HARLEY-DAVIDSON DEUCE (1999-2005) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Has clean, classic lines that are classic Harley"

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"Has clean, classic lines that are classic Harley"

  • At a glance
  • 1449cc  -  63 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  146 miles range
  • Insurance group: 16 of 17
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  • Low seat height (660mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Although at first glance the Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce is much like any other cruiser style Harley, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce is, in fact, a real beaut. Based on the Harley-Davidson Softail but with a stretch tank, restyle rear fender, chromed fork sliders and pull back bars, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce has clean, classic lines that are classic Harley. It’s also classily built, goes decently well and has lots of options available. Sweet.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

With the Softail (but harsh) hidden shock rear end, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce can’t match the twin shock Dyna’s for ride quality and handling, but it’s not desperate, either. The Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce's braking also can’t match the twin disc-ed machines such as the Harley-Davidson Super Glide Sport.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce was discontinued as a model before the very latest 1558 varient of Harley’s Big Twin was introduced. But the Old School ‘Twin Cam’ 1450 engine in the  Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce certainly ain’t bad. Expect  lumpy, charismatic predictability and durability and car-style performance. Just don’t expect thrills a minute.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Again, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce is a modern Harley, so paint, build quality, robustness etc are a given to be amongst the best anywhere. Reliability is pretty much beyond question, too, after all the  Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce is a big, massively refined yet understressed motorcycle ridden very little and serviced often by wealthy people. So go figure…

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

The Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce was around £12k when new and is regarded as something of a classy, iconic machine, and is particularly desirable as such, keeping used values high. Find a Harley-Davidson Softail for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

Nothing to get excited about, true, but the Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce has all the custom bells and whistles where it matters, all served up to provide a fairly classy, luxurious concoction. It’s not touring motorcycle, but the Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce will certainly pull the crowds.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1999
Year discontinued 2005
Original price -
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 63 bhp
Max torque 82 ft-lb
Top speed 118 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 146 miles
Specification
Engine size 1449cc
Engine type 4v air-cooled V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel tube cradle
Fuel capacity 18.9 litres
Seat height 660mm
Bike weight 293kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 292mm disc
Rear brake Single 292mm disc
Front tyre size MH90 x 21
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

Sep 1999:  Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce launched.
Aug 2000: Equipped with new H-D security system.
Jan 2001: Optional fuel injection available.
Jan 2002: Alarm and immobiliser now standard, also now with new bullet style indicators.
Jan 2004: Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce replaced by FXSTDI Softail Deuce with EFI as standard.
Aug 2005: Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce discontinued.

Other versions

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