At a time when everybody in the auto industry is designing cars, motorcycles and even commercial vehicles for the future, Milwaukee based Harley Davidson Motorcycles, decides to take it easy and head in the opposite direction. Earlier this week, the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the US, Harley Davidson launched two new motorcycles, Softail Slim and Seventy Two, both of which are given a look, which is straight from the years gone by.
For the first time in many years, Harley Davidson has launched new motorcycles (not one but two), during this time of the year. Usually Harley Davidson launches new motorcycles a little later in the year, when the weather is a little warmer. When asked why they launched new bikes earlier this time, Jennifer Hoyer, Manager, Media Relations, said: “It helps to bring a sense of excitement around the brand and to bring people into the dealerships to see the new bikes.”
Speaking about their new Seventy Two Motorcycle (above), Harley Davidson says, “Seventy Two is a trip back to the days when cool kids rode a Sting-Ray and the big boys parked choppers in a row on the curb.” Harley Davidson has powered the Seventy Two with a 1200 cc air-cooled V-twin engine generating 96 Nm torque. With its raised handlebar, whitewall tires, and shiny metal, Harley Davidson Seventy Two reminds you of that cool motorcycle ridden by Jack Nicholson in the classic movie Easy Rider. Harley Davidson has priced Seventy Two for $10,499. (ABS variant is not available)
Speaking about the Softail Slim Motorcycle (below), Harley Davidson says that their designers dug even further down in history, in order to design this one. Powered by a 1690 cc V-twin engine generating 132 Nm torque, Softail Slim is all muscular and will amaze you the minute you see it for the first time, one reason being that it is neither soft nor slim. Compared to Seventy Two’s pea-sized 7.9 liter fuel tank, Softail Slim has a decent 18.9 liter fuel tank. Price of Softail Slim starts at $15,499, ABS option is available along with $1,195 security package.