Motorcycle manufacturers continue to play it safe in the face of a still-strained economy, and perhaps there's no surer sign of this than the limited number of wholly new motorbikes the major brands are rolling out for the 2012 model year.
Victory recently announced a couple new-ish models (Cross Country Tour and Cross Roads Classic LE), but in essence these new bikes are more or less iterations of existing bikes. The High-Ball, announced in January 2011, was issued as an early-release 2012 model and is perhaps the most-new model from Victory.
Harley-Davidson is also keeping risk to a minimum thus far for 2012 as it, too, has a limited amount of new product on the shelf. We recently reviewed the 2012 Dyna Switchback – a two-for-one bike, if you will, it's the only machine that constitutes a new model from H-D.
But the Milwaukee-based bike maker also updated its V-Rod line.
More: 2012 Harley-Davidson Models Updates