Harley-Davidson has unveiled the 2018 Softail range. Replacing the Dyna range of cruisers, the new eight-model Softail range features a brand new frame and swingarm along with Milwaukee-Eight V-twin powertrains and new front and rear suspension.
The Softail family now consists of the Street Bob, Fat Boy, Low Rider, Deluxe, Breakout, Softail Slim, Fat Bob and the Heritage Classic. Retaining the classic look of a hardtail chassis, the lighter and more rigid tubular frame has been designed to improve the riding dynamics and ride quality of the motorcycles. There are two types of swingarms depending upon the rear tyre width. The wide chassis is 5.89 kilograms lighter than the older chassis while the narrow chassis is 8.16 kilograms lighter.
At the heart of the new Softail range is a new Milwaukee-Eight 107 and Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twins. These feature internal counter-balancers that reduce engine vibration. The Milwaukee-Eight 107 is a 1545cc engine delivering 151Nm of torque, while the Milwaukee-Eight 114 displaces 1745cc and churns out 168Nm.
Other improvements include LED headlamps, more efficient electrical system, new fuel tanks, new instrument consoles, USB charging port, keyless ignition and a security system. Prices start at GBP 12,295 (Rs 10.11 lakhs) for the Street Bob, going all the way up to GBP 17,995 (Rs 14.8 lakhs) for the Heritage Classic. We can expect a few of these models to be introduced in India in the next few months.