When you’re thinking of an elemental motorcycle stripped down to the basics, the 2021 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 comes immediately to mind. The rubber-mounted 1202cc Evolution V-twin motor takes center stage, with plenty of satisfying vibes delivered to the rider and more than plenty of grunt for urban and highway rides.The mild-steel frame is basic, with suspension that does better than its meager travel numbers suggest—the cartridge-style fork and emulsion-style shocks make the most of the movement allowed them. Don’t count out the higher-profile Michelin Scorcher 31 tires, as they help smooth out the inevitable rough spots in the road around town.
The ergonomics favor a smaller rider, though the 29-inch seat height isn’t exceedingly low. The mini-apes give the rider an aggressive profiling posture, as the fists are in the wind. Mid-mount foot controls put the rider in a confident position. The solo seat helps the rider assert independence, while the headlight cowling and fork-slider covers add essential styling touches.The base price for the 2021 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 remains in four figures at $9999 for the Vivid Black version. Be prepared to pay another $350 for either Black Denim or Stone Washed White Pearl. ABS is a fairly pricey option at $795.We have tested the Harley-Davidson Iron 1200.2021 Harley-Davidson Iron 1200 SpecsENGINE
Type: Air-cooled Evolution V-twin
Displacement: 73.4ci (1202cc)
Bore x stroke: 3.5 x 3.8”
Maximum torque: 73 ft-lbs @ 3500 rpm
Compression ratio: 10:1
Valvetrain: Pushrods, 2vpc
Lubrication: Dry sump
Transmission: 5-speed Primary drive: Chain
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Tubular mild steel
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 39mm cartridge-style fork; 3.6 inches
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.