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Gas Man
02-02-2012, 09:22 AM
I really like this bike!!!

Harley 72
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“In creating the Seventy-Two, we were also inspired by the vibe of the early chopper era,” says Frank Savage, Harley-Davidson Manager of Industrial Design. “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.”

“The final touch to the Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint is a logo on the tank top and pinstripe scallop details on both fenders,” says Savage. “Each was originally created by hand, and we recreated that art in a decal for production, so they still have the appearance of hand-applied graphics in that they are not exactly perfect. The graphics are then covered with a final clear coat application.”

A solo seat and side-mounted license plate bracket leave much of the chopped rear fender – and more of that paint – exposed on the Seventy-Two. The powertrain is finished in Gray powdercoat with chrome covers and a new round air cleaner with a dished cover. A classic Sportster 2.1-gallon “peanut” fuel tank adds a final period touch to the motorcycle.

Key features of the 2012 Harley-Davidson® Seventy-Two™ include:
• Air-cooled Evolution® 1200cc V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 73 ft. lbs. peak torque at 3500 rpm.
• Powertrain is finished in Gray powdercoat with Chrome covers.
• Paint color choices include Hard Candy Big Red Flake with period pinstripe details on fenders and fuel tank, Black Denim, and Big Blue Pearl.
• Classic 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank.
• Dunlop® white side wall 21-inch (MH90-21) front and 16-inch (150/80B16) rear tires.
• Chrome Laced wheels.
• Ten-inch mini-ape handlebar mounted on a two-inch high riser.
• Chrome, eight-inch round air cleaner cover with center screw mount.
• Chopped rear fender exposes rear tire.
• Side-mounted license plate bracket.
• Chrome, staggered, shorty dual exhaust with slash-cut mufflers.
• Solo seat with black textured vinyl cover.
• Handlebar-mounted speedometer with chrome cup.
• Chrome rear fender struts.
• Chrome coil-over pre-load adjustable rear shocks.
• Forward foot controls.

02-02-2012, 09:58 AM
meh... not digging the style or the tank size, peanut brain if you think your going far with that bike...

Gas Man
02-02-2012, 11:01 AM
But I don't think that is what they are marketing.

02-02-2012, 01:28 PM
They should have called it the HD Anemia, it just looks to small, narrow etc... proportions are bothering me... anyone else?

02-02-2012, 03:18 PM
I like the 48 sporties, but this one just doesnt do it for me. Maybe its the whitewalls...

02-02-2012, 05:42 PM
White walls and the 2.1 gallon tank suck. The 3.3 tank is not wide looking and at least can go over a hundred miles....probably has 2 inch travel rear shocks too. Nice paint though!

02-02-2012, 06:47 PM
I'm not to nuts about the skinny WW front tire. If it was this new one or a 48, I'd go with the 48. I had the 4.5 gal tank on my 06 Sporty and loved it, not a big fan of stopping for gas every 80 miles.

02-02-2012, 10:48 PM
Lackluster, but better than a plain jane sporty with the exception of that piss pot small tank. I like to ride, not hop petrol station to petrol station. Which reminds me I need to line my new 4.2gal tank the next warm day I get.

Gas Man
02-03-2012, 08:00 AM
Yeah but buying that particular bike isn't exactly the bike of touring... ya know.

02-03-2012, 06:25 PM
I guess if you were just riding in town or short rides, that would work... I just for whatever reason, cannot like the dimensions on this bike...

Gas Man
02-03-2012, 11:47 PM
Yeah just not your style then.

Bagger Dave
02-04-2012, 11:22 AM
Gas...your wife's Nightster looks way better than that bike....even before you did all the mod's to it
to each their own :lol:

Gas Man
02-04-2012, 11:24 AM
Yeah thanks Dave!

This is just a diferent style...

You know me, I like all kinds of bikes...

Bagger Dave
02-04-2012, 11:26 AM
Yeah thanks Dave!

This is just a diferent style...

You know me, I like all kinds of bikes...

yeah...I hear ya! there is something for everyone....I like different kinds of bikes also...

02-04-2012, 02:31 PM
I'm with you guys I can appreciate lots of styles of bikes but just can't get into this one. Maybe I need to see it in person but those wheels are just a little too skinny for my style. I do like bikes like the one I posted below with skinny tires but on this bike just make it look too small if you ask me.


Gas Man
02-04-2012, 07:17 PM
Hot bike.

02-04-2012, 09:03 PM
I actually dig the simplicity of that bike, the bike looks proportionally correct as well.

02-05-2012, 05:43 AM
not bad if i had some exta cash i might buy one but i do like the 48 my self had few old sports my self at one time

Gas Man
02-09-2012, 07:59 PM
Biker Bob's got 2 of these bikes in...


This red is awesome!! The flake in it is not done justice by any camera...

02-09-2012, 09:35 PM
Your pictures actually make this bike look way better than the ones HD had posted on their site...

02-09-2012, 10:45 PM
looks better in person maybe if I have time I will stop in and check them out while at work tomorrow

Gas Man
02-09-2012, 10:49 PM
Yeah I really like the 72.

Gas Man
02-24-2012, 01:59 PM
(http://www.cycleworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012-Harley-Davidson-XL1200V-Seventy-Two_016.jpg) First RideShowroom-floor old-school cruiser cool from Harley. (http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/02/23/2012-harley-davidson-seventy-two-xl1200v-sportster-first-ride/)

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As soon as Harley rolled out this pretty little redhead, I knew I had to ride it. You see, back in the day, I rode—or more accurately, performed roadside repairs on—a crazy Scandinavian-style hardtail Sportster chopper. I’m talking about a terrifyingly noodley 12-inch-over springer variety. My ill-mannered beast was much more of a ’70s-style build rather than the ’60s California custom-chopper vibe Harley is going for in the new 72 (not named for a year like the 48 Sporty was, but rather Highway 72—cruising-icon Whittier Boulevard in Southern California). Different beasts, but borne of a similar mindset of expression and individualism that spawned its own subculture.

Motorcycle tastes change so quickly that manufacturers often have a tough time keeping up with what the kids are doing—or especially what they’re going to do. Harley has attempted to address this lag by reducing its entire design-to-production turnaround time with a new manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania. (Read more about it here (http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/02/03/first-look-2012-harley-davidson-xl1200v-seventy-two-and-fls-softail-slim/))
In this case, the Next Big Thing is the old-school, skinny-tire chopper. H-D’s designers did a better job narrowing the design focus than they did narrowing the rear end of the actual bike, which rolls on a relatively wide 150-width tire and has a correspondingly wide fender. On a bike all about retro-Cali-cool design, this is probably the biggest styling miss. The rest, however, is on the money, from the stripped-down feel to the conservative rake to the thin-whitewall tires with the classic old-school skinny 21-inch front and 16-in. rear.

The piéce de résistance, though, is the deep, metalflake red paint on the fenders and the same classic 2.1-gallon peanut tank that used to force me to strap gas cans to my sissy bar on long roadtrips. That paint adds $700 to the $10,499 base price, but I don’t know how you can pass it up on a bike like this. Anyway, along with the impractical range, the ultra-low “brat”-style rear end with only 2.1-in. of travel could be considered part of the same “cost of cool,” but suspension was an area where I was actually impressed, especially considering how low this Sporty is. On the east side of L.A. where I usually ride, the roads are particularly nasty but there was none of the teeth-gritting, spine-crushing feel of an old hardtail, and the damping on those couple of inches of travel is set up nicely to minimize spring-loaded launch. (There are still times you’ll come off the seat, though.) The front end is firm and controlled enough to track nicely with its more than 5 in. of travel offering up zero problems on even the nastiest longitudinal ruts and grooves on the freeway. You’d never call the ride “supple,” but the 72 does well, considering the limitations.

Harley might have gone back in time for suspension tech and styling inspiration, but the 72’s engine is modern Sporty—fuel-injected, rubber-mounted and familiar. It delivered velvet-smooth, if somewhat tame, power, producing 55.8 horsepower and 63.8 foot-pounds of torque on the CW Dynojet dyno. The torque feels pretty good and comes in handy when you forget what gear you’re in due to the extremely quiet pipes and lack of tachometer.

For those who want to roll right out the door with a healthy dose of retro cool, or who want to try their hand at further bolt-on customization, the H-D 72 would be a perfect fit. The mini-apes have all their wires and cables located externally, so a set of nice ’60s Z-bars should bolt right up without too much hassle.
The overall stiff ride, narrowness and mini-ape/forward-control ergos evoked just enough of the real deal for me to attempt to stop the machine by pushing down on the shifter on one occasion (my old iron-head was righthand shift). So, clearly, riding the 72 delivered the goods, and all without sitting on the side of the road in the gravel trying to reassemble the clutch. Here’s to the Good New Days.

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Gas Man
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