H-D accessories enhance touring comfort

Publish Date: 
Sep 26, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Harley-Davidson charges into the fall with new accessories that cover everything from rear-end rest to to clutch lever squeeze ease. The lineup features products for most models across The Motor Co.’s range.

Harley-Davidson Tour-PakFirst up are the Tour-Pak passenger armrests,  ergonomically designed to provide passenger comfort. They swing away for easy dismounting and mounting.

The pads are upholstered in black vinyl and, along with the arms, can be oriented in multiple positions. The armrests also feature a storage compartment that’s covered by the spring-loaded, hinged pads.

The armrests are designed to blend with H-D seats and speaker pods. The complete kit includes all required hardware and fits 2009-later Touring models equipped with hard Tour-Pak luggage (except for CVO and Trike models), and it also fits with detachable Tour-Pak mounting racks, according to the company.

Customers get classic bobber styling with the new leather solo spring saddle. The seat comes with a black or white leather diamond-stitched cover and features a low-profile shape for the minimalist bobber look.

Torsion-style springs are designed to provide a balance between suspension and support. The metal seat pan and simple frame cover create a clean, finished appearance. No cutting, welding or fabrication is required for installation, Harley reported.

The solo spring saddle fits 2004-2006 and 2010-later Sportsters, 2006-later Dynas and 2008-later Softails (except the Rocker/C and CVO Breakout). Installation requires the purchase of a separate mounting hardware kit.

Harley’s new soft lowers clip in place over the engine guard for instant wind and weather protection. The lowers help minimize cold updrafts and keep the elements from a rider’s legs and boots.

The covers are custom-shaped to hug the engine guard and minimize flapping, and clip in place for quick installation, according to the company. A two-way zipper outer edge accommodates guard-mounted highway pegs in almost any position. Reflective piping provides visibility, and there are pockets for maps for other small items.

The soft lowers fit many Sportster, Dyna, Touring and Softail models equipped with engine guards, but may not work with forward controls or other accessories, the company said.

And for those customers looking for easier clutch operations, there’s the new easy squeeze handlebar that’s designed to reduce clutch lever reach. The product features an offset clutch-side grip that moves the palm a half-inch closer to the clutch lever. This is supposed to provide improved leverage and allow the rider to reach the lever with the stronger part of his or her hand — ideal for reducing hand fatigue in traffic, according to H-D.

The new handlebar is available to fit the 2007-later Sportster SuperLow, 2006-later Softail Deluxe and 1986-later Heritage Softail Classic models. The product is shaped as a direct replacement for the OE bar and includes a left-hand grip style to match the OE rubber throttle grip.

Posted by Dennis Johnson