A chrome-and-leather classic refuses to ride with the times
to a Road King tourer. Adding to its value is the quick-release windscreen that turns it from a tourer into a cruiser in seconds.
Two-tone paint adds glam (and $500) while custom paint costs an extra $1000. Even though the Heritage already comes with plenty of bling, the parts and accessories list is as thick as a phone book..
All Softails get the 103 cubicinch (1690cc) engine from the Touring family.
The big, torquey engine still yields a respectable 5.6L/100km, for a range of 300km or more, depending on whether you carry a pillion or luggage.
The LCD info screen includes trip meters, odometer, range meter and a gear indicator, and digital tacho, all controllable from a toggle switch on the left handlebar.
The ABS works with a discreet magnet in the wheel bearings. This smooth and effective system has more stopping power on the rear. Your pillion will feel secure thanks to a thick sissy bar. But there are no grab handles.
Unless it’s raining or really cold, leave the windscreen behind.
There is far too much wind buffeting. At higher speeds, it can also cause oscillation through the bars.
And looking through the windscreen can be annoying when it is littered with bugs, or if you are tall and are peering through the top section where your vision is distorted.
Without the windscreen, the big bike feels nimble in the front end and provides clean air to the rider, which doesn’t cause fatigue unless riding long distances at 110km/h.
Clearance is a problem even at car park speeds but riders will learn to slow down and lean out to keep the bike more upright. Bolstering might be needed for the under-side of the big floorboards to stop them getting scraped away.
If you are not in a hurry, it is a relaxing, comfortable— and headturning— ride.
Old-school riders still have a great affection for this bike and with the addition of ABS and a more muscular engine, it is an attractive two-up proposition at under $30,000.
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