Harley Davidson 2017 Models and the Alphabet Soup
When you walk into the showroom of a Harley Dealership – it is easy to be blinded by all the chrome, the shiny paint, custom accessories and the wide array of different models to choose from. There are six different frame families and for the model year 2016 there are 38 different new models to choose from. The bike price tags and brochures have an almost cryptic foreign language to them next to the names of the bikes. When I was at my last dealership – we had over 600 used bikes on the sales floor and nearly another 200 new rides; it can be a bit confusing with the alphabet soup short hand that Milwaukee uses for their branding of the bikes.
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So here then is a quick guide to help you weed through and understand the difference between an FXDX, FXSTC, FLHT or a XL883. These short- hand acronyms will be imperative when you are ordering parts for your bike, because while a bike maybe in the same family of frame construction – not all parts, will fit on all bikes. Trust me, I have run into this often enough with my own custom builds.
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The six families of bikes are based mainly on the different frame and engine configurations. You may already know the names of V-Rod, Sportster, Dyna, Softail, Touring and Trike; but there is also the new Street and the coming Electric Livewire models. As Harley Davidson has been in business since 1903, if you are looking at a used or antique bike – these short hand monikers will help you to further understand the history, the relative size of the bikes and aid in searching for online pricing levels as well. I will address each family in turn coming up in Moto-Life ! The basic Recipe is Frame, Tire, Engine, Model Designator, and Edition moniker if it is a limited production or special construction like the CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) models.
Going in size order of precedence is the Street Models, are the smallest Harley-Davidsons available in 500 cc and 750 cc
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The first striking element of the Street models is the watercooled Revolution-X watercooled motor. It is a sized down rendition of the powerplant from the long standing VRod motor. The Street is aimed at beginning riders, and shorter riders - with a low weight and easy glide of power and acceleration. The difference between the two Street models is only found in the displacement, otherwise they are indisguishable between the variants.