New Harley-Davidson 72 and Softail Slim unveiled

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Say hello to Harley-Davidson’s brand new ‘Seventy-Two’ and Softail Slim – its two major new model releases for 2012.

The XL1200V Seventy Two is based on the 1200 Sportster and inspired by the metalflake and ape-hangered customs of the early 1970s – hence the name.

Key features are its small peanut tank, high, pull back bars, big 21 inch wire front wheel, skinny whitewall tyres and rich metalflake paint. Prices start at £8695 OTR.

While the FLS Softail Slim is another variation on the ‘bobber’ trend in being essentially a fat-tyred Softail (the hidden rear shock range) but pared down to the bone – or ‘stripped’ as in the custom parlance.

As such it’s got black-rimmed, 16-in wire wheels, chopped mudguards (or fenders), a single seat and forward, cross-braced ‘Hollywood’ handlebars. It’ll cost from £14,695 otr. Both bikes will be unveiled at UK dealers on February 10. MCN will be bringing you our first test of the bikes in our February 15 issue.

Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.