A special thanks once again to Kristine Simpson of Thornley Fallis Communications for putting me behind the wheel of another great 4-wheeled product – one with real attitude this time.
My two week budding romance with the 2012 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition included an outdoor jaunt through New York’s awesome Adirondack mountains on a 5-day camping excursion to Lake George.
I can say, with all honesty, the Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson is the most luxurious pick-up truck I have ever had the pleasure of driving. From front to back and from side to side, the new Ford Harley exudes class, comfort and luxury yet still retains that classic F-150 ruggedness.
I was a tad concerned that this Harley-Davidson-geared vehicle would carry certain expectations of its driver, so I rushed out to purchase a bandana and worked on my best biker scowl. Fortunately, as it turned out, I didn’t need either as this truck had more than enough look and attitude for the both of us.
My first impression of the new Harley-Davidson Edition was its immense power and torque and there’s good reason for that! Every Harley Edition comes standard with a man-sized 6.2L V8 which produces a formidable 411 horsepower and 434 ft. lbs. of torque.
And trust me folks you can feel the power when you punch the gas. It actually puts you back in your seat!
New for the 2012 Harley Edition is a sleek set of imposing Pirelli Scorpion Zero P275/45R22 tires, mounted on over-sized 22″ rims. The wheels on this truck are a real head-turner, giving this ‘Hog’ an almost street racer appearance.
No other pick-up truck on the road looks quite like it.
Other high-end creature comforts like an over-sized 4.2′ LCD screen and onboard computer display everything you’d ever want and then some. How many KM’s till empty and real-time fuel economy on the fly keep driver and truck in perfect sync.
The ride quality is firm and solid with smaller bumps soaked up like a sponge in the vehicle’s ample suspension. Hauling my tent trailer was no challenge for this 6000 pound beast, and there was scant little drop in fuel economy with the 1000 lb. pop-up in tow – a long stretch from the truck’s 7500 lb. towing capacity.
Fuel consumption hovered, on average, around 18 liters per 100 km’s which is not what I would describe as fuel sipping, but to be expected with so many horses under the hood.
Off-road purists may be a tad underwhelmed with the Harley’s 22″ behemoth wheels or the drop-down power running boards; however, those wanting the bells and whistles of this model would likely keep the fancy rims for summer driving and switch to a higher rubber to steel ratio for off-road and winter driving.
For those who aren’t used to a larger vehicle, the Harley does carry a sasquatch-sized footprint and requires extra caution when parking and manoeuvring into tighter spaces.
As far as a camping vehicle goes, this new truck fit-in quite nicely. The tailgate step and stability bar were a great help for loading and offloading gear, although to keep your equipment safe and dry, I would install an enclosed cap or bed cover for regular outdoor trips.
In the end, the 2012 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson provided a great family camping and travelling experience. Anyone looking for top-of-the-line luxury in a full-size pick-up combined with off-road ability, this is the vehicle for you.
But if the 65K+ price tag makes you cringe, you may want to opt for the FX4 Edition instead. Of course, as my father always says, money isn’t a problem if you have it.