Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two 2014 | Cruising motorcycle test

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster 72

Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two 2014 | Custom Motorcycle Review

Harley-Davidson is a master at conjuring up images, and they used the venerable Sportster line as the starting point for the fun, easy-going Seventy-Two. As soon as you settle into the immensely comfortable solo seat of the 2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster 72, grab the mini-monkey handlebars and place your boots on the front-mounted footrests, ergonomics set the tone for a relaxed cruise. good time.

Weekend getaways will turn into much longer excursions as you end up forgetting your to-do list at home; the seventy-two is just plain fun. I explored the industrial outskirts of town, without any rush, as the easy handling of the 562-pound Harley-Davidson (claimed, ready to ride) leaves your focus on your surroundings, without managing your commute. As I walked the open boulevards, I remembered the Big Wheel trike from the 1970s, with its 28-inch crotch seat, large diameter front wheel, and tall bars. While it certainly isn’t a 3-wheeler, and the comparison is a bit of a stretch, the Sportster 72 evokes a childish enthusiasm for the game that can’t be beat.

Getting away from the stops is smooth and easy, with plenty of low-end torque from the 1202cc Evolution air-cooled V-twin engine. With plentiful power from the five well-spaced gears, once you’re out on the road you won’t need to shift gears on the Seventy-Two unless the lights change. While a new trigger switch feature gives the ability to display a gear indicator and rpm, I can’t imagine why you would care. Just put on or lower the gas as the kilometers go by.

The suspension on the Harley-Davidson Sportster 72 works surprisingly well; with just over two inches of rear travel, it manages to absorb most of the usual street imperfections in older parts of town, at moderate cruising speed. At a faster pace, it is not only uncomfortable, but also feels less secure with the high handlebars and narrow front tire.

Along with the larger diameter front wheel in the Sportster range, the 21-inch front arch has thin rubber contact with the asphalt, contributing to a lively front end. The turns are easy, but can also dive quickly at low speed if you overstep. The 16-inch rear wheel has a larger footprint, giving the Seventy-Two a solid foundation and a secure feel, while helping the rear suspension.

The manual controls on the 72 might be new, but I’m still not a fan of the individual left / right turn signal controls. Having to adjust my throttle hand to activate the correct signal means that I usually won’t be using it. At least they cancel each other out automatically. I would like to see the Project Rushmore treatment applied to the Seventy-Two; the placement and shape of these turn signal switches are functional and safe.

On every trip, it seems, it’s time to go to a gas station and fill the Seventy-Two with a 91 octane rating. With a classic 2.1 gallon peanut tank to function. In shape, long distances between fuel stops aren’t in the cards, despite the relaxed riding position that doesn’t require stretching breaks.

With a 32 mile round trip during the work week, I saw the fuel warning light every other day. Despite this, the Seventy-Two is a great way to get to the office as long as you don’t leave late – body language just doesn’t say rush. The bike glides easily between traffic if you’re so inclined (and if it’s legal in your state), and the non-aggressive riding position forces riders to nod their heads and squeeze into their lanes.

When the opportunity presents itself and you can stretch the legs of the Sportster Seventy-Two, step up a gear and it will be totally fun. In wide turns – on smooth tarmac – the bike glides effortlessly, the front holding its line. The Sportster’s handling is nimble enough to smooth through moderate S-turns, and there’s decent cornering clearance, although you can certainly scratch the ankle feelers on a tight turn.

The rear brake will take care of most of your slowing tasks with its smooth but gradual feel, and the single front rotor is ready for more immediate needs. ABS is now optional.

There’s a lot to like about the Sportster 72, from its low 28-inch seat and very accessible handling, to the satisfying idle vibration of its rubber-mounted V-twin engine. The retro styling of the chopper, the spoked wheels and white wall tires, as well as the comfortable all-day ergonomics make this a very attractive and fun set.

