Harley-Davidson Softails tweaked for 2009

Published: 22 July 2008

Harley-Davidson has made a series of detail changes to the eight-bike Softail range for the 2009 model year. The minor mechanical and styling changes are listed on Harley's new model information below:


The refreshed styling of the Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic highlights the eight-model Harley-Davidson Softail line for 2009. No single line of motorcycles offers more diversity in styling and attitude – from the rough-and-tumble Cross Bones bobber and the broad-shouldered Fat Boy, to the nostalgic Softail Deluxe and the radical Rocker. The Softail family represents the fully realized custom vision of Harley-Davidson, a combination of rolling art and engineering excellence that is often copied but never matched in the world of motorcycle design.
Named for its rear-suspension design, which mimics the lines of a vintage hard-tail frame but offers the comfort of modern suspension that is hidden under the chassis, every Softail has clean lines, a low seat height, and a rigid-mounted, counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B powertrain. The rigid powertrain allows tight packaging of the engine and frame and creates a solid connection between the rider and the power that moves the motorcycle, enhancing the emotional experience of riding.

Each Softail model also features the 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission for outstanding mid-range torque and relaxed engine speed when cruising. Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) enhances engine efficiency, provides crisp throttle response and easy starting, and self-adjusts for changing environmental conditions to maintain performance. A horseshoe oil tank located below the seat, forward foot controls or foot boards, the classic Fat Bob fuel tank, and the perfect execution of custom detail in paint and metal are design elements that define each Softail model.

Refreshed FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic
The Heritage Softail Classic receives a number of other, more-subtle styling changes and new components that shift this popular model in a new, retro direction for 2009. The beefy FL front end features a front fender and chrome nacelle with clean new styling cues, while taller handlebars change the rider’s profile. The fuel tank has new glass-filled, 3-D badges and is topped with a classic “Cat Eye” console and matching retro speedometer face. Half-moon rider footboards and a large, oval foot brake pad also nod to the past. The passenger seat and backrest have been revised for more comfort, while the sissy bar has new trim that matches the new two-tone leather console panel. Both the revised saddle bag and seat trim have been restyled. The King-Size windshield can be quickly detached for more streamlined cruising.

FLSTC Heritage Classic features:

Rigid-mount, 1584cc Twin Cam 96B balanced engine
6-speed Cruise Drive transmission
Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
New enlarged passenger seat and backrest
New seat trim
New taller handlebar
New handlebar clamp
New fuel tank graphics and glass-filled 3-D tank badge
New saddle bag trim
New retro speedometer face
New front fender trim
New chrome nacelle style
Retro “Cat Eye” fuel tank console
Half moon rider footboards and oval brake pad
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Chrome oil tank
150 mm-16 rear / MT90-16 front tire
Chrome Laced Steel wheels
FL rear fender
Five-gallon Fat Bob tank
Clear-lens reflector-optics chrome passing lamps
Chrome plated directional light bar
Detachable King-Size Lexan windshield
Leather saddlebags with quick-detach buckles
FL front forks
Chrome hub cover
Optional Chrome Aluminium Profile Laced wheels with wide white wall tires
Optional Smart Security System
FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones
If riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is a timeless experience, then the new FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones almost makes the clock stand still. The dark Cross Bones cuts the profile of an authentic custom bobber, a stripped-down-and-chopped custom with raw finishes. Cross Bones leads with the Gloss Black Springer front end and follows with other post-war styling cues, including a Gloss-Black round air cleaner cover, sprung solo seat, half-moon rider footboards and chopped front fender. The adjustable two-position pan-style saddle rides at a height of 26.6 inches. The rider rolls arm-high gripping Gloss Black mini ape hanger handlebars. The Gloss Black oil tank features a new Willie G.-autographed skull graphic. The bright chrome straight shot exhaust with chrome slash-cut mufflers contrasts with the dark frame and powertrain.

FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones features:

Rigid-mount, 1584 cc Twin Cam 96B balanced engine
6-speed Cruise Drive transmission
Black powder-coated engine with polished covers and pushrods and untreated fins
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
New Gloss Black round air cleaner cover
Gloss Black painted Springer front end with chrome springs
Gloss Black mini ape-hanger handlebar
Gloss Black cat-eye tank console with new speedometer face
Gloss Black oil tank and rear fender supports
New Willie G. signed horseshoe oil tank skull graphic
Straight shot exhaust with chrome slash-cut mufflers
Adjustable sprung solo seat with leather lacing
26.6-inch seat height
Chopped front fender with pinstriping
Bobtail rear fender with pinstriping
Distinctive five-gallon fuel tank with hand-laced leather tank panel and pinstriping
200 mm rear tire
Laced Steel front and rear wheels with Gloss Black painted rims
Half moon old-school foot boards
Optional Smart Security System
FXCW Rocker
The Rocker offers authentic hard-tail chopper style with innovative ideas that could only be produced by Harley-Davidson. The Rockertail rear section mounts a wide fender directly to the swing arm, just an inch over a big 240 mm x 18-inch rear tire. The Rocker rear fender and wheel move in unison as the Rockertail glides through 3.4 inches of rear suspension travel. A new monochromatic silver stainless steel powder-coated paint scheme highlights the custom look. The solo seat is just 24.5 inches off the ground –among the lowest seat height of any motorcycle on the market today. The stop and tail lamp functions are integrated with the rear turn indicators, eliminating the need for the traditional tail lamp on the rear fender.

FXCW Rocker features

Rigid-mount, 1584cc Twin Cam 96B balanced engine
6-speed Cruise Drive transmission
Silver powdercoated engine with Satin Stainless Steel powdercoat covers
Chrome Shorty Dual exhaust
New low profile front fender
Finned cast-aluminium, horseshoe oil tank
240 mm-18 rear / 90 mm-19 front tire
Satin Stainless Metallic powdercoat Cast Aluminium Tapered Five Spoke 19-inch front / 18-inch rear wheels
Rockertail rear section
Stretched fuel tank with recessed medallion
Solo saddle
V-Bar handlebar on five-inch curved risers
Console-mounted speedometer
Satin Stainless Metallic powdercoat fork lowers, oil tank, headlamp bucket, swingarm and other components
Integrated LED rear turn indicators/tail/brake lamps
Colour-matched frame
Optional Smart Security System
FXCWC Rocker C
As the chrome-laden version of the Rocker, the Rocker C features an industry-first Trick seat design, which hides a passenger pillion and struts under the solo seat. Simply lift off the solo seat and the passenger pillion folds out over the Rockertail rear section for surprisingly comfortable two-up riding. Many components are chrome plated, including the headlamp, the handlebar riser, the fork lowers, and the tank console and speedometer. The finned aluminium oil tank, frame and swing arm are colour-matched to the sheet metal, which features flame graphics.

FXCWC Rocker C features:

Rigid-mount, 1584cc Twin Cam 96B balanced engine
6-speed Cruise Drive transmission
Black powdercoated engine with chrome covers
Chrome Shorty Dual mufflers
New low profile front fender
Finned cast-aluminium oil tank
240 mm-18-inch rear / 90 mm-19-inch front tire
Polished Cast Aluminium Tapered Five Spoke 19-inch front/18-inch rear wheels
Rockertail rear section
Stretched fuel tank with recessed cloisonné medallion
Trick two-in-one seat with concealed passenger pillion
Independent V-Bar handlebar on five-inch curved risers
Console-mounted style speedometer
Colour-matched frame, swingarm and oil tank
Chrome fork lowers, headlamp, console, speedometer and other components
Integrated LED rear turn indicators/tail/brake lamps
Deluxe pinstripe flames standard
Optional Smart Security System
FXSTB Night Train
Embrace darkness on the FXSTB Night Train, with features like a blacked-out powertrain and wrinkle-black trim on the engine covers, air cleaner, oil tank, rear fender supports, drive belt sprocket and fuel tank console. The long FX front end and narrow 21-inch laced front wheel counter a beefy 200 mm rear tire on a slotted cast disc under a Bobtail fender. Drag bars and forward foot controls create an aggressive posture whether cruising highways or dark alleys. A new low-profile front fender hugs the 21-inch laced front wheel and tire.

