1. VRSCDX Night Rod Special
The Harley-Davidson VRSCDX is a one-of-a-kind motorcycle with addicting power and passion. With a rubber-mounted, overhead-cam, water-cooled V-twin revolution engine designed together with Porsche, the V-Rod was unveiled in 2001 as a significant departure from the Harley-Davidson traditional norms.
Its DOHC, liquid-cooled, four-valve 60-degree V-Twin produces 107.6 horsepower and 71.5 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. Its straight-line efficiency, irrespective of engine capacity, outperforms most comparable cruisers.
Several substantial mechanical enhancements have been made over the years, along with an expansion in engine size from 1130cc to 1247cc, a bigger back tire, a larger gas tank, reversed forks, LED rear lights, a slipper clutch, and ABS.
Even though there are simply five gears, the huge torque allows the user to select any gear at any moment. Fifth gear isn't as overdriven as the other Harley models, but it gets the job done on the road with a nice humming through the handlebars and pegs.
The Night Rod's outward appeal is exquisite, from its compact front end, which features a high-quality 120-series front tire, through its neatly packed engine room and under-seat fuel tank, moving on to its thick 240-series rear tire.
The combination of the long wheelbase and big rear tire conspire to make the Night Rod's driving difficult to master. The seat height isn't the shortest in Harley's range at 28.6 inches just above the ground, but with five gallons of fuel stored beneath the seats, it has the best Center of Gravity (CoG) when compared to the usual locations of Harley's options. The low center of gravity helps to mitigate the broad rear tire's negative cornering impact.
2. FLSTF Fat Boy
This Harley-Davidson is regarded as one of the most popular motorcycles in history. The FLSTF Fat Boy made its debut in 1990 to great acclaim. It came with all-new robust 16-inch front and back wheels. This motorcycle had a beautiful silver paint job with subtle yellow accents that added to its overall beauty, which was novel to riders at the time. It has flared bumpers, which add to its appeal.
The renowned Fat Boy motorbike popularized the "fat custom" genre, and admirers strove to replicate its charm all over the world. This classic manages to grab attention wherever it goes with fat tires, fat bars, a fat bumper, and a massive, powerful, dark powder-coated Twin Cam 103BTM engine.
The Fat Boy model is the epitome of a heavyweight motorcycle, featuring aggressive aesthetics and a broad, comfortable riding position. The basic anti-lock braking and smart security systems provide cutting-edge technology.
The motorcycle, which pays homage to the "hardtail" models of the 1960s and 1970s, is still going strong after more than four decades. The strong attitude, chrome, and old-school detail are all part of the nostalgic aesthetic. It's all about how you appear when riding it. It's the traditional, laid-back riding position. You're not just going for a ride. You're the boss, kicking back on a polished metal throne, overlooking your kingdom while riding this beast.
With its leather tank straps, chrome side insignia, and chrome speedometer, and ignition system, the ride makes statements. The Fat Boy type speedometer face features a large, bold odometer indicator as well as ancillary displays for gear and rpm, giving you all the information you need.
3. FXSTB Night Train
The FXSTB Night Train was famous for its incredible performance. Its 1584cc Twin-Cam 96B engine was paired with a six-speed Cruise Drive gearbox and could produce 87.9 lb-ft of torque at under 2500 rpm. The motorcycle was designed for riders who were looking for more than just speed. That's why it featured a long front end and a riding stance that created the same impression.
The shock absorbers of the Night Train are hidden beneath the transmission. It has the appearance of a hard-framed ride yet retains the suspension system design's convenience. It has a menacing appearance with its completely black powertrain, black trimmings, as well as an all-black fuel tank.
A four-stroke V twin air-cooled engine powers this Harley. The model was originally equipped with a 1338cc engine and a five-speed gearbox, which did not perform well on all terrain. It was changed to 1450 cc in the year 2000.
However, in 2006, the engine was upgraded to a double cam 96 vibration valves, 1584cc displacement with cruise drive transmission, six-speed, and a 9.2:1 compression ratio. The rear tires were also increased to 200 mm.
If you keep riding with a cruiser outlook and appreciate the fresh air gently petting and rubbing your face, the Night Train is pure joy. It is fuel-efficient, achieving about 20 to 25 mpg on motorways. Lower speeds result in better fuel efficiency and less fatigue than faster speeds. The Night Train is one of the better options for those searching for a laid-back cruiser, but for those looking for a daily driver or something nimble and fast, this won't work too well in today's market.
