2018 Harley-Davidson Softail slim launched internationally
The most awaited Harley-Davidson Softail Slim finally launched. While the existing models such as the Fat Bob, Fat Boy and Street Bob saw a complete alteration, there were a few new models added as well. The latest Softail model to join the range was the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim. It was first presented in 2012 and brings a retro design with a minimalist theme thrown in for good measure. The Softail Slim is a bike which draws inspiration from the ’40s post-war surplus Harley-Davidson Bobber bikes.
The 2018 Softail range is said to be based around a lightweight frame which is stiffer than before. The result, according to the company is that the bikes handle better than their predecessors. As is with the Fat Bob, the Street Bob also gets a revised chassis, which is lighter and stiffer, making the bike a better handler. The Street Bob also gets a monoshock at the back like the Fat Bob and Showa Dual Bending Valve up front.
The bike stays true to its post-war heritage with fat tyres, black spokes and most importantly, minimal use of chrome. It is an all-new model from Harley and benefits from the 2018 Softail chassis that other bikes get. The company claims that the new Milwaukee 8 engine is more refined and smooth than the previous engine, thanks to the use of counter-balancers to reduce vibrations. In judgment to the previous model, the 2018 Softail Slim loses almost 16 kg. The ground clearance has enlarged but the stance of the bike is low, giving it a sporty look. Then of course, the modern bits are there, which contain new LED lights and Harley’s Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine.
The engine is a 1,745 cc V-Twin which is air/oil cooled and makes a massive 145 Nm of torque at a very lowly 3,500 rpm. The bike gets Showa telescopic forks upfront and a monoshock at the rear. The seat height is a low 660 mm and the bike weighs in at 304 kg. Internationally, the bike will be available in five colours and the prices start at GBP 16,045 (Rs.13.93 lakh). A month ago, Harley launched four new Softail models in India and the Softail Slim could be a very addition to the line-up here.