FXSTB Night Train features:

Rigid-mount, 1584cc Twin Cam 96B balanced engine
6-speed Cruise Drive transmission
Black powder-coated engine with wrinkle-black and texture-black covers
Black oil tank
Black drive belt sprocket
Black tank console, air cleaner, oil tank and rear fender supports
Black Cast Aluminium rear wheel
200 mm-17 rear / MH90-21 front tire
New low profile front fender
Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
Bobtail rear fender
Low-slung Badlander style seat
Drag-style handlebar on six-inch risers
Five-gallon Fat Bob fuel tank
Forward foot controls
Optional Chrome Profile Aluminium Laced front and Forged Polished Aluminium Disc rear wheel
Optional Smart Security System
FXSTC Softail Custom
The FXSTC Softail Custom puts fists in the breeze and feet forward with a chopper profile straight from the FX custom era. The tufted king/queen seat has chrome buttons and flows up an integrated aluminium one-piece backrest, providing a comfortable perch for rider and passenger. A new low-profile front fender hugs the 21-inch laced front wheel and tire. Profile ape-hanger handlebar on custom risers and the Fat Bob fuel tank with embossed leather tank strap and triple laid custom graphics accentuate the cool look. A 200 mm rear tire and Bobtail fender add authority to the rear end, while chrome details on the powertrain and oil tank contrast the black powder-coated engine.

FXSTC Softail Custom features:

Rigid-mount, 1584cc Twin Cam 96B balanced engine
6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission
Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
Profile ape-hanger handlebar with custom risers
New low profile front fender
Chrome Staggered Shorty dual exhaust
Chrome oil tank
200 mm-17 rear / MH90-21 front tire
Polished, slotted Disc Forged Aluminium 17-inch rear wheel
Chrome Profile Laced Aluminum 21-inch front wheel
Bobtail rear fender
Button tufted two-up seat with chrome backrest
Five-gallon Fat Bob fuel tank with custom-sewn, leather strap
Forward-mount foot controls
Optional Smart Security System
Optional Chrome Profile Laced Aluminium Rear Wheel
FLSTF Fat Boy
One of the world’s most distinctive motorcycles, the FLSTF Fat Boy rolls with a size and stature second to none. The Fat Boy rides wide on a 200 mm rear tire and 17-inch front wheel and bright chrome fork nacelle. Unique premium components like Bullet Hole Disc Aluminium wheels and fat front forks identify this Softail as the iconic Fat Boy. New optional mirror polished chrome-plated wheels can accentuate the Fat Boy look.

FLSTF Fat Boy features:

Rigid-mount, 1584cc Twin Cam 96B balanced engine
6-speed Cruise Drive transmission
Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
Chrome Over/Under Shotgun exhaust
Chrome horseshoe oil tank
200 mm-17 rear / 140 mm-17 front tire
Silver Bullet Hole Disc Cast Aluminium 17-inch wheels
Two-tone seat with bullet laced valence
1.25-inch custom internally wired handlebar with Bare Knuckle risers
Custom graphics package on front fender, fuel tank and rear fender
Five-gallon traditional Fat Bob fuel tank with laced triple bullet strap
New optional mirror polished chrome-plated wheels
Chrome front fork nacelle
Full-length floorboards with heel/toe shift lever
FL front forks and custom front fender
Large chrome headlight
Optional Smart Security System
Optional Polished and Chrome Bullet Hole Disc Cast Aluminium 17-inch wheels
FLSTN Softail Deluxe
The FLSTN Softail Deluxe combines nostalgia with a modern powertrain and suspension for a truly confidence-inspiring riding experience. For 2009, the Softail Deluxe has a redesigned, narrow-profile rider seat with collapsible pockets in the shell that make the seat narrower when straddling the motorcycle at rest. Seat height is just 24.5 inches, among the lowest for a full-sized motorcycle. An easy-reach pull-back handlebar and riser package, lowered suspension, extended kickstand and exclusive integrated luggage rack make the Softail Deluxe an even more functional ride. Classic design touches include wide whitewall tires on Chrome Laced Steel wheels, tombstone tail light on the rear fender, intricate cloisonné and sparkling chrome.

FLSTN Softail Deluxe features:

Rigid-mount, 1584cc Twin Cam 96B balanced engine
6-speed Cruise Drive transmission
Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
Chrome Over/Under Shotgun exhaust
New narrow profile seat with low 24.5-inch seat height
Chrome oil tank
MU85B-16 rear / MT90-16 front wide whitewall tires
Chrome Laced Steel wheels
FL rear fender
Two-piece, two-up seat with detachable passenger pillion
Low-rise pull-back handlebar
Five-gallon Fat Bob tank
Distinctive headlight nacelle
Clear-lens reflector-optic passing lamps
Integrated luggage rack
Tombstone tail light
FL front forks with full FL fender
Full-length floorboards with heel/toe shift lever
Optional Chrome Aluminium Profile Laced wheels
Optional Smart Security System