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2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two Review: Rolling With the Oldies


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Harley-Davidson 72 Introduction: The Goods
2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two

The Seventy-Two's stance is low and leaned over, with tall ape hanger bars; drag bars are available as aftermarket options.

Photo © Basem Wasef
The Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two (or XL 1200V) is the latest in H-D's line of so-called Dark Custom motorcycles, and this new bike is styled after extravagant 1960s-era choppers with ape hanger bars, narrow frames, and skinny tires with a big 21-inch spoked front wheel.

Priced at $10,499 in Big Blue Pearl or Black Denim and $11,199 in Big Red Flake (seen here), the 72 packs an air-cooled 1,200cc Evolution v-twin that produces 73 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm, mated to a 5-speed transmission. The mill is rated with a combined fuel economy figure of 48 mpg—though the notoriously small "peanut tank" only holds 2.1 gallons of fuel, for roughly 100 miles of estimated range.

With a 28 inch seat height (unladen) and a towering handlebar, the Seventy-Two is far from the lowest factory custom on the market, but just might be the narrowest, with 90mm front and 150mm rear Dunlop whitewalls wrapped around chrome steel laced wheels.

Front 39mm forks offer a generous 5.7 inches of travel, while the rear preload-adjustable coilovers will only move a total of 2.1 inches. The dual-piston, single disc front and single-piston, single disc rear brakes are not available with ABS.

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