Yesterday, at Cook’s Corner, in Orange County, Harley-Davidson introduced two new motorcycle models: the Seventy-Two and Softail Slim. This is our first look at the 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two model, which is a Harley Sportster inspired by 70’s choppers. Harley describes it as “authentic ’70s chopper attitude meets modern power and premium H-D styling in this bare-bones, lowrider-inspired radical custom.” According to Los Angeles Times, the Harley Seventy-Two targets a growing demographic of riders aged 18 to 34, and Latinos. It’s starting price is $10,499.
The Seventy-Two has metal flake paint, a design element that appeared on everything in the 1970s. Creating the finish is an intricate process involving application of black base coat and hexagon-shaped flakes. The flakes are then coated with a think aluminum film and tinted in red. Then comes clear coating and sanding by hand to get a smooth finish.
Key Features of 2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two:
• Air-cooled Evolution® 1200cc V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 73 ft. lbs. peak torque at 3500 rpm.
• Powertrain is finished in Gray powdercoat with Chrome covers.
• Paint color choices include Hard Candy Big Red Flake with period pinstripe details on fenders and fuel tank, Black Denim, and Big Blue Pearl.
• Classic 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank.
• Dunlop® white side wall 21-inch (MH90-21) front and 16-inch (150/80B16) rear tires.
• Chrome Laced wheels.
• Ten-inch mini-ape handlebar mounted on a two-inch high riser.
• Chrome, eight-inch round air cleaner cover with center screw mount.
• Chopped rear fender exposes rear tire.
• Side-mounted license plate bracket.
• Chrome, staggered, shorty dual exhaust with slash-cut mufflers.
• Solo seat with black textured vinyl cover.
• Handlebar-mounted speedometer with chrome cup.
• Chrome rear fender struts.
• Chrome coil-over pre-load adjustable rear shocks.
• Forward foot controls.