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MOTORCYCLE 36 • October 2, 2017 • Powersports Business www.PowersportsBusiness.com New Softails, touring models unveiled Harley-Davidson launched eight all-new Softail models and five touring motorcycles as part of its 2018 motorcycle lineup, which includes the Fat Boy, Heritage Classic, Low Rider, Softail Slim, Deluxe, Breakout, Fat Bob, Street Bob, CVO Street Glide, CVO Road Glide, CVO Limited, Street Glide Special and Road Glide Special. Designed under the largest product devel- opment project in company history, the new Softail models, compared to prior years, feature a stiffer and significantly lighter frame built to harness the pulse-quickening torque of the new dual-counterbalanced Milwaukee-Eight 107 and 114 engines. With high-performance dual-bending valve front suspension and an easily adjustable hidden rear mono-shock, the aggressively-styled 2018 Softail models are faster, lighter and better handling than any of their Big Twin cruiser predecessors. 2018 SOFTAIL FAMILY New technology featured on every Softail model includes: unique Daymaker Signature LED headlamps on all models; improved electrical system charging, more than dou- bled at idle speeds; easily adjustable rear shock pre-load settings (method varies by model); under seat spanner wrench on the Softail Slim, Street Bob and Low Rider; an external hand adjustment knob on the Fat Bob, Fat Boy and Breakout; under seat socket adjustment on the Deluxe and Heri- tage Classic; a steering head-mounted USB charge port; new instrumentation; keyless ignition and security system standard; and new fuel tanks. "The new Softail models are the result of the most extensive research and development program in the company's history," said Paul James, manager of product portfolio, Harley- Davidson. "Thousands of hours of research and testing were put into the complete ground- up design of these new cruisers. We focused on taking the total rider experience to a higher level, where authenticity, heritage and soul meet the modern edge of technology for a ride that must be felt to believe." FAT BOY The Fat Boy offers ripped and refined satin-chrome finishes that deliver a bold, muscular styling statement showing off its powerful engine and new and improved ride and handling. The Fat Boy includes: aggressive, steam- roller stance and front end design; a modern- day interpretation of the classic headlight nacelle; 160-mm front tire, the widest-ever on a Harley-Davidson production model; solid Lakester wheels; a 31-pound weight reduction when compared to the previous model; standard ABS; and a 240-mm rear tire. The Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine is optional. HERITAGE CLASSIC The Heritage Classic's design cues evoke the blacked-out styling of vintage '50s Harley- Davidson models updated with a modern edge. The bike features a new detachable wind- screen; new rigid, lockable, sealed, water- resistant saddlebags; taller suspension with increased passenger and cargo payload capac- ity; a 32-pound weight reduction compared to the previous model; and standard cruise control and ABS. The Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine is an option. LOW RIDER Inspired by the individualism of the '70s cus- tom chopper era that birthed the original, the new Low Rider model is lighter and faster with corner-carving handling unimaginable back in the day. The 2018 model has a throwback-style dual tank-mount speedo and tach gauges, headlight visor and fuel tank graphics; 19-inch front and 16-inch rear Radiate cast wheels; and a 2-into-2 Shotgun exhaust. SOFTAIL SLIM Stripped to its essential elements, the Softail Slim model pays homage to post-war custom bobbers with a narrow rear end, trimmed front fender, solo seat and minimal chrome. Dark finishes adorn the laced wheels, Hollywood handlebar and all-new front-end design. It also includes a low-slung tuck and roll seat; a bold and smooth new front nacelle and fork cover styling; and a 35-pound weight reduction from the previous model. DELUXE A classic hi-line showstopper that stands out on any boulevard, the Deluxe glistens with bright chrome while delivering the ride of a seriously modern machine. Signature all-LED lighting is offered from front to back: head- light, running lights, Tombstone taillight and blade-like turn signals. The Deluxe also has a Signature pull-back handlebar; a 33-pound weight reduction from the previous model; and standard ABS. BREAKOUT With more lean angle and agility than ever imagined in a bike carrying so much dragster attitude and style, the all-new Breakout model takes long, lean muscle to a modern edge. It's long and wide with low-slung raked out 49 mm front forks. It features a new smooth-top 3.5-gallon fuel tank; 18-inch rear (240-mm tire) and 21-inch front (130-mm tire) Gasser-style gloss-black powder coated cast aluminum wheels; a distinctive Daymaker Signature LED headlamp; a 35-pound weight reduc- tion when compared to the previous model; and standard ABS. The Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine is available as an option. FAT BOB Asphalt-eating traction, pothole-devouring suspension, agile cornering and a blacked- out take-no-prisoners look make the Fat Bob model a groundbreaking motorcycle. It comes stock with the largest aggressively treaded tires from the Motor Company: 150 mm front and 180 mm rear. The Fat Bob also includes a 2-1-2 upswept performance exhaust with a custom finish; dual disc front brakes; a 3.6-gallon fuel tank; a 33-pound weight reduction from the previ- ous model; and inverted 43 mm cartridge style front forks. Optional is the Milwaukee-Eight 114 Engine. STREET BOB A bare-bones bike with go-anywhere DNA, the all-new Street Bob motorcycle has a fists- in-the-wind attitude with nothing extra to weigh it down. It has a smooth-top 3.5-gallon fuel tank; black spoke wheels with chopped fenders; a low-profile, riser-mounted digital instrument screen; and a 17-pound weight reduction from the previous model. The Street Bob has the lowest MSRP in Softail lineup. CVO TOURING BIKES Three new completely restyled touring Harley-Davidson releases 2018 motorcycles See Harley-Davidson, Page 37 Harley-Davidson redesigned its entire Softail lineup, including the 2018 Fat Boy. Photo courtesy of Harley-Davidson

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