The Switchback™ model's classic retro features have a contemporary look
that’ll never be lost in the crowd. From its hallmark chromed out headlamp
nacelle and its mini “ape hanger” handlebars, to its tank console with
5-inch speedo. This bike makes a modern visual statement that’s truly rooted
in Harley-Davidson heritage.
Cast Aluminum Wheels with Full Wrap Fenders
These full fenders do more than keep the mud off during your long hauls—they
add to the Switchback™ model's unique, classic-contemporary profile. And
neither are the 5-spoke hot-rod wheels just for show: they may be
eye-catching, but their cast aluminum construction and balanced engineering
enhance the bike's confident handling.
Convertible Features, Classic Styling
Your riding moods change—so let them. With its detachable windshield and
saddlebags, the Switchback™ motorcycle can make the switch from cruising to
touring or back in seconds. Easily take them off for a powerful,
head-turning street cruiser. Re-attach them for a comfortable,
light-handling tourer that definitely goes the distance. And its clean
styling brings vintage Harley-Davidson simplicity to today's roads in a look
that defines classic: true to its roots yet completely contemporary. The
Switchback™ motorcycle is like having two bikes in one: a union of opposites
that makes no compromises.
Pure Harley-Davidson Styling
Feast your eyes on the Twin Cam 103™ engine and there's no mistaking its
roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an
attention to detail you won't find from any other motorcycle company. Black
powder-coated heads and cylinders are highlighted by machined cooling fin
tips and polished rocker covers. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure.
Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean
lines of cases and covers—the Twin Cam 103™ engine makes an ironclad
statement about holding on to what's right and staying true to what
Six-Speed Cruise Drive® Transmission
You want a ride that rumbles—not begs for mercy—when you lean on it a
little. The Six-Speed Cruise Drive® provides smooth, quiet shifting and
reduces engine speed on the highway, so you get a better match between
engine turnover and road speed. And the Isolated Drive System makes
acceleration flow in a smooth, steady stream from your wrist right down to
the pavement. It's a rare ride when a bike responds like this, and a low
growl goes a long way when you're opening up the road ahead.
Twin Cam 103™ Engine Heritage
The knowledge of what makes an engine truly move a rider runs deep at The
Motor Company, and it was put to good use when we created the Twin Cam 103™
engine. We sweated bullets perfecting every cubic inch, pushing design and
technology forward. And we did it all without compromising one bit of
Harley-Davidson's unique styling. Evolved, yet carrying on the legacy of the
Flathead, Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead, Evolution® and Twin Cam 88® and
Twin Cam 96® engines that came before. The performance and durability are a
direct result of the untold miles logged on the V-Twin since 1909 and the
proud heritage that comes from a century's worth of commitment to life on
Twin Cam 103™ Engine Innovation
Fire up the Twin Cam 103™ engine and feel the low-end torque unleashed.
Thanks to the lightweight piston design, delivery of the added power is more
refined than ever. Then put your foot on the shifter and feel how the engine
and Six-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission were designed to work together. Six
speeds. A strong driveline and strong internal parts. Low routine
maintenance. And a low cruising rpm couldn't feel better.
Twin Cam 103™ Engine Power
Live your ride to the power of 103. The air cooled Twin Cam 103™ Harley
Davidson® engine delivers more stump-pulling torque, while its Electronic
Sequential Port Fuel Injection jetting gives crisp, lively throttle
reaction. It’s a performance punch that you’ll appreciate when passing,
climbing hills, or rolling with luggage packed or a passenger in back—all
under that signature Motor Company rumble. And it comes at lower cruising
rpm, so you ride more smoothly, with less engine vibration and better
highway fuel efficiency.
H-D™ Smart Security System (Optional)
The factory-installed next-generation security system features a hands-free
fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle's electronic security
functions as you approach and walk away from the bike. Stick the fob on your
ignition key ring and let it do all the work. It's this attention to detail
and security that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique.
Standard Anti-lock Brakes
Our anti-lock brakes give “stopping power” a double meaning. We keep our ABS
components tastefully stylized within the wheel hub, so you'll turn heads
with clean, streamlined design. But more importantly, you get certainty in
the saddle knowing your bike's going to behave when you need it.
Adjustable Cigar Tube Rear Shocks
The classic-style suspension covers may add to the Switchback™ vintage
Harley-Davidson style, but the modern technology they’re wrapped around
delivers a ride that feels anything but old school. Oil emulsion damping
control gives a smooth, quality ride that makes it easy to go the distance.
And preload can be adjusted with just a spanner wrench, so you can easily
switch your suspension to suit your riding style, touring or cruising.
Light Weight Chassis
You’re moving with monster power, but the Switchback is no monster to
control. The chassis is tuned for a light-weight feel and easy handling—in
fact this is the lightest custom touring chassis available in its class—so
you can move and maneuver nimbly, with complete confidence, in all driving
conditions. Even getting it on or off its stand is easy.
Cartridge-Style Front Fork
Authentic throwback styling's easy on the eyes, but you want to be sure
you're riding with state-of-the-art comfort and confidence. And the
Switchback™ beefy cartridge-style front fork gives you top-notch smoothness
whether you're blazing the blacktop across town, long-hauling to the next
state, or just prowling a parking lot.
Full-Length Rider Footboards
Your boots were made for riding, in any way you see fit. Our full-length
footboards boast a tried-and-true design that's stood the test of time.
Plenty of foot positions for your taste and comfort. Rubber vibration
isolation for a comfortable ride.
Nostalgic style meets contemporary sleekness and comfort in this deeply
contoured, narrow-necked bucket. This saddle relieves pressure on your
thighs, while providing back support and comfort, along with plenty of room
for your friend to ride along. Additionally, premium stitching accentuates
the advanced ergonomics with that sharp detail you only find on a
Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. It's science in service of comfort, for the
short cruise and the long haul.
Clean Detachable Saddlebags
When you’re touring, you want cargo space, big and secure. When you’re
cruising, you want style, pure and simple. With its detachable saddlebags,
your Switchback™ is always ready for what you want. The bags’ unique design
makes it easy to load in your stuff, while their sealed, locking, hard-case
exterior keeps it well-protected. And when it’s time to convert, they come
off quickly, cleanly, no tools needed. And like the classic Harley-Davidson®
motorcycles it resembles, the Switchback looks great wearing its bags or
not. So go ahead, change your mood whenever you want—your Switchback™ can
Go from touring to cruising in a heartbeat. Attach the windshield for
protection from the elements. Or detach it in seconds for a new look and
ride. The Lexan® screen is as tough as they come—durable, scratch resistant,
low maintenance. And whether you choose to cruise or keep the shield on,
your Switchback™ rules with a style and versatility you can make your own.
Drawing from the bold pipe style of classic Harley-Davidson® motorcycles,
the 2-into-1 exhaust helps direct heat away from you and your passenger
while delivering powerful performance—not to mention that signature
Harley-Davidson rumble every time you crack the throttle.