2011 Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline

Basic, black


They Long. Low. No BS.

We say: on style, but low on substance.

They Long. Low. No BS. We say: on style, but low on substance.

Harley-Davidson have always shifted to match the custom trends of the from the Pro Street-styled Softail in the late ’90s to the more raked-out Rocker C. The new FXS Blackline’s rear tire and narrow bars mimic the Frisco-style of the Hell’s Angels’ glory delivering exactly the stripped-down, look that 2011 demand.

Like most new the Blackline is little more an artful reblending of existing and styling cues. The rigid-look frame, with its rear hidden beneath the engine, has around since ’84, and the B (for counter-balanced) engine is now its 12th year of production. is similarly recycled. The round air and gray heads above cylinders reference early while the tank and graphics are by the ’77 Low Rider.

The bobbed rear fender integrated stoplights/turnsignals and the smooth strap are modern touches, but the Blackline looks as familiar as a of Levi’s 501s.

Thumbing the 1584cc (96 cubic-inch) V-twin more deja vu, thanks to the potato-potato soundtrack. The pistons reportedly been lightened to let the rev more quickly, but the Blackline like every other Cam we’ve ridden, with bottom-end torque (89 lb.-ft. at rpm) that lets it away from a … with impressive authority.

There’s little point in beyond that torque so only increases noise from the slash-cut, over/under exhaust. But the surprisingly light-action Drive six-speed transmission short-shifting a breeze, and the overdrive makes the already smooth-running practically disappear at highway

The power profile is perfect for around town or putting open roads, aided by fuel-injection mapping and perfect manners. The Motor Company nailed the riding position, the low, scooped saddle just 24 inches above the Reasonably positioned forward controls and stylish Split bars-a pair of delicate sprouting directly from the triple clamp-create a suitably forward slouch that do Rat Fink proud.

It’s not a you’ll want to maintain for more than 20 minutes, but feel properly badass in bursts.

After tolerating years of bloat, the Blackline’s 144mm-narrow tire looks almost the end of the fat-tire trend. In addition to a profile, the skinny tread this Softail unexpectedly steering characteristics, though bury your boot in even mild bends.

The limitations excepted, handling is than you’d expect a bike with a 66.4-inch and 30 degrees of rake, thanks to a 4.8-inch trail that the front end from flopping at all but the speeds. Braking is surprisingly on our (optional) Bosch/Hayes ABS-equipped Stopping a near-700-lb. motorcycle a four-piston front brake and a 21-inch front tire isn’t an easy proposition, but you can just crush the lever and let the calibrated anti-lock circuitry you to a fast, drama-free stop.

Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline

ABS is part of an optional security that also includes Smart Security system, a hands-free fob that automatically and disarms an electronic immobilizer as you or retreat from the bike. ignitions are intended to have the key after activation, to prevent key rings from damaging and chrome. One unintended consequence is it’s easy to forget to the ignition after parking, so could ride off on the bike the key.

Without the fob, becomes impossible.

The Blackline is the sort of motorcycle Harley at building: authentic, in touch the latest custom trends and finished. The paint is flawless, the still looks wet, the is all tucked away and every detail is buttoned up. The Blackline is a motorcycle for what it is-unfortunately, just not that much

Passenger accommodations are rudimentary at the speedometer incorporates only the basic tripmeter functions and little in terms of convenience or creature comforts.

Harley-Davidson insist the Blackline is a foundation which to build your bike, but $15,499 ($15,998 two-tone paint) is a lot of money for a bare-bones machine. A few thousand nets the supremely equipped Glide, offering the same experience with loads versatility. Conversely, the $10,499 Forty Eight offers as much style and attitude for 2/3 the price.

Not to mention bikes the $16,995 Ducati Diavel-an different expression of badassery enough performance, character and to satisfy anyone. Against backdrop, this stripped-down doesn’t quite measure up.

The Blackline’s vintage, skinny-tire appeals to skinny jean-wearing whom Harley-Davidson has so far successfully with its Dark Custom Who says kids don’t buy

Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline
Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline
Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline
Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline

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