2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
The Fat Boy has been around, at least as a concept, since 1988, but it really showed up on everyone’s radar and earned a place in American pop culture when old Arney rode one in Terminator 2. Since it’s such an iconic bike, it’s hardly surprising that it survived the Great Purge of 2017 that saw so many models eliminated from the Softail and Dyna lineups as the former absorbed the latter. The FLSTF joins the rest of the all-new-for-2018 Softail range with a completely reworked frame and a choice between the 107-inch and 114-inch Milwaukee-Eight powerplant. New design features add to the aesthetics and clearly mark these Fat Boys as members of the New Guard.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.
2018 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide
Not too long ago, Harley-Davidson vowed to release 100 new models over the next decade, and it seems the MoCo is working hard to keep that promise. So far, the “new” models have been variations on existing/past models or one of the new Softail models that absorbed some Dyna DNA as the successor to the FXR family was put out to pasture. Today’s feature is a combination thereof. Introducing the 2018 Sport Glide, an all-new Softail model that borrows from the past while looking to the future. The detachable panniers and mini-fairing give it some (very) light touring capabilities, but it’s the 108 pounds of grunt from the Milwaukee-Eight engine that reveals its true nature as a power cruiser. Is it enough to help revitalize flagging sales? Time will tell, but in the meanwhile let’s take a look at this latest Frankenstein creation from the mad scientists of Milwaukee.
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2018 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic
Harley-Davidson’s lineup has recently undergone a major shakeup with lots of what you might call the ’low hanging fruit’ that fell by the wayside — like the entire Dyna family line, for example — but not the venerable Heritage Softail Classic. Oh no. It moves into the 2018 model year with a dark edge to its paint packages, and a choice of either the 107- or 114-inch Milwaukee-Eight engine that brings solid, 100 pound-feet-plus performance to the table no matter which you choose. Though the underpinnings are all radically different than the originals, the overall classic looks remain largely unchanged for the requisite historical tie-in. Harley has put a new emphasis on the Softail lineup with plenty of performance-driven custom designs for the fiery-eyed pegdraggers out there, but for someone looking for an old-school cruiser and tour bike, the Heritage is your Huckleberry.
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Thunderbike Customs Unveils First MY18 Breakout
Thunderbike Customs of Hamminkeln, Germany, has long been a favorite among the European artists whose medium of choice is American iron, so imagine my delight when I discovered that it has released a brand-new model based on Harley-Davidson’s revamped Softail platform. Not just any Softail either, but the drag-tastic Breakout no less. My previous favorite was the “Fresh Out,” a kind of trippy paisley cruiser that was also built on the Breakout, but I’ve only just glanced at the newest effort and already I see some really cool stuff. Is it enough to win me over? That remains to be seen, so let’s dive right in and check out what those crazy Germans have been cooking up over there.
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2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe
With the Softail Deluxe, Harley-Davidson brings a strong dose of nostalgia and antique design to a market that is rapidly shifting to cater to the youngest buyer demographic, who much to their credit, seem to have more of an appreciation for the craftsmanship of bygone eras than did the Gen Xers. With it comes H-D’s newest Big-Twin powerplant — the 107-inch Milwaukee-Eight — and its 109 pound-feet of stump-pulling torque that turns in a stronger top-gear roll-on than any previous engine family with the same 45-degree V-Twin while keeping the charm and engine lope that even the oldest fans of the brand would recognize. ABS, security and oodles of laid-back, classic vibes are included in the standard equipment package, so this is truly a melding of two technologically-distinct eras.
Continue reading for my review of the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe.
2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob
The Harley-Davidson lineup has undergone some serious changes for MY18, and the chopped-down, Dyna-based Street Bob was rebuilt and reintroduced as a Softail model while the Dyna family was cut from production in its entirety. Not only did it switch to Harley’s faux-rigid style frame, but the frame itself got completely reinvented to the point where it bears little resemblance to the original that saw the light of day for the first time back in ’84. Sure, it still has that classic Softail visage, but the factory achieved it in a totally different way this time, and any perceived similarities are only skin deep. As if that wasn’t enough, the Street Bob got a beating-heart transplant with the addition of the new-to-cruisers, Milwaukee-Eight 107 powerplant that brings over 100 pounds of twist to the table. More power, new frame and a new family/model combination. Excited yet? I know I am, so let’s get started.
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Harley-Davidson Announces 2018 Softail Lineup
Well folks, it’s that time of year again. The Sturgis bike rally is over and Harley-Davidson has revealed to the world its 2018 lineup, and while what there is would definitely qualify as big news, what there isn’t is almost as important. Noticeably missing is the Dyna family and the V-Rods. I’ll be honest; with only a few exceptions I never really cared for the Dyna family — didn’t see anything wrong with the FXR family that it replaced — so it doesn’t hurt my feelings to see it go away. Perhaps “go away” isn’t the correct terminology here since the sport-handling characteristic of the Dyna got engineered into the all-new faux-rigid frame of the 2018 Softails. At the end of the day, the range has been eliminated right along with the apparently-failed experiment that was the V-Rod family.
What we’re left with is pretty remarkable. At first, I was ready to deride H-D for taking shortcuts with its promise to produce 100 new models by 2027, and I’m still about half-cheesed at what constitutes a “new design” in Milwaukee, but at some point the preponderance of changes has to add up to something beyond a simple update. That is exactly where I think we are at with Harley’s all-new Softails. Think I’m overstating it? Read on and see for yourself.
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Harley-Davidson took their notorious Fat Boy model, lowered it and gave it a nice custom look before calling it a 2010 model year. The bike features the lowest seat in the American maker’s entire lineup and still the proven Twin Cam 96B V-Twin engine and six-speed Cruise Drive transmission. The colors available for 2010 are Vivid Black and Black Denim.
Bikers who like to simply lay back and enjoy the ride and sights ahead of them are offered a unique Softail model with a chopper profile straight from the FX custom era – the 2009 Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom. Also, meeting Harley’s most recent performance and reliability standards, this is a bike that combines nostalgia of the original American chopper design with the benefits of modern engineering.
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.
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.
The new Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones cuts the aggressive profile of an authentic custom bobber, but with some dark twists that deliver a wickedly fun and emotional riding experience.
The new Softail model was announced today at the Harley-Davidson Winter Dealer Meeting in San Antonio. With the retro look of a Springer front end and other post-war era bobber styling cues like a sprung solo seat, half-round rider footboards, Gloss Black round air cleaner cover and chopped front (...)
The new FXSTC Softail Custom offers the ultimate ride for those who want to kick back with their feet stretched out for a comfortable solo ride, or with a passenger. The new Twin Cam 96B engine and 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission enhances the ride, while the combination of laid-back chopper-inspired style and the comfort of a two-up seat and backrest is sure to stand out on the street.