2013 Harley-Davidson Big Twins New Bike Specs

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

Story as printer in American Iron Magazine.

2012 Harley-Davidson Big Twin Specs

Harley-Davidson kicked it into overdrive for the 2012 model year with a chock-full lineup featuring 30 returning champions as well as two all-new models. It doesn’t necessarily take a calculator, however, to figure out that we’ll be saying farewell to a few buddies, too. The Cross Bones, Rocker C, and Street Glide Trike are being retired to make room for the new Dyna Switchback and the 10th Anniversary V-Rod.

Back to the Big Twin lineup, there’s some great news coming out of the engine department. All but two Big Twins will be powered by the 103″ Twin Cam! The folks over at the Motor Company must be AIM fans, seeing as the AIM staff on the whole loves the 103 more than both the 96 and the CVO 110. Sporting 100 ft-lbs. of torque, the 103″ sees a six percent increase over the 96-incher. The 103 was designed specifically to improve the power in the midrange, otherwise known as passing power. The 103″ engine is equipped with automatic compression release and features identifying badges on the derby cover, timer cover, and air cleaner trim ring. Not joining in on the displacement increase is the Street Bob and Super Glide Custom. While it’s a shame that two of the lightest Big Twin models aren’t receiving the 103, power is upped from 92 ft-lbs. to 94 ft-lbs. They’ll rely on their lowest base prices to bring in customers.

Also new for 2012 is the availability of a factory-installed security package that pairs ABS brakes with the Smart security system for all Dynas, Softails, and Touring models. The package is standard equipment on the Road Glide, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, and the Road King Classic.

The major changes to the Softail line specifically are the Fat Boy and Fat Boy Lo receiving a more ergonomic handlebar and the lower, narrower seat that already graces the Lo. The new layout is said to improve ergonomics and give the rider an “in the bike” feel, instead of a “sit on top” feel. Also, the Deluxe and Heritage Classic can now be ordered with a new, optional, tubeless, chrome aluminum Profile laced wheel.

The 2012 Touring bikes remain relatively unchanged from last year, except for the addition of the 103″ engine in all varieties. For the Touring models only, the 103″ also comes standard with an oil cooler. These big rigs of the fleet are also offered with the optional, tubeless, chrome aluminum Profile laced wheel, except for the Limited. The Road Glide Ultra receives a set of front fairing wind deflectors to make the ride that much more enjoyable.
It’s impossible to discuss Harley’s 2012 lineup of Touring bikes without touching on the all-new Dyna FLD Switchback. From afar, it might look like a Road King, but up close, you’ll notice the exposed rear shocks, smaller bags, and lack of a color-matched side cover.

If you’re looking for a Big Twin that’s at home in the switchbacks and on the open highway, you might not have to look any further than this new Dyna. With an all-new front end and suspension and a sculpted nose on the seat, this truly is a newly created tourer! But at 718 pounds, 100 pounds less than a Road King, the performance should be pretty solid, as should be its ease of handling. Its bags feature a three-point mounting system and are only 25 percent smaller, while still being able to hold 15 pounds each. The Switchback also receives a different tranny case and muffler mounting system, too. Look for a full review of it in an upcoming issue.

And for the rest of the Dyna lineup, as said earlier, all but the Street Bob and Super Glide Custom receive the 103″ Twin Cam. All Dynas do get the CAN (Controller Area Network) system along with the Softail handlebar switches. The low beam gets a Flash to Pass setup to make flashing the brights easier. Like the Switchback, the mufflers receive new mounting points and 02 sensors.

Next month, we’ll run the spec sheets along with a heads up on what’s new with the Sportsters, V-Rods, and trike. And, if you missed our coverage on the 2012 CVO models last month, pick up a copy of Motorcycle Bagger, which is running them all in the November/December issue.

Below are all the specs for each of the 2012 Big Twins. Click on a spec sheet to view larger. AIM

NEW BIKE SPECS By Tyler Greenblatt

Story as published in the November 2011 issue of American Iron Magazine.