Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce (FXSTD) review

Possibly even worth considering over and above the mighty Fat Boy, due to its lower weight and good performance (for a traditional Harley)

Ben Cope's picture
By Visordown on Thu, 1 Jan 2004 - 12:01

Details
Manufacturer:
Harley-Davidson
Category:
Custom
Price:
£ 13795
Overall
4
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Looks, solid rear wheel
Price, dearer than a Fat Boy!

Yeah, we know it’s a couple of grand dearer than the Softail Standard and even a few quid more than a Fat Boy, but the extra design tweaks on the Deuce really make this machine stand out as the aggressive, hairy-arsed antithesis of the easy-going Softail Classic.

Please remember we’re talking in Harley terms here, so while the motor is the same 68bhp push-rod lump, the 23 kilos less the Deuce has to haul around is what’s making the slight performance difference. What is completely different is the look. The Deuce has a nice stripped-down raw edge to it that make it look cooler compared to the Classic. It’s well worth a look.
Yeah, we know it’s a couple of grand dearer than the Softail Standard and even a few quid more than a Fat Boy, but the extra design tweaks on the Deuce really make this machine stand out as the aggressive, hairy-arsed antithesis of the easy-going Softail Classic.

Please remember we’re talking in Harley terms here, so while the motor is the same 68bhp push-rod lump, the 23 kilos less the Deuce has to haul around is what’s making the slight performance difference. What is completely different is the look. The Deuce has a nice stripped-down raw edge to it that make it look cooler compared to the Classic. It’s well worth a look.
Length (mm) 2423
Tank (litres) 4.9
Dryweight (kg) 293
Seats 0
Seat Height (mm) 696
Suspension Front 41.3mm telescopic
Suspension Rear Mild steel, rectangular tube section swing arm
Wheels Front 21 inch laced
Wheels Rear 17 inch deep-dish diamond cut disc
Brakes Front Four piston caliper, 292.1mm expansion rotor
Brakes Rear Four piston caliper, 292.1mm expansion rotor
Tank Capacity (litres) 18.5
Wheelbase (mm) 1691
Ground Clearance (mm) 142
Trail (mm) 127
Chassis Mild steel tubular frame, rectangular section backbone, stamped, cast and forged junctions, forged fender support, MIG welded
Cubic Capacity (cc) 1450
Valves 4
Max Power (bhp) 68
Bore (mm) 95.18
Stroke (mm) 101.52
Valves Per Cylinder 2
Cooling Air cooled
Fuel Delivery Carburetion or electronic sequential port injectio
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Belt

Score Breakdown
Overall
4
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