WITH the High Output Twin Can 110BTM engine fitted across the board to its range of cruisers for 2016, next year’s Harley-Davidson cruisers are going to be even more appealing with thier sharp styling and now with the performance you’d only have seen in a CVO or Rushmore tourer.
Not only that, there are the special Fat Boy S and Softail slim S models which feature the Screamin’ Eagle 110 cubic inch motors for even higher performance.
Another major feature being added is cruise control – standard on some models, an option on others.
There’s also the New Iron 883TM and Forty-Eight® models assert Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom leadership with motorcycles inspired by the rebellious spirit of the past updated with modern design and new suspensions that put a little extra smooth in the Harley-Davidson soul.
The new Iron 883 is intentionally raw and rough around the edges, with a modern design inspired by garage-built bobbers past and present. All-new front and adjustable rear suspension, lighter-weight mag wheels and improved seating increase comfort and control to smooth the road ahead. The new Forty-Eight achieves its menacing stance with a burly front tyre, new mag wheels and a massive front end with new 49mm forks, and also benefits from improved adjustable rear suspension and seating. Retro styling cues and a perfect ratio of black, colour and chrome give this bike a bold visual presence. Riders navigating rough and tumble urban streets on the lean and nimble Harley-Davidson Street® 500 will appreciate the improved confidence from new front and rear braking systems.
New Sportster Suspension
All 2016 Sportster® models will tame rough roads with all-new front and rear suspension
and improved seats working together to enhance rider comfort and control. The new seats
incorporate premium materials and revised shapes to provide more supportive comfort. The
re-engineered Sportster suspension pairs emulsion coil-over shocks with new front cartridge
forks. Nitrogen gas-charged shocks resist oil aeration and feature an internal valve stack
with 36mm pistons and high-performance oil to provide superior compression and rebound
damping control that reacts quickly to small bumps and keeps the tyres in contact on uneven
road surfaces. Progressive-rate spring pre-load is adjustable by a threaded collar using a
spanner that stows under the seat. Tuned to complement the shocks, the stout forks feature
a calibrated piston and valve stack and progressive rate springs for consistent feel
throughout the compression and extension range of the suspension. The triple-rate spring
and oil lock allows the forks to resist wheel hop under hard braking.
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