Harley-Davidson broadens its Sportster, Dyna Glide and Softail motorcycle lines with the introduction of four new models for 2005.
"This is an exciting model year," said Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson director of marketing, motorcycle product development. "With four new models and a host of updates, Harley-Davidson's 2005 models demonstrate the company's continued leadership in factory custom styling."
The soul of Harley-Davidson runs deeper than paint and chrome, and every 2005 model carries that unique strain of motorcycle DNA that's unmistakably, positively Harley-Davidson. It's a look and sound and just-right feeling that simply can't be duplicated.
Highlights of the 2005 Harley-Davidson line include:
Two bold new Softail models bolster Harley-Davidson's leadership position in the execution of factory custom styling. The FLSTN/I Softail Deluxe and FLSTSC/I Softail Springer Classic both incorporate a host of nostalgic styling cues that blend seamlessly with the acclaimed modern performance and comfort of the Harley-Davidson Softail platform.
The Dyna Glide family grows to five models with the introduction of the sparkling new FXDC/I Super Glide Custom.
The new XL Sportster 883L motorcycle features a lower seat height and adjusted ergonomics designed to fit a wide range of riders and to make it easier to lift off its sidestand. All 2005 Sportster models have a new swingarm and larger diameter rear axle.
VRSC V-Rod models get more color options for 2005. The VRSCB will be available in five colors, while the VRSCA model will be offered in nine color choices, including four two-tone paint combinations.
A number of Softail, Touring, Dyna Glide and Sportster models are available with a sleek new chrome aluminum Profile Laced wheel as an original-equipment option.
Harley-Davidson will introduce 11 new paint combinations for 2005, including three new solid colors, two new Sunglo Pearl colors, and 6 new two-tone and three-tone combinations. Eleven of the 2005 models will also feature new tank badges or decals.
Finally, all 2005 Harley-Davidson models are equipped with new clear- lens, reflector-optics headlights that offer increased lighting intensity and an enhanced light beam pattern. A small Bar & Shield cloisonne affixed to the lens of every new headlight places Harley- Davidson out front for 2005.
Prices for 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycles start at $6,495 MSRP for an XL883 Sportster model. The company's line of custom and touring bikes range from $6,495 to $20,405. Special, limited-production models from the Custom Vehicle Operations program range from $25,495 to $29,995./