2011 Harley-Davidson FXS Softail Blackline Review

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Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline

2011 Harley-Davidson FXS Softail Review

One look at the skinny, wheel and tire on the front of the Blackline tells you this priorities lie with appearance, not cornering. The tire on the rear wheel isn’t much at just 5.66 inches and its profile speaks of straight-line not edge grip.

But that’s because the Blackline is a great bike, with carefully design details and a high-quality It brings much of the custom meticulous fabrication levels to a machine.

The powder-coated frame, and triple clamps are flawless, and the split drag bars internal wiring to eliminate any details. The bobbed rear sits low and tight on the back and the front fender is just a eyebrow above the tall

With a fork angle of (and a rake, calculated steering head angle, of the front end has a respectably kicked out without making it seem as if the of the bike lives in a different The seat is at a remarkably low 26.1 off the ground, making it easy for short riders to manage the 683 mass.

The bars aren’t pushed up to a height, and I found the seating pretty comfortable for someone of my (six-foot-five) height. And while I the feet-forward stance strange climbing off my ZZR600 shuttle, it to feel almost normal the bike’s loan period.

The uses a retractable tubular which unlocks the ignition and allows it to be operated keylessly. the lights in the round speedo come on, you just thumb the button on the right-hand switch to bring the 96 cubic inch to life. Unlike a Ducati which labors to turn the big twin over, the Harley punches the engine into with a metallic smack.

The twin is counterbalanced, and feels smooth and sophisticated in action, at low revs, when the ample and subdued sounds allow a relaxed riding style. Pin the and the big twin’s sounds get harder and more determined in character, and the it delivers feels better the 66-or-so horsepower some have measured at the rear of Twin Cam 96B-powered bikes.

But big power, like high-speed is not what this bike is It’ll cruise the freeway at 80 mph it needs to, but a nice relaxed up a coastal road is more to its intended role. With spring struts operating out of under the rear swing there’s 3.6 inches of reasonably travel to keep the bad bumps telescoping your spine.

The big does even better, 5.6 inches of travel, and it feels and stable in every situation. I was at how firmly sprung the bike is, and at how and integrated the whole chassis when cruising along. sense of composure and integrity the bike pleasant to ride, for riders more attuned to models.

With only about of lean angle available at side, you need to watch entry speeds on the Blackline. are short footpeg feeler on the bike, but I never touched down. Perhaps it’s the of how skinny the tires are, or it’s just the nature of the but I was never tempted to find out how the Blackline will take

There are other machines for that kind of fun.

the Blackline’s transmission selects gear with an audible and clonk, the shift to second is better, and all shifts thereafter are if you just finesse the operation of clutch and shift lever a bit. Action at the shift is light and precise, and while the effort is deliberate rather light, its operation is smooth and its point is easily sensed.

the front brake lever a fairly firm tug to generate stopping intensity, and will provide the retardation you’d get a twin-disc setup. But then, isn’t enough front on the Blackline to justify more power. So it’s just as that the Blackline’s wheelbase and gives its rear brake influence, because you can definitely stopping performance by standing on the pedal too.

Our test bike had the security/ABS ($370), but we never got to feel any ABS during the loan. We did, have to admire the tidy way Harley engineers have the front wheel-speed sensor, is incorporated into the wheel Like I said, appearances are on a model like this.

contoured seat is a perfect It hugs the bike’s profile adding that classic shape to the Blackline’s outline. But reasonably wide and deeply for the rider, and while narrow at the position, it’s still well padded.

Not for a long mind you, but enough for the of ride for which this was intended.

And even dedicated sportbike like me can get into the swing of trundling around at a relaxed and enjoying the sights and smells. In running around all of my usual on the SoCal coastline on Harley’s blacked out Blackline got to feel so after a while that back on my Kawasaki felt like a very weird way of

Which just shows motorcycling is a multi-faceted experience.


Novices might be to manage the Blackline’s considerable because of the low seat, low center of and relatively compact dimensions. a long machine, but it isn’t or bulbous at any point other the fat tank.

It’s also to ride, with a mellow, engine and easily coordinated And there’s ABS to avoid wheel and the inevitable crash that However, the Blackline is a bit pricey for bikers, listed at $15,998 the two-tone model) before you adding $335 for freight, for California emissions equipment, and for the security and ABS systems.

Intermediate Riders

These will likely do just on a Blackline. All the things that it easy for beginners to ride but there’s enough speed to keep things interesting, and the itself is a striking piece of

Expert Riders

There’s no challenge here to experts, riders moving from types of bikes may find the position peculiar at first.


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