Review: 2012 Harley-Davidson Switchback First Ride
Published: Friday, August 19, 2011
By: Adam Waheed
Adaptability is the name of the game with Harley-Davidson’s new Switchback. This American-built cruiser features classic styling with a modular windshield and hard luggage that makes it the only motorcycle you need in the garage, regardless if you're running around town or going for an interstate tour.
Based off Harley’s Dyna platform, the Switchback features the Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine with a six-speed transmission (as does the rest of Harley’s ’12 Touring and Dyna line). Power is delivered to the rear tire via a belt final drive. The air/oil-cooled engine is fuel-injected and uses a two-into-one chrome exhaust that terminates on the righthand side of the bike. It rolls on five-spoke cast aluminum wheels.
Swing a leg over and it feels remarkably similar to the...