Harley Rolls Out New CVO, Softail and Sportster Models | First Look

The mid-year releases keep coming

Most manufacturers release one or two mid-year models in the cycle, but for 2011, Harley has opted to unleash three new machines for the already-in-progress model year.

The CVO You Already Know

First to be announced was the newest member of the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) family: the FLHTCUSE6 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide. The limited-production, top-line tourer combines custom paint, a potent powertrain, and an array of premium accessories. New details include an exclusive Twilight Blue and Candy Cobalt paint scheme, color-matched inner fairing, and rear fender filler strips—which are the only things distinguishing it from the normal’ 2011 CVO Ultra Classic released earlier in the year. Otherwise, you get the same Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 powertrain, dual-control heated seat, and Road Tech Zumo 660 GPS unit, among other goodies.

Shadowy Softail

Making its debut at the New York IMS show in January was Harley’s new Softail, the Blackline. It’s the MoCo’s latest dip into the Dark Custom pool, which has served them well in the under-30 demographic. The Softail-based model basically slathers on darkness for an understated stealthiness that’s more cool than menacing. Bobbers are in, ya know, so the Blackline gets pared to the bone, with details like a tightly bobbed rear fender, and slim, 144 mm rear tire that complements the hardtail look. A super-low two-up seat emphasizes the reach to the new Split Drag handlebar and the asymmetric 5-gallon tank puts a sleek finish on the package.

With its 66.4 inch wheelbase, glossy black aura and wide FX front end, the Blackline is priced at $15,499 and is available now. See the specs and our ride impressions in the shootout on page 32.

**New Sporty, New Options **
H-D1™ Offers Selection of Factory-Installed Options
Finally, there's the return of the 1200 Custom. A mid-year addition to the 2011 lineup, the new version boasts new wheels with a wide front end, a pull-back handlebar, and a reshaped LED tail lamp. The chunky 16-inch front tire imbues the 1200 Custom with a unique new look, but this new Sportster model also features the debut of H-D1 factory customization, Harley's new option program. H-D1 lets you choose from seven categories to optimize fit, function and style—everything from wheels and handlebars to engine finish and foot control position—for a true custom machine. For complete details on all three models, visit www.harley-davidson.com.

2011 Sportster 1200C
MSRP $10,299
Type Air-cooled, 45 V-twin
Displacement, bore x stroke 1200cc, 88.9 x 96.82mm
Valve Train OHV, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio 9.7:1
Fuel System EFI
Transmission Five-speed
Final drive Belt
Rake / trail 30 degrees / 4.2 in.
Wheelbase 59.9 in.
Wet weight 582 lbs.
Seat height 28.5 in.
Rake / trail 30 degrees / 7.0 in.
Front tire 130/90 x16
Rear tire 150/80 x16
Front brakes 292mm disc, twin-piston calipers
Rear brakes 260mm disc, single-piston caliper
Front suspension 39mm fork; 4.12 in. travel
Rear suspension Dual air-assisted dampers, 2.12 in. travel
Fuel capacity 4.5 gal.