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2010 Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Bones Road Test

FLSTSB Cross Bones.


October 19, 2009

2010 Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Bones Road Test was published in American Rider

Using a single engine the TC96B, and one basic frame, produces seven different models. Possibly the most of these is the 2010 FLSTSB Bones . With its unique front suspension, ape-like and sprung, tractor-style seat, the Bones has, in the minds of an almost cartoonish look to it. To it is the epitome of what was all right early Harley designs.

in the 2008 model year, the Bones has never been a that really grabbed my In fact, I’ll cop to the fact it had been around for more a year before I opted to one. It was only a short but I remember coming away that it was one of the most comfortable that I’ve ridden.

brief memory was what me to recently snag a ‘Bones for a in-depth evaluation.

Living in California puts me about 400 from the Harley-Davidson press in Southern Cal. This can be a bit of a logistics pain in the saddle but it also guarantees that my aboard a borrowed Harley cover at least 800 miles… get no quickie tests from me. several options when it to route.

The quickest, and most numbingly is Interstate 5. With the flow of most always above 75 the motorcycle of choice had better be with a decent windshield or certainly not the place for the bare Cross Bones. At the other end of my spectrum is Highway 1. In particular, the between San Luis Obispo and This is more than 100 of world-famous road and vistas.

it at anything but a lazy pace your undivided attention, as of the drop-offs are such that have more than time to review the follies of life before spoiling the rocky shore with splattered self. It is also my of choice when the time and this was one of those times.

FLSTSB Cross Bones font end. Gee, I why they call it a Springer.

The position on the Bones is very as the bars rise to just shoulder height. There are two big to this. First, you get a good of traffic ahead and, it offers an ideal mounting for the mirrors; probably the best view you’ll get with any model.

Both of these were welcome as I threaded my way L.A.’s infamous traffic towards SLO town.

There are also a couple of to these bars, particularly you’re out on the highway. Obviously, one of is the lack of wind protection. upright as a billboard, headwinds a continuous exercise of just on… very tiring. Fortunately, is at hand with any number of and aftermarket windshields being though they all detract the look of these machines.

if you’re not used to riding your arms in this position you’ll find to also be tiring. Tie these two and you’ll find the Cross is not necessarily at its best on the super

A dive off Highway 101 at San Luis connects you with Highway 1. Bay is 12 miles distant and signals the of the fun and beauty of the California coast. As had passed, and it was a weekday, I had the road to myself. The Cross Bones is a with a meager lean of only a skosh over 27 four less than for example, the Road King.

means that it takes effort for the floorboards to sing “Hi, we’re here and abusing us!” The fun with motorcycle is not in tossing it about rather, getting into a rhythm that works the as if it were a ribbon unreeling your front wheel. motorcycles like this on like Highway 1, I set a pace mostly keeps me off the brakes, me work the throttle and the riding carefully.

The TC96B puts out a healthy 93 of torque making the exit turns the most fun part. As the were relatively low ?and the beautiful? the lack of wind wasn’t a factor. The high were a hindrance, though, if I got too in the turns. By the way, if you’re new to “TC96B” translates to Twin Cam inches, balanced.

That “B” is because the motor is solidly in the chassis, rather than rubber-mounted as with the non-Softail The inherent imbalance vibrations of the are successfully quelled by an internal balance shaft system.

stitching details on the dash and the Overall the Cross Bones is well finished.

The Cross unique Springer front end is a of sorts. On one hand it serves its purpose of giving a very look to the motorcycle. Yet, it its suspension duties to a modern It tracks through a turn holding a line, and mostly at handling the cracks, ridges, spots that characterize our

Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones

However, the combination of a Softail suspension (designed for style, not bump absorption), the Springer end, and the high handlebars, not produce the same overall quality as found on the other Every motorcycle, regardless of or model, has a “sweet spot” on the That’s the range of speed the bike feels most where everything works On the Cross Bones that was generally 55 mph to 65 mph.

Anything above that speed and the quality was adversely affected. The level increased, and it seemed as every imperfection in the road was directly to my hands. By comparison, the Softail still feels a good 10 to 20 mph faster than

So, just what is the Cross best suited for? I answer that, let me insert my caveat; the Cross Bones, as it is every motorcycle, can be successfully for just about anything you have in mind. However, are certain uses at which it

In particular, the Bones is an excellent town, short-trip motorcycle. It is maneuverable and very easy to My initial impression re it being comfortable still holds, but qualify it by adding that is only true with short jaunts. Longer, trips are tiring, as noted The sprung saddle is a design, more than 80 years that still has a valid on motorcycles, though Harley is the company currently using it.

This is particularly so with such as the Softail as the rear end compliance is not as effective as with shock absorbers. The two large springs soak up the highway’s that overwhelm the Softail’s Most Softail riders I talk with are unaware Harley also offers seat as an option on Softail other than the Cross

If you’re not happy with ride, this is something you look into.

Gas mileage was a bit of a as I was only able to eke out a high of 40 mpg the Bone’s 5-gallon tank. One freeway trip netted me a low of 32 This is understandable as the design has the of a brick in a box.

The real to this is that motorcycles, in are losing one of their strong points (as when you’re to convince the spouse that you one) with gas mileage that are less than of the new cars on the road.

Passenger are absent on the Bones; no seat, no Again, you’ll have to go to the PA for these items. Because of the saddle, passenger seat are limited.

You’ll get no plush lounge-like just a decently sized Various backrest are available,

Almost without fail, I’d park the Cross Bones a crowd, someone would on the skull and cross bones. Non buffs figured it was something I’d It also led to some of the “cartoonish” I heard, along with any of pirate references. While it is a bit on the side, it doesn’t detract the motorcycle’s very appealing (assuming you appreciate retro).

If you yourself among the badass contingent, you may want to remove the as whimsy may not be part of your persona. The 2010 FLSTSB Bones (MSRP $16,999) may not you, but if you’re looking for a Harley that won’t get in a sea of look-alikes, don’t dismiss Jack Sparrow’s ride taking a test ride

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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