The 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Blackline features a vintage look and is fitted with a wide range of custom accessories which give it a pretty distinctive personality. The Softail Blackline also comes with optional Hard Candy Custom, a large metal flake paint finish that recalls the iconic styling of ’70s custom bikes. Other traits that form the motorcycle’s fancy personality are the cast aluminum wheels with full wrap fenders, mini “ape hanger” handlebars, chromed-out fork covers and the hand finish fuel tank.
The motorcycle is propelled by an air-cooled, Twin Cam 96 poweplant with a displacement of 1,585 cc. The engine is mated on a six speed gear box and delivers a peak torque of 116 Nm achieved at 3750 rpm. You also get the Engine Idle Temperature Management Strategy (EITMS) feature, which automatically cuts fuel and fire from rear cylinder when idling.
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The 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Blackline FXS is a modern long custom motorbike with a minimalist, low profile and plenty of vintage Harley-Davidson parts. New for 2013, the Softail Blackline comes with optional Hard Candy Custom, a large metal flake paint finish that recalls the iconic styling of ’70s custom bikes, and offers blazing color showing through a deep, finish. The H-D Blackline features a large air-cooled Big V-Twin Cam Harley engine. The FXS Blackline features a rigid ’hardtail’ rear suspension and narrow rear profile. This contemporary custom bike is slung low with an aggressive riding position that is both cool and comfortable. The Harley Blackline is reminiscent of the glory days of Harley-Davidson motorcycling—the black headlight, slammed speedo mounted on the triple clamp, round air cleaner cover and black horseshoe oil tank are reminiscent of pre-war Harley parts and accessories; the fuel tank with small tank graphics are inspired by the 1977 Low Rider motorcycle; and the black cylinders with gray heads and black rocker covers is a look you’d find on the Panheads and Shovelheads of the 1950’s and 60’s. The 2013 H-D Softail Blackline features a lot of blacked out parts and not a ton of extras—everything is functional and ready for the road. For more Harley Softails, check out the Fat Boy or any one of the Harley-Davidson cruiser motorcycles. The Heritage Softail Classic gives you a classic motorcycle experience—learn more about this bike. Take a look at all of the Harley motorcycles and find the bike for you.
Minimalist Long Custom Styling
The Blackline® motorcycle’s clean look, simplified profile, and defiant attitude embrace the pure essence of riding. The minimal tank graphics, split drag bars and narrow back end allow the Twin Cam 96 V-Twin engine and fuel tank to steal the show. The Blackline is a modern metal machine built for freedom seekers who just want to get on and go.
Hard Candy Custom Color (Optional)
New for 2013, Hard Candy Custom™ paint is a large metal flake finish that’s more than just paint job, it’s a shining declaration of independence—bright, bold and unique. The Softail® Blackline® is available in Hard Candy Coloma Gold Flake. Recalling the iconic rebel styling of ‘70s custom bikes, Hard Candy Custom™ paint marks another milestone in The Motor Company’s legacy of innovation. We start with several passes of 200 micron flake over a silver base, then clear coat it, hand-lay and mask the pattern and apply the Candy color to allow the flake to shine through. Then more clear coat and hand striping to a deep smooth finish. It’s a painstaking process that delivers a premium custom look straight from the factory, so you can start flying your colors with no waiting, no stripping or extra effort.
Split Drag™ Handlebar with Slammed Speedo
The split drag style handlebar with slammed speedo bolted right to the triple clamp adds to the minimalist, low profile appearance of the Blackline® motorcycle. Inspired by the way hot rodders and custom pioneers used to slam their rides, the drag style handlebar is an old school garage feature that demands a forward, aggressive riding position.
Stripped Down Back End
In the back, the Blackline® motorcycle is clean and simple, keeping in line with the bike’s overall modern minimalist attitude. The 144mm rear tyre looks sinister tucked under a chopped, black fender and wrapped around a gloss black smoothie rim. Integrated stop-turn-tail lights add to the bare-bones look while giving you a touch of modern style and technology.
Hidden Rear Shocks
If you want a comfortable ride but love that rigid-suspension look, you’ve found the right bike. We’ve kept all the modern comforts where they belong—below the surface of a rad, vintage-looking bike. You get the classic lines of a vintage ’hardtail’ frame with the horizontal rear shocks hidden in the guts. It’s a signature Harley-Davidson rigid look that you won’t find with most other bikes.
Up to two times thicker than the competition, custom quality paint comes standard on all Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Clearcoat layering up to five mils deep. Bigger metal flakes. Unique effects. Skimping simply is not in our vocabulary.
Hand Finished Fuel Tank
All Harley-Davidson® fuel tanks are finished by hand—that’s what makes them stand out. Their seamless design and unmatched style are unique among all motorcycles on the road. The tanks are one of the first and last things people notice when they lay their eyes on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle—so we make it worth their time.
Twin Cam 96B™ Engine Heritage
The knowledge of what makes an engine truly move a rider runs deep at The Motor Company, and it was put to good use when we created the Twin Cam 96B™ counter-balanced engine. We sweated bullets perfecting every cubic inch, pushing design and technology forward. And we did it all without compromising one bit of Harley-Davidson’’s unique styling. Evolved, yet carrying on the legacy of the Flathead, Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead, Evolution® and Twin Cam 88® engines that came before. The performance and durability are a direct result of the untold miles logged on the V-Twin since 1909, and the proud heritage that comes from a century’’s worth of commitment to life on two wheels.
