Harley-Davidson pulls the wraps off 2018 Softail range

Harley-Davidson has revealed eight new 2018 Softail models, to coincide with its 115th anniversary year

Harley-Davidson pulls the wraps off 2018 Softail range

Despite recent reports of a drop in Harley-Davidson’s sales, the brand has shown no sign of slowing up, this week revealing an eight-strong Softail line-up, destined for release in 2018.

The models will be launched in what is the American motorcycle manufacturer’s 115th anniversary year, and will combine the hard-riding performance of the Dyna line with a custom Softail appearance.

All eight boast new suspension, chassis, engines, significant weight reductions and distinctive custom design cues.

The new models comprise the Fat Boy, Heritage Classic, Low Rider, Softail Slim, Deluxe, Breakout, Fat Bob and Street Bob.

Each will feature either the new dual-counterbalanced Milwaukee-Eight® 107 or 114 engines, which output 1745cc and 1868cc respectively.

Meanwhile, the stiffer and lighter chassis is designed to harness the high torque output of these powertrains.

Finally, the high-performance Dual-Bending Valve front suspension and a hidden rear monoshock means that the 2018 Softail models will far surpass their ‘Big Twin’ cruiser predecessors in terms of handling.

Paul James, manager of Product Portfolio, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, commented: “The new Softails are the result of the most extensive research and development program in the company’s history.

“Thousands of hours of research and testing were put into the complete ground-up design of these new cruisers.

“We focused on taking the total rider experience to a higher level, where authenticity, heritage and soul meet the modern edge of technology for a ride that must be felt to believe.”