Harley-Davidson Celebrates 110 Years with 2013 Models

Harley-Davidson Celebrates 110 Years with 2013 Models

September 28, 2012 | By: Ryan Schwahl

 

Editor’s Note: Ryan Schwahl has been a part of the J&P Cycles team since January of 2011. As a chat tech in our Destination Daytona location, Ryan answers customers questions via phone, chats and e-mails. A graduate of MMI, his previous experience included working in custom motorcycle shops. He’s always been a motorcycle and hot rod enthusiast, and has a vast knowledge of high performance action and drag racing. His daily ride is a 2010 Road Glide, and when not working at J&P enjoys riding with his wife and friends.

2013 is the 110th anniversary year for the Motor Company. To commemorate this event no fewer than seven Harley-Davidson® models, along with three CVO versions, are available in the special anniversary trim. Special solid bronze tank badges with distressed black nickel plating, a serialized badge, and bronze/black paint schemes highlight the low production bikes (which will sell in addition to standard model offerings.) Some anniversary bikes will also feature ABS, a security system, special wheels, and other features. Production will be limited to the following numbers: 1200 Custom (1,500), Dyna® Super Glide Custom (1,450), Fat Boy® Lo (1,750), Heritage Softail® Classic (1,900), Road King® (1,750), Electra Glide® Ultra Limited (3,750), Tri-Glide® Ultra Classic (1,450), CVO™ Ultra Classic Electra Glide® (1,100), CVO Road King (900), CVO Road Glide® Custom (900).

Though the CVO Breakout is the only all-new model to join the 2013 Harley lineup, the Motor Company has made a bunch of smaller updates to this year’s offerings. The big news in the 2013 Harley-Davidson lineup may not be the new Street Bob®, CVO Breakout or CVO Road King, but the Hard Candy Custom™ colors (Lucky Green Flake, Coloma Gold Flake and Big Red Flake) you can now order as original equipment paint.

The CVO Breakout is equipped with the Twin Cam 110B engine, a 110-cid V-Twin that pumps out 112 ft. lbs. of peak torque to give the CVO Breakout the best power-to-weight ratio of any current CVO model. The CVO Breakout takes production motorcycle paint to a new level of true customization. Two paint schemes feature hand-polished steel sections on the fuel tank and fenders. A third paint option incorporates hand-laid lace stenciling. The CVO Road King combines the largest displacement V-Twin engine offered by Harley-Davidson (Twin Cam 110″) with the innovative vented wind splitter windshield and the first audio system offered on a Road King model, for unmatched touring performance, comfort and custom exclusivity. The first factory-installed Road King audio system includes a 200-watt amplifier and an interface module for an included 8GB Apple® iPod® controlled by buttons on the handlebar. The system drives two 5×7-inch speakers with bridged tweeters located on the saddlebag lids, and two 5.25-inch speakers with bridged tweeters mounted in the fairing lowers.

Other CVO Road King features include a chrome billet-style extended reach heel shifter, mirror chrome agitator custom wheels, extended saddlebag bottoms with a custom fascia and LED lighting, a new chromed handlebar with an ergonomic bend, and slipstream collection hand and foot controls. A new solo touring seat and the removable passenger pillion and backrest have a tuck-and-roll leather insert. A new painting process features hand-finished graphics created with textures and solvents in a multi-step process that results in unique detailing on each motorcycle. Three color options are available, including the special 110th anniversary scheme.

Based on the Harley-Davidson Dyna platform, the 2013 Street Bob is a stripped down, and restyled bobber meant to express the pure essence of motorcycling. The Street Bob also serves as a great starting point for the rider intent on personal customization, which is now why it can also be personalized through H-D1™ factory customization. This web-based program allows customers to select factory-installed options that personalize fit, function and style in more than 2,000 combinations.

The trike is back! Thanks to market demands, Harley is once again offering its Tri Glide Ultra Classic, but nothing has really changed with this bike. Harley has simply re-released it.

So, if you find yourself looking for a new ride, the 2013 HDs are definitely worth checking out.

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TOYS FOR TOTS RUN OCT 13

J&P Cycles Hosting Toys for Tots Run on Saturday, Oct. 13

October 2, 2012 | By: Angi Kearney

Help make Christmas brighter for Iowa children this holiday season, and have a fun time while doing it!

J&P Cycles has teamed up with Toys for Tots and the Marines for the first annual J&P Cycles Toys for Tots Run. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at J&P Cycles, 13225 Circle Drive, Anamosa, Iowa. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, collecting toys and raising funds for a great cause. Simply bring an unwrapped toy or $10 to participate and receive a coupon for 10% off showroom purchases the day of the event.

