Harley-Davidson

Hog Heaven

For the first time, Willie G. Davidson offers a look at the collection that inspired his legendary Harley-Davidson designs…

FrontRunners July 2014: Buell’s Bolide

When Harley-Davidson shut down the Buell Motorcycle Company five years ago, that brand’s namesake founder established Erik Buell Racing, in Troy, Wis., and continued to produce high-performance V-twin sportbikes. The company’s latest release, the EBR 1190RX (www.erikbuellracing.com), is its second street-legal offering, but like the first, the limited-production 1190RS, it is race ready. Indeed, the […]

Best of the Best 2012: Motorcycles: Touring: Harley-Davidson Switchback

Touring bikes are specialized machines designed to make the miles melt away, but their narrow purpose is their drawback. Most touring rigs endure months of downtime, while more versatile steeds see daily action.   Harley-Davidson addresses this problem with its new Switchback, a touring bike that performs a presto personality change into a cruiser. Thanks […]

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Invokes Mid-century Nostalgia

Harley-Davidson’s latest Dark Custom is more like a ray of nostalgia than a chiaroscuro one-off. Available in traditional black ($10,499), silver, or orange ($10,789), the Sportster Forty-Eight packs a fuel-injected Evolution 1200 V-twin, a 5-speed transmission, and chromed shorty dual exhaust with slash-cut mufflers— all of which serve as modern but faithful reinterpretations of the […]

Harley-Davidson’s Dual-Personality Hot Rod

Is it a cruiser, a tourer, or both? The 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible doesn’t comply with strictly ordered motorcycle taxonomy. Rather, it alternates facets of its personality through easily swapped-out body parts. Unlatch the smoked windscreen, for example, and it becomes sleek and low-slung. Undo the buffalo hide-trimmed passenger seat and backrest, and the […]

Cruiser: Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle

The V-Rod Muscle represents a departure for Harley-Davidson. Instead of being an all-American iron horse, the bike is an aluminum-clad drag-strip denizen with a pedigree from across the Atlantic: A liquid-cooled, 122 hp, 1,250 cc Revolution V-twin engine designed in conjunction with Porsche Engineering powers the new Harley. Although its 240 mm rear tire suggests […]

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