2018 Harley Davidson Softail Range Launched in India

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Harley Davidson India has come up with the 2018 Softtail range of motorcycles. With this, the Indians subsidiary of the iconic American motorcycle has updated the entire line-up of its cruiser motorcycles in India. The updated range includes four all-new models in the Softail series – Fat Bob, Street Bob, Heritage Softail Classic and Fat Boy. All these new motorcycles commemorate the company’s 115th Anniversary year. The 2018 Harley Davidson Softail range in India comes with the new Milwaukee Eight engine along with new chassis, new frame, and a high-performance suspension.

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2018 Harley Davidson Softail India Prices

2018 Softail Model Prices (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Street Bob Rs 11.99 lakh
Fat Bob Rs 13.49 lakh
Heritage Softail Classic Rs 17.49 lakh
Fat Boy Rs 18.99 lakh

The new 2018 Harley Davidson Softail India price list starts at Rs 11.99 lakh and goes all the way to Rs 18.99 lakh. The least priced 2018 Softail model costs Rs 11.99 lakh, while the Fat Bob costs Rs 13.49 lakh. The Heritage Softail Classic has an ex-showroom price of Rs 17.49 lakh. The Fat Boy costs Rs 18.99 lakh.

Speaking on the launch of the new range of motorcycles, 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.”

2018 Harley Davidson Softail Pics

2018 Harley Davidson Softail Features

Every motorcycle in thenew 2018 Harley Davidson Softail range comes with the following new features-

  • Unique Daymaker Signature LED Headlamps on all models
  • Improved electrical system charging, more than doubled at idle speeds
  • Under seat spanner wrench: Street Bob
  • External hand adjustment knob: Fat Bob, Fat Boy
  • Under seat socket adjustment: Heritage Classic
  • New instrumentation
  • Keyless ignition and security system standard
  • Steering head mounted USB charge port
  • New fuel tanks

Other than this, here are model-wise lists of new features-

Fat Boy

  • Modern-day interpretation of the classic headlight nacelle
  • 160mm front tire, the widest-ever on a Harley-Davidson production model
  • 16kg weight reduction to previous model
  • Standard ABS
  • 240mm rear tire with solid Lakester rear wheel

Heritage Classic

  • New detachable windscreen
  • New rigid, lockable, sealed, water-resistant saddlebags
  • Taller suspension with increased passenger and cargo payload capacity
  • 17 kgs weight reduction to previous model
  • Standard cruise control and ABS

Fat Bob

  • 2-1-2 upswept performance exhaust with a custom finish
  • Largest aggressively treaded tires from the Motor Company: 150 mm front and 180 mm rear
  • Dual disc front brakes
  • 13.2-litre fuel tank
  • 15kg weight reduction to the previous model
  • Inverted 43mm cartridge-style front forks

Street Bob

  • Smooth-top 13.2 liter fuel tank
  • Black spoke wheels with chopped fenders
  • Low-profile riser-mounted digital instrument screen
  • 7kg weight reduction to the previous model

2018 Harley Davidson Softail Specifications

All 2018 Softail models get the most powerful engines ever offered in Harley-Davidson Big Twin cruisers. The new Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin engines retain the iconic 45-degree V-Twin cylinder angle with a broad-shouldered top end accentuated by a single camshaft design that tapers to a slim bottom end for a muscular contour.

A new high stiffness carbon steel tubular frame forms the core of the 2018 Softail chassis. The frame is 65% stiffer than the outgoing Softail design, which leads to a 34% increase in overall chassis stiffness. Its design also achieves reduced complexity with a 50% reduction in component parts and 22% reduction in welds. There are two unique swingarms, one for narrow and one for wide rear tires. The wide chassis is 5.89kg (15%) lighter, while the narrow chassis shaves 8.16kg (20%).

Brand new high-performance dual-bending valve front suspension delivers damping performance that’s similar to a cartridge fork but with improved, more responsive damping characteristics. It’s optimised for both comfortable cruising and spirited riding with 130mm of travel. Revised rake and trail also enhance handling ability. The new monoshock rear suspension preserves the classic hardtail. Easily adjustable for spring preload, it enables a 217kg range of payload. The all-new Softail models are up to 17kg lighter than before.

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