HARLEY-DAVIDSON  MY07 LAUNCH

NEW ENGINE AND FIVE NEW MODELS FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON

More powerful Twin Cam 96 and 96B, 6-speed transmission and active air intake and exhaust technology system for 2007 Big Twin Models;

New models for Softail and VRSC; Fuel injection for all Sportster models.

Harley-Davidson launch the Twin Cam 96/96B, an all-new, larger displacement, 1584cc Big Twin engine, as it introduces its 2007 line of motorcycles. The Twin Cam 96/96B will power all models in the Harley-Davidson Dyna, Softail and Touring product families, which will all feature the 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission which made its debut on the 2006 Dyna family. The Softail and VRSC (V-Rod) families will each feature two new models for 2007.

Another piece of headline-making news for all the new 2007 Harley-Davidson 1584cc, 6-speed Big Twin models is the arrival of a highly innovative and sophisticated active air intake and exhaust technology system developed by Harley-Davidson which significantly improves power, torque and sound quality whilst meeting European noise and emission regulations. And as you would expect from Harley-Davidson, the new technology is discreetly designed and integrated so that the classic looks of the motorcycle and profile of the V-Twin engine remains unspoiled.

“The V-Twin engine has always been the centrepiece of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle,” said Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Product Development. “It’s integral not only to the performance of the motorcycle, but also to its styling, to its sound, and to the way it feels to the rider. The new Twin Cam motor, 6-speed transmission and offer enhanced performance, while maintaining the traditional aesthetics of the Harley-Davidson Big Twin and significantly improving sound quality.”

Highlights of the 2007 Harley-Davidson line include: The new air/oil-cooled Twin Cam 96 engine, married to the 6-speed transmission, delivers up to 19 percent more torque (varies by model family) than the 1450cc Twin Cam 88 it replaces and incorporates a number of design changes to enhance convenience and reliability. It will be offered with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) as standard.

The Cruise Drive transmission features quieter helical-cut gears in ratios optimised to match the torque curve of the Twin Cam 96/96B. A higher sixth gear ratio reduces engine rpm by 11 percent at highway speeds.

And the new models are:

The new FXSTC Softail Custom reprises the styling cues of the classic chopper, with a 200 mm rear tyre, king-and-queen seat, and Bobtail rear fender.

The FLSTF Fat Boy is heavily refreshed and reloaded for 2007, with a 200 mm rear tyre, new wheels and styling details, and the performance of the Twin Cam 96B engine.

The VRSC (V-Rod) family of liquid-cooled Powercruiser and Roadster motorcycles features two new models. The VRSCDX Night Rod Special offers menacing, blacked-out styling that brings a new, sinister attitude to the category. In addition, the limited-edition VRSCX features the pavement-scorching power of a big-bore Revolution V-Twin engine with drag-bike styling and graphics that pay tribute to the NHRA champion Screamin’ Eagle / Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle racing team.

The FXDC Dyna Super Glide Custom (available in Europe from November 2006) is redesigned to enhance its aesthetic appeal with additional chrome and custom features, including a new two-up seat, Fat Bob fuel tank, mini pullback handlebars and a host of new details.

Fuel injection introduced on Sportster models for 2007 and will be standard equipment on all 883cc and 1200cc models. The Sportster range also benefits from further reduced clutch and front brake lever effort. The seat height on the XL883 Sportster 883 Low model has been reduced by a further 19mm.

Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) will offer three exciting models for 2007: the Screamin’ Eagle Road King, the Screamin’ Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide and the Screamin’ Eagle Softail Springer. Each is powered by a new high-performance Twin Cam 110 powertrain and features new accessories and fabulous new paint schemes.

The new self-arming Harley-Davidson Hands Free Security System is a factory-installed standard system for all European Harley-Davidson models and is the only alarm designed, approved and warranted for use by the Motor Company. The Smart Security System lives up to its name with several innovative and user-friendly features.

 

Harley-Davidson launched their new 2007 model range in Hoedspruit the other day... this was my experience.

Harley flew us to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit, where we were met by Mishka Moller (that bombshell from Harley-Davidson) and transferred to the Air-force Base next door.

If you can imagine the whole group of us, standing outside this camouflaged aircraft hanger pictured below, in the low-veld humidity, waiting for something to happen

...when suddenly there was the tumultuous roar of Rock 'n Roll music, mixed with the sound of many Harleys revving, coming from within,

the hanger doors slid open and voila... Harleys.  There's nothing like the sound of 10 Harley revving to get the blood flowing.

inside the hanger

on the road to Hoedspruit town

the new improved Fat Boy... named after me (Fat Boy) I think

"objects in mirror may be closer than they appear"

on board Harley-Davidson's new Softail Heritage Classic

one of my favourite Harleys, the Softail Custom, and the new one's even better

100 on the Night-Rod was just cruising, the bike is capable of speeds in excess of 220 kph

new Softail Heritage Classic... comfort is what it's all about

inside the 5-star Kapama Private Game Reserve, where we spent the night

The 2007 Night-Rod... in my opinion, the best bike to roll out of Harley-Davidson ever

Well... after we sat through a presentation by Stuart Farrell; Harley-Davidson Director of Distributor Markets Europe and Africa, we finally got a chance to ride the new model range, swopping bikes every time we stopped, the whole time staying within the Hoedspruit Air-force Base. Then it was back to Kapama Game Lodge for dinner, which was eaten in the River Bed.

Early next morning we went on a game drive, seeing Giraffe, Jackel and even Kudu-eating Lions. then it was back to the Air-force Base, where we had a technical presentation by John Lewis; Marketing Director – Harley-Davidson Europe (who also had much input in the styling of the Night-Rod you see above). We then had a chance to ride the bikes again, twice up and down the Drag-strip... umm... sorry, Air-strip. Reminded me of my days in the Air Force... hurry-up and wait. I would have preferred riding more and talking less.

photos by Kenn Slater

V-Rod Destroyer Drag Bike Demonstration with Bill Hunter and Malcolm Stephen – Harley-Davidson Performance Division.

And before we knew it, it was all over... Darn, I hadn't even got to ride all the bikes. Then it was back to Eastgate Airport and back to Johannesburg.   Kenn Slater