Harley-Davidson dealers meet in Orlando this weekend, and the mid winter announcements include a new 1200 Custom Sportster and the final details regarding the H-D1 Factory Customization program offering factory-installed options.
1- A New Sportster 1200 Custom. A bolder and updated look with a wide front end and chunky 16-inch tire, new wheels, a pull-back handlebar, and a reshaped LED tail lamp. The 1200 Custom is also debuting the H-D1 factory customization, a new opportunity that allows the customer to choose from seven option categories to optimize fit, function and style. By selecting from available factory-installed wheels, handlebars, seats, paint, foot control position, security system, and engine finish, the customer can create a 1200 Custom that is a truly personalized motorcycle. Factory customization and Bike Builder on Harley-Davidson are the newest elements of H-D1, Harley-Davidson’s comprehensive offering of customization tools, which also includes Genuine Motor Parts and Genuine Motor Accessory catalogs, the Genuine Motor Accessories Custom Seat and Custom Paint programs, the Chrome Consultant and Fit Shop advisors at Harley-Davidson dealerships, and much more. (orange bike is stock Sportster 1200 Custom. Blue is with factory customization)
Key features of the 2011 1200 Custom include: Air-cooled Evolution® 1200cc V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 79 ft. lbs. peak torque at 4000 rpm. Powertrain is finished in black powdercoat with chrome covers. • NEW Chrome, Five-Spoke cast aluminum wheels front and rear. Front and rear wheels are 16 x 3.0 inches. • NEW Michelin® Scorcher® 31 tires; 130/90B 16 front and 150/80B16 M/C 77H rear. • NEW Wider fork spacing and polished triple clamps. • Pull-back handlebar mounted on a curved riser that incorporates an LED warning light display. • NEW reshaped classic Sportster “eyebrow” over the headlamp. • NEW tail light is smaller and has a new shape with a bright, low maintenance LED element. • NEW Front suspension rates are re-tuned to match the new tire/wheel combination. 39mm front fork with 30 degrees rake. • Polished forward foot controls.• Two-up seat is standard. Laden seat height is 26.6 inches. • The 4.5-gallon fuel tank offers long riding range.
2- H-D1™ Factory Customization. It allows customers to build the 1200 Custom from a selection of options that are installed as the motorcycle is assembled by Harley-Davidson Motor Company. By selecting different wheels, seats, handlebars, paint, and engine finishes, the customer can dramatically alter the look of the motorcycle. Different combinations of foot-control location, seat and handlebars can be selected to adjust the fit of the motorcycle to a rider’s stature. With H-D1 factory customization the customer will have the opportunity to order a 1200 Custom in more than 2,600 combinations.
The H-D1 factory customization tool will be available on Harley-Davidson.com. The customer can view the bike they are creating as different options are selected. The customer can then print out a description of their bike and bring it to a Harley-Davidson dealer to review the motorcycle with trained staff, select additional accessories to be installed by the dealer to further customize the motorcycle, and then place an order. Customers can expect to be riding their new bike in as little as four weeks from the time an order is placed with an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer. H-D1 factory customization will be available only through Harley-Davidson dealers in the United States and Canada.
The 1200 Custom has a suggested retail price in the United States of $10,299, and comes equipped with Chrome Five-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels, pull-back handlebars, forward polished foot controls, a two-up seat, black engine with chrome covers, and Vivid Black paint. Factory-installed options can be swapped out in any combination to this base configuration of the 1200 Custom, using these seven different categories:
Wheels: Black Five-Spoke Cast Aluminum with machined highlights, Chrome Laced, or Black Laced. • Handlebars: Drag Bars or Mini-Apes • Foot Controls: Mid-mount polished • Seat: Solo • Paint/Graphics: (solid colors) Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver Pearl, Cool Blue Pearl, Chrome Yellow, Merlot Sunglo, Sedona Orange, Black Denim; (two-tones) Scarlet Red/Vivid Black, Merlot Sunglo/Vivid Black, Sedona Orange/Vivid Black, Birch White/Sedona Orange, Chrome Yellow/Vivid Black; (custom graphics) Cool Blue Pearl with Scalloped graphics, White Hot Pearl with Hot Pink Flame graphics. • Engine: Black powder coat with black covers • Security: Add Harley-Davidson Smart Security System. (pictures courtesy and copyright of Harley-Davidson)