Harley Davidson, founded over a century ago, has spent the last 100 years producing some of the most impressive motorcycles known to man. While certain models have faded from public consciousness over the course of time, there are others that have seared themselves onto the memory of the general public. Narrowing their list of great works of art to just ten might seem like an exercise in futility, as Harley Davidson’s motorcycles are known the world over and considered to be the premier American chopper. These rankings are meant to encompass as much of Harley Davidson’s excellence as possible so without further ado, the top 10 Harley Davidson models of all time.
2009 FXSTB Night Train
This model is one of the most famous Harley Davidson models, because of its series of all black looks that simulated the appearance of a black out night train. Adding an extended front end to its beautiful look, the 2009 FXSTB Night Train has the steak to add to its sizzle, with a 96B Twin Cam engine able to manage up to 1584cc. Its looks, in tandem with its performance, make it a top notch bike for the everyday rider out there.
One of Harley Davidson’s most charmingly retro models, the 1958 Duo-Glide has etched itself into the consciousness of the general public by being the first motorcycle to bring the concept of true rear suspension into the forefront. The suspension is able to be adjusted between solo, heavy rider and two-up. While the suspension is certainly something to write home about, the spring seat adds a nice touch, completing the mix of old and new features.
2009 FLHT Electra Glide Standard
If you have ever found yourself wondering which model brought the concept of drag racing into the world of motorcycles, look no further than the 2002 VRSCA V-Rod. This model was first introduced to the marketplace back in 2002, but with a top speed of 140 MPH, this chopper generates a great deal of raw power, allowing the rear wheel to be spun just like a sport bike.
2012 FLHR Road King
The 2012 FLHR Road King combines performance and customization, allowing this model to more than live up to its name. Thanks to its six speed cruise drive transmission and Twin Cam 103 1690cc engine, the Road King has become synonymous with true bikers everywhere. As if that were not enough, the 202 FLHR Road King also comes with an ABS braking system, electronic cruise control, detachable windshield and adjustable touring rear suspension, making for a truly seamless ride.
One of Harley Davidson’s more famous models, due to its unique combination of power and performance, the 1983 XR-1000 did not sell like hotcakes upon its initial release. Its $7,000 price tag scared off a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts at the time, but its V-twin 998cc OHV air cooled engine makes for a powerful ride, allowing the bike to reach speeds of up to 112 MPH. While it was not supremely popular with the performance bike crowd, racing aficionados grew to love it.
2010 Dyna Wide Glide
This model is not exactly the most practical, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it is tremendously fun to ride. The 2010 Dyna Wide Glide made advancements from earlier versions, adding a chopped rear fender, a larger back end and Tommy Gun 2-1-2 exhausts. The fact that it has a lower seat than its predecessors only added to the fun and it is a perfect choice for those who wish to glide along peacefully.
2012 CVO Softail Convertible
One of the most immediately recognizable Harley Davidson models, even for a non enthusiast, the 2012 CVO Softail Convertible continued to improve after its initial launch in 2010. This bike is custom made for longer rides, with a removable backrest, windscreen and rear passenger seat. This model also grew in popularity, as its design appeals to both men and women, with a seat that sits low and a frame that is light. A bike that is easy for women to control, while still maintaining a tough look for the male rider, will always rank high.
The VRSCSE2 is immensely popular and rightfully so, as this model combines sterling good looks with performance to die for. Harley Davidson lovers have the ability to choose between three different color combinations (black and electric orange, charcoal slate and scarlet red pearl, chrome yellow pearl and platinum pear) and thanks to its Revolution engine and superb handling, the 2006 VRSCSE2 is the motorcycle of choice for those who enjoy cruising through traffic in a safe manner.
A true classic in every sense of the word, the 1915 11F introduced motorcyclists to a brave new world. It was the very first Harley Davidson to include an automatic oiler, as well as a three speed transmission. The 1915 11F even came with a service light that was detachable, which was considered to be a major technological advance at the time. There are some who would consider this motorcycle to be outdated, but there is no denying the impact this model had on the future manufacturing of motorcycles. [td_smart_list_end]