Harley-Davidson 2012 Models – Whats New

2012-harley-davidson-details-sHarley-Davidson’s 2012 Model Range is here, we look at what’s new, including pricing.

2012 Harley-Davidson’s are here

Harley-Davidson’s new 2012 model range is here in Australia, with new features, models and pricing.

As we reported last week, H-D Australia have used the launch of the 2012 models to give the pricing structure here in Australia an overhaul. Some models will be going up, more will be going down in price.

The new Switchback – which you can read about here in our in-depth report, as we attended the Australian launch – is part of the Dyna range, and like a lot of ’12 models runs the 103 cube motor. The 2012 version of the 103 has a couple of extra ft/lbs of torque, heavier clutch springs and compensator, and auto compression release for starting. (see pic at bottom)


All of the Tourers and Softails, and most Dyna’s now will come with the 103 motor standard. ABS braking is standard along with the security system on nearly all models now, excepting the Sportster range.

The Fat Boy and the Fat Boy Lo both have new reduced reach handlebars and a reshaped seat. Chrome spoked wheels which run tubeless tyres are an option.

2012 Fat Boy

In the popular Sportster range – which was actually launched back in August – changes are less noticable, with some new Michelin tyres, and some graphic and side cover changes. For 2012 four models will be available, the Super Low, Iron 883, 1200 Custom and Forty-Eight.

48 Sportster

The V-Rods will all carry 10th Anniversary badges, and a special 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, finished in Brilliant Silver Pearl will be available. The tough looking Night Rod Special has a reworked tail piece with an LED tail light, lightweight wheels, and a set of bars and pegs that are positioned a little more to the rear. The V-Rod Muscle returns as well, largely unchanged.

Night Rod Special

10th Anniversary V-Rod

2012 CVO models (you know, those ones we can’t afford) are the Softail Convertible, the Street Glide and the Electra Glide Ultra Classic. These beauties get the 110 cube motor and a security package with a hands free fob, and of course the ABS brake package.

The Softail Convertible features a detachable fairing with improved wind protection, and a Garmin 660 GPS with integrated MP3 player .

CVO Electra-Glide

CVO Softail Convertible

This years entry tickets to the Harley show start at $14,250 rideaway for the entry level Sportsters, all the way up to the 50k odd CVO Electra Glide. As outlined in this pricing story though, H-D have sharpened up the price on many of the higher end models, some dropping by over $4000.

Adam Wright, Harley-Davidson Australia Marketing Director said: “Customers are especially excited about the new model-year line-up and in keeping with our brand promise we are making all of them available as of 1 October. All 16 2012 Harley-Davidson models will soon be here, each born of the experience that spans generations and a passion for riding that will never diminish.”

For getting your hands on one, see your local Harley-Davidson dealer or check out Harley-Davidson Australia

Sportster 1200 Custom

103 cube motor gets a mild makeover for 2012


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