Street Bob & Heritage Classic
If any one new model sums up the changes to Harley-davidson’s big twin cruiser line-up for 2018 – it is surely the Street Bob. Introduced in 2006, the Bob has become one of the most popular models in the UK thanks to its blend of affordable minimalism. It’s the most basic of H-D’S big twins, lacking even a pillion seat, but has plenty of bobber Ape-hangered attitude.
For 2018, though, as with all of Harley’s big twin cruisers (the smaller Sportster family is unchanged while big twin tourers, such as the Electra and Streetglide, were revamped last year) it’s been thoroughly updated as part of what H-D itself calls its biggestever model development programme.
In a nutshell: out have gone the old twin shock ‘Dyna’ and hidden shock ‘Softail’ chassis, both being replaced by a new, lighter, stronger, monoshock Softail frame.
In addition, Harley have taken the opportunity to update engines across the board with the new four-valve ‘Milwaukee-eight’ units introduced on the tourers last year, new Showa forks, lighter bodywork, fresh styling, LED lights, new clocks… in fact everything.
For the Street Bob, the most obvious difference is the now hidden rear suspension. But being lighter, stiffer and with a better ride, its handling is now conspicuously better, too. Add that to the added punch from the 107ci engine, slightly lower and more practical bars, enhanced ‘blacked-out’ styling and pleasing detailing such as the new LED headlight and neat instruments hidden in the top handlebar riser clamp and there’s no getting away from the fact that this new Street Bob is the same – but improved in every way. ■ 2018 H-D Heritage classic, p23
New chassis has paid dividends for the Harley
If you’re wanting to transport a pillion you’ve come to the wrong place
Beefy monoshock lurks under the seat
Dash is neatly tucked into the bar clamp