While there are those out there who go for the speed and glitz of the sport bike, there is something about American made motorcycles. After all these years, they continue to carry a distinct charm of their own whether it be right off the showroom floor, a rebuilt bike or a custom chopper.
Here is a selection of five coolest American made motorcycles for you to look over. Let us know if we left your favorite off the list.
Harley-Davidson Dyna 2012
Harley-Davidson’s 2012 Dyna line of models represents one of the coolest bikes of our times. All the Dyna models, except Super Glide Custom and Street Bob include the Twin Cam 103 engine, which produces up to 100 ft. Lbs. Peak Torque. This is an improvement of about six percent over the Twin Cam 96, which it replaces. The Twin Cam 103 is fitted with automatic compression release, and features identifying badges on the timer cover, derby cover, and air cleaner trim ring. The new Dyna Switchback combines a windshield and hard saddlebags. It is a custom-touring motorcycle ready for long weekend trips.
Harley-Davidson Softail 2012
Harley-Davidson’s line for Softail models receives performance boost of the Twin Cam 103 engine. The Fat Boy has a new, reduced reach handlebar for improved ergonomics. A narrower and lower seat shape places the Fat Boy rider in a new in-the-bike position. Softail Deluxe and Heritage Classic models come with the new tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel. The Twin Cam 103 powertrain delivers assertive power for passing, and is equipped with an oil cooler.
Sucker Punch Sally’s 66 Bobber
66 Bobber is a more aggressively designed version of the Traditional Bobber. It has been a part of the SPS line-up for some time. You can toss this bike around like a super motard, with its fat front tires providing excellent stability on the road. The bike features a 16-inch wheel up front, Triple Trees and Pro-One Lowers, and superior braking through 4-piston callipers front and back. It has an 80ci Harley-Davidson engine which can come as black and chrome, rigid frame, 6-speed transmission, and a Sportster-style tank. The wheels can be customized by being powder coated, they can come with white walls, and the front fender can come with a spring style front end. There are also 3 different types of exhaust styles to choose from.
Firestorm from Saxon Motorcycles
The Firestorm is a powerful, long, and low pro-street bike from Saxon Motorcycles. It is raked out like the chopper model, but dropped for riders who prefer a hot rod, aggressive look. Firestorm passes some of the toughest quality and safety tests in the industry. All the wheels are meticulously CNC machined and tested. It includes a Natural 96ci, 1566cc S&S engine, six-speed transmission, and 80 spoke wheels.
Victory High-Ball Motorcycle
Victory’s High-Ball bike features a 106 cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin engine that delivers 97 horsepower and 113 ft lbs of green light torque. When you press the starter, you can feel the eruption of low-end torque. Its 6-speed overdrive transmission and Helical-cut gears ensures that each shift is clean and smooth as the bike itself. The bike’s ape-hanger handlebars make a style statement with two fists in the air.
Jeff Orloff writes for the Motorcycle Insurance Blog from the Consumer Media Network where you can find everything you need to get the best coverage for your bike. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/jeorl.