughue ex­pects the new fac­tory hot rod cus­tom FortyEight Sport­ster to be the big seller.

‘‘It has the runs on the board in Europe and the US, where it’s our fastest-sell­ing model,’’ he says.

The Forty-Eight XL1200X will ar­rive at $14,995.

The biggest-sell­ing Har­ley in Aus­tralia is the XL883N Iron, so the new Su­per­Low with a 64.8cm bucket seat is also ex­pected to be a hot item.

‘‘The 883L was in our range a cou­ple of years ago, but it’s now been re-en­gi­neered,’’ O’Donoughue says. ‘‘ It’s very pop­u­lar with fe­males and peo­ple who feel in­tim­i­dated by the big­ger, heav­ier bikes.

‘‘The ride qual­ity has also been changed a fair amount and it’s now eas­ier to pick up off the side­stand.’’

The new Su­per­Low XL883L Sport­ster also has re­vised front-end ge­om­e­try, new wheels and tyres and re­shaped han­dle­bars. It’s listed at $11,495.

H-D Aus­tralia is also bring­ing back the limited-edi­tion CVO cus­tom range, with three new bikes.

‘‘They needed a bit of breath­ing space for a year and it was al­ways in­tended to bring them back,’’ O’Donoughue says.

‘‘The CVO Ul­tra, go­ing back two years, cost $59,995, and now it’s $47,000.’’

The CVO Ul­tra Clas­sic Elec­tra Glide comes with a sus­pended, heated, two-up seat with leather in­serts, dual muf­flers with chromed bil­let-end caps and black spears, and chrome mir­rors.

The CVO Street Glide has a new 19-inch Ag­i­ta­tor front wheel, and new ven­ti­lated fair­ing low­ers hous­ing two of the six speak­ers in a 100 watts-per-chan­nel au­dio sys­tem, in­cor­po­rat­ing an 8GB iPod Nano with dock. It’s listed at $42,995.

The CVO Sof­tail Con­vert­ible has a new au­dio sys­tem with 8GB iPod Nano, plus mini-ape han­dle­bars, elec­tronic throt­tle con­trol, cruise con­trol, key­less ig­ni­tion and anti-lock brakes for $39,995.

Anti-skid is also now stan­dard on all Sof­tail mod­els. Sof­tail prices start at $25,750.

Hot rod: the Har­ley-Davidson Forty-Eight Sport­ster is pop­u­lar in Europe and the US.

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