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2014 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

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Harley Davidson revealed the 2014 iteration of its Heritage Softail Classic that continues to be inspired by the classic cruisers of the ‘40s.

If you are looking for a classy cruiser that offers first class ergonomics, a smooth riding experience and a strong engine then you’ll certainly like the Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic as is considered by many riders one of the best “toys” in its class.

The motorcycle was designed with versatility in mind and comes with a convertible two-up seat, a removable windshield and a tall handlebar that offers a commanding riding position. For enhanced comfort you also get full-length rider footboards and a tank mounted console which keeps you posted on all vital stats.

At its heart lies a modern twin cam 103 engine that offers plenty of low-end torque and is kept under control by a six speeds Cruise Drive transmission.

The 2014 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic comes with a base price of $18,349.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.

Style

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

Hidden Rear Shocks
If you want a comfortable bike but love that rigid-suspension look, you’ve come to 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 rigid look, and you’ll only find it on a Softail® model.

Nostalgic Custom Style
Do laced wheels, whitewalls and studded leather add to the way a bike feels on the road? Of course they do. It’s these extras that make the Heritage Softail® Classic model the quintessential boulevard cruiser. As rallies were gaining grassroots traction in the ’40s, you’d roll into Daytona Bike Week expecting new stories and new styles. There was really something going on, and it’s still alive and well in this bike. Take the saddlebags, studded with style straight from that golden era, with hidden quick-detach buckles. Or the fenders—full and fluid, with chrome highlights and matching paint. Or that big, commanding 7-inch ball headlamp, chromed and classy. And let’s talk wheels. You can go with the standard steel-laced wheels on blackwalls with a chrome hub. Or turn the clock all the way back with the optional chrome laces and wide whitewalls.

Old-School Tank and 3-D Medallion
The unique medallion on the Heritage Softail® Classic motorcycle is glass-inlayed, cloisonné-and-chrome style and shows that Harley-Davidson® Softail® model heritage that runs in your blood. With a five-gallon capacity for long weekend cruising, we top off this tank with a nostalgic chrome "cats-eye" console, paint for days and style to spare.

Tank-Mounted Console
The speedometer face boasts a big, bold display for the odometer, along with an ancillary display for gear and rpm, offering up the information you need on the fly.

Engine

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

Pure Harley-Davidson Styling
Feast your eyes on the Twin Cam 103™ 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 from any other motorcycle company. Black powder-coated heads and cylinders are highlighted by machined cooling fin tips and chrome rocker covers. 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 103™ engine makes an ironclad statement about holding on to what’s right and staying true to what satisfies.

Six-Speed Cruise Drive® Transmission
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.

Twin Cam 103™ 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 103™; 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®, Twin Cam 88®; and Twin Cam 96™ 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 103™ Engine Innovation
Fire up the Twin Cam 103™ engine and feel the low-end torque unleashed. 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.

Twin Cam 103™ Engine Power
Live your ride to the power of 103. The air cooled Twin Cam 103™ Harley Davidson® engine delivers more stump pulling torque, while its Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection jetting gives crisp, lively throttle reaction. It’s a performance punch that you’ll appreciate when passing, climbing hills, or rolling with luggage packed or a passenger in back—all under that signature Motor Company rumble. And it comes at lower cruising rpm, so you ride more smoothly, with less engine vibration and better highway fuel economy.

Technology

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

H-D® Smart Security System (Optional)
The factory inst 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.

Standard Anti-Lock Brakes
When it comes to the Heritage Softail® Classic model with ABS, "stopping power" has a double meaning. The components of our ABS are tastefully hidden within the wheel hub, 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.

Dunlop® Tires
Whether you’re 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 tire with a three-ply polyester casing and two fiberglass belts. The back cruiser tire 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.

Comfort

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

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 that’s 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 you’ve gotten used to the smooth heel-toe rhythm, you’ll never give it up. The toes of your boots won’t take the same beating, either.

Tall Handlebar
Classic style and maximum comfort. That’s the perfect balance of the tall handlebars that come standard on the Heritage Softail® Classic model. They’re designed to keep you comfortably propped in a commanding position while making sure your neck muscles stay calm and relaxed mile after mile, state after state. Durable stainless steel insures the structural rigidity you expect from Harley-Davidson with the deep, lustrous finish you demand.

Convertible Two-Up Seat
Hit the boulevard in style with the classic Softail® two-up seat. It’s comfort for you or two. A bigger passenger seat and contour backrest to keep your passenger as comfortable as you. The classic, old-school styling includes a studded seat valance that matches your bags, and the seat pillion is detachable. Just ditch it for stripped-back, solo profiling. Or leave it on and bring your better half along for the ride.

Detachable Windshield
Go from touring to cruising in a heartbeat. Leave the screen on for a clean envelope of air over the long haul. Or detach it in seconds for a completely new look and ride. The polycarbonate windshield is tough as they come—durable, scratch resistant, low maintenance. And whether you choose to cruise or keep the shield on, your Heritage Softail® Classic model rules with a nostalgic style and versatility you can make your own.

Specifications

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic
Base price$18,349
Length94.7 in.
Seat Height, Laden25.5 in.
Seat Height, Unladen27.2 in.
Ground Clearance5.2 in.
Rake (steering head) (deg)31
Trail5.8 in.
Wheelbase64.4 in.
Tires, Front SpecificationMT90B16 72H
Tires, Rear Specification150/80B16 71H
Fuel Capacity5 gal.
Oil Capacity (w/filter)3.5 qt.
Weight, As Shipped730 lb.
Weight, In Running Order761 lb.
EngineAir-cooled, Twin Cam 103B™
Bore3.87 in.
Stroke4.374 in.
Displacement103.1 cu in
Compression Ratio9.6:1
Fuel SystemElectronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
ExhaustChrome, staggered shorty exhaust with dual mufflers
Wheels, Optional Style TypeChrome, Tubeless Profile Laced Aluminum
Wheels, Front TypeSteel Laced
Wheels, Rear TypeSteel Laced
Brakes, Caliper Type4-piston front and 2-piston rear
Engine Torque95.2 ft-lb
Engine Torque (rpm)3,000
Lean Angle, Right (deg.)24.4
Lean Angle, Left (deg.)25.9
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy42 mpg


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