2011 Harley Softail FXS Blackline Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline

2011 Harley Softail FXS | Review

2011 Harley-Davidson

Undoubtedly yours truly out on an obvious trick not doing any lines when testing the What was I thinking? Very to tell you the truth, I just the cruising in my home land

This is Harley-Davidson’s fifth (two Sportster’s, two Dyna’s and one to its moody and understated cool Custom range and the first model. Why Harley-Davidson didn’t it the Black Bob is a mystery to me…

Now that has launched its 2012 range clear that the Blackline only existing for six months a Twin Cam 96B has been upgraded to the Cam 103 like all its other Softail in the US.

In the Dark Custom range the Fat Bob has also been upgraded but the Street Bob still feature the 96B in the US. In however all Softails apart the Blackline has been upgraded to the Cam 103.

One thing is certain and that’s that I rode the 96B I know from testing from the Harley-Davidson CVO range the Twin Cam 103 is a lovely engine plenty of oomph so to be honest I’d on the 103 if I were to buy a new Blackline now or demand a on the 96B version.

The Blackline is the top dog in the Dark Custom but is it a better motorcycle than the cool and cheaper Forty-Eight?

first of all the Forty-Eight is a 1200cc with a tiny fuel whilst the Blackline is a big twin with a large fuel and Twin Cam engine superbly to tuning and improvements. Basically for usage and lifestyle (see and be the Forty-Eight is brilliant whilst the is better for everything else fuel range and front (due to that large front tyre).

What the does really well is at low rpm and in original state it’s quiet and has you relax and enjoy the at low to medium speed. Between 20 and 60 MPH a beautiful ride and remarkably of vibrations from the big twin.

Even below 1000rpm you can use 1584cc V-twin engine too many complaints from the train. I found myself up into sixth gear and as soon as I had the chance most of the The drive train is belt and acceleration from the word go is and strong.

The 18.9 litre tank provided excellent and I stopped more often I was hungry than the Harley

When I first fired up the I noticed that it has inherited the grenade start assembly on the side under the fuel from the Rocker C. The footpegs are forward for comfortable cruising and the drag handlebar is a quite stretch for me at least so that I sit

On the motorway miles that I did a few were in torrential rain and I my upper body as far forward as to make myself a bit smaller and a bit less wet. They say the color black shows no it also doesn’t show how wet you are torrential rain.

I like riding with my stretched far forward and I could have wished for an even forward mounted footpegs. I was in any way for the duration of a fuel tank in The deep two up seat is the lowest offer and laden ride is that of 610mm if you weigh kilos.

I weigh a little bit and I also rode with one day.

The pillion part of the is pretty much like on a hard loaf of bread and very little space. But again the Blackline isn’t a bike; it’s a bob’d and mean fashion cruiser.

My passenger still reported she was with the ride and the suspension well two-up despite lightening the front a bit. The brake is the way to go even without a for maximum stopping power.

On the 16 rear tire under the rear mudguard sits a tire and on the 21 inch front a 90mm skinny tire helps the raked front with suspension action. As I before I rode a few miles in the and the Dunlop tyres coped with this and I don’t about you but I tend to speed up a bit if it raining to get my arse home as as possible and the narrow wheel grips through the water and you safely home even in rain.

The Blackline otherwise doesn’t the rain much as I felt it didn’t fuel as well a fair few wet miles. I don’t exactly why but water certainly have penetrated somewhere it Any hiccups disappeared as soon as it was dry The mirrors are placed ideally on the for styling… Not for practical purposes being able to see what behind you whilst riding however.

I had to lower my arms or head position to get a clear behind me, very rebellious I like the Forty-Eight under solution a lot better as it works on a practical and styling level.

Harley-Davidson Softail Blackline

Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline

When I wasn’t riding on the I ripped in and out of town, visiting parlors and that sort of so I guess I’m the type of person aims at with this I like the Blackline but I don’t it as much as the Sporty Forty (8) I tested last year so I I can say that if you’re like me you can save plenty of dollars by for the cheaper 48.

If you’re daft enough to any color other than the black shown in this then you also have to out a slightly hefty premium of in the UK (or $500 in the US) for the privilege of half a worth of paint. I’d choose a Harley if I wanted colors as I for one associate the words Dark with a baby blue Pearl) paint job.

is something that smells a bit about all this not getting the Cam 103 in Europe and the shrewd premium for a amount of paint. It takes something small but still from this great as a lifestyle product. I say get the Forty-Eight in and if you still want the Blackline wait for the Twin Cam 103 or the hefty for the 96B, whichever comes

2011 Harley-Davidson Softail Positives

Decent Fuel

Styling, first Softail in the Custom range

Cruising (would have been better with the 103 though…)

Harley-Davidson Softail Blackline

Mirrors a bit useless from riding position

For a Dark Top Dog I don’t think Harley-Davidson has enough to make the Blackline($15,499 black) significantly more a concept than the cheaper Bob ($4,000 cheaper) and Forty-Eight cheaper).


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