The 2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two and Slim

Pictures have been leaked and rumors have been flying about the newest additions to the 2012 Harley-Davidson line up. Normally, Harley showcases one new model around this time of year, but this year there's two new bikes donning the Davidson name. Yesterday, Harley-Davidson finally revealed the new bikes, the Seventy-Two and the Softail Slim.

So what's new? The Slim features a more retro 1950's feel with a narrow build, cut down fenders and a definite cut back on the usual Harley chrome leaving the motor to be the focal point of the bike. Back to basics and a Hollywood handlebar to bring it back to the 40's and 50's. But this isn't your dad's motorcycle. It still has the Harley-Davidson power of a rigid-mounted, air-cooled, 1690 cc Twin Cam 103B™ counter-balanced engine with Automatic Compression Release (ACR) rated at 98.7 ft. lbs. peak torque at 3000 rpm.

The Seventy-Two, on the other hand, is a throwback but in a whole different direction. Keeping the engine as the main focal point, the Seventy-Two is a nod to the gold-flaked, narrow built choppers that used to own the legendary cruising street in East Los Angeles known as Route 72. Colorful and chromed, it's not weighed down by the unnecessary parts being bolted on in custom shops and goes back to the minimalistic feel choppers used to have. But with the candy apple and gold flake paint dripping with 70's style, you won't need bolt-on parts to stand out. The air-cooled Evolution® 1200cc V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 73 ft. lbs. peak torque at 3500 rpm should speak for itself.

Check out Harley-Davidson for more info.

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