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7 Game-Changing Features of the New Softail® Model Family

Posted by Jess Bettencourt on Sep 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM
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The Harley-Davidson Motor Company took motorcycle enthusiasts by surprise last week by announcing a shake up to their Cruiser model line up. After being in production for well over 20 years, the Dyna model family is no more. The Softail model family as you know it is also not available in the 2018 model year. The Softail model family has been completely redesigned with a focus on performance while keeping the hard tail look so many people love.

Let's go over some of features of the all new 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail® model family:

stiffer chassis

More Agility

The all-new Softail® models are up to 35 pounds lighter than last year's models, and they have a 34% stiffer chassis overall. You get quick and precise response to your inputs, which means riding hard adn true never felt easier.

milwaukee-eight 107

More Torque

The Milwaukee-Eight® 107 and 114 engines are the most powerful engines we've ever put in a Softail® frame. You get faster acceleration from 0-60, faster acceleration from 60-80, and a wider grin ever time you roll on your throttle.

Milwaukee-Eight 107

Smoother Running

When you're on a new Softail® motorcycle, you're in for a smooth ride. The Milwaukee-Eight® engine features a refined counter-balancing system that cancels out engine vibration at idle while maintaining the true Harley-Davidson feel.

Milwaukee-Eight Big Twin

Purer Sound

The world-renowned "potato-potato-potato" Harley-Davidson sound comes through strong in the Milwaukee-Eight® Big Twin engine. You get less intake and mechanical noise for more soul-satisfying rumble.

New Softail Frame

The Iconic Look

The frame is engineered to tightly package the engine - and reinforces powertrain and chassis stiffness.

Harley Front Cartridge Fork

High Performance Front Suspension

New suspension technology provides the performance of a racing-style cartridge fork for reduced weight with linear damping characteristics. It gives you 130mm of bump-devouring travel.

Harley Rear Mono Shock

High Performance Rear Mono Shock

All-new easily adjustable mono-show rear suspension allows for up to 480 pounds of pre-load capacity (varies by model), dynamic cornering capability, quicker acceleration and braking while preserving the hardtail look.

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company has combined the hard-riding performance of the Dyna® line with the unparalleled custom look of the Softail® line. This is the most agile, responsive ride ever in a Softail® motorcycle. You have to feel the difference for yourself. Take a test ride on one of these new Softail® models. 

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Check out all of the new exciting products coming out for the 2018 Harley-Davidson Model Year.

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