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Episode 097 : Harley impresses with new SoftTail lineup.

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Welcome back to Throttled, we of course open up talking about our rides but can’t help but mention the big news that everyone is talking about this week.

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News:
Well incase you have been living under a rock for the last few days Harley Davidson has release a few new bikes and shook up their lineup.  Here are three articles that we read before we chat.

Need information about new Harleys, and another take and another.  We also talk about a first ride.

 

Here’s the lowdown. Dyna line has been dropped.   Some model names have been merged with Softail line: lowrider, fatbob, and streetbob have been carried forward to merge with the heritage deluxe, classic, softail slim, breakout, and fatboy.   8 new bikes. Common features are the dual counterbalanced Mil 8, with some (classic, fatboy, breakout) available with the 114. ABS is either standard or available (really!) but they don’t mention if its reflex linked as in the Rushmore and onward touring line.   All have single front rotors (boo). Bike weight reduced up to 35 lbs (yawn), frames are much stiffer and shocks have all been redesigned with showa cartridge like front forks and rear shocks that are easily preload adjustable and have more travel. Greater ground clearance and lean angle has been incorporated. Bikes are claimed to have much improved handling, significantly more torque. The engines are not identical to the 8’s in the touring models, as they now have large oil coolers between the front frame members that look like water radiators. Presumably, engine heat had to be addressed in the softail models, perhaps because they don’t have the farings to redirect the heat as in the baggers? 3 to 5 gallon gas tanks. All bikes have led lighting that varies from modern to futuristic looking, some have lcd readouts instead of the traditional analogue dials with inset lcd windows.

 

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