Like hearing a favorite song from my teenage years, driving the 2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two immediately brings up memories of a certain carefree period in my life when the days seemed longer and the responsibilities less, and that is. reason enough to have this motorcycle at your disposal. wave and call.

Action photography by Don Williams

Driving style
Helmet: Arai Signet-Q Bomb
Eyeglasses : TAG Heuer Reflex Original rimless
Jacket: Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Moxie 3-in-1
Gloves: Tallahassee River Road
Trousers: UglyBros Aegis-K
Boots: Harley-Davidson Rosa Performance Shoes

Specifications 2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two XL 1200V
Engine… Air-cooled, Evolution
Valves… Pushbutton overhead valves with self-adjusting hydraulic valve lifters; two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke… 3.5 inch x 3.811 inch (88.9 mm x 96.8 mm)
Displacement… 73.4 cu. in (1202 cm3)
Compression ratio… 10: 1
Fuel system… Electronic sequential port fuel injection
Air filter… Paper cartridge type
Lubrication system… Dry sump
Main drive… chain, ratio 38/57
Final drive… Belt, ratio 68/29
Clutch … Multi-disc, wet
Transmission… 5 speeds
Frame… Mild steel, tubular frame; circular sections; cast joints
Swingarm… Mild steel, rectangular tubular section, stamped joints; MIG welded
Front fork… 39 mm
Rear shock absorbers… Coil-over; adjustable double preload
Wheels …
Laced steel
• Front… 21 in x 2.15 in (533 mm x 55 mm)
• Rear… 16 in x 3 in (406 mm x 76 mm)
• Caliper type… Double piston front, double piston rear
• Rotor type… Solid and uniform expansion rotors
• Front… 11.8 in x 0.2 in (300 mm x 5.1 mm)
• Rear… 10.24 in x 0.28 in (260 mm x 7.1 mm)
• Anti-lock braking system..Optional
Suspension travel:
• Front wheel… 5.69 in. (145 mm)
• Rear wheel… 2.12 in. (54 mm)
Torque… 70.8 ft-lbs @ 3500 rpm
Angle of inclination :
• Right… 28.6 °
• Left… 29.8 °
Fuel economy (EPA city / highway test)… 48 mpg
Battery (according to Battery Council International Rating)… Sealed, maintenance free, 12 V, 12 amp / hour, 200 cca
Load… 30 amp single phase system (357 W at 13.5 V, 2000 rpm, maximum power 405 W at 13.5 V)
Electric start… 1.2 kW with engagement of the solenoid starter
• Headlamp (quartz halogen)… 55 watt low beam, 60 watt high beam
• Flashing … 28 W with automatic cancellation
• Tail lights / stop / indicators… 8 W / 28 W per lamp
• Warning lights… High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional)
Length… 89.6 in. (2275 mm)
Overall width… 36.2 in (920 mm)
Overall height… 47.6 in (1210 mm)
Seat height :
• Loaded… 26.6 in (675 mm)
• Empty… 28 in (710 mm)
Ground clearance… 4.7 in (120 mm)
Rake (steering head)… 30.1 °
Fork angle… 30.1 °
Trail… 5.3 in (135 mm)
Wheelbase… 60 in (1525 mm)
Tires (Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series, Narrow Whitewall):
• Front – D402F MH90-21 54H
• Rear – D401 150 / 80B16 71H
Fuel capacity… 2.1 gal. (7.9 L) (warning light at approximately 0.65 gal.)
Oil capacity (with filter). 2.8 qts. (2.6 liters)
Transmission capacity… 1 pint. (.95L)
• As Shipped… 540 lbs. (245kg)
• In running order… 562 lbs. (255 kilograms)
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating… 1000 lbs. (454 kilograms)
• Gross axle weight rating…
• Front… 335 lb. (152 kilograms)
• Rear… 665 lb. (302 kilograms)
Warranty… 24 months (unlimited mileage)

2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two MSRP: $ 10,849 (hard candy color: $ 11,574)

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