Bike Specs and Review: An Old Feel Redesigned for the Riders Today

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By Darnell Austria

Harley-Davidson Seventy Two Brings Back a Thin Look

The Harley-Davidson Seventy Two bike is your metal flake dream machine, a Sportster on the highway going back to the time when trendy kids rode a Sting Ray while the huge players left customized motorbikes in a row down the street. Those motor bikes were actually extended and trim; sporty red-tone and gleaming stainless shimmering in blurry sunlight.

From its red flake color and ape bars for the lean white wall wheels, the bike is a salute to that time and to the influence of the custom motorcycle culture which still set scenes even today all across Whittier Boulevard, the famed riding route in East, LA, often known as route 72. A new era of customized builders are making use of that era and new statement, not only in Los Angeles but in garages throughout the United States, even all over the world.

The style of the Seventy Two was attributed from the inspiration of the birth of customized motor bikes. At that period of time, motorbikes were decorative and glittery, but also thin and stripped down to the essentials uncovering their skeleletal support frames.

If you will take a peek at the early roots of custom motorbikes, you'll be amazed how simple they are, like bicycles. It's a custom made design that is popular in the states along with the Los angeles trend in which there wasn't a single motorcycle superstore in the city where motorcyle drivers can shop for parts in one stop. Pretty much everything was hand crafted to meet the custom biker's standards.

Metal flake, a known design of the 1970's, appeared in everything from dune buggy gel coating to plastic diner seat covers for customized motorcycles. Harley-Davidson presents the sparkle back on the Seventy Two with red flake paint. This kind of layer is produced by using a black first layer mixed with a polyeutherane system that includes hexagon-shaped flakes that are at least Seven times the diameter of metal flakes found in common commercial paint. Each flake is protected with a thin aluminium film and then colored red. Several applications of clear coat combined with hand sanding, deliver a clean finish over the flakes.

The last detail for the red flake is an emblem on the fuel tank and pinstripe scallop designs on both fenders. Every single style is hand drawn, and they have symbolized the craft in decal for commercial production, to make sure they still have the look of manually placed layouts; each decal is placed by hand. The sharp graphics is then covered with a final clear coating. A solo seat and side-mounted license plate clump keep most of the chopped rear fender - and more of the paint - displayed around the Seventy Two. The power train is finished in gray powder coat with chrome covers plus a new round air filter with a dished cover. A classic Sportster 2.1 gallon peanut fuel tank adds a final vintage look to the motorcycle.

New Harley-Davidson Softail Slim is a Straightforward Vintage Motorcycle

Undress a Harley-Davidson Softail to its basic parts and you've got the Slim. From its decreased top fender to its small back end, Slim can be described as non-sense, back-to-basics motorbike. Name it bare. Coin it old school. Call it lean and rude. All that's kept is an elemental Softail profile and a legendary Harley-Davidson model that recaptures classic customized bobbers of the fifties.

To keep the rear of the motorbike basic and clean, the Slim includes a mixed stop-turn-tail lights and a side mounted license plate rack. The rear fender struts rest uncovered, featuring the sturdy steel and fasteners. A small leather strap masks the tank seam. The power train is finished with buffed covers instead of chrome with the black cylinders maintained to look not highlighted. The front fender is cut down to show more of the tire.

The Hollywood bar, recognized by its wide curve and cross brace, was in fact an accessory for Harley-Davidson bikes with springer forks. The word may have been termed because bike riders of that time who used the cross brace to place lights and packs had gone Hollywood with unnecessary add-ons attached with their motorcycles. For the Slim, the cross braced bar and louvered head lights nacelles are painted in gloss black. Other classic styling cues consist of a shiny black cat's eye fuel tank unit with a old school speedometer, half-moon motorcycle footboards, a round air cleaner cover, and high gloss black wheel rims and hubs. The cover over the seat is sewn in a tuck-and-roll design and style.

A counter-balanced Twin Cam 103B motor is strongly fitted inside the chassis, building a solid connection between motorcycle rider and the machine. The Softail framework imitates the clear lines of a retro hard tail body, but uses rear end shock absorber control systems supplied by coil-over shocks fitted horizontally and hidden from the chassis rails. With the combination of a 23.8-inch seat height and motorbike footboards, the Slim comfortably fits a variety of motorcyclists and provides a lightweight side-stand lift-off. A pull-back riser accessory is generally mounted to shift the handlebar back 2 inches without adjusting control cables and lines. Combine this on the top of an old school motorcycle helmet and head to a motorcycle superstore to grab your favorite all American fabricated add-ons to complete your flashback in time.

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