There’s nothing soft about this Softail, writes
LIKE an impossibly high and thin stiletto heel, the HarleyDavidson Blackline is an impractical fashion trend. Both look great, but for the wearer or rider they are fairly impractical. Rather than being deterred by the discomfort, he or she is drawn in by the look at me’’ factor. And riding this bad boy down the street you are bound to attract attention. the cheapest Softail, and should be, as it is stripped to the bone for style. To be fair, it is also loaded with some tasty chrome.
It would be heresy to compare a Harley to a metric cruiser, but it does stand up well in value against its American counterpart Victory, maker of the Jackpot ($28,490) and Vegas ($22,495-$24,495). Speaking of heresy, Softails now come with a rev counter and gear indicator. This may not come as a great shock to riders of other bikes, but in Harley-world it’s big news.
It is powered by the regulation Softail rigid- mounted, counter–balanced Twin Cam 96B V-Twin engine with fuel injection and six-speed transmission. The stripped-down and blackened Softail joins other
dark custom’’ models in the fleet such as the top-selling 883 Iron Sportster.
The rear mudguard is bobbed over a slim 144mm tyre, the compact single headlight and speedo are tucked low into the wide FX front end, and the laced wheels are black-rimmed. front tyre are a recipe for tricky handling. Harley could not have made the task more difficult had it fitted roller skates.
A big front wheel requires a wide handlebar to turn it. Thankfully the rear tyre is narrow so it turns a lot better than expected.
After a while you settle into the groove of the machine, slow down, acknowledge the envious looks from passersby and plug into the throb of the engine.
Not unlike a stiletto, getting around on it doesn’t become any easier and pretty soon you are taking a break to ease your aching back. That’s when the crowd will gather to admire the Milwaukee metalwork. $25,750 (two-tone paint $400 extra) 24 months (unlimited km) 18.9 litresECONOMY 6.7L/100km (urban), 4.4L/100km (highway)
1600km/8000km 121Nm, 1584cc air-cooled, TwinCam 96BTRANSMISSION6-speed cruise drive
2362mm(L), 630mm(seat height), 1689mm(WB), 133mm(clearance)
21 x 2.15; 16 x 3
Hard act to follow: The Blackline is all about the look