2018 Harley Davidson Softail Range Launched in India; Prices Start at Rs 11.99 lakh

Harley Davidson India has launched the 2018 Softail range in India, The latest motorcycle series, which celebrates 115th anniversary year of the legendary motorcycles, comprises of four models – Street Bob, Fat Bob Heritage Softail Classic and Fat Boy. All the four motorcycles in the 2018 Harley Davidson Softail range come with a new engine and several improvements to their chassis and suspension. The 2018 Harley Davidson Softail price range starts at Rs 11.99 lakh. 

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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 price range lies between Rs 11.99 lakh to Rs 18.99 lakh. The lowest price model is Street Bob, which costs Rs 11.99 lakh, while the Fat Boy, at Rs 18.99 lakh, is the most expensive. The Heritage Softail Classic has an ex-showroom price of Rs 17.49 lakh. The Fat Bob costs Rs 13.49 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.”

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2018 Harley Davidson Softail India Features

NEW TECHNOLOGY FEATURED ON EVERY SOFTAIL

  • Unique Daymaker Signature LED Headlamps on all models
  • Improved electrical system charging, more than doubled at idle speeds
  • Easily adjustable rear shock pre-load settings (method varies by model)
  • New instrumentation
  • Keyless ignition and security system standard
  • Steering head mounted USB charge port
  • New fuel tanks

Fat Boy

  • Modern-day interpretation of the classic headlight nacelle
  • 160mm front tire, the widest-ever on a Harley-Davidson production model, wraps the solid Lakester front wheel6kg weight reduction to
  • 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
  • 17kg 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 brakes3.2
  • 13.2-litre fuel tank
  • 15kg weight reduction to the previous model
  • Inverted 43mm cartridge-style front forks

Street Bob

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

2018 Harley Davidson Softail Technical Details

All 2018 Softail models get a new heartbeat from the most powerful engines ever offered in Harley-Davidson Big Twin cruisers, the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin. Milwaukee-Eight 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.

The new Softail frame’s rigid mounting points are engineered to tightly package the engine and reinforce chassis stiffness. Milwaukee-Eight engines for Softail models also feature a refined, dual internally counter-balanced system that reduces engine vibration while maintaining the familiar Harley-Davidson feel. Harley-Davidson’s trademark ‘potato-potato-potato’ sound comes through strong with less intake and mechanical noise.

A new high stiffness carbon steel tubular frame forms the core of the 2018 Softail chassis and combined with the swingarm significantly increases the rigidity of the chassis. The frame itself 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%). The swingarm transfers rear wheel movement to the under-seat monoshock while maintaining the pure, classic lines of a hardtail frame. Brand new high-performance dual-bending valve front suspension – first introduced on 2017 Touring models – 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 look while revamped geometry improves ride quality, traction and control. Easily adjustable for spring preload it enables a 217kg range of payload capacity for increased passenger comfort and optimum handling. The all-new Softail models are up to 17kg lighter than before, delivering an improved power-to-weight ratio that provides quicker acceleration, better braking and dynamic cornering capability combined with increased lean angles for many models. Some models feature new tires specifically designed to work with the new Softail chassis and feature optimised constructions and improved compounds for confident, long-wearing performance in all riding conditions. New seat designs and materials provide an improved fit for a wider range of riders and greater comfort for cruising.

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