MOTORCYCLE – Harley-Davidson Introduces Six New Bikes
November 28, 2005
Filed under Features
Harley-Davidson has introduced six new models for 2006 and a host of styling and engineering updates, all shown to consumers earlier this month at Sturgis.
While the Motor Company plans to offer eight new paint colors and two-tone combinations for 2006, most noticeable is a return to simpler times, when product was devoid of chrome and based on function as much as form. In this line-up, look for flat-black paint and “dressed-down” versions of popular models.
The Dyna family of performance custom motorcycles has been re-tooled for 2006 and incorporates a new six-speed Cruise Drive transmission and two new models: the minimalist FXDBI Street Bob and a limited-production FXDI 35th Anniversary Super Glide.
Also new: The VRSC family gets two new models, the VRSCR Street Rod roadster and the VRSCD Night Rod; the Touring family gets the new FLHX/I Street Glide, an “undressed” dresser; and the Softail line features the reintroduction of the FLST/I Heritage Softail.
Furthermore, the FXST/I Softail Standard, FXSTB/I Softail Night Train and FXSTS/I Springer Softail feature a 200mm rear tire; all six models in the XL Sportster family offer a new transmission, significantly reduced clutch effort, and a new sidestand that reduces the effort required to lift the bike off its stand by 40%.
Also expect to see a Screamin’ Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide in limited numbers from Harley’s EVO custom motorcycle division, which produces low-volume, performance bikes at plants in York, Pa., and Kansas City, Mo. It will be available at a suggested retail price of $31,995.
Audio accessories also get an update for 2006. All radio-equipped Harley-Davidson motorcycles can be outfitted with an integrated Harman/Kardon audio system, and the 2006 FLHTCUSE Screamin’ Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide is the first motorcycle to feature XM Satellite Radio.
The Harmon/Kardon system features an MP3-capable CD player, a radio, and an auxiliary iPod jack as standard. Also available are Bluetooth and GPS technology. All the options work using an in-dash display.
The XM Radio is a standard feature on the Screamin’ Eagle Ultra’s Advanced Audio System by Harmon/Kardon. In addition, XM Satellite Radio can be added as an accessory feature to the Advanced Audio System found standard on Harley-Davidson’s 2006 FLHX, FLHTC, FLTR and FLHTCU models.
Each XM-equipped model will include three months of complimentary XM service. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, D.C., New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM’s 2005 lineup includes more than 150 digital and commercial-free music channels, premier sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming, and advanced traffic and weather information for more than 20 major metro areas. The service has 4.4 million subscribers.