4. XL1200N Sportster Nightster
The Harley-Davidson XL1200N Nightster was a member of the Sportster series and was recognized for its great performance rather than its spectacular appearance. It launched in 2007 with unusual features such as a bobbed rear fender, forward fork gaiters, and a side-mounted license plate. The Nightster is powered by a 1200cc Evolution V-Twin engine with an electronic sequential port fuel injection system that is air-cooled and mounted with rubber.
The Nightster model has been intriguing the motorcycle with enthusiasts with a deep, frightening snarl since its release in 2007. It was a dark custom motorcycle that provided a 1200cc knockout blow, and it managed to bring a design attitude to the Sportster clan that had never been seen previously.
The Nightster version, with its rough, no-nonsense appearance, is the motorcycle for individuals who desire Sportster power with a personality that you wouldn't expect from such an agile vehicle. The sleek drag-style handlebar enhances the model's simple design with a small rise and black finishing hand controls.
The drag-style handlebar, which originated at the racetrack, is an overhead garage element that places you in a front, powerful seating position. The famous 3.3-gallon curved peanut gasoline tank has been a defining element of Sportster motorcycles for decades, and its vintage appearance and current spirit remain strong today. The peanut tank slopes down just perfectly into the solitary Sportster saddle, matching the contour of the motorcycle from front to back.
5. Harley-Davidson XR750
Harley-Davidson took over the flat-track racing scene in 1972. From 1972 until 2008, the XR won 29 of the 37 AMA Grand National Championships, which is an incredible achievement. The Street is a tough vehicle that prioritizes durability, handling, and maneuverability over raw horsepower.
It has a larger bore than the previous 500cc variant. The color of the cooling fins on the engines and the pricing are the only distinctions between the two. Harley's customary staggeringly tall, 45-degree, air-cooled lumps combine with the v-twin engine nestled in the chassis. Engineers have more flexibility with the motorcycle's design because of the shorter engine.
As a result, the XR750 has excellent suspension travel as well as a reduced seat height of nearly 28 inches. The engine sends its energy to a six-speed gearbox, which, like all contemporary Harley motorcycles, uses a belt to drive the back tire.
Each wheel has a single disc, which is compressed by two-pot floating calipers at the front and the back. The front and back tires are narrow, which helps with point-and-shoot performance. The XR750 transforms the city layout into your personal playground by shredding traffic.
It offers everything you need to tackle the city, from the liquid-cooled engine to the reliable ABS brakes and to the agile chassis and dialed-in suspension. To complement the silver engine fins and tire pinstripe, the XR750 offers a two-tone paint alternative that impresses motorcyclists.
6. Harley-Davidson FXB Sturgis
Sturgis was a popular motorcycle among riders for a few decades after it was introduced in 1980. Because of its distinctive style, this motorcycle is still loved by enthusiasts
It's arguably best recognized for being a limited-edition model created to commemorate the renowned annual event, but it's also famous for the "B" in FXB. As this was Harley's first use of the technique, it indicated the usage of a belt drive. The other initials of FX indicate that this was a low rider chassis and motor, and your eyes will detect a black and orange paint scheme influenced by Harley's historic colors.
Although harder to fix, the twin belt system delivers clean, quiet, and largely trouble-free running. The 80-cubic-inch V-twin Shovel head engine in the FXB may be started by either pushing buttons or striking a lever.
The black Sturgis is accented with just enough chrome and color to keep people interested. It has a chopper appearance thanks to a two-inch extension of the front forks. A speedometer, matching filler caps, and a tachometer adorn the fuel tank. Like practically all of Harley's early customizations, the Sturgis is now a collector's item. It was, nevertheless, a success from the beginning, unlike some of the rivals.
7. Harley-Davidson 1950 FL Hydra-Glide
After WWII, people required a new motorcycle model that could transport them over long distances. The FL Hydra-Glide is a new motorcycle classification created by Harley-Davidson. The long-distance cruiser is its name. The addition of a telescopic front fork to this automobile in 1949 was supposed to be a response, at least to some extent, to the technically advanced British motorcycles that dominated the late 1940s American market.
Because of the widespread approval of the 'Hydra-Glide' front end, Harley decided to use it as the reference model for all big twins outfitted with it. A revision in 1950 allowed the trail to be modified for sidecar uses, as well as the first stamping of the 'Hydra-Glide' brand on the top fork legs.
The FL has always been more coveted than its siblings due to its higher compression engine, which delivered more performance. By the end of the year, the high compression version had become so desirable that the regular compression type had been discontinued.
The only alterations for 1950 were to the aluminum alloy cylinder heads and bigger intake ports, which enhanced performance by 10%. The 12-inch carburetor had to be re-calibrated to accommodate this alteration. This not only increased throttle responsiveness but also allowed for faster tuning, and it was such a hit that Harley made these units available as exchange improvements for all relevant Harley-Davidson models.
