Her­itage list

A chrome-and-leather clas­sic re­fuses to ride with the times

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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..

TECH­NOL­OGY

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.

SAFETY

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.

RID­ING

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.

VER­DICT

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.

Her­itage Sof­tail: A huge lure for Har­ley buy­ers

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