The current state of the motorcycle industry doesn’t look that rosy, but panicking and closing up shop won’t make it any better. That’s why new products are paramount in these difficult financial times. Harley-Davidson is surely feeling the effects of the current economic crisis, with second-quarter earnings down a reported 90 percent and a 28 percent reduction in motorcycles shipped to its dealers in the second quarter of 2009.
So what better way to reignite interest in the Orange-and-Black than with four new 2010 motorcycles, including the return of the FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide after a year’s hiatus. There’s a new badass Fat Boy Lo available in black or perhaps, umm, a different shade of black, plus the Road Glide Custom and the Ultra Glide Ultra Limited, packing a 103-cubic-inch Twin Cam engine.
The Wide Glide returns with a meaner old-school chopper look. Suspension has been lowered front and rear, which slams the seat height from the previous 2007 model’s 28.5 to an ultra-low 25.5 inches. The rubber-mounted Twin Cam 96 engine breathes through new stacked Tommy-gun exhaust pipes. Styling features include the bobbed rear fender, a “wire” sissy bar, integrated LED taillight/turnsignals and a side-mounted license plate. The 40-spoke laced steel wheels feature black rims mounted with a fat 180mm tire out back and a 21-inch pizza cutter up front. Available in Vivid Black ($14,499), Red Hot Sunglo ($14,874) and Vivid Black Flame ($15,194).
Next up is the Fat Boy Lo, which like the Wide Glide, is lower, blacker and badder than ever. Rear suspension has been lowered by more than an inch, which puts the seat height at 24.25 inches (lowest in Harley’s lineup). The Bullet Hole aluminum disc wheels feature black center sections with machine-finished outer rims. The frame, swingarm, outer fork stanchions, air cleaner and oil tank have been blacked out, while satin-chrome badges complete the look. The counterbalanced, rigid-mounted Twin Cam 96B engine exhales through blacked-out shotgun pipes with satin-chrome mufflers. The flat-finish Black Denim scheme costs $16,674 while the Vivid Black (glossy) version will retail for $16,299.
Stripped, slammed and simple is what makes the Road Glide Custom cool. Key changes include a larger 18-inch front wheel with a low-profile tire, a 2-into-1 exhaust with four-inch muffler, cleaned-up rear fender with integrated LED stop/turn/taillights and clipped windscreen mounted on the shark-nose fairing. Trim pieces have been stripped off the front fender, hard saddlebags and rear fender for a clean look. Rear suspension has been dropped by 1 inch for that slammed stance. The Road Glide Custom is powered by a rubber-mounted Twin Cam 96 with 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission. Color options are Vivid Black ($18,999), Scarlet Red and Black Denim ($19,479 each). Options include ABS brakes ($845), cruise control ($295) and a security system ($370).
The Touring line gets one more addition in the form of the Electra Glide Ultra Limited, which features a rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103-cubic-inch engine. Displacement was increased by boring the cylinders just over 3mm (98.43), with the same stroke as the 96-cubic incher (111.25mm). This neatly splits the difference between the CVO Ultra Classic’s 110 cubic inch engine and the 96-inch stocker. Contrast Chrome, 28-spoke cast aluminum wheels and custom badges identify the Limited. Harley claims a 10 percent torque increase with the added displacement. Buyers get additional grunt from the engine at around a $5000 premium over the standard Ultra, while still getting a huge savings under the $36,000 CVO model. Multiple two-tone color options ($24,699) and custom colors ($25,899) are offered, while ABS, cruise control and the security system are all standard.