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Harley-Davidson FLTRU Road Glide Ultra 2012 ride review

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive…” Thus begins Hunter Thompson’s defining masterwork, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, and I tend to find myself ...

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Harley-Davidson 2012 model year press launch

Park City, Utah, August 3—There are a number of pleasant surprises in Harley-Davidson’s 2012 model year line-up, but none of them came as much of a surprise when the moto-press corps convened at the St. Regis Deer Valley resort in this uber-chic mountain aerie for the official unveiling. The lack of surprise at the press launch—the annual affair that historically ...

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2011 XL1200C Sportster Custom mid-year introduction

Feb. 2—The XL1200C Sportster Custom, long the refined flagship of the XL platform, returns to the Milwaukee line-up in the middle of the 2011 model year after a brief sabbatical, and it’s now offered in a mind-boggling 2,688 flavors, believe it or not—but we’ll get to the details of that in a moment. The basic new Custom has a number ...

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2011 CVO Ultra Classic redux

When the 2011 Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) models were launched in June of last year, the perennially best-selling model, the CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide, found itself suddenly sucking hind teat. Rather than the three lavish paint schemes and production run numbers of about 3,500 units that we’d become accustomed to in its previous five appearances in the CVO line-up, ...

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2011 Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic with ABS

Getting with the touring times Vintage looks, contemporary upgrades Throughout its entire tenure, dating back to 1988, the Heritage Classic has led something of a double life, essentially filling a transitional niche between two distinct platforms, the lean retro rigid-mount Softails and the dressed-up mile-hungry Touring models. There was no way around it. The Heritage drew the assignment of being ...

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Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline Softail Intro

Revisiting the Softail source code Back to basics—stripped down and ready to rumble New York, N.Y., Jan. 20—Just north of the Holland Tunnel, in a far corner of New York City’s trendy SoHo neighborhood, sits a nondescript bar named, simply, Don Hill’s. It was just before 9:00 p.m.—quite early for the city that never sleeps. For years, Don Hill has ...

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Harley-Davidson 2011 Model Year press launch

The long and the short of it Leaner lineup woos Boomers and beginners Newberg, Ore., July 21—The current mantra susurrating through the corridors and cubicles of Juneau Avenue is “multi-generational cycle of growth” and it summarizes tidily the task at hand for The Motor Company at this critical juncture as it tailors its development and marketing strategy to the changing ...

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Harley-Davidson CVO 2011 model launch

Glad rags and saddlebags And that highway song in four-part harmony Incline Village, Nev., June 16—Dawn breaks cold over Lake Tahoe after a night in the 30s and the heavy snows of the winter just past remain in abundant evidence on the peaks surrounding the basin. The sky’s an auspicious blue and the whole tableau is as breathtaking as it ...

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Harley-Davidson 2010 FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide ride review

A clean break with tradition Putting a fresh face on an old favorite I stopped off for fuel one last time before the final push to the house. It was cold and pissing rain and had been for the last 75 miles since topping Altamont Pass and diving down into the early afternoon commute traffic of the East Bay. I ...

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XR1200X Vance & Hines Race Series

Calling all privateers DIY kits and a sweet contingency fund I first met Terry Vance when we were youngsters in this business. I was a scribe on Hot Bike Magazine’s payroll and he and another young lad named Byron Hines were campaigning drag bikes for Russ Collins’ R.C. Engineering. As good as Vance and Hines were at racing, they were ...

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