Motorcycle Types Cruiser 2012 Harley-Davidson Switchback | Specs

2012 Harley-Davidson Switchback | Specs

2012 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

With the popularity of its 2011 Softail CVO Convertible, Harley-Davidson decided to stick with that flexibility to easily transform between boulevard cruiser and tourer, offering the Switchback for 2012.

The Harley-Davidson Switchback is brand new to the Dyna lineup, and was designed to do exactly what the name implies: "switchback" from tourer to cruiser, or vice versa.

This task is performed by removing the fork-mounted windshield and color-matched saddlebags. The best part? The rider of the Harley Switchback removes these pieces without tools, and in under 60 seconds.

And like all Dyna, Softail and Touring models for 2012, except for the Dyna Street Bob and Dyna Super Glide Custom, the Switchback is offered with the Twin Cam 103 V-Twin.

Following are the specs for the 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback:


  • Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103
  • Displacement (in./cc): 103/1690
  • Bore x Stroke: 3.875 in. x 4.38 in. (98.4 mm x 111.3 mm)
  • Valves: Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
  • Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Air Cleaner: Fiberglass media, washable
  • Lubrication System: Pressurized, dry-sump
  • Miles Per Gallon: 42 MPG combined City/Hwy


  • Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
  • Final Drive: Belt, 32/66 ratio
  • Clutch: Multi-plate, wet
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive
  • Gear Ratios (overall): 1st 9.311; 2nd 6.454; 3rd 4.793; 4th 3.882; 5th 3.307; 6th 2.79


  • Length: 92.8 in. (2357 mm)
  • Overall Width: 37.7 in. (958 mm)
  • Overall Height: 55.5 in. (1409 mm)
  • Seat Height: Laden2 26.1 in. (663 mm); Unladen 27.4 in. (695 mm)
  • Frame: Mild steel, tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast, and forged junctions; forged fender supports; MIG welded
  • Swingarm: Mild steel, rectangular tube sections, stamped junctions; MIG welded
  • Front Forks: 41.3 mm fork with 20 mm cartridge damping and triple rate spring
  • Rear Shocks: Nitrogen charged 36 mm monotube damper with 5 step preload adjustable dual rate spring
  • Ground Clearance: 4.3 in. (110 mm)
  • Rake (steering head): 29.9°
  • Fork Angle: 28.9°
  • Trail: 5.84 in. (148.3 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 62.8 in. (1595 mm)

Suspension Travel:

  • Front Wheel 3.86 in. (98 mm)
  • Rear Wheel 2.13 in. (54 mm)


  • Caliper Type: 4-piston fixed front, and 2-piston torque-free floating rear
  • Rotor Type: (diameter x width): Patented, uniform expansion rotors (floating, front only)
  • Front: (floating) 11.8 in. x .2 in. (300 mm x 5.1 mm)
  • Rear: 11.5 in. x .2 in. (292 mm x 5.1 mm)
  • Anti-lock Braking System: Available


  • Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series, bias blackwall front and rear
  • Front: Dunlop D402F 130/70B18 63H
  • Rear: Dunlop D401 160/70B17 73H


  • Front: Black 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum with highlighted rim 18 in. x 3.5 in. (457 mm x 89 mm)
  • Rear: Black 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum with highlighted rim 17 in. x 4.5 in. (432 mm x 114 mm)


  • Fuel Capacity: 4.7 gal. (17.8 L) (warning light at approximately 0.9 gal.)
  • Oil Capacity: (w/filter) 3.0 qts. (2.8 L)
  • Transmission Capacity: 1.0 qt. (.95 L)
  • Primary Chain Case Capacity: 1.0 qt. (.95 L)


  • As Shipped: 696 lbs. (316 kg)
  • In Running Order: 718 lbs. (326 kg)
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 1170 lbs. (531 kg)
  • Gross Axle Weight Rating: Front 455 lbs. (206 kg); Rear 794 lbs. (360 kg)


  • Engine Torque: 100 ft. lbs. @ 3500 RPM (136 Nm @ 3500 RPM)
  • Lean Angle: Right 29°; Left 29°


  • Battery: Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 19-amp/hour, 270 cca
  • Charging: Three-phase, 40-amp system (493W @ 13.5V, 2000 RPM, 540W max power @ 13.5V)
  • Starting: 1.2kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
  • Lights: Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam; Tail/Stop Lights 8W/28W; Turn Signal Lights 28W self-canceling; Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, turn signals, low fuel warning, security system7 (optional), low battery, body controller diagnostics

Color Options/MSRP:

  • Vivid Black / $15,999
  • Brilliant Silver Pearl / $16,384
  • Ember Red Sunglo / $16,384

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. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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