If you’re thinking of doing some touring across Pennsylvania this summer, but are something of a novice to long distance rides, Harley Davidson’s brand new SuperLow 1200T is right up your alley. Available now as a mid-year 2014 model at Pittsburgh area Harley-Davidson dealerships, the SuperLow 1200T combines the nimble and easy handling of the SuperLow chassis with the performance and power of the Evolution V-Twin engine.
It’s basically a Sportster that’s been turned into a touring bike. And it should prove to be pretty popular.
“The SuperLow 1200T is a new motorcycle driven by the voice of our customers, and by customer action,” said Jennifer Gersch, Harley-Davidson Product Planning Manager. “Many riders seeking an entry point to the touring experience have been putting together a bike like this on their own. We’ve added ergonomic adjustments and a selection of touring accessories to a motorcycle platform that is already popular with our customers. They can tour on a great-looking motorcycle that offers performance and inspires confidence, while experiencing those life-defining moments that can only be encountered on the open road.”
The SuperLow 1200T is powered by an air-cooled 1200cc V-Twin engine with electronic sequential port fuel injection. The V-Twin offers a broad powerband for an easy getaway from a stop and smooth power out of and around corners. It’s finished in black powder coat with chrome-plated covers.
The SuperLow 1200T also features the same easy-handling chassis dynamics originally developed for the SuperLow 883. More diminutive riders will like the ergonomics of this ride, which offers riders from 5’1” to 5’7” an easy reach to the ground, handlebar and foot controls. It also weighs 118 pounds less than the lightest Harley-Davidson Big Twin motorcycle.
A reduced reach, two-up touring seat positions you a little farther forward. It has a narrower nose and is just a shade over 26 inches from the ground.
Fork angle, wheel sizes and radial tires were engineered as a package to reduce steering effort and provide responsive handling. Available as factory-installed options, the Anti-lock Braking System and H-D Smart Security System with a proximity-based security fob and keyless ignition offer additional confidence-inspiring control.
Premium performance brakes feature a 300mm front rotor, a rigid front brake caliper with dual 34mm pistons, and a high-efficiency aluminum front master cylinder. Rear brake rotor diameter is 260mm with dual 38mm pistons. Front and rear brakes are fitted with original equipment braided stainless steel brake lines that resist abrasion and enhance brake feel.
An electrical system update to all 2014 Sportster models incorporates an analog speedometer with digital tachometer, restyled ergonomic hand controls, an updated wire harness and voltage regulator. The new hand controls include a left-hand trip switch to toggle through screen displays on the speedometer, including an odometer, tripmeter, gear indicator and RPM display. Additionally, new oil tank and side cover designs make it easier to access and service the battery and diagnostic terminal.
Touring features of the SuperLow 1200T include locking saddlebags and a detachable windshield. The saddlebag mounting hardware incorporates quick-detachable docking points to make it possible to easily add an accessory rack or backrest.
The rear shock absorbers offer easy pre-load adjustment to accommodate the weight of luggage and a passenger on the two-up reduced reach touring seat. Front suspension is tuned to accommodate touring and passenger payloads while providing a comfortable ride.
Mini footboards provide added comfort for the rider and passenger, and the rider foot position is three inches forward from the SuperLow 883 model to make it easier to place feet flat on the ground and to reach the side stand.
Make no mistake, the SuperLow 1200T is a motorcycle that’s pure, premium Harley-Davidson with black and silver split five-spoke cast aluminum wheels, a special tank medallion and plenty of brilliant chrome. Both solid and two-tone paint schemes are available. Color choices include: Vivid Black, Candy Orange, and two-tone Birch White/Midnight Pearl.
With its features and low-slung ergonomics, the new SuperLow 1200T is a perfect motorcycle for those looking to get into touring. Riders taller than 5”7” will also like the way it handles. It’s not too bad on the bank account either, with prices starting at $11,799.