It took 110 years, but the wait for the 2013 Harley-Davidson models is finally over. It’s a special lineup, indeed, for the anniversary year. Sticking to just the Big Twins for now, five models will be available in the special 110th anniversary scheme, which also means they only come with all available options installed, and only in limited production quantities. Each Anniversary model is highlighted by a solid bronze fuel tank badge and Anniversary Vintage Bronze/Anniversary Vintage Black paint.
The 110th Super Glide Custom is limited to 1,500 units and includes a Smart Security System, ABS, and chrome aluminum profile laced wheels. The 110th Fat Boy Lo is limited to 1,750 and also includes the basic Smart Security System and ABS package. The 110th Heritage Softail Classic is limited to 1,900 examples and includes the same package as the Super Glide Custom, but with the addition of wide whitewall tires. The 110th Road King is limited to 1,750 and comes with the Smart Security System, ABS, cruise control, and contrast chrome, 28-spoke, cast aluminum wheels. The Electra Glide Ultra Limited 110th Anniversary edition is the top dog and already comes with every available option. It also happens to see the highest production run at 3,750 examples. And for those looking to explore on three wheels rather than two, Harley included the Anniversary package on 1,450 Tri Glide Ultra Classics that get upgraded with a Smart Security System.
For those who thought Harley was going to take it easy in its anniversary year and not introduce too many changes, nothing is further from the truth. In fact, H-D is taking factory custom to the next level with its new Hard Candy Custom line. Harking back to the So Cal garage builders in the ’60s, Hard Candy Custom brings metalflake and chrome back into play. There’s 16 new “big flake” finishes available, three of which are even offered as a solid-color option on the 2013 Seventy-Two, Forty-Eight, Street Bob, Blackline, and Softail Deluxe. The whole concept of the 1960s California custom is being brought into play as metalflake springer seats, single-sided swingarm bags, and sissybars are all available straight from the factory.
The other big news coming out of the Motor Company is the restyled Dyna Street Bob. Harley’s budget Big Twin received updates for 2013 that make it a bargain. This urban muscle cruiser comes stock with the 96″ Twin Cam that puts out 94 ft-lbs. of torque through its six-speed Cruise Drive transmission. The 2013 edition Street Bob is even more blacked-out than its predecessors thanks to new black triple trees, battery box cover, fork lowers, and wrinkle-black cast dash console with ignition switch. The center taillight and license bracket get removed in favor of stop/turn/taillights found on other bobber-style models as well as a side-mount license bracket. A cool, round air cleaner cover now graces the right side of the engine instead of the football cover found on most Big Twins. Also, H-D got rid of the built-in risers on the upper tree in favor of rubber-isolated risers that make the installation of different bar and riser combinations possible. Also new for the Street Bob is the addition of H-D1 Factory Customization that gives prospective owners more than 2,000 setup combinations straight from the assembly line. Choose from a different handlebar, paint job, foot location, and — ready for it —an upgraded 103″ Twin Cam engine! Before I give too much away about all the updates for the 2013 Street Bob, check out Editor Chris’ review on page 54 to get all the down and dirty details on this bad-boy brawler.
How can anyone talk about the 2013, 110th Anniversary, lineup without mentioning that huge party that takes place every five years in Milwaukee? This year, in a bid to showcase the Motor Company’s globalization efforts, parties will be held in dozens of cities around the globe, the biggest being Milwaukee and Rome. Rumor has it that even the Pope is getting in on the action! Keep an eye on American Iron Magazine for monthly reviews of as many 2013 models as we can fit in, and, of course, 110th anniversary celebration coverage. AIM
NEW BIKE SPECS By Tyler Greenblatt
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