Why A Harley-Davidson Truck Is All The Luxury You Need

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If you thought the Raptor was cool, just wait until you see these.

If you ask anyone what the coolest truck on the market is in 2019, they'll probably tell you it's the Ford F-150 Raptor. With a 450-horsepower twin-turbo V6, rugged off-road looks, and the capability to back it up, the Raptor has become somewhat of a dream truck for enthusiasts. But what if we told you the Raptor wasn't always the undisputed king of the F-Series lineup?

Ford once offered Harley-Davidson versions of its F-150 and Super Duty truck, which sat at the top of the F-Series range. The last F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition was dropped in 2013 but an independent customizer is bringing it back for 2019 with a nearly $100,000 price tag. If $100,000 for a motorcycle-themed truck seems like a bit much, you're in luck because there are plenty of used Harley-themed Ford trucks out there for much less.

2000-2003 F-150

Ford introduced the first F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition for the 2000 model year. All of the trucks were painted black with 20-inch wheels, boasted the SuperCab Flareside body style, and featured a specially tuned exhaust and a one-inch lowering kit. Power came from a 5.4-liter V8 producing 260 horsepower mated to a four-speed automatic and only 8,197 were built in 2000. Ford added a SuperCrew model in 2001 and changed the paint and interior options but sold only 6,381 units that year.

To get buyers excited in 2002, it added a supercharger from the F-150 Lightning, which was slightly detuned to produce 340 hp. This move helped Ford move 12,505 of these trucks in 2002. The following year saw the addition of 100th-anniversary badges, to celebrate 100 years of both Ford and Harley and 10,047 were sold.

We found used examples of these early Harley-Davidson trucks starting for less than $10,000. But we'd highly recommend opting for the more powerful supercharged models.

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2004-2005 Super Duty

The Harley-Davidson range expanded in 2004 when Ford introduced it on the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks. All of them were four-wheel-drive but you could choose from an Extended or Crew cab body style, a short or long bed, and a gasoline V10 or turbo-diesel Power Stroke V8. We'd say the diesel is the engine to get due to its incredible torque and fabled reliability. The 6.0-liter engine produced 325 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, which went out to a five-speed automatic.

Ford added a black and orange paint scheme for 2004 and later added a trio of flame paint jobs for 2005. Around 10,000 were produced in 2004 but only around 5,000 were made in 2005. Used examples with over 200,000 miles can be found for around $10,000 but don't let the mileage scare you because the turbo-diesel was bulletproof.

2006-2009 Ford F-150 & 2008-2009 Super Duty

The F-150 came back in 2006 following a two-year absence. It was now based on the newer F-150 but was only sold with a 300-hp 5.4-liter V8 going out to all-wheel-drive, which was a first for a Ford truck. Compared to the supercharged 2003 model, the 2006 Harley-Davidson Edition was a big disappointment. Ford made amends in 2007 when it introduced a rear-wheel-drive version with the supercharged V8 from the Saleen truck. Output was now 450 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, still mated to a four-speed automatic. The supercharged models are more difficult to find but we've seen them starting at around $15,000.

2008 saw the reintroduction of the Harley-Davidson Super Duty F-250 and F-350 models, now with a new 6.4-liter Power Stroke V8 producing 350 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. In 2009, Ford introduced an F-450 Harley Davidson, which was nicknamed the "Big Hog Daddy." We found used examples of the 2008 Super Duties starting at around $19,000.

2010-2012 F-150

Ford went back to offering the F-150 Harley Davidson in 2010, deciding to no longer build any Super Duty models. Buyers could choose between rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, both receiving power from a 320-hp V8. This was not the most powerful Harley F-150 but it did have a sport-tuned exhaust and a lower stance. Things became more interesting in 2011 when Ford added the new 6.2-liter V8 from the Raptor, producing 411 hp. 2012 was the final year of the Harley-Davidson Edition, so Ford dropped the smaller V8 to focus only on the 6.2. You can now pick up one of the newest Harley trucks with the 6.2-liter engine starting at around $19,000.

2019 Ford F-150

Although it doesn't come directly from Ford, you can once again buy an F-150 Harley Davidson Edition. The truck is built by Tuscany Motor Company, an Indiana-based tuner, and retails for $97,415. Unlike any Harley truck that proceeded it, this one features more of an off-road theme and is likely powered by an EcoBoost V6.

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