In 1984 is the debut of the Softail design and its trend-setting method of "hiding" the motorcycle’s rear shock absorbers. The all-new Softail featured a 1340cc V2 Evolution engine (the result of seven years of development) which produced more power at every speed, ran cooler, cleaner and it was oil-tight.
1984 - The 1340cc V2 Evolution engine
1986 HD Heritage Softail
1986 - In another bold styling and engineering move, Harley-Davidson released the Heritage Softail.
1988 HD FXSTS Springer Softail
In 1988, the springer front end returned in the FXSTS Springer Softail.
2000 HD FXSTD Softail Deuce
In 2000, the FXSTD Softail Deuce was introduced to the immediate delight of riders and the motorcycle media.
2000 - the Twin Cam 88B engine
The 2000 model year Softail models were outfitted with the Twin Cam 88B engine, a counter-balanced version of the Twin Cam 88.
Fuel injection was unveiled as a feature new to the Softail line of motorcycles for the 2001 model year.
2005 HD FLSTNI Softail Deluxe
In 2005, The FLSTNI Softail Deluxe added a sleek look to the Softail line and a paint scheme reminiscent of 1939 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Also, the FLSTSC/I Softail Springer Classic revived looks from the late 1940s.
The FXCWC Rocker C is developed around an all-new Rockertail rear section that faithfully reproduces the profile of a slammed, hardtail frame but delivers the smooth, comfortable ride of a modern suspension.
The Rocker and Rocker C are part of a seven-model Harley-Davidson Softail line for 2008. Each Softail model represents a distinct branch of the factory-custom tree; the nostalgia of the FLSTN Softail Deluxe and FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic, the long chopper profile of the FXSTB Night Train and FXSTC Softail Custom, and the massive presence of the iconic FLSTF Fat Boy. Each Softail model interprets a styling statement with premium components and an appreciation for the kind of detail and craftsmanship that catches and holds the eye.
The chromed-out cousin to the Rocker, the Rocker C features an industry first with the Trick seat design, which conceals a passenger pillion and struts under the solo seat cushion. To accommodate a riding partner, simply lift off the seat and the pillion folds out to deploy over the Rockertail rear section. Brilliant chrome plating replaces most components finished with Satin Stainless Metallic powdercoat on the Rocker, including the headlamp and triple clamps, the handlebar riser, the fork lowers, and the tank console and speedometer. The finned aluminum oil tank, frame and swingarm are color-matched to the sheetmetal, which features a swirling pinstripe flame from fender to fender.
The Softail name is derived from the design of its rear suspension, which features a swingarm section that faithfully replicates the lines of an original, hardtail frame but provides a smooth, comfortable ride. The hidden horizontal coil-over shock absorbers for the rear suspension are mounted below the powertrain and out of sight.
The counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B powertrain is rigid-mounted in the Softail frame to give the rider a more-direct connection to the motorcycle, and also to enable a low seat height that gives the rider a feeling of sitting "in" the motorcycle. Harley-Davidson ESPFI fuel injection is standard on all Softail models, as is the 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission. A horseshoe-shaped oil tank located below the seat and a fuel tank-mounted console and ignition are other distinctive features of each Softail model.
"Only Harley-Davidson could style and engineer a motorcycle as visually exciting as the new Rocker," said Bill Davidson, director of motorcycle product development. "To offer this level of customization in a reliable, production motorcycle is simply unprecedented. We’ve also got the Fat Bob taking the Dyna platform in a bold, new direction. And the beautiful copper-and-black 105th Anniversary models are icing on the Motor Company birthday cake for 2008."
For more than a century, Harley-Davidson motorcycles have stoked the passion of riders around the world with a distinctive combination of performance and visual appeal that simply can not be duplicated. The energy, dedication and pure enthusiasm of each individual at Harley-Davidson maintains that full-throttle intensity, season after season.
It’s the Rockertail rear end that makes a Softail a Rocker. The Rockertail utilizes an all-new rear section with elliptical tubes and no visible fender supports. As on other Softail motorcycles, the Rockertail rear shock absorbers are hidden away under the motorcycle. The rear fender is mounted just above a 240 mm x 18-inch rear tire, and the fender’s broad surface is fully exposed behind a solo saddle. The Rockertail design creates the illusion of a bone-jarring, hardtail frame. But when under way, the fender and wheel move together as the rear suspension glides through 3.4 inches of travel for a ride that’s comfortable mile after mile. Laden seat height of the FXCW Rocker is just 24.5 inches, one of the lowest seat heights available on the market today.
Fuel Economy(EPA urban/highway test): 35/54 mpg (6.72/4.36 L /100 km)
Battery(per Battery Council International Rating): Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 19-amp/hour, 270 cca Charging: Three-Phase, 38-amp system (439W @ 13V, 2000 rpm, 489W max power @ 13V) Starting: 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement Lights (as per country regulation):
Headlamp (quartz halogen): 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
Stop/Turn/Tail Lights: Integrated LED
Front Turn Signal Lights: 28W (21W) self-canceling
Engine Trim: Black powder-coated engine with chrome treatment covers Exhaust System: Chrome, staggered shorty exhaust with dual mufflers Fenders and Supports:
Front: Sport fender with painted brace supports
Rear: 240 low profile fender
Foot Supports and Controls:
Rider: Forward-mounted footpegs with brake & shift levers
Passenger: Standard footpegs
Handlebar Style: Stainless steel, pull-back Fork Lock: Common with ignition key Hazard Warning: Integrated into turn signal controls Smart Security System: Next-generation hands-free security fob; operates based on proximity to vehicle
Vivid Black Deluxe (new),
Pacific Blue Pearl Deluxe (new),
Crimson Red Sunglo Deluxe (new)
Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage) Service Interval: First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter