Iconic design elements are back and Harley Davidson is paying homage to a bygone era with the Harley Seventy-Two and Softail Slim editions. It’s the sweet taste of childhood memories and premium motorcycle production.
From its Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint and ape bars to its narrow whitewall tyres, the Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two pays homage to a bygone era – not to mention the über-cool looks.
The Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two motorcycle is a metal flake dream machine. Metal flake, an iconic design element of the ‘70s, appeared in everything from dune buggy gel coat to vinyl diner upholstery, and on custom motorcycles. Harley-Davidson brings the sparkle back on the Seventy-Two with Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint.
Key features of the Seventy-Two include an air-cooled Evolution 1200cc V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 96Nm peak torque at 3 500rpm. Dunlop white side wall 21-inch (MH90-21) front and 16-inch (150/80B16) rear tyres with Steel Laced Chrome wheels. The Seventy-Two comes with a dual staggered exhaust with chrome mufflers and 10-inch mini-ape handlebars.
A solo seat leaves much of the chopped rear fender exposed on the Seventy-Two. The powertrain is finished in Grey powdercoat with chrome covers and a new round air cleaner with a dished cover. A classic Sportster 7.9 litres “peanut” fuel tank adds a final period touch to the motorcycle.
Harley-Davidson Softail Slim
Stripped-down, narrow styling with less chrome and retro details; tidy up a Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycle to its essential elements and you have the Slim. From its narrow rear end to its trimmed front fender, there’s simply less of the Slim. Fewer covers, a solo seat, smaller wheels and tyres, and minimal chrome; what’s left recalls classic custom bobbers of the 1950s.
Key features of the 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim include a rigid-mounted, air-cooled, 1690 cc Twin Cam 103B counter-balanced engine (with Automatic Compression Release ) rated at 132Nm peak torque at 3250 rpm, a powertrain finished in black powdercoat with polished covers, a 6-Speed Cruise Drive Transmission, a chrome, over/under shotgun exhaust with slash-cut mufflers, a classic 18.9 litre Fat Bob fuel tank, a black cat eye console which holds the electronic speedometer with retro-style face, Dunlop 16-inch front and rear tyres, steel Laced Black wheels, a Hollywood handlebar with cross-brace, a gloss black headlamp with chrome trim ring, a chopped rear fender which exposes the rear tyre, a trimmed FL front fender, combination stop/tail/turn rear lights, a solo seat with black tuck-and-roll vinyl cover, forged gloss black rear fender struts, and a gloss black oil tank.