2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two XL1200V Sportster — First Ride

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Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport

2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two Sportster – First Ride old-school cruiser cool Harley.

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As soon as Harley rolled out pretty little redhead, I I had to ride it. You see, back in the I rode—or more accurately, roadside repairs on—a Scandinavian-style hardtail Sportster I’m talking about a terrifyingly 12-inch-over springer variety.

My beast was much more of a build rather than the California custom-chopper vibe is going for in the new 72 (not named for a like the 48 Sporty was, but Highway 72—cruising-icon Whittier in Southern California). Different but borne of a similar mindset of and individualism that spawned its own

Motorcycle tastes change so that manufacturers often a tough time keeping up what the kids are doing—or what they’re going to do. has attempted to address this lag by its entire design-to-production turnaround with a new manufacturing plant in ( Read more about it )

In this case, the Next Big is the old-school, skinny-tire chopper. designers did a better job narrowing the focus than they did the rear end of the actual bike, rolls on a relatively wide tire and has a correspondingly wide On a bike all about retro-Cali-cool this is probably the biggest miss.

The rest, however, is on the money, the stripped-down feel to the conservative to the thin-whitewall tires with the old-school skinny 21-inch and 16-in. rear.

Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport

The piéce de though, is the deep, metalflake red on the fenders and the same classic peanut tank that to force me to strap gas cans to my bar on long roadtrips. That adds $700 to the $10,499 price, but I don’t know how you can it up on a bike like this.

Anyway, along with the range, the ultra-low “brat”-style end with only 2.1-in. of could be considered part of the “cost of cool,” but suspension was an where I was actually impressed, considering how low this Sporty is. On the side of L.A. where I ride, the roads are particularly but there was none of the teeth-gritting, feel of an old hardtail, and the damping on couple of inches of travel is set up to minimize spring-loaded launch. are still times you’ll off the seat, though.) The front end is and controlled enough to track with its more than 5 in. of offering up zero problems on the nastiest longitudinal ruts and on the freeway. You’d never the ride “supple,” but the 72 does considering the limitations.

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

For those who want to right out the door with a dose of retro cool, or who to try their hand at further customization, the H-D 72 would be a perfect The mini-apes have all their and cables located externally, so a set of ’60s Z-bars should right up without too much

The overall stiff ride, and mini-ape/forward-control ergos evoked enough of the real deal for me to to stop the machine by pushing on the shifter on one occasion (my old iron-head was shift). So, clearly, riding the 72 the goods, and all without sitting on the of the road in the gravel trying to the clutch. Here’s to the Good New

Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport
Harley-Davidson XL1200S Sportster Sport

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