A new model will join the American brand’s Softail range
Harley’s new Softail model will feature the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. This means 1,746cc and 124 Nm of torque. With this revival, we can expect a back-to-basics stripped-down Harley-Davidson motorcycle fitted with a 21-inch spoke front wheel. Could this be what the brand’s hardcore fans are waiting for?
So, this means that the American brand will have a new Softail motorcycle in its line-up this year.
The 2020 model will use the same Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine that’s fitted on the Street Bob and Softail Slim motorcycles. The powerplant has a displacement of 1,746cc and makes 124 Nm of torque @ 3,000 rpm.
What can we expect from the new bike? Well, it’ll feature an updated Softail chassis, the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, a 21-inch spoke front wheel and the motorcycle could be stripped-down from fancy components to keep only what’s essential for riding. Also, the model will feature Stage 1 upgrades to comply with emissions standards.
Harley-Davidson's Softail models
In 2018, the Softail motorcycles were reintroduced to Harley-Davidson’s model range. For the last two years, the Softail line up has been updated with the FXDR bike in 2019 and the Low Rider S last year.
In the current range, Harley-Davidson offers 11 Softail motorcycles.
- Heritage Classic 114
- Low Rider S
- Softail Slim
- Low Rider
- FXDR 114
- Sport Glide
- Fat Bob
- Street Bob
- Fat Boy
With the 2020 Softail Standard certified by CARB, Harley’s line-up will have a new model.
The Softail Standard was introduced to the model range in 1984 and Harley-Davidson made these type of bikes until 1990. Its revival was in 1999 and the Softail production stopped in 2007.
The features of Softail models (FXST) were engines from an 80 cubic-inch 1,340 cc Evo to a 96 cubic-inch 1,573cc Twin Cam, Softail chassis and design details like a ducktail rear fender, more relaxed rake, and a 21-inch spoked front wheel.
We’ll have to wait for an official confirmation from Harley-Davidson to see what the new Softail Standard motorcycle will feature.
Source: California Air Resources Board, RideApart