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Harley-Davidson unveils 4 new Softail motorcycles

26/10/2017 | Author: Autoguide | 0 Comments Back To Home   < Previous News   |   Next news >

The launch ceremony

Celebrating its 115th anniversary, Harley-Davidson India launched four new customised Softail models that merge the hard-riding performance of the Dyna line with the unparalleled custom look of the Softail line. 
 
Designed under the largest product development project in company history, the new bikes feature a stiffer and significantly lighter frame built to harness the high torque output of the new dual-counterbalanced Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine.
 
With high-performance dual-bending valve front suspension and an easily adjustable hidden rear monoshock, the aggressively styled 2018 Softail models are faster, lighter and better handling than any of their Big Twin cruiser predecessors.
 
Mr Peter MacKenzie, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India and China, said, “Our new offerings strongly demonstrate Harley-Davidson’s focus on reinventing products for motorcycle enthusiasts and aspiring riders. The 2018 Softail custom motorcycles have been inspired by Harley-Davidson’s history, authenticity and styling DNA through a modern lens. The response to the first look has been very positive and we are confident that the motorcycles will further enhance the sport of leisure motorcycling in India.”
 
There are two unique swingarms of the Softails, one for narrow and one for wide rear tyres. The wide chassis is 5.89kg (15 pc) lighter, while the narrow chassis shaves 8.16kg (20 pc). The swingarm transfers rear wheel movement to the under-seat monoshock while maintaining the pure, classic lines of a hardtail frame.
 
The new Softail models are up to 17kg lighter than before, delivering an improved power-to-weight ratio that provides quicker acceleration, better braking and dynamic cornering capability combined with increased lean angles for many models. Some models feature new tyres. New seat designs and materials provide an improved fit for a wider range of riders and greater comfort for cruising.
 
All 2018 Softail models get the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin engine. The engines for Softail models also feature a refined, dual internally counter-balanced system that reduces engine vibration while maintaining the familiar Harley-Davidson feel.
 

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