2008 Harley Davidson Cross Bones Review — Full Review and Riding Impressions…

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Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones

The Harley Cross Bones: A Cruiser for Cool Cats. and Like Us

There’s nothing than a vintage bobber. But be honest — vintage are a pain in the rear. They down, they leak they need constant and they don’t actually all that well.

What if you get the cool look of a vintage but with the comfort and convenience of a modern motorcycle?

Enter the Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross . Carrying a base price of ($17,985 as tested), the Cross comes with a 24 month/unlimited warranty, and estimated fuel of 35.0 mpg city/54.0 mpg highway on unleaded.

First Glance

At the end of War II, Army surplus motorcycles cheap transportation for many veterans upon their to US soil. The vets gathered into motorcycle clubs, the camaraderie of shared experience they missed from combat days. Former applied some of the lessons learned from keeping planes in the air, and stripped bikes of extraneous metal to lighten their loads, them faster and more

The resulting motorcycles are known as or bob jobs, distinguished by their rear and tiny front bucking the then-current trends. evolved into choppers. emphasize more styling like raked front and other extreme elements. The was all about riding, and getting the out of your bike by taking off extra.

The cool looks a bonus.

The Cross Bones the bobber/chopper divide. It has the cool part down pat — is one of the coolest bikes Harley has in years, and that’s saying Starting with the laced which contrast steel with gloss black (16 front/17 rear) and fat tires (90 rear).

The Springer-style front end plays with the contrast, the gloss-black forks and shiny exposed springs. The speedo mini-ape hanger handlebars and air cleaner are also gloss standing out from the unique paint job on the metal body (my bike wore a sharp of Pewter Denim). It all adds up to one ride.

Continued below.

of the Pants

The Cross Bones just right against old diner

Photo © Harley-Davidson

The stock on many Harley models up being the first aftermarket that a new owner makes the stockers rarely provide comfort or even great That won’t happen the Cross Bones. The Cross solo seat is the old-fashioned with great details and spring supports underneath.

The benefit of this cool is great comfort. The seat in two positions, providing a little room for the long of leg. floorboards and a heel-toe shifter a very comfortable platform for riding.

I’m not a cool unfortunately. But I have to admit sitting on the Cross Bones me feel cool. It’s a iconic riding position on a bike.

There are a few downsides to the position. If you wear a full-face like I do (and I encourage you you’ll encounter the eternal of seeing the tank nacelle-mounted while still keeping eye on the road. I learned to trust my of speed rather than an eye on the speedo.

The mini-ape hangers are a little for all-day comfort, especially if you yourself on the freeway for a prolonged of time.

And then there’s the solo thing. My cousin a genuine old-school biker, me one piece of advice when I my first Harley: Ride Cross Bones makes that you follow Dave’s

If you want to bring your along, get a second Cross If you want to bring any luggage get a backpack — there’s no storage on the FLSTSB.

On the Road

where the modern bike has it all the vintage bike. Cross shares the proven, air-cooled Cam 96B engine with the rest of the lineup. At 1,584 cubic (96 cubic inches), it cranks out a 84.8 lb-ft of torque at 3100 rpm.

Harley release horsepower figures for the but most estimates put it at about 74 hp. ESPFI (Electronic Sequential Fuel Injection) eliminates the for the enricher knob — start it up, and the 96B never hiccoughs or no matter what the weather. underway, you’ve got six forward to play with.

Sixth is a slight overdrive, engine rpms for easy With 5.0 gallons of premium in the tank, you could go as far as 270 highway before filling up again.

Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones

The front end takes a little used to if you’re used to a telescopic fork. My test had very few miles on it when I it up, and it felt a little stiff and at first. The front end performance got better the more I rode, more compliant and breaking in.

heard from Springer that this is characteristic of the end, and I wound up really the way it performed, especially on imperfect

Cross Bones isn’t flickable, but it is very predictable the road turns twisty. The will be the first thing to down and give a warning you’re taxing your limit. If you scrape your frequently, you should probably a different kind of bike for riding style.

Journey’s End

A rear view.

© Jason Fogelson

I love to at motorcycles. The Guggenheim’s The Art of the Motorcycle was my own heaven, and I always find lingering over bikes get their beauty from following function. The bobbers accidental art, taking the WL down to its essence, sculpting a work of art in the process.

The Cross pays homage to those bikes of old, adding technology to the package to create a rolling work of art.

said, there are other even within the H-D lineup. The Rocker is an even more take on the equation, but with a front fork in place of the The FXDB Dyna Street Bob the Dyna’s dual rear mount design to the table, for a bit maneuverability (and a lower

Don’t be afraid to look at brands, either. The Yamaha Raider S is a potent piece. So is the VTX 1800F, and the Suzuki Boulevard adds a modern touch of

The Victory Hammer and Big Dog Pitbull are American interpretations of motorcycling

My quibbles are few, and the Cross is gorgeous. Even if you don’t it much, you’ll get a lot of pleasure out of looking at it in your garage. If got to have a Harley, I’m not to try to talk you out of it.

The Cross Bones fill the bill, and you’ll cool on it, even if you’re a like me.

Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones

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