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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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Harley-Davidson CVO Screamin’ Eagles for 2008

More dazzle, more dash in Milwaukee’s finest High style meets high tech on the Tourers Milwaukee, Wis., June 5–7—It’s the job of Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations division to question assumptions, think outside the box, and color outside the lines. They’re the mavericks of Milwaukee, the black ops boys of Parts and Accessories, the wild hair up the corporate keister, with ...

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Harley-Davidson XL1200N Nightster road test

There’s something about the Nightster In the thrall of Milwaukee’s new sensation Our first exposure to the XL1200N Nightster came with the release of studio photos of the model during the Harley-Davidson winter dealers meeting at the end of January. Even though we could only experience the bike visually and in two dimensions, we were nonetheless smitten with it in ...

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