Harley-Davidson rolls out XL1200V Sportster 72

harley-davidson-sportster-72The development team of Harley-Davidson has this good habit of looking into the past for inspiration for their new models. Truly, nostalgia is good business. After rolling out the Forty-Eight, the motor company release the Seventy-Two.

The XL1200V Sporter 72 takes inspiration from the Whittier Boulevard which used to be called the Route 72. The motorcycle reflects an era when kids try to emulate their dads who rode Choppers by tweaking their Sting-Ray bikes. These Sting-Rays hand high handlebars and banana seats. They were very colorful and had a good dose of metal flakes.

The Harley Davidson Sportster 72 has metal flakes shouting thru its Hard Candy Big Red finish This look is created by layering a black base under hexagon-shaped flakes of polyurethane with a thin layer of aluminum then a red tint is added.

The crowning glory of the bike is the 72 logo on its peanut tank. There is also the pinstriping and scallop details on the front and rear fenders. The look is completed by the Dunlop whitewall tires.

The Sportster 72 depends on an Air-cooled 1200 cc Evolution with V-Twin 4 valves with fuel injection. This powerplant can grunt out 73 lb-ft of torque while revving at 3,500 rpm. The engine transfers the power to the wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission.

The suspension system is made up 39-mm front porks that allows a wheel travel of 5.69 inches. The rear gets dual adjustable shocks that permits wheel travel of 2.12 inches. The braking of the bike is handled in front by dual piston single rotor and a single piston for the rear.

The 72 has a wheelbase of 60 inches, length of 89.4 inches. Its seat height is pegged at 28 inches. It tips the scale at 545 lbs. The tank can hold 2.1 gallons of fuel.

The Harley-Davidson Sportster 72 has a starting tag price of $11,199 not including shipping.