Twin Cam 96B™ Engine Innovation
Fire up the air-cooled, rigid-mounted Twin Cam 96B™ counter-balanced engine and feel the low-end torque unleashed for a smooth ride. Thanks to the lightweight piston design, delivery of the added power is more refined than ever. Then put your foot on the shifter and feel how the engine and Six-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission were designed to work together. Six speeds. A strong driveline and strong internal parts. Low routine maintenance. And a low cruising rpm couldn’t feel better.
Pure Harley-Davidson Styling
Feast your eyes on the Twin Cam 96B™ counter-balanced engine and there’s no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you won’t find on any other bike. The engine features black powder-coated cylinders with grey heads and is topped off with black rocker covers and an oval air cleaner cover for a tough vintage Harley-Davidson attitude. Rigid-mounted and air-cooled, the 1584cc Twin Cam 96B™ engine provides increased power, smooth performance and a maintenance-free built-in primary auto chain tensioner. It’s a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the Twin Cam 96B™ engine makes an ironclad statement to holding on to what’s right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.
Six-Speed Cruise Drive®
You want a ride that rumbles—not begs for mercy—when you lean on it a little. The Six-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission provides smooth, quiet shifting and reduces engine speed on the highway, so you get a better match between engine turnover and road speed. It’s a rare ride when a bike responds like this, and a low growl goes a long way when you’re opening up the road ahead.
Anti-Lock Brakes (Optional)
When it comes to Blackline with optional ABS, ’stopping power’ has a double meaning. We’ve kept most of its ABS components tastefully hidden, so you’ll still turn heads with clean, streamlined design. More importantly, though, you get certainty in the saddle knowing your bike’s going to behave when you need it.
H-D® Smart Security System
The factory installed next-generation security system features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle electronic security functions as you approach and walk away from the bike. Stick the fob on your ignition key ring and let it do all the work. It’s this attention to details and security that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique.
Hand controls on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle are incredibly intuitive. The turn signals are self-canceling and, based on the speed and angle of the motorcycle, they know how long to stay on. Engaging the controls quickly becomes second nature so you can focus less on turning off your signal and more on basking in the freedom of the ride.
Artfully Hidden Technology
Harley-Davidson leverages the latest in technology without compromising style and function. That means we hide electronics. The whole wiring harness is skillfully routed behind the jewels of the bike—the tank, engine and all the other eye-popping features you want to see. It’s just another way The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line fit and finish.
Whether you’re crossing state lines or staying within city limits, you want sure contact with the road. The front end holds a premium touring tyre with a three-ply polyester casing and two fiberglass belts. The back cruiser tyre has an advanced tread pattern. Made from a specifically formulated compound, it delivers outstanding grip in wet or dry weather. And since they’re from Dunlop®, you know you’re wrapping your premium rollers in quality rubber.
Tuned to Be Ridden
Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are different from any other bike out on the road. There’s a balance to them. The steering, the maneuverability—it’s all in concert. And each Harley-Davidson® model is tuned differently to create a unique riding experience for each individual no matter which bike they swing their leg over. Let’s face it, we didn’t get to where we are by being like everyone else.
With the custom forward-mounted controls on the Blackline motorcycle, you can kick back a little and stretch your legs for the ultimate cruise through town or across the state line. It’s time to take in the open road the way you were meant to—on a two-wheeled machine that keeps it as real as you do.
Low Two-Up Seat
Slung low at 24 inches from the road, the two-up custom seat slams you deep in the saddle of a machine that’s easy to maneuver and keeps your feet close to the ground. And it’s done without sacrificing the aggressive profile riding position you want in a long custom bike.
Aggressive Riding Position
Right out of the gate, Blackline puts you in position to look and feel confident in the saddle. With split drag bars, forward foot controls and a low-slung seat, you sit in an aggressive riding position that makes navigating the streets a cinch. Plus, you’re sure to steal the glance of envious onlookers everywhere you roll.
Seat Engineering and Design
The seat is home for Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders. They want a seat that has unique style without sacrificing comfort. Because of that, Harley-Davidson invests a lot of time in researching, designing and testing seats so that every bike has just the right saddle.
Engine Idle Temperature Management Strategy
Our motorcycles are built to be ridden. A lot. So that means that rider comfort is top of mind. Always. With the Engine Idle Temperature Management Strategy (EITMS) feature, the motorcycle automatically cuts fuel and fire from the rear cylinder when idling, which helps reduce engine heat felt by rider and passenger. This feature can easily be turned on by your dealer.
|Engine||Air-cooled, Twin Cam 96B™|
|Fuel System||Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|Seat Height, Unladen||655 mm|
|Ground Clearance||135 mm|
|Rake (steering head) (deg)||30|
|Tyres, Front Specification||MH90-21 54H|
|Tyres, Rear Specification||MU85B16 77H|
|Fuel Capacity||18.9 l|
|Oil Capacity (w/filter)||3.3 l|
|Weight, As Shipped||294 kg|
|Weight, In Running Order||306 kg|
|Primary Drive Chain,||34/46 ratio|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||1st 9.311|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||2nd 6.454|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||3rd 4.793|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||4th 3.882|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||5th 3.307|
|Gear Ratios (overall)||6th 2.79|
|Exhaust||Narrow and low-slung profile|
|Wheels, Optional Style Type||N/A|
|Wheels, Front Type||Black Anodized, Profile Laced Aluminum|
|Wheels, Rear Type||Black Anodized, Profile Laced Aluminum|
|Brakes, Caliper Type||4-piston front and rear|
|Engine Torque Testing Method||EEC/95/1|
|Engine Torque||117 Nm|
|Engine Torque (rpm)||3,000|
|Lean Angle, Right (deg.)||24.4|
|Lean Angle, Left (deg.)||25.9|
|Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy||5.6 l/100 k|