Harley-Davidson Rocker And Rocker C — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Twin Takes On The Factory-Chopper

Things can get messy when chopper dream collides with chopper reality. easy to fall in love a chopper’s bad-… style and charm, until you twist the and careen face-first into the facts of punishing ride bothersome vibration, lackluster and, more often not, reliability that make Axl Rose seem

Leave it to Harley-Davidson-the weekend best friend-to build a chopper for everyman in its new twosome, the and Rocker C. Think of these as reliable rock stars, plenty of glammed-out custom with Harley-Davidson’s familiar quality, performance and durability. of like Axl if he showed up for sound sober and less than two late

Fortunately, the base-model Rocker and the Rocker C deliver on all counts. a standard Softail given the drop and roll treatment, the look the part with rear ends (twin mounted shocks hidden the motor provide 3.4 inches of The look is made that more convincing by the Rockertail fender mounted directly to the with no visible support to a slammed rigid bike but a modern, comfortable ride.

The rear fender moves in with a fat 240mm rear and the brake light is integrated the LED rear turn signals (as on the for extra-cool cred. A stretched tank floats over the and the front end likewise looks by an episode of Biker Build-Off, 36.5 degrees of rake and a that stretches out to 69.2 OCC territory.

Thumb the starter and get out on the road, and you immediately realize that not on some bodged-together kit bike-thanks to the unstressed Twin Cam 96B engine, a so controllable that it almost the Rocker’s radical appearance. The action is slightly stiff, but the fuel injection is flawless-even cold the motor didn’t any of the beans-for-dinner popping that gripped earlier fuel-injected

And vibration is virtually non-existent to the 96B motor’s dual counterbalancers-even at a rev the big V-twin remains eerily On the Interstate this translates smooth, thick waves of low-end and midrange, easily via the six-speed Cruise Drive and reduced-effort (but still firm) clutch.

Despite a wet of around 700 pounds and a wheelbase could have been from a Kenworth brochure, the can find its way around a corner it needs to. Internally wired are mounted on swept-back risers; coupled with the long makes steering somewhat

Turning requires a firm but steering manners are neutral none of the weeble-wobble antics plague most piecemeal and cornering clearance is adequate for normal riding situations. with the single 292mm at either end is likewise adequate, the stretched front end lends a disconnected feeling under hard braking, a situation we’d expect would be to a minimum on a bike like

The primary differences between the and Rocker C are aesthetic. The majority of the hard parts are covered a unique satin stainless that gives the bike a industrial look. The C-model trick ghost flames on the and fenders and snuffs the satin in of lots of show chrome and swingarm, finned oil tank, and small parts.

The coolest component by far, has to be the trick two-in-one saddle, a suitable-for-short-distances pillion pad that from inside the main on its own chrome perch-a tool-free that takes just to perform.

We expect Harley-Davidson to do with this bike, and do well to consider one if you’re for a chopper you can ride all day long, than waiting around for a van in the parking lot of your local joint.

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