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Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,202 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported21 kmpl
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight268 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 10,56,582

Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom [2018-2019] Summary

1200 Custom [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,202 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 21 kmpl
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 268 kg

About 1200 Custom [2018-2019]

The Harley Davidson 1200 Custom is the first big Harley you meet when you go up the price list starting from the bottom. It is a typical Harley – low, loud and lazy. And it is affordable because Harley gives you just the bike without many accessories so that you can customise it to your taste – this is why it is called the Custom.

The Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom has a comfortable and laid back riding position. The pullback handlebar, front-set footpegs and the low seat have been designed to make it comfortable on long rides. The 1200 Custom gets a minimalistic design for an American cruiser, though the liberal use of chrome makes it look its part as an expensive motorcycle.

Powering the 1200 Custom is a 1202cc V-twin Evolution engine, which has been in production since 1984. Though its air-cooled architecture might indicate otherwise, the engine is quite modern and comes with electronic fuel injection. Over the years, Harley-Davidson has improved the engine keeping durability and power in mind. The engine delivers 68bhp of power and 96Nm of torque and is mated to a five-speed transmission.

The Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom is offered in six paint schemes – red, green, amber, blue, silver and black. It competes with the Indian Scout, Triumph Bonneville T120 and the Honda VT 1300CX.
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Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Comfortable for long rides
    • Strong mid-range torque delivery
    • Massive road presence
  • Could be Better

    • Gets a clunky gearbox
    • Clutch action requires effort
    • Stiff damping results in a bouncy ride

BikeWale's Take

The Harley-Davidson Custom 1200 is an impressively priced motorcycle for its segment. While Harleys are all about aesthetic appeal and thumping sound, the Custom 1200 is also a comfortable and easy-to-ride machine for long hauls.

Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom [2018-2019] Review

The 1200 Custom is the latest Harley entrant into the Indian market. Positioned between the Iron 883 and the Forty Eight, the 1200 Custom was introduced to fill in the void that was left after the Superlow was taken off the India line-up. 

What is it?

The 1200 Custom is the latest Harley entrant into the Indian market. Positioned between the Iron 883 and the Forty Eight, the 1200 Custom was introduced to fill in the void that was left after the Superlow was taken off the India line-up. 

The 1200 Custom is far more comfortable, practical and livable version of the Forty-Eight, which is known to just have a visual value. With the 1200 Custom, Harley has addressed issues that the Forty Eight couldn’t or let’s say, wasn’t meant to. 

How does it ride?

The 1200 Custom is a relaxed and a civilised motorcycle, in terms of riding dynamics. Usually, the first reaction when you see or sit on a 268kg bulky isn’t very comforting, but get the 1200 Custom in motion and things starts to change. The front set footpegs, good saddle height and the pullback handle bar which is slightly raised aids the overall cruising experience. Harley has focused on minute things and we appreciate that. For example, the seat has been designed in such a way that you feel at home as soon as you sit on it. It’s nicely tucked in and there’s no pressure felt on the back when you’re out for three-four hours of saddle time. 

And let’s not give all the credit to these attributes. The 1200cc V-twin engine gets some too. This air-cooled 1202cc engine produces a whopping 96Nm at 3500rpm. This same engine is seen on the Forty. It is eager and starts impressing as soon as you twist the throttle, which by the way, is super sensitive (and we’ll talk about it a little later). The amount of torque that builds up at low revs pushes this 268kg motorcycle and its rider off the ground very quickly. And thanks to that awesome mid-range torque, you swiftly reach triple digit speeds with ease. In fact, this Harley cruises at 110kmph in just under 2700rpm. At 3000rpm and fifth gear, you’re easily cruising at 125kmph. What didn’t impress me was the five-speed gearbox that transfers the power to the rear wheel via a belt drive. There’s a loud clunk whenever you engage the gears and that feeling isn’t acceptable, considering the fact you’re spending almost a million rupees. Coming back to the throttle response, it’s so smooth and crisp that you tend to blame the fueling at low revs each time you use it. And if you encounter a bad patch, chances are your experience will be quite jerky. Solution? You should have excellent throttle control. 

