Harley-Davidson has announced its ModelYear2018 line up with four updated Softail custom motorcycles; the Street Bob, Fat Bob, Fat Boy and Heritage Classic. The new bikes merge the hard-riding performance of the Dyna line with the custom look of the Softail line, and feature designs that strongly differentiate them from their predecessors and each other. They now come with a stiffer and lighter frame that is built to harness the high torque output of the new dual-counterbalanced Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine.
Designed under the largest Product Development Project in the company’s history, the aggressively styled 2018 Softail models are faster, lighter and better handling than any of their Big Twin cruiser predecessors. They are up to 17 kg lighter than before, delivering an improved power-to-weight ratio for better acceleration, braking and dynamic cornering capability. Some models feature new tires specifically designed to work with the new chassis, with new seat designs and materials provide an improved fit for a wider range of riders and greater comfort for cruising.
The models also get a new heartbeat from the Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin, which retains the iconic 45-degree V-Twin cylinder angle with a broad-shouldered top end accentuated by a single camshaft design that tapers to a slim bottom end for a muscular contour. The 1745cc engine is standard on all models, and does a 0-60 mph acceleration 10% quicker than the High Output Twin Cam 103.
Features and price:
Street Bob: The bare-bones bike with a go-anywhere DNA has a fists-in-the-wind attitude with nothing extra to weigh it down. It features a smooth-top 13.2 litre fuel tank, black spoke wheels with chopped fenders, low-profile riser-mounted digital instrument screen, a 7 kg weight reduction to previous model and the lowest MSRP in the Softail line. Price: INR 11.99 lacs (ex-showroom Delhi)
Fat Bob: Traction, suspension, agile cornering and a blacked-out look make the Fat Bob a ground breaking motorcycle. Featuring a 2-1-2 upswept performance exhaust with a custom finish, it comes with large 150 mm front and 180 mm rear treaded tires, dual disc front brakes, a 13.2 litre fuel tank, 15 kg weight reduction to previous model and inverted 43 mm cartridge style front forks. Price: INR 13.99 lacs (ex-showroom Delhi)
Fat Boy: The legendary Fat Boy that has defined contemporary custom style for decades has outdone itself with a bold, muscular styling, satin-chrome finishes, powerful engine and new, improved ride and handling. It has a steamroller stance and front end design with a modern day interpretation of the classic headlight nacelle, a 160 mm front tire, 16 kg weight reduction to previous model, standard ABS and 240 mm rear tire. Price: INR 17.49 lacs (ex-showroom Delhi)
Heritage Classic: The classic blacked-out styling of vintage 1950s Harley-Davidson models is updated with a modern edge with a new detachable windscreen, rigid, lockable, sealed, water-resistant saddlebags, taller suspension with increased passenger and cargo payload capacity, 17 kg weight reduction to previous model, standard cruise control and ABS. Price: INR 18.99 lacs (ex-showroom Delhi)
Every Softail models now also has signature LED headlamps, improved electrical system charging, adjustable rear shock pre-load settings, new instrumentation, keyless ignition, and steering head mounted USB charge port.