A classic Harley for urban posing
If you’re after a bike for regular long-distance travel, then Harley-Davidson’s new 72 would be “a very bad choice indeed”, says Kevin Ash in The Daily Telegraph. It has a tiny 1.75-gallon petrol tank – barely enough for a lawnmower – the handlebars are “proper ape-hangers which set your hands at about the level of your ears”, and the riding position is stretched out, with your feet set well forward, “to complete that classic Easy Rider stance”. But for “cruising in the sunshine”, the Harley is the perfect choice.
The engine is Harley’s classic V-twin layout, and this modern version of it works very well. It “vibrates but in a way that communicates with the rider, and it’s this which gives so many Harleys, including the 72, their character and appeal”. It sounds great too, and will typically return about 55mpg. “If you want a kitsch retro plaything for the occasional cobweb-blowing outing and a bit of urban posing, then the 72 is a supreme motorcycle”.
It drives and handles well enough, too, says Motorcycle News. “The combo of skinny 21-inch front hoop and low rear somehow isn’t too skittish – more light and manageable.” In short, this is a “fresh, sparklingly pretty, well-equipped bike with plenty of sweet touches at a tempting price”.
Price: £8,695 (+£200 for metallic red paint).