The Harley-Davidson Softail Standard is often dismissed as a handling disaster – by those who haven’t ridden one. Ground clearance is poor – lean too far and it’ll start scraping. But before then it’s much more neutral and better suspended than you’d guess. Brakes are just about up to the job but no better. Add a pillion to the Harley-Davidson Softail Standard and the extra weight does dull things somewhat.
The Harley-Davidson Softail Standard sports Harley’s old 88B 1450cc engine, unlike the latest models. It lacks the six speed transmission, active intake and exhaust but it’s still rich with torque and character. It’s not in the same league as H-D’s liquid cooled power plants in the V-Rod family and runs out of puff once you’re much over the legal limit but the Harley-Davidson Softail Standard is an accomplished cruiser.
Few weaknesses on the latest Harley-Davidson Softail Standard motorcycles. They tend to be well cared for playthings with modest mileages. Be wary of any used motorcycle with heavy corrosion – these aren’t winter commuters and white fur on the alloy or rust ruins the Harley-Davidson Softail Standard's handsome looks and slashes value.
The Harley-Davidson Softail Standard was expensive when new compared to Japanese rivals – but cheaper than many other Harleys. As with all Harley-Davidsons used values remain high as long as the motorcycle is well maintained. Official extras can add value to a Harley-Davidson Softail Standard – but even so you’ll get more money returning the motorcycle to standard and selling them separately. Find a Harley-Davidson Softail for sale.
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Not a huge amount as they leave the factory – but the range of accessories for the Harley-Davidson Softail Standard is colossal. Harley’s own Screamin’ Eagle parts are well made and work effectively. Plenty of other brands are worth considering too whether you want more comfort, less weight, more power or different looks for your Harley-Davidson Softail Standard.