Forty-Eight reasons to ride
Harley-Davidson has several new highlights, writes Mark Hinchliffe
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.