Come over to the Dark Custom side

Harley-Davidson® has several Dark Custom versions of their bikes. Custom parts, matte paint, special pinstriping and lots of black are on most of the styles. Maisto master craftsman have made the one-of-a-kind 1:18 scale hand samples shown here that will be on display at a Harley dealer show in a few weeks.

These three will be in a special dealer-only assortment, along with a Buell 1125R, that will be at many H-D dealers later this year. The three, plus a Nightster Dark Custom bike will be in Series 25 and 26 in 2009

Night Rod Special: Straight-shot exhaust with black caps. Race-inspired detailing. Strapped to 125 horses that cut to the nut of the chase. The posse wil never catch up to this dark horse

NIght Train: Your mother warned you about the creatures of the dark, but she forgot to mention the drag bar with straight risers and the black cast aluminum monster called the Twin Cam 96 in the Night Train.

Cross Bones: Built from blood, sweat and chrome Taken down and stripped bare of everything that doesn’t matter. Dark comes at you a different way.

See more of the Dark Custom bikes, along with videos at http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/Dark_Custom/Dark_Custom.jsp?locale=en_US

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So screw it, let’s ride

That is the newest statement from Harley-Davidson. Here’s the full text:

“Over the last 105 years in the saddle, I’ve seen my share of conflict in the world, but every time this country has come out stronger than before. Because chrome and asphalt put distance between me and whatever the world can throw at me. Freedom and wind outlast hard times. And the rumble of my engine drowns out all the spin on the evening news. If 105 years have proved one thing, it’s that fear sucks and it doesn’t last long. So screw it, let’s ride.”

The latest Maisto 1:18 scale Harley-Davidson® models are at stores and some H-D dealers now. In Series 23, the 2007 XL 1200 N Nightster in Vivid Black is an all-new tool. Here is how Harley describes it: “The dark recesses of the Sportster® soul are still intact. Check out the old school fork gaiters. The drilled metal pieces. The rear fender is chopped and clean, thanks to new stop-turn tail lights and a side-mount license plate. A low suspension puts the seat at just over 25″, right for prowling back alleys. And because a clenched fist hits only as hard as the muscle behind it, the Nightster™ gets the 1200cc Evolution V-Twin engine. Rubber-mounted in the narrow, nimble Sportster® frame and finished with shades of dark. In other words, it’ll put the edge back on a blade.”

In Series 24, the Maisto 1:18 1952 K Model is all-new too. Resplendent in its Persian Red paint, the K Model was a new lightweight design featuring a 750cc side-valve flathead motor. Hydraulic shock absorbers on both wheels were a first for a civilian Harley bike. Years later, the Sportster® evolved from the K Model.

So, ignore the bad news and add these to your collection.