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HARLEY-DAVIDSON DEUCE (1999-2005) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

Updated: 21 November 2014

"Has clean, classic lines that are classic Harley"

Harley-Davidson FXSTD Softail Deuce motorcycle review - Side view

"Has clean, classic lines that are classic Harley"

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.

Insurance group: 16 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

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.

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 £91
Annual service cost £200
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

None

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON DEUCE (1999-2005) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HARLEY-DAVIDSON DEUCE (1999-2005)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.8 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Very happy with my 2003 SE Deuce. One of the best ever.

19 November 2019 by Vince

CVO model that H-D threw everything but the kitchen sink at.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Nothing special stock with marshmallow forks and stiff rear shocks. Progressive springs and shocks out back bring this up to a 4.5/5. SE Deuce got twin rotors so much better braking than the stock single rotor. But still braking is just very good and not excellent.
Engine
4 out of 5
Mine has the fun 1550cc/95" SE engine. It's cammed and has V&H pipes so it has that lopey idle that's classic HD. It makes beautiful music. Midrange torque comes one very strong. Knock off 1 star for H-D's weak cam chain tensioner on this year.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Super high quality paint with hand fitted gold leaf and custom paint. All chrome parts throughout, Chrome horseshoe gas tank and painted frame. Fasteners and cables hidden.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Super cheap on the used market these days, but were a small fortune new so a great bargain and excellent value now. I keep up on the maintenance of my bikes and H-D is much less in running costs compared to my other bikes with no coolant to change and valves to adjust.
Equipment
5 out of 5
This has every SE part available for it's year from top to bottom. Nothing left off the table and hard pressed to find a better looking production motorcycle for what these cost used.
Buying experience

I bought it used from a dealer. No issues.

5 out of 5

27 May 2018 by Harley Davidson Deuce, Trav

Overall I'm very happy with this bike. Very comfortable, responsive handling, classic but slightly sporty looks and lots of chrome. It has good power, cruises nicely at highway speeds. Brakes are okay but could benefit from twin front disks. Gets lots of looks!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
Very smooth engine. Plenty of power for cruising.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Haven't owned the bike long but so far, so good.
Equipment
5 out of 5
-
Buying experience

Bought the bike used from a dealership for $8500 with 10,000 miles on it. Bike looks and runs like new. Great deal.

5 out of 5

2002 Duece

10 June 2016 by Presco

Cool looking bike. Wouldn't take it across the state but love riding around town

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes could be a little better. After an hour of riding it's nice to stop and stretch the legs. But overall a nice bike
Engine
5 out of 5
Plenty of smooth power. Does the speed limit and then some
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Hasn't let me down yet
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
It's a Harley
Equipment
4 out of 5
Looks great comfy ride. I'm happy
Buying experience

Private seller. Good deal on it. I'm happy

5 out of 5

HI TECH DEUCE

08 October 2015 by deuce2000

a futuristic line that was created in 2000 by Willie G. Davidson at the turn of the millennium!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
-
Engine
3 out of 5
i have a complete Screamins' eagle engine... Horsepower!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
in 15 years, only problem was with the alternator
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
i do any work myself. only the costs of oil, filter.
Equipment
4 out of 5
oem footpegs = horrible!
Buying experience

i bought new

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