Harley-Davidson rolls out 2018 Softail Series

American two-wheeler manufacturer, Harley-Davidson on Thursday launched its 2018 Softail range in India. This newly introduced line-up includes four motorcycles – Street Bob, Heritage Classic, Fat Bob and Fat Boy – priced at Rs 11.99 lakh, Rs 18.99 lakh, Rs 13.99 lakh and Rs 17.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). All four new models get cosmetics as well as mechanical upgrades and look much different from their existing versions.

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.”

All four motorcycles receive a new, sporting 1750cc V-twin engines known as the “107” (107 denoting engine capacity in cubic inches) from Harley-Davidson's Milwaukee 8 series of engines. As per the company, the engine promises better acceleration times, as it produces a massive 150Nm of torque. These motorcycles also get comprehensive styling updates and are a lot more modern looking along with LED lights. Under the skin, all four get an new chassis along with a new suspension that promises far better handling and an improved ride quality.

The Street Bob received a new digital instrument cluster, integrated LCD screen and a new handlebar. It will also come with revised seats, new exhaust pipes and air box. The model will be available in five colour variants and it is 7kg lighter to the previous model.

The revised edition of Fat Bob has completely changed its design and styling. The model will be available in four colour options, Dual disc front brakes and has inverted 43mm cartridge-style front forks. The model will come with an adjustable suspension system to specifically suit the Indian road conditions.

Harley's most Iconic Fat Boy is now available with more aggressive styling while maintaining its contemporary DNA using the satin chrome elements. The classic headlight and a 160mm front tire – widest-ever on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle – are the highlights of the new model. The new model is 16kg lighter as compared to the previous one.

The new Heritage Classic keeps the vintage DNA live with its classic design while receiving some modern blacked-out touches. The new features can be customised like the detachable windscreen, lockable and water resistant saddlebags taller suspension and cruise control. Moreover, the new model is significantly lighter with 17kg less than the old-generation Heritage Classic.

The ABS is available throughout the new Harley-Davidson lineup while the Softail range also gets LED headlamps, keyless ignition, USB sockets and other improved features.


Neeraj Jha