Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Harley Porn

What you're looking at is a 2009 Screaming Eagle Springer Softtail by Harley Davidson's Custom Vehicle Operations. What that amounts to is one had motor scooter.
***Click the picture for full size***

CVO is a separate operation from Harley's assembly for stock bikes, they are Harley Davidsons built the way afficianados would modify their bikes.

The engine is a Screaming Eagle 110 cubic inch (1800cc) hot rodded V-twin. The motor produces 110 lb/ft of torque at 3000 rpm, if that doesn't mean much to you suffice to say, a boat load of power.

The transmission is a 6 speed with 6th gear being an overdrive that is used above 60 mph. In the first 5 gears if you are at the sweet spot in the power curve and turn up the throttle it goes like a rocket - I haven't tried that in 6th, guess why.

This version of the springer front end is very accurate in tracking and subdues road nasties very nicely. Having spent my riding career on bikes with tube forks I am astonished by how nicely this thing handles.

The tank close up shows off the details that all the bike's flames have. I have friends who are professional painters and they are astonished by what Harley has done with this bike. The silver part is the metal that has been scored with a machine tool to create the appearance of waves while the paint surface is smooth as glass.

When you deal with a lot of power you need some rubber on the road, this is a lot of rubber on the road. That amount of mass spinning at the circumfrence of a wheel increased the gyroscopic effect, leading to increased stability.
This is a rider's bike and if you like Harleys you'd love this one. Well, maybe I'm prejudiced since it's mine...

5 comments:

The Grand Panjandrum said...

Beautiful ride! Looks like you are going to be having some fun this summer.

Doug Bloem said...

Sweet. This is the "Chuck for.." stimulus package for Milwaukee?

opit said...

Honkin' ride. Nothing like I ever expect to get more than a sniff of...but I sure don't begrudge anyone fine open air motoring.

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