H-D Sof­tail Low Rider and Deluxe

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EX­PAND­ING THEIR SOF­TAIL PORT­FO­LIO, Har­ley-David­son have added the Low Rider and the Sof­tail Deluxe, priced at Rs 12.99 lakh and Rs 17.99 lakh re­spec­tively, both exshow­room. Both the bikes are pow­ered by H-D’s new and im­pres­sive Mil­wau­kee-Eight 107-inch (1,745 cc) V-twin en­gine mated to six-speed trans­mis­sion.

In­ci­den­tally, the Low Rider is the sec­ond most af­ford­able H-D model in the coun­try and also one of the most retro-look­ing bikes. It comes with clas­sic dual tank-mounted gauges, a retro fuel tank with a match­ing paint job, a lot of chrome, thin-spoke castal­loy wheels, and dual straight ex­haust pipes. On the tech­ni­cal front, the Low Rider fea­tures Har­ley’s lat­est light­weight Sof­tail frame, im­proved front tele­scopic fork, and a high-per­for­mance rear monoshock. The 1,745-cc V-twin is the new en­gine which made its début some time ago in the Tour­ing line. It is smoother, more lin­ear than be­fore, and H-D claim that the en­gine is more fu­el­ef­fi­cient as well. It pro­duces 144 Nm at 3,000 rpm, which is de­liv­ered to the rear wheel via a six-speed trans­mis­sion with a belt fi­nal drive.

The Sof­tail Deluxe takes the vin­tage styling to a new level. It comes with mas­sive fend­ers, akin to the ones from the 1950s, pulled-back han­dle­bars, chromed wirewheels, a big round LED head­lamp with twin aux­il­iary lights, a clas­sic sad­dle, and old­school ex­haust pipes. The Deluxe is pow­ered by the same Mil­wau­kee-Eight 107-inch V-twin that does duty in the Sof­tail range here. Other com­po­nents such as the frame and sus­pen­sion are all sim­i­lar to those of the Low Rider, which means the Sof­tail Deluxe also ben­e­fits from the use of all these im­proved com­po­nents.

Both bikes have added more value to the en­tire Har­ley-David­son Sof­tail line-up, giv­ing cus­tomers more op­tions to choose from at dif­fer­ent price points.

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