Enjoy the band New Trick, playing from noon to 4 p.m., food vendors, door prizes, and mingle with area Marines collecting toys for the less fortunate and those in attendance. In all, 14 counties will be represented from across Iowa, including Jones, Linn, Dubuque, Jackson, Black Hawk, Eastern Butler, Southern Bremer, Fayette, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Mitchell, Worth, Winnebago and Hancock.

We look forward to seeing you!

Pope Gives Harley Davidson his Blessing’s

Harley-Davidson announces 2013 bikes, Pope Benedict’s blessing

2013 Harley-Davidson CVO BreakoutHarley-Davidson celebrates its 110th anniversary with the new, 2013 Breakout CVO in Pagan Gold paint. (Harley-Davidson Motor Co. / August 20, 2012)
By Susan CarpenterAugust 20, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

If there’s anything that underscores Harley-Davidson‘s holiness in the motorcycle world, it’s the company’s announcement Monday that Pope Benedict XVI will bless its bikes at the Vatican next June as part of the Milwaukee manufacturer’s 110th anniversary.

While Harley, like much of the motorcycle industry, has suffered significant sales declines in recent years due to the global financial crisis, it remains a steadfast icon — albeit an expensive one that many consumers aren’t able to afford, even if they’d like to.

Harley bikes retail for $7,999 to $38,599. The company, which sells 55% of all motorcycles in the U.S. with displacements larger than 650 cc, is the oldest, continuously operating American motorcycle manufacturer. And it’s celebrating that longevity with a small selection of anniversary models and a large roster of events that will begin next week in Milwaukee and travel to 15 cities around the globe, including stops in Austria, New Zealand, Africa, China, Italy and Mexico.

Harley will produce extremely limited editions of just seven 110th-anniversary models for 2013, all of which will be serialized and sold with commemorative, solid bronze fuel tank badges and vintage bronze or vintage black paint. The 1200 Custom, Super Glide Custom, Fat Boy Lo, Heritage Softail Classic and Road King are among the handful of bestselling models that will be produced as 110th anniversary editions.

For its 105th anniversary, Harley offered twice as many special editions with three times the production numbers. Each of the Harley-Davidson’s 800 U.S. dealerships will receive just two or three 110th-anniversary bikes, which will begin deliveries during the second week of September, according to Harley-Davidson media relations manager, Jennifer Hoyer. The rest of the 2013 lineup will be available this week.

The only new models Harley is introducing are the Breakout, an entirely new CVO, or Custom Vehicle Operations, high-performance Softail with hand-polished steel sections on its fuel tank and fenders. Its popular touring bike, the Road King, is also now available as a higher-end CVO with a new vented windshield and hi-fi audio.

The Street Bob is the only bike to get an update. For 2013, it will have a blacked-out powertrain, chopped rear fender, side-mounted license plate and mini ape-hanger handlebars that can all be customized at the factory level. In a bid to appeal to younger riders, Harley is also building on the Hard Candy idea it launched earlier this year with its new Seventy-Two, a lowrider-inspired Sportster with metal flake paint, whitewall tires and a reasonable $10,499 starting price.

In addition to the Big Red Flake color it debuted earlier this year, Harley will offer metal flake in green and gold as solid-color options on its Seventy-two, Street Bob, Blackline, Softail Deluxe and Forty-Eight models. Thirteen other big flake finishes are also available from its accessory department.

The last time Harley-Davidson celebrated an anniversary — in 2007 — the motorcycle industry was just beginning to taper from 14 years of consecutive gains that pushed annual U.S. unit sales over the 1 million mark. In 2011, sales of new on-road motorcycles in the U.S. had plummeted to about 312,000 units, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council in Irvine.

Retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in 2011 were up 5.8% in the U.S., compared with an increase of 1.8% for the rest of the industry, according to the MIC.  This year, Harley’s sales are up 9.3% for the first six months of the year globally.

“The Harley-Davidson name means somewhat less to the current generation than it did to their traditional buyers,” said industry expert Michael Millman, managing member of Millman Research Associates in New Jersey. Earlier this month, Millman’s firm described Harley-Davidson’s business as “cyclic” and “dependent on (high end) consumer discretionary spending,” which is uncertain given the present state of the U.S. and European economies.

Harley’s 110th anniversary celebration is “good publicity,” Millman said, but he’s doubtful it will lead to significant increases in sales. “When you have a birthday, does that change how people treat you at the office?”

MGS at The Streets of Lancaster

Master of Customs and True Duals off to take first place again!!
Last year Mike Stafford, owner on MGS Custom Bike on the Blvd smoked the competition last year with his win during The Streets of Lancaster 2011.

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