Harley-Davidson Recalls Quarter Million Units for Brake Light Issue

Harley-Davidson is recalling over a quarter of a million CVO, Touring and Trike models manufactured from 2008, to 2010 for problems with the rear brake light switch. According to the official recall notice,  250,757 models were manufactured in a way in which the switch can be affected by heat from the exhaust causing it not to work or to activate when no brake has been applied.  The problem could also cause a brake fluid leak, affecting the brake’s performance, which could result in a crash.

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Select 2012 Harley-Davidson® Motorcycles Are Ready To Ride

New Harley-Davidson Touring, Trike and Sportster Models Arrive at Dealerships

MILWAUKEE (June 29, 2011) Harley-Davidson has begun delivery of all 15 models in the 2012 Touring, Trike (North America only) and Sportster lines to its dealers in the U.S. andEurope. These motorcycles will be available for sale immediately, giving customers an opportunity to get on a 2012-model Harley-Davidson with much of the riding season still available. Shipment of these select 2012 models has been accelerated to provide greater continuity of supply in dealerships during the peak summer selling season. Additional 2012 models will be announced on July 20 at the Harley-Davidson summer dealer meeting in  Anaheim, California.

 

2012 Sportster: Personalization and Power

The six 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster models range from the affordable Dark Custom roadster posture of the Iron 883™ to the track-inspired performance of the XR1200X™. Each Sportster model offers the heartbeat of an authentic American V-Twin engine and pace-setting style and performance.

Back for its first full year of production is the Sportster® 1200 Custom, the motorcycle that introduced the web-based H-D1™ Bike Builder

factory customization process. Using Bike Builder, customers can personalize their 1200 Custom with seat, handlebar, foot control, wheel, security, paint and engine finish options that are installed right at the factory. Even more dealer-installed accessories can be added, and viewed, on the Bike Builder site. The customer can then print out a description of their bike and bring it to a Harley-Davidson dealer to review the motorcycle with trained staff, select additional accessories to be installed by the dealer to further customize the motorcycle, and then place an order. Customers can expect to be riding their new bike in as little as four weeks from the time an order is placed with an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.

All 2012 Sportster models will have Michelin® Scorcher™ tires with a tread pattern designed, tested and styled specifically for the Sportster motorcycle to provide ideal grip, even wear and longer life. Fifteen Sportster paint options include seven new color choices for 2012. Side covers will be finished in either gloss black or denim black to match the finish on other bodywork. The Forty-Eight model will have a new tank graphic.

 

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster models

 

 

2012 Touring: The Legend Rolls On

For 2012, all eight Harley-Davidson Touring models are powered by a Twin Cam 103 engine with Automatic Compression Release and integrated oil cooler. Producing 102 ft. lbs. of peak torque at 3500 rpm, the Twin Cam 103 provides outstanding performance around town and on the open road. All Touring models also feature the6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission, 41.3 mm telescopic front forks, air-adjustable rear shocks and an Isolated Drive System for smooth power delivery. The Harley-Davidson Touring chassis has a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and two-piece swingarm designed to deliver responsive maneuverability and long-haul durability. Chassis geometry and suspension are calibrated to deliver confident handling and comfort.

 

All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new “tubeless” Chrome Lace Aluminum Wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair. Six new colors or color combinations are among the 12 paint options offered within the 2012 Touring model line.

 

2012 Harley-Davidson Touring models


 

 

2012 Trike: Three Wheelin’

The 2012 Tri Glide Ultra Classic brings original-equipment design, quality and service to the three-wheel motorcycle segment, based on chassis structure and geometry engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle. With a deluxe Tour-Pak™ carrier and integrated trunk, a four-speaker/ 80-watt Harman/Kardon® Advanced Audio System, electronic cruise control and electric reverse drive, the Tri Glide Ultra Classic inspires confidence, passion and independence in any riding situation. The Tri Glide Ultra will be available in three color combinations:  Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl / Vivid Black or Ember Red Sunglo / Merlot Sunglo.

Details on the 2012 Harley-Davidson Touring, Trike and Sportster models are available at h-d.com/2012

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com

Volkswagen Bike That Turns Heads

Chances are you’ve seen Jerry Caballero around Killeen if something resembling a Volkswagen Beetle and a Harley-Davidson passed you on the road and you said “What the heck was that?” Caballero, 65, is the creator of one of the more unique vehicles to roam Killeen’s streets.

It’s a piecemeal trike that is all Harley-Davidson on the front end and all Volkswagen Beetle in the back. He refers to his creation as “Red” or “El Diablo.” The 14-foot trike is a Frankenstein. From the ashes of wrecked and junked vehicles, Red emerged.  It is a combination between a 1979 Volkswagen Beetle convertible Caballero picked up from a junk yard, the front end of a 1985 Harley, a fender from a 2003 bike, and a 2002 gas tank from a wrecked motorcycle.

Add to it some custom upholstery from Ick’s, homemade handle bars he welded in his backyard and a caliente red paint job, and Caballero created a vehicle that combines two of his passions — motorcycles and VW Beetles.

“I tell people I had a nightmare, and this is the result,” he said.

Caballero began driving Beetles in the ’60s. His first was a 1955. Since then he’s owned several VW buses. But all the while, he also rode motorcycles. When his shoulders and back began to give him problems, Caballero knew he couldn’t ride as much as he liked.

“In my mind, I had to come up with something that would be easier to turn,” he said.

That’s when he created his first trike, a 1989 Honda Goldwing he converted with a kit. He liked it so much, trikes became “a lifestyle” to Caballero.  He now belongs to the Brotherhood of the Third Wheel. “We’re bikers, but we’re getting older,” Caballero said. Caballero sometimes refers to the trike as a Harley V-Wagon. He actually tried to register it as that with the state. Officials wouldn’t have it. Instead, Red is registered as a “2010 assembled vehicle,” which does the trike little justice.

Caballero said much credit must be given to shop owners who enthusiastically embraced his unique vision. He is the president of Cen-Tex Road Riders, chairman of Tri-County Toy Run and a member of the American Legion Post 133. The armed forces remain near and dear to Caballero. He is a retired Master Sergeant from the 1st Cavalry Division. He worked in Veterans Affairs after his service. Now he is one of the last people to send off soldiers before they deploy. This week Caballero will spend each day sending off soldiers as they deploy as a volunteer for the Red Cross.

Five questions for Caballero

What’s your favorite book? “Phantom” — Book 11 of Terry Goodkind’s series The Sword of Truth

What’s your favorite movie? Anything with John Wayne

What’s your favorite food?

Mexican food

What’s your favorite hobby? His trike Red

What’s your favorite saying? “No problem!”