Talking about the ride quality, the suspension setup of the 1200 Custom is on the stiffer side. And it helped me during my long stint with the bike on a smooth national highway. But try riding it on the city roads, which is usually uneven, filled with potholes, then you might just be put off city roads altogether. And to make things worse, the clutch feels heavy. Then the ground clearance of 105mm will make you the slowest guy on a speed breaker.  In short, the 1200 Custom is a really good highway motorcycle and what surprised me the most was the lean angle. With 26.2 degrees lean angle on the right and 28.3 degrees on the left, the 1200 Custom can be easily enjoyed in most of the hilly region in the country. The brakes have good bite and are linear. For now, the American manufacturer isn’t offering anti-lock braking (ABS) system on the 1200 Custom. 

Anything else I should know?

The 1200 Custom is loaded with chrome. Majority of it is concentrated in the centre, near the engine. The wheels are chrome dipped, along with the exhaust and yes, there’s chrome around the headlamp cluster and also front forks. You should also know that the instrument cluster on this cruiser gets a very minimalistic design approach and I like that.

The round speedometer looks good and it gets a small integrated screen that shows the time, dual trip meter, gear position indicator and rpm meter. Just above this cluster are the tail lights. And the intensity of its  amber lighting is perfet and your vision isn’t hampered while riding at night. The tyres are 16-inch Michelin Scorcher 130/90 in the front and 150/80 at the rear and they offer plenty of grip and look aesthetically good too.  

Why should I buy one?

The 1200 Custom is easily one of the best Harley-Davidsons under Rs 10 lakh and you should buy this if that’s what you’re looking to spend. This cruiser is comfortable, practical, thanks to the 17 litres fuel tank and is also easy to live with. In fact, this is the second best Harley I’ve ridden after the Street 750. Sounds convincing now right? But honestly, take the 1200 Custom for a spin and you’ll figure out what we’re talking about.  

Where does it fit in?

Priced at Rs 8.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom competes with the Indian Scout which is almost Rs 2 lakh expensive and the soon-to-be launched 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120.

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom [2018-2019] mileage

As reported by 1200 Custom [2018-2019] owners, the real mileage of Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom [2018-2019] is 21 kmpl. As per ARAI, the average of 1200 Custom [2018-2019] is 18 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 67.7 bhp @ 5,680 rpm

    Max Torque 96 Nm @ 4,250 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 1,202 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 88.9 mm

    Stroke 96.8 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder --

    Compression Ratio 10.0:1

    Ignition CDI

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 357 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 18 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 21 kmpl

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 292 mm

    Front Tyre Size 130/90B16 73H

    Rear Tyre Size 150/80B16 77H

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 292 mm

    Calliper Type Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear

    Front Wheel Size 16 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension 39mm fork

    Rear Suspension Monoshock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 268 kg

    Overall Length 2,225 mm

    Overall Width --

    Wheelbase 1,530 mm

    Ground Clearance 105 mm

    Seat Height 725 mm

    Overall Height --

    Chassis Type --

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery--

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom [2018-2019] User Reviews

4.7 (52 ratings) 11 reviews
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  • 4

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  • 4

    Performance

  • 4

    Service Experience

  • 3

    Maintenance cost

  • 4

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  •  5Harley davidson lover 1 year ago by Maddala Venkata Sai, Hyderabad

    My bike harley davidson 1200 is best choice for long drive with my lover, It has very comfortable for seat positioning. This is highly luxurious bike to ride safety and easily move even in heavy traffic. It is helpful for chasing anyone. I suggest this bike to ride prid

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    • Used it for

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    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      18 kmpl

  •  5Extra ordinary 1 year ago by Saurabh Singh Bhati, Roorkee

    I owned this bike last 3 years ago and i am proud to have one. A great beast with triple extra ordinary power and great experience. This gives a classy look with dual cylinder and exhaust pipe. If there was an option i would like to rate it infinite stars.Hope this give

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    • Used it for

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    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      17 kmpl

  •  5Killed it up 2 years ago by Yahiya Khan, Kanpur

    I have only riding experience at bangalore it gives me feel royal when i put my jacket and sit on it lots of people look at me on that bike amazing adorable ride.I went to my college with harley davidson, everyone came to me and asked how much cost you looking amazing e

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    • Used it for

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    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      12 kmpl

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