2004 Harley Davidson Motorcycle
| Touring |
Softail | Dyna
The latest 2004 Sportster line-up continues
a long tradition that can be traced back to
- 1947 Board of directors' records mention
discussion of a bike in the design stage called
the "Deluxe Sport Model," which was to have
an "entirely new 61 cubic inch (1,000cc) overhead
valve V-twin engine," and was to be 150 to
200 lbs (68 - 90 kg) less than the big twins
of the time.
- 1952 Model year saw the introduction of
the K model, a 750cc side-valve, V-twin.
- 1957 Model year, the XL Sportster replaced
the K model. The 55 cubic inch (901cc), overhead
valve bike improved upon the power and handling
of the K model. The engine and transmission
were all new.
- 1958 Model year, the Sportster CH (XLCH)
was introduced. The CH referred to "Competition
Hot," and is a more stripped-down version
of the original XL. The new motorcycle also
introduced the trademark "Peanut" gas tank
and staggered dual exhaust.
- 1959 Model year, the Sportster H (XLH) introduced.
- 1967 The XLH Sportster received electric
- 1970 The XR-750 racing motorcycle was introduced.
The XR-750 was driven by what is essentially
a de-stroked Sportster engine.
- 1977 model year. Probably the most unique
of all Sportster platform bikes, the XLCR,
or Cafe Racer was introduced. The black sport
motorcycle combined the classic European cafe
racer with American styling and power.
- 1979 model year. The XLS Roadster was introduced,
a more customised version of the traditional
Sportster platform. The first of the Sportster
"Hugger" Motorcycles was conceived.
- 1982 model year saw the 25th Anniversary
Sportster, complete with the more classic
"Sportster" gas tank logo.
- 1983 model year. The XLX-61 was introduced;
a more stripped down, yet customised Sportster.
- 1986 model year. The Sportster family received
the Sportster Evolution engine in 883 and
- 1987 model year, the 30th Anniversary Sportster.
- 1988 model year, the Sportster "Hugger"
derivative joins the model line-up as a full-time
- 1996 model year, the first of the 1200S
"Sport" and 1200C "Custom" bikes. The Sport
offered race styling and power, and the Custom
offered unique chrome appointments and other
custom features unique to the bike.
- 1998 Sportster production moves to Harley-Davidson's
factory in Kansas City, MO.
- 2002 model year, the Sportster 883R street
motorcycle, patterned after the race model
of the same name, and incorporating racing
styling going back to 1970, was introduced.
Harley-Davidson has capped its year-long
centenary celebrations with the introduction
of a completely new XL Sportster line, a new
VRSCB V-Rod power-cruiser, and a host of product
improvements on its 2004 models. Extended
service intervals across the range, add to
"Harley-Davidson roars into its next 100
years at full throttle," said Bill Davidson,
Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Product
Development. "We are turning the excitement
of the past year into momentum that will carry
us into the future."
Highlights of the 2004 Harley-Davidson line-up
include: XL Sportster is all new with a redesigned,
rubber-mounted XL Evolution engine, a stiffer
frame, and lower seat heights. Four models,
including the new XL1200R Roadster, acknowledge
the 47 years of Sportster heritage but deliver
new levels of comfort and performance. VRSCB
V-Rod offers a tough, new blacked-out styling
interpretation of the award-winning, liquid
cooled V-Rod power-cruiser.
New Road King Custom brings new style to
the Harley-Davidson Touring line.
EFI is standard on all Big Twins. All Twin
Cam 88 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles on sale
in Europe will have electronic fuel injection
(EFI). EFI is added to the Dyna line for the
first time and a new-look fuel tank and console
updates the styling of Dyna Glide motorcycles.