Thursday, February 2, 2012

HD's Slim & 72

Harley-Davidson unveiled 2 new motorcycles Tuesday, the Seventy-Two and the  Softail Slim.

Harley officials describe the 72 this way: "In creating the Seventy-Two, we were also inspired by the vibe of the early chopper era".

"Those bikes were colorful and chromed, but also narrow and stripped down to the essentials. You look at period examples and they are almost as simple as a bicycle."

"It’s a custom style that’s very particular to America and that California scene".

From its hard candy, red flake paint and mini-ape hangers, to its narrow whitewall tires, the 72 is a respectful nod to that era. Wow, it's as if Harley is finally listening to it's customers. 

As for the Slim, it has a trimmed front fender, Hollywood bars and a narrow rear end. Slim and trim indeed.

Harley says: "It has iconic style that recalls classic custom bobbers of the 1950s".

It's simply a Softail on a diet. Hopefully it also comes with a slimmed down price tag.

Ace ♠

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