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2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

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The 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe is now offered with an exclusive Hard Candy Custom paint scheme which draws inspiration from the ‘70s custom bikes.

The retro style of the motorcycle is underlined by its classy fenders which are combined with a set of unique Dunlop tyres. The front end holds a premium touring tyre with a three-ply polyester casing and two fiberglass belts while the back cruiser tyre has an advanced tread pattern.

When designing the Softail Deluxe, the company’s engineers have spent a lot of time in the ergonomy department; thereby the motorcycle offers a very comfortable riding position thanks to its low seat with slim sides and the pull-back handlebar.

The motorcycle’s center piece is the air-cooled, Twin Cam 96B engine with a displacement of 1,585 cc. The unit puts out 117 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm and delivers a combined fuel economy of 5.6 l/100 km.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe.

Overview

Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

The 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe FLSTN is a motorcycle cruiser with authentic Harley style. New for 2013, the Softail Deluxe 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 Harley fenders on the Softail Deluxe are true retro style with their long lines and chrome Harley fender tips. And each fender says Deluxe so everyone will know how you roll. The Harley Softail Deluxe has a wide front end fork and gorgeous 7 inch ball motorcycle headlamp. Whitewall tyres give this motorcycle cruiser a 1950s boulevard retro motorcycle look. The H-D Softail Deluxe features a powerful air-cooled Big V-Twin Cam Harley engine. Ride the road in style with this classic two up FLSTN Softail Deluxe seat. It’s among the lowest seat heights you’ll find. And we’ve added some ergonomics to make riding solo or duo even easier, especially for riders with a shorter inseam. ’Collapsing’ sides create a narrow seat profile, and the passenger seat pillion is detachable. Learn more about all of the features of the Harley Softail Deluxe. Also take a minute to check each of the other Softail Motorcycle features. And take a look at the Fat Boy Lo and also learn about the Softail FLSTF, for other custom Harley motorbikes.

Styling

Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

Old-School Hardtail Look

The Softail Deluxe model keeps it classy while bringing some fat custom style of its own. Just check out the chopsticks up frontfat front fork behind the huge, 7-inch ball headlamp. The handlebars are thick stainless steel with chrome pullback risers for easy reaching. Its old-school Softail style thats still fat and formidable up front.

Stretched Old-School Fenders

These vintage, full fenders do a lot more than keep the mud off your neck. They give your Deluxe its distinctive Softail lines and cruising profile. You get tasty chrome front and back fender tips, tapered chrome struts in back and a big canvas for custom paint. And plenty of room to personalize further with your own custom rails, skirts and tips.

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® Deluxe is available in Hard Candy Lucky Green 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.

Whitewall Tyres

One of the defining styling features of the Softail Deluxe motorcycle is the nostalgic wide whitewall tyres with premium laced wheels. A nod to the 50s boulevard look, these fat rubber rollers are just the right throwback detail from Harley-Davidson that ups the ante in any scene. Total old-school styling without sacrificing handling or performance.

Tombstone Taillight

A vintage classic. The chrome, low profile taillight housing lays back against the fender but shines with Harley-Davidson history. Flanked by our sleek silver bullet turn signals, that glowing red gravestone is the last thing theyll see as you pull away into the night.

Tank-Mounted Console

A big, bold speedometer and odometer display, along with an ancillary display for gear and rpm, offer up the information you need on the fly.

Hidden Rear Shocks

If you want a comfortable bike but love that rigid-suspension look, youve come to the right bike. Weve kept all the modern comforts where they belongbelow 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. Its a signature rigid look, and youll only find it on a Softail model.

Luggage Rack

Exclusive to the Softail Deluxe model and snaking directly off the back of the passenger pillion, the simple luggage rack is the perfect marriage of form and function. Its minimal in design but extremely useful on the road; it holds your most precious small carry-alongs and adds another gleam of chrome for good measure.

Premium Paint

Up to two times thicker than the competition, custom quality paint comes standard on all Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Deep clearcoat layering. Bigger metal flakes. Unique effects. Skimping simply is not in our vocabulary.

