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HARLEY-DAVIDSON HERITAGE CLASSIC (2018-on) Review

Published: 16 January 2018

New Heritage bins ’50s look – goes ’40s

HARLEY-DAVIDSON HERITAGE CLASSIC  (2018-on)

New Heritage bins ’50s look – goes ’40s

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Move over Street Glide and Road King, the ‘40s-style ‘bagger’ is now here. Improved dynamics, performance and detailing are added to great comfort and a fresh new style.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The focus of the new Softail family is the all-new Softail frame (so-called as it hides the rear suspension giving a classic hardtail ‘look’) which now uses an inclined single shock, Yamaha LC style, in place of dual shorter units previously mounted beneath the transmission. The new tubular steel double cradle is also claimed to be substantially lighter, stiffer and comprise far fewer components. Three different head angles, two shock lengths and two widths of swing arm are also employed in a modular approach to create the eight different models.

In Heritage form the ride itself is comfortable and the handling is surprisingly light and nimble.

Engine 4 out of 5

As with three other members of Harley’s new Softail family, the new Heritage Classic now uses the four-valve, partially oil-cooled ‘Milwaukee Eight’ 107ci V-twin, as introduced in its 2017 touring range, with the option also of the 114ci version. Both are modified for Softail use via a new oil cooler subtly positioned between the downtubes and, as they’re rigidly mounted in the new Softail frames (in the tourers they’re rubber mounted) come with two, not one, balancer shafts.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Along with the new frame, uprated engine and cycle parts and new equipment such as lights and clocks, the build quality of the new Heritage Classic, and indeed all the 2018 Softail family, has been noticeably improved.This powertrainis based on that of the proven ‘Project Rushmore’ touring family and quality seemingly raised throughout, we’ve little cause for concern with regards to reliability.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Harley ownership never comes cheap. On the positive side, the Heritage Classic, of all the 2018 Softails, best delivers that elusive blend of style and practicality. It might not be as much of a crowd-stopper as the new Fat Boy, or as punchy as the Fat Bob, but the new Heritage goes and handles well, looks good and is impressively practical as well.

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

Equipment 4 out of 5

Engine and chassis apart, the biggest news with the new Heritage is a complete styling makeover. Where the old Heritage was a ‘50s-style chrome ‘n’ tassles cruiser complete with plexi-screen and studded panniers, the new goes for a more ‘40s, WWII, look where black replaces chrome and a military vibe takes the place of a Wurlitzer one. So, along with the new frame and uprated engine are a new screen, revised panniers, new LED headlights, stylish new clocks and more. OK, there’s still no electronics and little by way of luxury but it is a classy machine and Harley have noticeably raised their game.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £17,995
Used price -
Warranty term Two year
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £200
Performance
Max power 86 bhp
Max torque 107 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 1746cc
Engine type 45º pushrod V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 18.9 litres
Seat height 668mm
Bike weight 316kg
Front suspension Showa telescopic forks, no adjust.
Rear suspension Mono shock, adjustable spring pre-load
Front brake 1 x 275mm disc, four-piston caliper. ABS
Rear brake 275mm two piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 130/90 x 16
Rear tyre size 150/80 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

2018 - all new model

Other versions

None

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their HARLEY-DAVIDSON HERITAGE CLASSIC (2018-on) 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 HERITAGE CLASSIC (2018-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4.7 out of 5
4 out of 5

Test ride sold it incredible ride

27 May 2018 by Tom

I fell in love with the bike on the test ride. It handled like a smaller, lighter bike but had smooth, confident power. I felt immediately comfortable.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Dual front brakes would slow the power of the 114 more securely but the stock single is adequate. Ride is nimble and comfortable. The wind screen is too low for me leaving considerable head buffeting so upgrading to a taller screen soon.
Engine
5 out of 5
Incredible power, smooth and vibration-free, instantaneous acceleration in any gear.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Build appeared flawless and solid.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Hard bags are big improvement and the snap-on backrest and especially Tour-Pak make touring a real possibility.
Buying experience

Bought from a dealer. Overall experience was just OK. The sales guy was uninterested in helping until he felt I was a sure buyer and then he rushed to do anything and everything but his interest felt hollow and insincere.

5 out of 5

Why buy a Road King, when the Heritage Classis does it all.

04 May 2018 by PhillT

Feels like modern bike, almost.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The new Showa suspension soaks up the bumps and gives great confidence. The single disc up front is adequate but I find I use more rear brake than I'd usually use on a modern machine.
Engine
4 out of 5
The Milwaukee 8 is the smoothest engine Harley have made. The 114 cubic inch version has torque enough to give acceleration in any gear.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Quality has improved dramatically with the 2018 softail models.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Only needs servicing every two years unless you rack up the miles.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Screen, panniers and LED lights are all standard. Add a top box our Tour Pak as Harley call them and you've enough room for extended touring.
Buying experience

Dealers are keen to offer demos and know their product range well. You'll struggle to get much off the ticket price on new models but great deals are available on accessories.

5 out of 5

2018 hd heritage classic.

11 February 2018 by appldr2001

This bike handles like a dream. The rider handles the bike not the bike handles the rider-very smooth. suspension is nice and balanced. The 107 has plenty of torque throughout the rpm's. The bags could be just a tad larger. The most enjoyable bike to ride i ever had.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
I can ride the bike several hundred miles, take a break and go again. This bike is at its best when you have country roads and then in town.
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
4 out of 5
Backrest and luggage rack would be o.k. My favorite features of the bike are color scheme-denim grey/denim black and handling.
Buying experience

I bought from a hd dealer. the price was . $ 19,999 plus 9.5% sales tax. That was the advertised price.

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