Specifications of Harley Davidson Motorcycles

by Susan Dorling

Launched in 1903, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company is an American manufacturer of V-Twin touring motorcycles and motorcycle trikes, cruisers and sport motorcycles. Divided into six distinct families--Sportster, Dyna, Softail, Touring, Trike and VRSC--Harley-Davidson has achieved unparalleled status and success through brilliant marketing and solid product development. From its modest beginning to the multi-billion dollar corporation it is today, Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces motorcycles that are world-renowned for beauty, performance and alluring mystique.

The Sportster Family

Introduced in 1957 and revered for its legendary performance and agility, the Sportster family has evolved into the best-selling of the Harley-Davidson line. Powered by an Ironhead engine for nearly 30 years, since 1986 it now features an air-cooled Evolution engine in two configurations: 53.9 cubic inches or 883 cc displacement; and 73.3 cubic inches or 1200 cc displacement. Differentiated by styling and performance features, each of the six Sportster models has unique qualities suited to individual riding and aesthetic preferences. Available models are XR1200X, 1200N Nighster, XL 1200X Forty-Eight, XL Sportster 1200 Low, XL883L SuperLow and XL 883N Iron.

The Dyna Family

The Dyna lineage harks back to the 1991 Dyna Glide Sturgis model. Enhanced in the 2006 model year from the front forks to the stiffened axles, frame and swingarm, the four Dyna 2011 models feature an air-cooled, rubber-mounted Twin Cam 96 cubic-inch or 1,584 cc engine synchronized by a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission. The fuel system is Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). Each model in the Dyna family is designed for the individual rider's custom vision. Available models are FXDB Street Bob, FXDC Super Glide Custom, FXDWG Wide Glide and FXDF Fat Bob.

The Softail Family

Characterized by a hidden transmission and the uncluttered lines of a hard tail, the Softail family is comprised of six models for 2011, plus a special CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) model named FLSTSE2 CVO Softail Convertible. The six models have a 96 cubic inch or 1,584 cc air-cooled Twin Cam engine, in common with a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission. The CVO Convertible is driven by a huge power train featuring an air-cooled, Twin Cam 110 cubic inch or 1,803 cc engine. It is 94.9 inches long with an ultra-low seat height of only 24.4 inches. Its wheelbase is 64.2 inches and running order weight is 781 pounds. Fuel capacity is five gallons. Standard Softail models are the FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo, FLSTF Fat Boy, FLSTN Softail Deluxe, FLSTSB Cross Bones, FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic and FXCWC Rocker C.

The Touring Family

Evoking memories of by-gone days, the big Harley-Davidson touring motorcycles set the standard in the motorcycling industry. With a recent overhaul to the frame, new modular design, additional engine isolation mount and increased payload capacity, the Touring family for 2011 is vastly improved over earlier models and includes eight models, plus three exclusive CVO models. The FLHR Road King, FLHX Street Glide, FLHTC Electra Glide Classic, FLTRX Road Glide Custom and FLHTCU Ultra Classic Electra Glide share an air-cooled, Twin Cam 96 cubic inch or 1.584 cc engine, synchronized by a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission. The FLHRC Road King Classic, FLTRU Road Glide Ultra and FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Limited share an air-cooled, Twin Cam 103 cubic inch or 1,690 cc engine with a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission. The CVO line includes the FLHXSE2 CVO Street Glide, FLTRUSE CVO Road Glide Ultra and FLHTCUSE6 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide. These all feature an air-cooled, Twin Cam 110 cubic inch or 1,803 cc engine, synchronized by a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission.

The Trike Family

Based on the luxurious comfort of the Touring family, the Harley-Davidson Trikes--FLHXXX Street Glide Trike and FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra Classic--are built for travel. Both trikes are powered by an air-cooled Twin Cam 103 cubic inch or 1,690 cc engine synchronized by a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission. Designed by Chief Styling Officer Willie G. Davidson, both trikes measure 105.8 inches long with a 66.6-inch wheelbase and a six-gallon fuel capacity. They both feature electric reverse, but the similarity ends there. The Street Glide Trike is evocative of a hot rod-style machine. Its seat height is 26.75 inches and the running order weight is 1,124 pounds. The Tri Glide Ultra Classic's seat is 27.1 inches and its running order weight is 1,191 pounds. Tucked into the fairing is a premium Harman/Kardon advanced four-speaker audio system featuring AM/FM, CD player, MP3 player, CB and Intercom.

The VRSC Family

Imagine a street legal racing motorcycle as rolling art and you have the VRSC family. A cross between a sleek work of art and pure muscle, the 76.28 cubic inch or 1,250 cc liquid-cooled VRSC siblings exude raw power aesthetically and literally. Both the VRSCDX Night Rod Special and VRSCF V-Rod Muscle feature the same Revolution engine synchronized by a five-speed transmission. The Night Rod is 94.4 inches long with a 25.2-inch seat height and 67.2-inch wheelbase. It weighs 676 pounds in running order with a five-gallon fuel capacity. The V-Rod Muscle is 92.8 inches long with a 25.6-inch seat height and 67-inch wheelbase. It weighs 673 pounds in running order and has a five-gallon fuel capacity.

About the Author

Based in Ontario, Susan Dorling has written professionally since 2000, with hundreds of articles published in a variety of popular online venues. Writing on a diverse range of topics, she reflects her passion for animals, interior design, home decorating, style, fashion and business.

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