2012 Harley-Davidson Switchback | First Ride

Two bikes in one

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Tom Riles, Brian J. Nelson

tech Spec

Evolution
A convertible Dyna with removable bags and windshield, plus the new Twin Cam 103 engine.
Rivals
Honda Interstate, Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad, Star Road Star Silverado, Suzuki Boulevard C90T, Victory Cross Roads Classic LE.
Tech

Price $15,999 black/$16,384 colors
Engine type a-c 45-deg. V-twin
Valve train OHV, 4v
Displacement 1688cc
Bore x stroke 98.4 x 111.3mm
Compression 9.6:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower na
Claimed torque 100 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel double-cradle
Front suspension Showa 41mm fork
Rear suspension Dual Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Hayes four-piston caliper, 300mm disc
Rear brake Hayes two-piston caliper, 292mm disc
Front tire 130/70B-18 Dunlop D402F
Rear tire 160/70B-17 Dunlop D401
Rake/trail 29.9˚/5.8 in.
Seat height 26.1 in.
Wheelbase 62.8 in.
Fuel capacity 4.7 gal.
Claimed curb weight 718 lbs.
Color Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver Pearl, Ember Red Sunglo
Available Now
Warranty 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Harley-Davidson Motor Company
3700 W. Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
414.343.4056
www.harley-davidson.com

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars.

A solid choice for an impressive array of riding situations.

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