The Softail provides an engine for not much cash and style.
Here at Roadshow, we tend to provide its fair share of love to Harley-Davidson. This is down to the simple fact that we love the concept of bikes, but we despise the fact that, as a business, H-D has been slow to adapt to the motorcycle marketplace that is shifting. That is why we were completely floored when, on Monday, Harley declared its Softail Standard.
So the Softail line is a step up from the new entry-level Sportster lineup that is American-made. It is a step up equally in terms of performance and quality, but also in price. That is why we’re stoked to find that the Softail Standard prices $13,500. That is $1,000 less than the prior Softail — the Street Bob. It is also about $2,000 more than the Sportster, with an engine.
The Softails gain the Milwaukee Eight, from Harley’s newest and biggest motor. Now, once we say”latest and best,” we are discussing in relative terms as, people, this really is Harley-Davidson. The 107-cubic-inch (or even 1,753-cc) version that is at the Standard is the tiniest the brand provides, but it still supplies ample torque on what’s a comparatively small (such as Harley, anyhow ) motorcycle.
Some cool upgrades are got by the Softail Standard . It ditches the conventional shocks which we supply a mono-shock and see on motos within this class. This ought to provide contemporary damping should you choose to obtain a little absurd onto a road and assists in adjustability. The suspension might seem old-timey using its dampers, but it is packaging some technicians the fork is a device that provides more capacity and less weight damping.
Highlights over the Standard comprise the integration of a gauge and the LED headlight into the clamp which holds the handlebars that are chopper-lite. It is very slick and retains the bicycle feeling and looking as though your dad shovelhead.
1 place where we’d love to see Harley get a bit more with the app is cyclist aids. The Softail Standard — in of the price of the Street Glide — does not receive the tech, although the Street Glide we analyzed had Harley RDRS package of riders assists. Antilock brakes are optional something that is unacceptable from any bicycle business in 2020, to be honest, Harley is far from the only business to go to this course.
We are pretty excited about Roadshow here about the Softail Standard, since we got you which is a fantastic thing. It is possible to anticipate a lot and that more two-wheeled content.