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July 11, 2011 – Motorcycle Digest

July 21, 2011
Filed under Features

Select 2012 Harleys arrive at dealerships
Harley-Davidson has begun delivery of all 15 models in the 2012 Touring, Trike (North America only) and Sportster lines to its dealers in the U.S. and Europe. These motorcycles will be available for sale immediately, giving customers an opportunity to get on a 2012-model Harley-Davidson with much of the riding season still available.

Shipment of these select 2012 models has been accelerated to provide greater continuity of supply in dealerships during the peak summer selling season. Additional 2012 models will be announced on July 20 at the Harley-Davidson summer dealer meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

The six 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster models range from the affordable Dark Custom roadster posture of the Iron 883 to the track-inspired performance of the XR1200X. Each Sportster model offers the heartbeat of an authentic American V-Twin engine and pace-setting style and performance.

Back for its first full year of production is the Sportster 1200 Custom, the motorcycle that introduced the web-based H-D1 Bike Builder factory customization process. Using Bike Builder, customers can personalize their 1200 Custom with seat, handlebar, foot control, wheel, security, paint and engine finish options that are installed right at the factory.

Even more dealer-installed accessories can be added, and viewed, on the Bike Builder site. The customer can then print out a description of their bike and bring it to a Harley-Davidson dealer to review the motorcycle with trained staff, select additional accessories to be installed by the dealer to further customize the motorcycle, and then place an order. Customers can expect to be riding their new bike in as little as four weeks from the time an order is placed with an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.

All 2012 Sportster models will have Michelin Scorcher tires with a tread pattern designed, tested and styled specifically for the Sportster motorcycle to provide ideal grip, even wear and longer life.

Fifteen Sportster paint options include seven new color choices for 2012. Side covers will be finished in either gloss black or denim black to match the finish on other bodywork. The Forty-Eight model will have a new tank graphic.

The 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster models are the SuperLow, Iron 883, Sportster 1200 Custom, Nightster, Forty-Eight and XR1200X.

For 2012, all eight Harley-Davidson Touring models are powered by a Twin Cam 103 engine with Automatic Compression Release and integrated oil cooler. Producing 102 ft. lbs. of peak torque at 3500 rpm, the Twin Cam 103 provides outstanding performance around town and on the open road. All Touring models also feature the 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission, 41.3 mm telescopic front forks, air-adjustable rear shocks and an Isolated Drive System for smooth power delivery. The Harley-Davidson Touring chassis has a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and two-piece swingarm designed to deliver responsive maneuverability and long-haul durability. Chassis geometry and suspension are calibrated to deliver confident handling and comfort.

All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new “tubeless” Chrome Lace Aluminum Wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair. Six new colors or color combinations are among the 12 paint options offered within the 2012 Touring model line.

The 2012 Harley-Davidson Touring models are the Road King, Road King Classic, Electra Glide Classic, Ultra Classic Electra Glide, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, Street Glide, Road Glide Custom and Road Glide Ultra.

KTM unveils road racing bike
KTM Motorsports and HMC Racing announced that they are formulating the first official KTM team in the AMA Pro Superbike Road Racing Championship.

The team will compete at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (July 8-10), Virginia International Raceway (Aug. 12-14) and New Jersey Motorsports Park (Sept. 2-4).

HMC Racing owner Mitch Hansen will lead the team, while Chris Fillmore will compete aborad the KTM 1190 RC8 R Race Spec motorcycle.

Dowco, Inc. adds Auburn division
Dowco, Inc., based in Manitowoc, Wis., purchased Auburn Leather Company’s motorcycle division, effective June 6. Auburn Leather Company is based in Auburn, Kent.

“Auburn Leather Company’s position as a tier one supplier to the OE market, as well as their aftermarket product lines, are a good fit for Dowco,” Dowco executive vice president Mike Kaczkowski said. “The OEM motorcycle market is finite, and with the drop off in unit sales the past several years, this move makes sense for us to keep our OEM business and supply chain healthy, and the Auburn brand of leather saddlebags will integrate into Dowco’s family of aftermarket brands very well.”

Auburn Leather Company will move forward with its three remaining divisions, from its existing base of operations in Kentucky. Dowco will sell the leather line of saddlebags to the market under the brand ALC Saddlebags.

“Our intent is to make the transition as smooth as possible for all of Auburn’s former customers and sales partners. Work began weeks ago with our two companies to inform folks of the timing and allow for adequate order planning. Auburn built up some great industry relationships, and our goal is to build upon those for a strong future,” Kaczkowski said.

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