Harley-Davidson is one of the most iconic motorcycle companies in the world, and that’s thanks to their many families of legendary bikes. From heavyweight cruisers like the Softail to light, athletic rides like the Sportster, the impression of Harley-Davidson bikes stick with you long after they’ve left you in the dust.
Here at Tucson Harley-Davidson, we love the look, sound, and feel of riding a Harley, and that’s why we carry a wide selection of new and used Harley-Davidsons. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite legendary Harley motorcycles and explained a little bit of what makes them so awesome. If you live near Tucson, Arizona, stop by our showroom and service center today and take a look, or call ahead and take a test ride!
The Softail is one of Harley-Davidson’s most distinctive motorcycles, both in look and ride feel. Among today’s bikes, full front and rear suspension is essentially the norm. Back in the 1970s, however, rear suspension was much less common and some people didn’t like the look of exposed rear shocks. Enter Bill Davis, a mechanical engineer working in St. Louis, Missouri. Davis developed a way to keep the amazing looks of his 1972 Super Glide, but added a hidden shock absorber under the seat. The result was a bike that looked like a classic but was actually comfortable to ride. Modern Softails feature a High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine to give plenty of power, but it also maintains its classic styling. A chopped front fender, massive headlight, and low profile seat feel reminiscent of the customized choppers of yesteryear. But the blacked-out features, LED lights, and unique rims all make this bike attractive and relevant.
When you’re looking for a hard-hitting muscle bike, the VRSC family is one of the most well-loved out there. Famous VRSC models include the V-Rod, the Night Rod, and the Street Rod. Introduced in 2001, this isn’t the oldest Harley line out there, but it marked a new era in Harley-Davidson design. This bike is almost over-powered thanks to the Revolution engine, which was designed by Harley-Davidson’s Powertrain Engineering team for use in superbikes. You can lay down serious rubber on the pavement with these bikes, and yet they still have control in the corners thanks to a sportier frame than many bigger cruisers and touring bikes. Forward-thinking design can be found all over these bikes. For example, the V-Rod, one of the most well-known models in the VRSC family, puts the fuel tank under the rider as opposed to in front, which shifts the center of gravity down for better handling. The VRSC bikes keep the spirit of Harley at the forefront of their design while simultaneously being showcases for Harley’s best parts and designs.
One of Harley’s oldest families of bikes is the Sportster, a fun, quick bike that can be customized in just about any way you can think of. Whether you’re into cafe racers, old-school choppers, dirt track bikes, or bobbers, you’ll find Sportster parts that help you build it. There’s something about the proportions and layout of this bike that allows it to adopt new styles with ease. Contemporary Sportster models include the Superlow, Iron 883, 1200 Custom, Forty-Eight, Superlow 1200T, and Roadster, and each takes on their own character and feeling. The Roadster feels like the motorcycle your neighbor has been slowly perfecting over the last decade with its custom style and honed stance. The Iron 883, on the other hand, looks as tough as it rides, with dark features and powerful Evolution engine.
Want to check out these legendary bikes for yourself? Stop by Tucson Harley-Davidson. We have a wide selection of models and our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect model for your needs. We proudly serve the Tucson, Green Valley, Sierra Vista, and Tombstone, Arizona area.