Harley-Davidson updated the 1200 Custom with a magnificent new edition sporting fat rubber – a nice way to perpetuate an enduring American tradition. Dating back to the mid-fifties, this member of the Sportster family stands as the brand's oldest active model.
|Harley-Davidson updated the 1200 Custom with a magnificent new edition sporting fat rubber. (Photo: Harley-Davidson)
There have been a number of changes and upgrades over the years, but Harley-Davidson brilliantly kept the mythical aspect and trademark character of the Sportster
intact. One of the key challenges was to improve the engine without compromising its much-appreciated twitchiness. Since 2007, electronic fuel injection replaces carburetors, adding sophistication while preserving the big Twin's unique feel.
Mechanical looks and thrills
In typical Harley fashion, special attention to styling and detail makes the 2011 1200 Custom a real stunner, particularly in two-tone trim. The 5-spoke chrome cast wheels, thick triple clamp and beefy front tire dramatically set it apart.
Powered by the latest Evolution engine, the 1200 C offers pleasant dynamics, confident accelerations and all the torque that defines a Milwaukee-made V-Twin. Once underway, expect the best from the specialist in mechanical thrills, with vibrations that can be felt at all times but never disrupt the experience.
Torque builds quickly and steadily from just 1,500 rpm, reaching a peak of 79 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm. The transmission delivers sharp gear shifts like a true Harley cruiser. It feels solid and nicely calibrated, allowing you to get the most out of the engine.
Nimble and friendly
Throwing a leg over the 2011 Sportster 1200 Custom and sinking into the saddle proves easy and almost instinctive. This motorcycle targets new riders and seasoned bikers alike – basically anyone looking for a nimble and friendly cruiser. The controls, handlebars and footpegs combine to offer a cool-looking yet forgiving riding position. Sitting close to the ground, with your legs forward and arms extended, you instantly picture yourself at Daytona's Bike Week, ready to put on a show.
|Torque builds quickly and steadily from just 1,500 rpm, reaching a peak of 79 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm. (Photo: Harley-Davidson)