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Harley-Davidson Hits Reset on the Softail Line

Dyna Gets the Boot & V-Rod is Quietly Laid To Rest

The company has rolled out 8 completely reinvented Softail models for 2018. Technically they have discontinued the Dyna line, however, a few of the bestselling Dyna bikes have been reborn as Softails. Diehard fans and purists of the Dyna line may be upset about this change, but we have to say these newly revised models sound (and look) pretty good from what we can tell. For 2018, the following bikes will be part of the Softail line:

Fat Bob
Low Rider
Heritage Softail Classic
Fat Boy
Street Bob
Softail Slim
Breakout
Deluxe

The eight new softail models will be overhauled with increased performance, improved handling, decreased weight, and some aggressive new styling that changes the vibe of the big twin cruisers, while still maintaining that classic Harley feel. The old dual-shock frame has been replaced with a new monoshock frame. The new motorcycles will have new fuel tanks, and a new chassis that is stronger, lighter, and more stiff than 2017 models. The Dual-Bending Valve front suspension (first introduced on the 2017 Touring models) performs better and is more adjustable. It’s also being reported that they will weigh up to 35 pounds less than previous models.

“The new Softails are the result of the most extensive research and development program in the company’s history,” said Paul James, manager of Harley’s Product Portfolio. “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.”

All models come equipped with the Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin. The Fat Boy, Heritage Softail Classic, Breakout, and Fat Bob – have the option to upgrade to the larger Milwaukee-Eight 114. LED Headlights, keyless ignition and USB ports will be standard on all models. Cruise control is standard on the Heritage Softail Classic, and will be optional on all other models. ABS is standard on the Fat Boy, Heritage Softail Classic, Deluxe, and Breakout, and will be an option on all other models.

“The authenticity of Harley-Davidson design comes by sweating the details from start to finish – it’s hard to do and hard to copy,” said Brad Richards, the president of Styling and Design. “Harley-Davidson motorcycles are not a commodity; they are handed down from generation to generation. We look at every nut and bolt on the bike, all the finishes, and every small detail. The new Softail frame is like a piece of art and the more you take off the bike, the more beautiful it becomes. Its design speaks to the teamwork that our styling and engineering processes demand.”

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