Harley-Davidson is supposed to offer the proper ride to anyone with a taste for freedom, not necessarily speed, and the 2009 FXSTB Softail Night Train is one of those special bikes that the American company builds for a specific rider crowd. Destined to young, rebel and fit (if we take in consideration the riding position) bikers, this might not be the ideal highway cruising motorcycle, but it will make a striking good impression down the boulevard.
In the past few years we’ve witnessed Harley-Davidson taking on roads they’ve never rolled on before and last year’s launch of the all-new Rockers was a clear indicator that we’ll be seeing more of Harley’s innovative side. We certainly did with the introduction of the all-new Iron and V-Rod Muscle, but the two very similar Softail models stand out once again, now as 2009 model years, and we’re not looking the other way.
Meanwhile, this bike also got a very capable and threatening opponent so the manufacturer custom bike market is in full growth and dispute.
In what concerns the Softail lineup, Harley-Davidson has an ace up its sleeve and it is called the Cross Bones. Part of the “Dark Custom” line, this model first stands out visually and brings impressive performance down the scene as soon as the reliable, massive and yet extremly refined V-twin motor is started. The bike envokes the old-school style although being still a relatively new addition to the American maker’s family, a model that shares no apparent feature with it’s siblings, but there’s got to be something.
With the 2009 FLSTN Softail Deluxe, Harley-Davidson is set on touching a sensible cord as this is one very special ride, not necessarily due to the engine, also present on the rest of the Softail family, but because of the unique look. This here is the precise bike on which nostalgia meets modern powertrain and suspension for a confidence-inspiring incursion into the past.
Each and every one of the Harley-Davidson families has an iconic model that simply can’t be missed in the crowd. The Fat Boy is that specific model for the Softail family due to the multitude of distinctive features completing the already unique American style. Can’t get enough of it? It’s all about the pure pleasure of admiring your ride long after you’ve stopped the engine so we’re talking about a rolling work of art right here.
This here is probably the best made tribute to the American Company and it is paid by Jerry Chater together with all the viewers who are touched by it. Called “The Brand Legend”, the video takes us through Harley’s glorious moments (which often take place on the road) and shows the ICON, MUSCLE, BOND and FIRE values all indicating towards the ReBEL attitude.
We keep on witnessing the apparel of new, modern and very attractive motorcycles in HD’s lineup so it’s a must to be said that the American Company doesn’t drift away from the original bikes that people now simply take for granted and the 2009 FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic is one good example in that concern. The bike is not only carried on, but features a new retro look for an even more powerful impact.
What sets the Low Rider apart from the rest of the Dyna models is the fact that it looks like the closest thing to a Sportster and it has the 1,584 cc engine so it gets the best of both worlds at no great expense. Destined to riders who simply can’t get enough of the Sportster style, but which crave for a healthier engine grunt and the benefits of a six-speed tranny, the Low Rider is one of those bikes that everyone ordered at a custom bike builder before Harley-Davidson introduced it.
There’s something about the Fat Bob that keeps on gathering a crowd this year too, the drag bike look sustained by the very same V-twin engine as on the rest of the Dyna models. So it is purely aesthetical. Of course not! It’s about offering comfort and the engine’s unique performance in a package that is designed accordingly to the rider’s preferences which in this case conclude in the aggressive drag bike appearance.
Harley-Davidson always knew how and when to line up to the needs of each specific rider crowd and when it comes to all the rebels out there, the Dyna Street Bob is among the favorite choices. Standing as a reminder of the post-war Bobber design and being powered by a V-twin engine that is as modern as they get, the 2009 model year is history brought back in our complete attention.