Hand Finished Fuel Tank

All Harley-Davidson fuel tanks are finished by handthats what makes them stand out from the competition. 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 motorcycleso we make it worth their time.

Engine

Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

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.

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 couldnt feel better.

Pure Harley-Davidson Styling

Feast your eyes on the Twin Cam 96B counter-balanced engine and theres no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you wont find on any other bike. The black powder-coated engine features machined cooking fin tips and is topped off with brilliant chrome rocker covers. 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. Its 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 coversthe Twin Cam 96B engine makes an ironclad statement to holding on to whats right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.

Six-Speed Cruise Drive

You want a ride that rumblesnot begs for mercywhen 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. Its a rare ride when a bike responds like this, and a low growl goes a long way when youre opening up the road ahead.

Technology

Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

Anti-Lock Brakes

When it comes to the Softail Deluxe motorcycle with ABS, stopping power has a double meaning. The components of our ABS are tastefully hidden within the wheel hub, so youll still turn heads with clean, streamlined design. More importantly, though, you get certainty in the saddle knowing your bikes 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.

Intuitive Controls

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 bikethe tank, engine and all the other eye-popping features you want to see. Its just another way The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line fit and finish.

Handling

Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

Dunlop Tyres

Whether youre crossing state lines or staying within city limits, you want a confident feeling of 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 theyre from Dunlop, you know youre wrapping your premium rollers in quality rubber.

Tuned to Be Ridden

Harley-Davidson motorcycles are different from any other bike out on the road. Theres a balance to them. The steering, the maneuverabilityits 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. Lets face it, we didnt get to where we are by being like everyone else.

Comfort

Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

Pull-back Handlebar

Practically begging you to reach out and grab your freedom, these bars offer confidence-inspiring easy-reach ergonomics for new riders and easy-rider comfort for road-hardened warriors, with a chrome pullback riser that gets the grip even closer and gives the front end a dynamic aerodynamic contour.

Low Seat with Slimmed Sides

Hit the boulevard in style with this classic Softail two-piece seat. At a lowdown 62 centimetres, its among the most slammed seats youll find. And weve added some ergos to make riding solo or duo even easier, especially for riders with a shorter inseam. Collapsing sides create a narrow seat profile, and the passenger seat pillion is detachable. Just ditch it for stripped-back, solo riding. Or leave it on and bring your better half along for the ride.

Full-Length Rider Footboards

Your boots were made for riding, in any way you see fit. Our full-length footboards boast a tried and true design thats stood the test of time. Plenty of foot positions for your taste and comfort. Rubber vibration isolation for a comfortable ride. And heel-toe shifting for confident shifting every time. It takes a few rides, but once youve gotten used to the smooth heel-toe rhythm, youll never give it up. The toes of your boots wont take the same beating, either.

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 rear cylinder when idling, which helps reduce engine heat felt by rider and passenger. This feature can easily be turned on by your dealer.

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.

Specifications

Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe
EngineAir-cooled, Twin Cam 96B™
Bore95.3 mm
Stroke111.1 mm
Displacement1,585 cc
Compression Ratio9.2:1
Fuel SystemElectronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Length2,400 mm
Seat Height, Unladen670 mm
Ground Clearance113 mm
Rake (steering head) (deg)32.1
Trail147 mm
Wheelbase1,635 mm
Tyres, Front SpecificationMT90-16 72H
Tyres, Rear SpecificationMU85B16 77H
Fuel Capacity18.9 l
Oil Capacity (w/filter)3.3 l
Weight, As Shipped313 kg
Weight, In Running Order330 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
ExhaustChrome, straight over/under shotgun exhaust with dual tapered mufflers
Wheels, Optional Style TypeChrome, Tubeless Profile Laced Aluminum
Wheels, Front TypeChrome Aluminum Profile Laced
Wheels, Rear TypeSteel Laced
Brakes, Caliper Type4-piston front and 2-piston rear
Engine Torque Testing MethodEEC/95/1
Engine Torque117 Nm
Engine Torque (rpm)3,000
Lean Angle, Right (deg.)25.8
Lean Angle, Left (deg.)26.7
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy5.6 l/100 km


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