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Harley Davidson 2005 Motorcycle Range

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Brighter Headlights and Optional Original-Equipment Wheels Introduced MILWAUKEE (July 15, 2004) - Harley-Davidson introduces three exiting new models for 2005. Eleven new colour options and improved headlight technology are among significant product enhancements offered for the second model year of the Motor Company's 2005 model year. "This is an exciting model year," said Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson director of marketing, motorcycle product development. "With three new models and a host of updates, Harley-Davidson's 2005 models will demonstrate the company's continued leadership in factory custom styling."

The soul of Harley-Davidson runs deeper than paint and chrome, and every 2005 model carries that unique strain of motorcycle DNA that's unmistakably, positively Harley-Davidson. It's a look and sound and just-right feeling that simply can't be duplicated.

Highlights of the 2005 Harley-Davidson line include:

  • Two bold new Softail models bolster Harley-Davidson's leadership position in the execution of custom styling. The FLSTNI Softail Deluxe and FLSTSCI Springer Classic both incorporate a host of nostalgic styling cues that blend seamlessly with the acclaimed performance and comfort of the Harley-Davidson Softail platform.
  • The Dyna Glide family changes with the introduction of the sparkling new FXDCI Super Glide Custom, as the entry-level 1450cc Big Twin Harley-Davidson. All 2005 Sportster models have a new, stiffer swingarm and larger diameter rear axle.
  • A new vented lower fairing improves warm-weather riding comfort on the FLHTCUI Ultra Classic Electra Glide.
  • VRSC V-Rod models get more colour options for 2005. The VRSCB will be available in five colours, while the VRSCA model will be offered in nine colour choices, including four two-tone paint combinations.
  • The FXDWGI Dyna Wide Glide, FLSTNI Softail Deluxe and FLHRCI Road King Classic will feature a sleek new chrome Profile Laced-wire wheel. This wheel will also be available as an option on the FLHRI Road King.
  • A new dipstick design for all Softail models makes it possible to check the oil level with the motorcycle on its sidestand.
  • Harley-Davidson will introduce 11 new paint combinations for 2005, including three new solid colours, two new Sunglo Pearl colours, and 6 new two-tone and three-tone combinations.
  • Finally, all 2005 Harley-Davidson models are equipped with new clear-lens, reflectoroptic headlights that offer increased lighting intensity and an enhanced light beam pattern. A small Bar & Shield cloisonné affixed to the lens of every new headlight places Harley-Davidson out front for 2005.
  • Harley Davidson Technology History

  • 1907 - Harley-Davidson uses a Sager Cushion fork with concealed helical coil springs for the first time.
  • 1908 - The Sager Cushion fork was beefed up with heavier gauge tubing and larger springs.
  • 1916 - By 1916, the Harley-Davidson front fork, with its concealed springs, boasted over 41 feet of tempered spring steel to provide state-of-the-art damping.
  • 1919 - The radically different 1919 Sport Model had a unique, girder-style front suspension with the first use of an external fork spring on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
  • 1922 - New in '22, two center springs, located between the fork tubes, assisted the concealed helical springs.
  • 1926 - The single cylinder models use six exposed springs to control cushioning and rebound instead of concealed springs.
  • 1930 - In 1930, I-beam front forks are used on the V-twin models.
  • 1936 - The revolutionary 1936 EL model sported a stronger, tubular-style front fork assembly, similar to that used on today's Springer models, instead of the I-beam style previously used.
  • 1946 - The damping on the springer front fork receives a shock absorber for further assistance.
  • 1948 - The stylish 1948 FL, with its Panhead motor and black springer front end, was the inspiration for the 2005 FLSTSC/I Springer Classic. The 1948 overhead valve models, available in 61 or 74 cubic versions, marked the last year, until modern times, that a springer front fork was used on a production solo Big Twin model.
  • 1952 - 1952 marked the last year for a springer front end on the 45 cubic inch WL models.
  • 1988 - The springer front forks, re-introduced on the 1988 FXSTS, were the product of more computer-aided-design and finite elements computer analysis than any other component in the Motor Company's history up to that time.
  • 1997- For the 1997 model year, the springer front fork was redesigned to accommodate wider front tyre on Heritage Springer.
  • 2005 - The 2005 FLSTSC/I Softail Classic is introduced.
  • Harley-Davidson reserves the right to discontinue models or change specifications at any time without incurring any obligations. Vehicle specifications may vary from country to country depending on local laws, and some models are not available in certain countries. All models feature 5-speed transmission and carbon fiber belt final drive; 40 mm constant velocity carburetor with enrichner and accelerator pump (except Electronic Sequential Pat Fuel Injection Models); and multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath. Values are nominal. Performance varies by country. Availability may vary from dealer to dealer, and is subject to change without notice. See motorcycle owner's manual for complete details.