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Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones

2008 Harley-Davidson’s FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones

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The design team at the Harley Davidson Motor Company seems to be on a roll lately with the reinvention of elemental images from the past. Harley has long been associated with skeletal graphic themes – skulls and crossbones have adorned bikes for ages and now there’s even one that pays homage to that history, called the Cross Bones. The official symbol for this model, though it doesn’t appear on the motorcycle itself, is a variation on the legendary Harley-Davidson No.

1 logo. Instead, the Cross Bones displays a stylized skull at the top.

The Cross Bone is a very cool ride with a retro theme. Outstanding features begin up front with the black powder-coated fork front end sporting chrome springs and shock absorber. The front fender is an abbreviated or chopped shorty cycle affair that rides over a healthy front tire (Dunlop D402F/MT 90 B18 72H) mounted on a black powder-coated rim with steel laced spokes.

Mini ape-hanger handlebars are finished in black, with a King Bee-style headlamp also done in black. The fuel tank sports a new gloss black cat-eye styled console with minimal gauges, which is followed by an adjustable chrome sprung solo seat and a bobbed rear fender. There are old-school type floorboards rather than pegs with a rocker shift linkage and a large oval foot brake (no corners to hang your boot up on).

The basic Cross Bones comes finished in a glossy, Vivid Black with pin striping on both fenders and the tank. Other available colors include: Black Denim, Pewter Denim, Dark Blue Denim, Olive Pearl and Dark Blue Pearl – but all color options will cost you an extra $345.

Power for the FLSTSB Cross Bones is provided by a 1584 cc Twin Cam 96B air-cooled V-Twin with electronic sequential fuel injection that makes 87.9 pound-feet of torque at 2,750 rpm. The motor mates to a velvety smooth (no more clunking through the gears) six-speed Cruise Drive sequential manual transmission, metering power to the rear wheel via a final drive, reinforced belt.

The exhaust exits through straight shot over and under dual right side, slash-cut chrome pipes with a traditional mellow Harley rumble. The rear suspension consists of a wider wheel that matches the front in design, but shod with a hefty Dunlop D407/200/55R17 78V riding on a softail swingarm. Bringing the Cross Bones to a halt are single front and rear disc brakes.

My test Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones was provided by Vallejo Harley-Davidson /Buell, and was finished in the basic Vivid Black – even the motor is in black, as are the oil tank cover and air cleaner. The base sticker was set at $16,795. It was also equipped with the H-D security system ($345) and California emissions equipment with a CA Air Resources Board fee attached as well ($203.50).

Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones

Add to that the $300 freight charge and the final sticker tallied $17,343.50.

The new Harley Cross Bones comes across as an old-school bike in the bobber style that’s one bad-to-the-bone ride. Springers aren’t everyone’s cup of java, but the low seat height (26.6 inches) and the 700 pound dry mid-weight (at least for a Harley) range coupled with the 27.6 and 27.1 degree lean angles left and right respectively add up to a pretty impressive ride. The riding position was exceptionally comfortable with plenty of floorboard room and easy reach to handlebars.

The big front tire and bigger rear rubber make for easy maneuvering at virtually any speed with great balance for easy control.

Acceleration is rapid off-the-line, and the broad torque range is easy to get used to in a hurry. The exhaust note is nice and mellow, but doesn’t really match the overall sinister image of the Cross Bones.

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2008 Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones

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