Harley-Davidson Softail Standard offers clean slate for customisers

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Harley-Davidson have added a new model to their Softail range and it’s the cheapest way to own the brand’s ‘big twin’ Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. The Softail Standard is intended as a blank canvas to be tweaked and customised by owners and costs £11,495.

For that, you get a pared back cruiser with classic Harley looks finished in simple black paint and gleaming chrome components. The centre piece of the bike is that 1750cc V-twin engine finished in black with chrome accents and 2-into-2 shotgun exhausts.

Bobber styling comes courtesy of steel, spoked rims (19” front, 16” rear) and a single seat unit exposing the rear fender. All of this is topped off with high bars and a single headlight at the front.

Harley-Davidson Softail Standard headlight

As with all the Softail models, the bike’s monoshock is hidden out of sight under the seat for old-school, rigid frame looks. You get preload adjustment at the rear and non-adjustable forks at the front and both ends get a single brake disc with ABS, but with a claimed dry weight of 291kg, it’s unlikely to be a B-road scratcher.

The other possible fly in Harley's ointment is that, despite being a stripped back, entry-level machine, it costs near as damn it the same as the £11,650 Triumph Bobber Black and a whole £845 more than a standard Bonneville Bobber.

The Softail Standard is expected to land mid 2020, watch out for MCN’s full review.

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Ben Clarke

By Ben Clarke

Staff Writer, hick for life, two cylinders max