Harley Davison launches Seventy-Two & Softail Slim

American motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson announced the introduction of two new motorcycle models, the Seventy-Two and the Softail Slim cruisers, each inspired by current trends in the American garage-built custom motorcycle scene.

Both new models are mid-year additions to the 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle line-up, and will be available immediately at authorized Harley-Davidson dealers.

Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two

Based on the Harley-Davidson Sportster platform, the Seventy-Two introduces Hard Candy Big Red Flake, a sparkling, metal flake colour option applied to the fuel tank and fenders. A solo seat and side-mount license plate bracket leave much of the chopped rear fender – and more of that paint – exposed on the Seventy-Two. The Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin powertrain is finished in Gray powdercoat with chrome covers and a new round air cleaner with a dished cover. A classic Sportster 2.1-gallon fuel tank, narrow white wall tires, Chrome Laced wheels, and high mini-ape handlebar complete a look that nods to chopper custom motorcycles of the 1970s.

Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

The Slim represents the Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycle paired down to its essential elements in the style of custom bobbers of the 1950s, from its trimmed front fender to its narrow rear end, solo seat and minimal chrome.

A cross-braced Hollywood handlebar and headlight nacelle are finished in gloss black. Other period styling cues include a “cat’s eye” tank console, half-moon rider footboards, and gloss black wheel rims and hubs. The 1690 cc Twin Cam 103B powertrain is finished with polished covers instead of chrome. The Softail chassis mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame, but utilizes rear suspension control provided by coil-over shock absorbers mounted horizontally and out of sight within the frame rails.

With the combination of a 23.8-inch seat height and rider foot boards, the Slim comfortably fits a wide range of riders.