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H-D Custom Vehicle Operations 2010 model launch

Nothing but the best Screw it, let’s ride… to the Ritz Half Moon Bay, Calif., July 1—It’s hard not to read some symbolism into the Custom Vehicle Operations choice of the Ritz Carlton in this seaside hamlet as the setting for the roll-out of their 2010 model line-up. This is, after all, the swank resort best known in moto-circles as ...

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2009 Harley-Davidson VRSCF V-Rod Muscle

Muscling the miles Good looks can take you a long way Regardless of what style of motorcycle you ride, and what your reasons were for choosing that style, it’s inevitable that sooner or later the urge to do some serious road work will come upon you, and unless you’ve prepared for that eventuality by buying a bagger, you’ll be obliged ...

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Harley-Davidson 2009 FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic road review

History in the remaking An old favorite gets the once over Over the course of the two decades following the model’s 1988 debut, the distinctive appearance of the Heritage Classic remained virtually unchanged, resistant to even the incremental styling tweaks that visited all other long-running core models periodically, but to expect otherwise would perhaps be to miss the whole “heritage” ...

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Harley-Davidson 2009 FLHX Street Glide road test

Looker for the long haul Fashion and function cut a sweet deal Custom bagger. That’s a tough pair of words to reconcile, since virtually every styling detail that contributes to the contemporary custom elan of a bike tends to detract from the utilitarian virtues generally associated with a bagger. Nevertheless, custom baggers have been the hot trend in the industry ...

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Harley-Davidson 2009 model launch

Get your lean on Milwaukee adds Muscle; takes Tourers down to the bone Sonoma, Calif., July 27–28—Lean times call for lean measures and the 2009 lineup being introduced to the press here in Northern California’s bucolic wine country is a leaned-out stable of 29 mounts—down from 31 last year and 35 in 2007—and some of these models come with markedly ...

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Harley-Davidson’s FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones

Dawn of the dark custom culture Milwaukee moves to reclaim the lunatic fringe West Hollywood, Calif., Jan. 19,—Did someone slip me a club drug? Am I hallucinating or am I really in a black-walled cavern with a rave DJ standing over his soundboard flanked by video screens running loops of guys on skateboards while on the other side of the ...

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2008 FXDF Dyna Fat Bob road review

Machine on a mission How many ways can you scream Milwaukee? Without question the new Dyna Fat Bob is the new boss of the Dyna platform, and that’s the toughest job in Milwaukee. This is, after all, the utility platform that for the last 15 years has been expected to be all things to all people; the entry level Big ...

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Harley-Davidson 2008 Model Launch

Mods & Rockers Getting geared up for the 105th Baltimore, Md., July 16–17—How do you prepare for someone’s 105th birthday? Especially when you just threw a huge party five years earlier and damn near everybody showed up. The Motor Company decided the solution includes three new bikes, a displacement bump for the V-Rods, some fancy brakes, a high-tech throttle and ...

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Project Hot Java

The luckiest Sportster ever The staff XL gets the CR treatment There are projects you undertake with a great deal of forethought and anticipation, and then there are projects that just sort of invent themselves and draw you in. This deal is of the latter variety, and started innocently enough with the procuring of a 2006 Sportster XL883L for the ...

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Zippers delight

Men’s Bracket Jacket with Switchback Technology Harley-Davidson MotorClothes MSRP $295–$305 depending on size It’s getting hot outside, and all indications are that it’s going to get hotter. And as the temperature rises through the 80s and 90s, wrapping yourself in a heavy chunk of dead cow just to go out for a putt loses much of its appeal. But being ...

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