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2012 Harley Softail Classic | Preview

2011 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

The name says it all – classic. But although classic in styling, the 2012 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic is far from classic in performance.

For 2012, there are some upgrades to the legendary softail model, the biggest being an upgrade from the 96B to the counter-balanced Twin Cam 103B with fuel injection.

Mix this power with a six-speed transmission, appealing horseshoe oil tank, five gallon fuel tank and comfortable ergonomics, and you have one classy ride that finds it roots in the 1940s.

Also for 2012, Harley is offering optional chrome aluminum profile laced wheels, adding extra styling to the classic look.

Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2012 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.

2012 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic Highlights

  • NEW Rigid-mounted, counter-balanced Twin Cam 103BTM V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • NEW Tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced wheel option
  • NEW Paint color options
  • Fuel tank sender for accurate fuel-level readings
  • Black powder-coated powertrain with chrome covers
  • Chrome exhaust with dual staggered shorty mufflers
  • Chrome, Laced Steel wheels with chrome hub covers
  • 150 mm rear tire
  • Chrome nostalgic seven-inch ball headlamp
  • Chrome directional light bar and passing lamps
  • Chrome oil tank
  • Chrome nostalgic “cats-eye” tank console with a retro speedometer face
  • Two-tone leather tank panel with matching sissy-bar backrest trim
  • Ergonomic stainless steel, classic touring handlebar
  • Half-round footboards and oval brake pedal pad • Two-piece, two-up Softail® seat with
  • removable pillion
  • Studded, nostalgic leather saddlebags with hidden quick-detach buckles
  • Detachable king-size Lexan clear windshield
  • Full-coverage front and rear fenders with chrome accents

2012 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic Specs


  • Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103B
  • Displacement (in./cc): 103/1690
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
  • Miles Per Gallon: 42 MPG combined City/Hwy
  • Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters): 5/18.9
  • Power: 96.9 ft.lbs @ 3,000rpm


  • Length (in./mm): 94.5/2400
  • Seat Height (laden) (in./mm): 25.5/648
  • Wheelbase (in./mm): 64.5/1638


  • Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series, bias blackwall front and rear
  • Front: D402F MT90B16 72H
  • Rear: D401 150/80B16 71H


  • Front: Steel Laced 16 in. x 3 in. (406 mm x 76 mm)
  • Rear: Steel Laced 16 in. x 3 in. (406 mm x 76 mm)
  • Optional Style: Tubeless Chrome Aluminum Profile Laced


  • 730lbs. /331kg.

2012 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic Color Options/MSRP

  •  Vivid Black / $17.349
  • Big Blue Pearl / $17,734
  • White Hot Pearl / $17,734
  • Ember Red Sunglo/ Merlot Sunglo / $18,054
  • Midnight Pearl/ Brilliant Silver Pearl / $18,054

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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