A Harley is a dream ride for many motorcycle lovers all over the world. As ‘Murican as it gets, beautifully made and powerful enough for all the two-wheeler thrills in the world, nothing beats a true blue Harley Davidson motorcycle.
They make awesome tourers but also speed bikes and everything else in between, and there’s hardly a bike rider in the world who hasn’t lusted after a Harley in his or her lifetime. But there is always the best among the betters and so here goes ten of the best Harley Davidsons ever, ranked in order of better to best.
10 VRSCDX Night Rod Special
VRSC stands for V-Twin Racing Street Custom or just V-Rod. They belonged to the muscle bike lineup of this legendary motorcycle brand. The Harley V-Rod debuted in the bike bazaar in 2007 and ruled the motorcycling world till 2017. The VRSCDX Night Rod Special was a delightful compliment in this lineup of Harley-Davidson.
Everything was blacked out in the DX. It was done to make it look lean and mean. This racing machine was armed with a 1247cc liquid-cooled DOHC Revolution engine that Porsche and Harley had developed together. The revolutionary engine could unleash a peak power of 125 horsepower and a peak torque of 85 ft-lb.
9 2012 CVO Softail Convertible
The CVO lineup was introduced by Harley Davidson to tap the growing custom motorcycle market in the domestic market. The Softail Convertible arrived in 2010 and was a success straightaway. However, it was its 2012 model that stole every biker’s heart. At the time, the 2012 example stood out from the rest as it had a lot on its platter.
This convertible motorcycle looked fresh as it featured a removable backrest, a rear passenger seat, and a windscreen. This bike has a lot of women admirers as the height of the seat is suitable for women riders who are not tall. Men love it as it has a rugged appeal and a massive presence.
8 1990 FLSTF Fat Boy
This Harley is dubbed as one of the most-loved motorcycles in the history of automobiles. The Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy debuted in 1990 with a lot of fanfare. It featured all-new solid 16-inch wheels, both front, and rear. This motorcycle was painted in an elegant silver and subtle yellow highlights that enhanced its overall appeal that was new to bikers of that era. The flared fenders add to its beauty.
This is one Harley that was loved by millions. It had a 1337cc air-cooled four-stroke V-Twin OHV engine that was capable of belting out 48 horsepower. The FLSTF Fat Boy was produced till 2017 and was replaced by FLFB/FLFBS in 2018.
7 2009 FXSTB Night Train
The Harley Davidson FXSTB Night Train was well-known for its amazing performance. Its 1584cc Twin-Cam 96B engine was tied to a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission, good enough to deliver 87.9 ft-lb of torque at just 2500 rpm. The FXSTB Night Train was meant for the riders who had a palate for freedom and not just speed. That’s why it had an extended front end. Its riding posture gave that exact feeling.
The bike was bedecked in black coating all over, from its engine to its wheel to its entire body frame and even drive belt sprocket. That made it stand out from the crowd in all its glory.
6 2009 FLHT Electra Glide Standard
This Harley was armed with a Twin-Cam V-Twin motor with Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) and its one engine is known for its trustworthiness. The bike’s four-stroke engine is capable of belting out 96.6 ft-lb of torque at a peak of 3,500 rpm. The bike has a proficient air-adjustable suspension and its 1584 cc air-cooled engine unit is tied to an equally able six-speed cruise drive transmission.
It’s a long-haul motorcycle that may not have what other chrome-laden Harley bikes have to offer but it certainly is packed with an array of great features. It is dubbed as one of the most stable Harley of all Harley bikes.
5 2007 XL1200N Sportster Nightster
The XL1200N Nightster belonged to the Harley’s Sportster family and is known more for its exceptional performance than its impressive looks. It debuted in 2007 and came with unique features like a bobbed rear fender, front fork gaiters, and a license plate that’s attached on the side. The Nighster has an air-cooled rubber-mounted 1200cc Evolution V-Twin powertrain with an Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) system.
Its sturdy engine was tied to an equally efficient 5-speed transmission unit. This versatile cruiser survived for a little over four years in the motorcycle bazaar but it was undoubtedly one of the most sought-after cruisers in its era.
4 2002 VRSCA V-Rod
This is the motorcycle that opened doors for drag racing and always reminds us of Harley’s drag racing past. It’s a perfect blend of high-performance and custom styling that later became a benchmark in the world of motorcycling.
When launched in 2002 it took the motorcycling world by storm. It was powered by a 1130cc liquid-cooled V-Twin Revolution Engine that could crank out 115 horsepower at 8,250rpm and 74 ft-lb of torque at a peak of 7,300 rpm. The bike could attain a top speed of 140 mph which is remarkable for any motorcycle of the early 2000s.
3 2006 VRSCSE2
This power-cruiser motorcycle was born out of Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operation’s (CVO) team. It was packed with CVO’s high-performance engine modifications that made it more impactful than its contenders in the segment. This motorcycle is, in fact, more than just performance as it’s a perfect balance of beauty and brawn. The VRSCSE2 gets its power from a Screamin’ Eagle 1247cc Revolution Engine that’s capable of belting out 123 horsepower.
The bike was made available in three stunning color combinations that added to its muscular stance: charcoal slate and scarlet red pearl, platinum pear alongside chrome yellow pearl, and black paired with electric orange.
2 2012 FLHR Road King
This Harley is true to its name. It’s the real king of the roads. This iconic Harley debuted in 1994 and soon became a benchmark for every other motorcycle name in its segment. The Road King is packed with a punchy 1690cc Twin-Cam 103 workhorse mated to a six-speed cruise drive transmission unit.
This long-distance tourer is fully equipped with all the premium features of a modern-day motorcycle viz. an ABS mechanism, an adjustable touring rear suspension, and electronic cruise control to name a few. Plus, if one wants a smooth ride on the streets its windshield can be removed provisionally.
1 2008 FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide
The FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide was introduced by Harley in 1993. This motorcycle was longer than ever and was way different from its siblings. It featured Tommy Gun 2-1-2 exhausts, a larger back end, and a chopped rear fender that made it look poles apart from its cousins.
Its seat was placed lower than so that one could just glide and feel free. In 2017, Harley had to give away with the Dyna platform to make way for a new redesigned Softail line. Dyna Wide Glide now enjoys legendary status in the world of motorcycling.