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Harley Davidson Models - 5 Main Families
There have been lots of Harley Davidson models and variations over the years but they can generally be separated into five families or ranges. Below describes an overview of each of the models and their defining characteristics; however for more detail you could visit the individual pages within this site. As there have been hundreds of Harley Davidson models over the past 100 odd years, this page is a general reference to the Sportster, the Softail, Touring models, Revolution models and Dyna models. Our high definition video shows a range of different Harley Davidson models!
Harley Davidson Models - The Sportster Range
Harley Davidson Sportster models were initially introduced in 1957 and are still in production today (and very popular), making them the longest standing Harley Davidson range. They can be identified by the letters XL and XR (eg XL883R and XR1200). Throughout the last fifty-odd years Harley Davidson Sportster models have been transformed and improved to appeal to the ever evolving market. The very first Harley Davidson Sportster models inherited numerous elements of the Harley Davidson K series and these were used for racing in the 1960s and 1970s. Sportster models are lighter and sportier than most other Harley Davidson's. These models now come with a rubber mounted engine for less vibration, a fuel injection system, a low seat and are designed for riding, not touring long distances.
Harley Davidson Models - The Softail Range
Harley Davidson Softail models were initially introduced in 1984 (FXST) and earn their name due to the shock absorbers or springs they have as rear suspension. As Harley Davidson didn’t want the softail models to appear any different to the hardtail choppers which were famous during the 1960’s the rear suspension is hidden out of sight. The softail models are therefore more comfy than those Harley Davidson models that are rigid. Softail models include the Custom, Standard, Springer, Deuce, Fat Boy, Deluxe and Night Train and can be identified by the letters FXS and FLS (eg FXSTB and the FLSTN).
Harley Davidson Models - The Touring Range
Harley Davidson touring models were initially introduced in 1980 (Shovelhead) and are designed for longer journeys (ie ‘touring’). These Harley Davidson models are big bikes with huge presence and are renowned for being smooth, comfortable and luxurious to ride. The touring models are also known as ‘dressers’ (not sure if this is due to their size or the amount of accessories they come with!) and can be identified by the letters FL (eg FLTR and FLHR). Within the Harley Davidson touring range are 3 Road King models and various Electra Glide models. The frames used on these models were consistent from 1980 through to 2009 when the frame was altered, changing the position of the steering head. The Harley Davidson touring models are used by several state troopers and police departments. Some of the accessories you can get with these models include saddlebags, windshields, parcel racks, back rests and sissy bars.