New Har­leys

Street Bob & Her­itage Clas­sic

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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

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