"Born in Detroit, dressed in Milwaukee" is the vernacular Ford uses to promote
its 2001 Harley-Davidson F-150 pickup. This limited edition model is the result of the
motoring heritage of Fords truck technicians and those of the world famous
Harley-Davidson motorcycle company. The result is a Harley-Davidson badged, 260-horsepower
mean looking Ford pickup thats available in one color and one color only
The Harley-Davidson F-150s legacy is exactly the same as the motorcycle it
represents emphasizing independence and individuality. Emulating the countless
Harleys on the road, from Dresser to Chopper, this F-150 is a no-nonsense representation
of both past and present Harley-Davidson philosophy.
Initial onlooker impressions center on the Harley/Fords huge 9-inch wide by
20-inch diameter Goodyear Eagle GTII tires and stunning five-spoke cast hand polished
aluminum wheels. A powerful 5.4-liter 260-horse Triton V8 and lightning-tuned, dual outlet
exhaust emits a rousing rumble through a dual-outlet muffler, which happens to be finished
in slash-cut chromed tips. These exhaust tips mimic the many "Easy Rider" style
Harley exhaust systems seen on the Hogs that dot the nations highways.
Based on the F-150 Super Cab chassis, the Harley-Davidson model is an attention getter
from the word go. A billet style front grille accentuates a black surround chrome inset,
and the black bumpers on front and rear are appropriate for the design setting. There are
round driving lights, unique Ford-Harley logos on the fenders, tonneau cover and a 3mm
body stripe finished off in Harley-Davidson orange.
In finishing the look, Ford and Harley decided to add chrome tube side nerf bars after
lowering the truck a full inch on its 138.5-inch wheelbase chassis. Heavy-duty front
stabilizer bars aid in handling aspects, while final horsepower is delivered to the rear
wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission and the famous 9 ¾-inch ring gear. A 3:55
rear gear ratio assures quick acceleration, yet the truck is still able to produce
acceptable 15 city and 19 highway EPA numbers. The suspension also features Ford SVT
(Special Vehicle Team) Lighting Shocks, a 1,500 lb. payload and a 4,000 lb. maximum towing
ratio. The final GVW comes in at 6,400 lbs.
The cabin is both Harley inspired yet quite plush. Seats are finished in a black front
leather design and carry the famous Harley-Davidson logo. The leather-trimmed armrests,
black leather wrapped steering wheel, unique Harley-Davidson "spun metal" gauge
cluster and a Ford and Harley ornament to the right of the tachometer make for a great
driving environment. Another Harley emblem embeds the leather console, and chrome door
releases set off the final design. Included in the package are: air conditioning, tilt
wheel, speed control, remote entry, privacy glass, power windows & locks, overhead
console with compass and temperature indicators. A third door allows direct access to the
full bench rear seat.
On the road the F-150 Harley-Davidson drives with authority and preciseness. Passing is
a zip with the Triton V-8 power, and handling is excellent thanks to the tweaked
suspension and those huge tires and wheels. We took several trips in the Harley Ford, and
everywhere we went "excitement" was the creed.
Of course, all of this special attention doesnt come cheap. The base price of
$32,305 is upped after adding a sliding rear window ($125) and 6-disc CD changer ($210),
with the final price, including destination ($690) coming in at $33,330. This is very
expensive for a 2-wheel-drive pickup, but the Harley/Ford is no "normal" truck
in any manner.
Harley-Davidson and Ford should be applauded for ingenuity in presenting a limited
edition F-150. The influences of both vehicles in the respective categories of owner
loyalty and performance heritage are blended together in the final product. As with
its two-wheel counterparts, the F-150 Harley-Davidson is one truck that will
certainly get you noticed
in a big way. By
Greg Zyla © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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Byline: By Greg Zyla © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
Column Name: "Born in Detroit, Dressed in Milwaukee"
Topic: 2001 Harley-Davidson F-150 Pickup
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