Coming Soon: Harley Davidson 72 and Softail Slim Review

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Last week we published an overview of Harley Davidson’s newest bikes, the 72 and the Softail Slim. This week, will be joining Harley Davidson in Miami to review both of them in person. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @bullzeyedotcom to get up to the minute updates on the trip, and general motorcycle awesomeness. Also, don’t forget to look for the full review on the bikes over on

Since we know you can’t wait to see these new bikes in action, click the video above to see what director Benedict Campbell did with the Harley 72.

Stay tuned.


Harley Davidson Launches Two New Models

Coming off the success of such bikes as the Blackline and Forty-Eight, Harley Davidson has made two additions to their Blackline range. These bikes continue the theme of taking styling cues from the past and bringing them up to the present, and offer an extra dose of attitude to the bikes they are based off of.

The first bike is the Seventy-Two. This Sportster-based model tutilizes narrow white wall tires, high handlebars, and chrome for miles to take this bike all the way back to the 60s west coast chopper scene. To top the bike off, it is available in a deep candy red paint that requires an extensive painting process and metallic flakes seven times larger than average.

The second bike is the Softail Slim. Sporting a period style “Hollywood” handle bar, slimmed down fenders, and retro gauges, the Softail Slim evokes the bobbers of the 1940s and 1950s. Opposed to the Seventy-Two’s sparkling red paint, the Softail Slim is coated in a healthy dose of flat black paint that is reminiscent of the hot rod style found back in ’50s.

A more detailed write up is coming soon as Bullz-Eye will be joins Harley Davidson in Miami to experience these two new bikes firsthand. Can’t wait to see how that candy red paint sparkles in the sunlight.


Roland Sands Design’s Flat Track Blackline

When Bullz-eye reviewed the Harley Davidson Blackline late last year, I found it high on curb appeal, low on cornering prowess. Of course, you can’t expect a boulevard crusier that weighs around 800 lbs. to be athlete on the street either. Roland Sands Designs didn’t agree with this statement and decided to make the Blackline perform as well as it looks.

When a customer came in with a Blackline to customize, Roland and his crew decided to bring the bike back to Harley’s racing roots. Yes, you read that right, Harley Davidson once had significant success racing successes. Specifically, the inspiration from the build would be a vintage Harley WR Flathead racer. To accomplish this feat, the Blackline was stripped of unnecessary components, approprate tires and handlebars were added, and a dozen or so bespoke parts were added in to make truly dirt track capable.

To prove that this bike had style and substance, RSD took the bike out for some shenanigans and pictures before delivering it to the soon-to-be very happy owner.

Full details of the build, and more glorious hi-res shots can be seen on RSD’s website, here.


Tour of Vance and Hines

Last weekend, Vance and Hines was gracious enough to open its doors for journalists and members of HOG (Harley Owners Group). For those of you unfamiliar with who Vance and Hines are, they are a race team that started back in the late 80s, but have managed Harley’s NHRA race program with the V-Rod since 2006. They also make some of the sweetest performance parts for Harley and many other bikes.

Here, Vance and Hines develops and builds not only their V-rod race bikes, but their own competitors engines as well. They are a family owned and staffed business with proven race results in various race series. They campaign bikes in the NHRA, produce the parts for the XR1200s in the AMA Pro XR1200 series, and also builds parts for dirtbikes as well.

One may not think of Harley and precise race applications, but Vance and Hines shows otherwise. For instance, an engine for the V-Rod drag bike takes 20 days to be milled out of a 70lb. chunk of solid aluminum. This attention to detail has led Vance and Hines to a 6 sec. pass at 199mph, and 3 championships in the NHRA pro stock division.

If you would like to see their work go around corners, check out the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series. This is a spec series where racers pilot identical XR1200s, all equipped with Vance and Hines performance parts.

Not to mention, the parts available for their road and race applications are all made in the U.S.A.


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