The 1950 F Series panheads came in four basic color schemes: Ruby Red, Brilliant Black, Riviera Blue, and Police Silver, the latter of which was only offered for motorcycles supplied to the police. Flight Red, Metallic Green Azure Blue, and White were among the cost-optional hues. A range of 'Equipment Group' choices were available. Some of these attachment kits were developed expressly for police or sidecar usage, while the remainder included a variety of costume pieces.
8. Harley-Davidson Livewire
The Harley-Davidson Livewire is an electric motorcycle and the company's first electric ride. With a reported 105 horsepower motor, this model's top speed is 95 mph. The Livewire, which debuted in 2019, is aimed at a different demographic than their iconic V-twin-powered two-wheelers.
Everything in this motorcycle is designed to show off the possibilities of electric motorcycle technology while also acting as a baseline for the company's other electric models currently being developed. This motorcycle represents Harley's commitment to a new area of the two-wheel industry, and it's something to be excited about.
The Livewire is different from the other rides offered by Harley-Davidson, so when you start the motorcycle, you might not get the same feeling as standard gasoline engine rides. Instead of the soul-stirring song and rattle that wakes up a V-twin, the Livewire wakes up with a couple of straight light bars on each end of the 4.3-inch touchscreen TFT dash changing yellow to green, signaling that it's time to roll.
A heartbeat-like pulsing from the HD permanent-magnet electric engine can be felt via the handlebars, and a steady hum can be heard in the distance, while a slight flick of the throttle sets the motorcycle moving.
Harley-Davidson establishes an amazingly smooth throttle connection to the back wheel in each of its four preset ride modes: Rain, Range, Road, and Sport, plus three configurable options.
The electrical Harley's off-the-line quickness and power distribution are addictive on the road, allowing it to quickly whizz past traffic in a discreet manner while still retaining a lot of speed. The electrical Harley renders stability a mainstay in its efficiency by eliminating the need for a clutch, gearbox, or throttle delicacy.
9. Harley-Davidson SuperLow
The SuperLow XL 883L is powered by an 883cc Evolution engine that gives moderate horsepower and nimble riding. The crashed suspension brings the rider's backside near the ground, allowing even the smallest riders to feel secure and in command with both legs flat on the floor. Unloaded, a tapering solo seat sits at 27.4 inches off the floor, and a 180-pound rider will lower it to 25.5 inches.
An electrical speedometer with an odometer, engine diagnostic connection, and warning lights are mounted on the riser. Mid-mount levers and a pullback handlebar put you in a comfortable cruising posture with the option of leaning forward and into the bends if you're feeling sassy.
The SuperLow's design is made of mild steel tube. The chassis is just used as a skeleton and not as an element of the styling, and the swingarm uses a standard yoke with a rectangle cross-section for durability.
With a 31.1-inch rake and a 59.1-inch wheelbase, the steering-head configuration really spins the forks out there. These figures indicate a motorcycle that tends to travel in a straight line, thus given the limited wheelbase, you can anticipate it to be relatively stable at speed but a little hesitant in the curves.
The suspension of the SuperLow XL 883L is soft. The cartridge-type forks with a diameter of 39 mm operate as standard, right-side-up assemblies with specified preload and dampening parameters.
10. Heritage Classic 107
The 2021 Heritage Classic can best be described as distinctively Harley-Davidson. This motorcycle encapsulates everything that makes the brand iconic, with a dash of innovative technology thrown in for good measure.
The Heritage Classic, drenched in chrome, has a timeless atmosphere, paying homage to the roots of what makes a Harley-Davidson fan tick. For 2021, the chrome option has been added, while the blacked-out variant is still accessible.
This motorcycle is just plain cool, especially when paired with the magnificent Billiard Teal Duco. The only thing that could have made it even better is a pair of white wall tires to really emphasize the boulevard cruiser's appearance.
Aside from its enticing appearance, the Heritage Classic is one of Harley-Davidson's most flexible models. When you take a glance at the ride, it's clear to see why it's classified as a touring motorcycle. The detachable saddlebags, and the windscreen in front, will be the first hints.
The ride is quiet and comfortable, thanks to floorboards and large, comfortable Harley-Davidson seats. The Heritage Classic is among the Softail models that come equipped with cruise control. When you're out on the open road, this feature comes in handy as you can turn on cruise control and relax your wrist while the ride maintains a comfortable riding speed.
Even though there's still a touch of head turbulence, the windscreen serves as protection from wind gusts across the chest area. There isn't as much space or luggage room as on other touring versions, but a sissy bar and carrier can be readily fitted if more space is needed.
