Harley Davidson Seventy Two Harley-Davidson has released an exciting new model to further increase its wide range of American-made motorcycles. The new Seventy Two, priced from £8695 (ROI €12,345), is based on the tried and trusted Sportster™ XL1200™ series, but is styled to be even more unique by way of a respectful nod to bygone days…

From its Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint and ape-style handlebars to its narrow whitewall tyres, the new Seventy-Two harks back to a custom culture that still percolates today along Whittier Boulevard, the legendary street in East Los Angeles, also known as Route 72… It’s here the ‘custom chop’ style emanated from California, across America and then around the world.

Harley-Davidson brings this 1970’s stand-out sparkle back to motorcycling with the new Seventy-Two. Its covering of Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint is created by applying a black base coat, followed by a polyurethane system that carries hexagon-shaped flakes that are more than seven times the diameter of metalflake used in typical production paint. Each flake is coated with a thin aluminum film and then tinted red. Four applications of clear coat, combined with hand-sanding, create a smooth finish over the flakes – and a look that stops people in their tracks.

The final touch to the Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint is a logo on the tank’s top edge and pinstripe details on both fenders. These details were originally created by hand, but Harley-Davidson has recreated that art in a decal, so they still have the appearance of hand-applied graphics. The graphics are then covered with a final clear coat application.

A solo seat exposes the chopped (cut down) rear fender and more of the covering paint’s brilliance. The engine is finished in grey powdercoat with chromed covers and a new round air cleaner with a dished cover. A classic Sportster 7.9 litre capacity “peanut” fuel tank, mirror-like chrome plating and a tall 21-inch front tyre on wire-spoked rim come together to underline the Seventy-Two motorcycle as a fully finished, true to period custom machine


“In creating the Seventy-Two, we were very much inspired by the vibe of the early chopper era,” says Frank Savage, Harley-Davidson Manager of Industrial Design. “Those bikes were colourful and chromed, but also narrow and stripped down to the essentials. You look at period examples and they are almost as simple as a bicycle. The Seventy-Two reflects the creative urge of riders from yesteryear in a thoroughly modern package.”

Key features of the 2012 Harley-Davidson® Seventy-Two include:

  • Air-cooled Evolution 1200cc V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). 96Nm peak torque output at 3500rpm.
  • Engine finished in Grey powdercoat with chromed covers.
  • 3 x colour choices: Hard Candy Big Red Flake with period pinstripe details on fenders and fuel tank. Denim Black. Big Blue Pearl.
  • Classic 7.9 litre peanut fuel tank.
  • Dunlop white sidewall tyres: 21-inch (MH90-21) front, 16-inch (150/80B16) rear.
  • Steel laced chromed wheels.
  • Ten-inch mini-ape handlebars mounted on a two-inch high riser.
  • Dished round air cleaner cover with centre screw mount; eight-inch diameter.
  • Chopped rear fender exposes rear tyre.
  • Dual staggered exhaust with chromed mufflers.
  • Solo seat with black textured vinyl cover.
  • Handlebar-mounted speedometer with chromed cup.
  • Chromed rear fender struts.
  • Chromed coil-over pre-load adjustable rear shocks.
  • Forward foot controls.
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