The rides listed above are some of the best models Harley-Davidson has produced over the years. In addition to these rides, the company has produced countless other models. If you can't find the ideal ride in the options listed above, then perhaps it's worth looking at other rides offered by the company.
Other Harley-Davidson Models
- Harley-Davidson Pan America
- Harley-Davidson Pan America Special
- Harley-Davidson Breakout 107
- Harley-Davidson Breakout 104
- Harley-Davidson Deluxe
- Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114
- Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 107
- Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight
- Harley-Davidson Iron 1200
- Harley-Davidson Iron 883
- Harley-Davidson Street Bob
- Harley-Davidson Street Rod
- Harley-Davidson Street 500
- Harley-Davidson CVO Limited
- Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
- Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival
- Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard
- Harley-Davidson Road Glide
- Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special
- Harley-Davidson Road King
- Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited
- Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom
- Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide
- Model X8D
- Model X8E
- Model 9A
- Model 9B
- Model 10F
- Harley Davidson Hummer
- Models 0, 1
- Models 2, 3
- Model 4
- Models 5
- Model 7D
- Harley Davidson Super 10
- Harley Davidson Topper
- Harley Davidson Ranger
- Harley Davidson M-50
- Harley Davidson M-50 Sport
- Model 11F
- Model 125
- Model 165
- Harley Davidson M-65
- Harley Davidson M-65 Sport
- Harley Davidson X-90 Shortster
- Harley Davidson Rapido
- Harley Davidson Baja 100
- Harley Davidson SX-350
- Harley Davidson Pacer
- Harley Davidson FL Duo Glide
- Harley Davidson FLH Electra Glide
- Harley Davidson FLHS Electra Glide Sport
- Harley Davidson FLHR/I Road King
- Harley Davidson Scat
- Harley Davidson Bobcat
- Harley Davidson Sprint
- Harley Davidson SS-350
- Harley Davidson FL Hydra Glide
- Harley Davidson XR-750
- Harley Davidson XLCR
- Harley Davidson XR1000
- Harley Davidson XL, Evolution, "EVO"
- Harley Davidson XL883N
- Harley Davidson FLT Tour Glide
- Harley Davidson FLTR/I Road Glide
- Harley Davidson FLHT Electra Glide/FLHTC/U/I Electra Glide Ultra
- Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide / FLHXS Street Glide Special
- Model W
- Harley Davidson Servi-Car
- Model K and KK
- Model KR
- Model KH and KHK
- Harley Davidson WLA
- Harley Davidson XA
- Harley Davidson MT350E
- Harley Davidson FLHXXX Street Glide Trike
- Harley Davidson XR1200(X)
- Harley Davidson FX/FXR/FXD/FLD/Dyna
- Harley Davidson Fat Bob/ FXEF/ FXDF
- Harley Davidson Wide Glide FXWG/ FXDWG /FXDWGI
- Harley Davidson Super Glide II FXR
- Harley Davidson Sport Glide FXRT
- Harley Davidson Super Glide FX
- Harley Davidson FXE
- Harley Davidson FXD
- Harley Davidson Low Glide
- Harley Davidson Street Bob FXDB
- Harley Davidson FLSTN Softail Deluxe
- Harley Davidson FXD35
- Harley Davidson Low Rider FXS/ FXR/ FXDL
- Harley Davidson Fat Bob/ FXEF/ FXDF
- Harley Davidson Super glide II FXRS
- Harley Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom
- Harley Davidson Cross Bones
- Harley Davidson Rocker and Rocker C
- Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo
- Harley Davidson Blackline
- Harley Davidson Street Bob FXDB
- Harley Davidson Switchback FLD
- Harley Davidson FXST Softail
- Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic
- Harley Davidson Springer Softail
- Harley Davidson FXDRS FXDR
- Harley Davidson FXDR
- Harley Davidson FXDRS
- Harley Davidson FXSTD Softail Deuce
- Harley Davidson FLSTN Heritage Softail Nostalgia aka "Moo Glide”
- Harley Davidson Softail Slim
- Harley Davidson Breakout
- Harley Davidson FXDRS FXDR
- Harley Davidson Low Rider "S" FXLRS
- Harley-Davidson Servi-Car
- Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic
- Harley-Davidson Freewheeler
About THE AUTHOR
Russ currently owns a Yamaha FZ6N and KTM RC 390. When it comes to vintage bikes, his favorite motorcycle is the feisty BMW R32. He also holds a particular interest in the LAMS segment and triple cylinders. Himself a riding enthusiast, Russ has had experience with racetracks from around the world including Willow Springs Raceway in California and the Imola Circuit in Italy.Read More About Russ Crowley