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Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

2012 Harley FLSTC Softail Classic Review

a surefire way to stir up the troops at the biker watering hole: grabbing a handful of beer and repositioning your frosty mug in of you, casually mention to gathered round how you think the Heritage Softail Classic — one of the models in Harley-Davidson’s vaunted — makes such a fine Or calmly suggest that Softail is a suitable everyday a hog that you can rely on for work or

Or if you really want to shake up the nuts, you can quote from own propaganda sheet, citing the FLSTC is a “custom-touring bike” no other in the American V-twin Having done so, sit back to and listen as everyone gathered assuredly voice his opinion on the because the Heritage Softail is a bike that is viewed by different people. More nuts, anyone?

No doubt, anybody who has spent on a Heritage Softail’s two-piece will have something to add to this debate. That’s the FLSTC is a bike with a following that dates to 1986 when Harley-Davidson the Evo-powered FLST Softail That model paid to the original Hydra Glide of and almost overnight a classic was

The following year, saddlebags and a found their way onto the Classic, creating the FLSTC Softail Classic, and Harley has making that model since. A low center of gravity, with an equally low seat (claimed 25-1/2″ off the deck), into an easy-to-manage ride for anybody to straddle the saddle.

footboards and a high-rise handlebar to ergonomics that, to this are unsurpassed in terms of riding and control for the rider. If there’s a to the comfort factor, it’s the passenger pillion’s configuration digs into the small of the back. Otherwise, it’s much the same seating today as in past model

That first-ever Heritage Classic pretty much it in terms of styling, too. though 1980s technology — like today, the early used disc brakes and was by Harley’s latest-at-the-time Evolution V2 — the Classic lived up to its name in large part to its timeless And if you park today’s Heritage Classic beside one of the original editions, at a glance you’d be pressed to tell the difference the two.

But in terms of performance, a lot has to make today’s FLSTC Softail the top of its class. The current Cam engine displaces 103″, it the most powerful Big Twin yet to in the Softail frame. Harley 96.9 ft-lbs. of torque (at rpm), which is over

4.5 ft-lbs. more than the 96″ that it replaces, while the Evo engine usually generated 80 ft-lbs. at 4000 rpm (claimed).

But improved specification figures on the page, today’s 103″ feels peppier in its all-around Shifting through the Cruise transmission’s six gears, you get the feeling this engine likes to which it does. Our acceleration revealed that the 96.9 of torque propel the 730-pound dry weight) FLSTC from 20 mph to 50 mph in gear in 3.4 seconds.

A similar test in fifth gear the FLSTC from 60 to 80 mph in 4.7 seconds. in top gear at 70 mph, the engine out a lazy 2600 rpm (indicated on the readout), so there’s still to be found if you want to casually without downshifting to pass a ahead of you. In that the FLSTC shines as a daily because you can expect good when riding from A to Point B. The FLSTC stops well, and our ABS-equipped (optional test bike took 24′ to from 30 mph to a standing stop.

That same performance when taking a road on the Heritage Softail, too, but even more good to consider: Harley-Davidson claims a fuel consumption rate of 42 per gallon, and with a five-gallon in those Fat Bob tanks, that a range of about 200 miles. Our mileage figure yielded 45 mpg unusual for our heavy-handed riding giving an effective range of 225 miles.

Generally, though, we about 40 mpg with our bike. But riding is more than going the distance in between stops. You need cargo too, and again, the FLSTC because those two leather saddlebags can stow away gear than you might

Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic
Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

You can also strap a buddy-bar bag to the for additional gear, should you additional space.

After your destination, you might to cruise the boulevard at night, so the windscreen can be removed in seconds. No required, either. Just the screen in your motel and go prowl the night.

You won’t be by the FLSTC’s looks, either. Our optional two-tone paint (for an MSRP of $18,054; the Black base model for $17,349) drew plenty of whenever we stopped for fuel or and the Heritage Softail is proof you can never have too much on a Harley.

The 2012 model is the Heritage Softail Classic to Harley-Davidson’s new tubeless, chromed lace-spoke wheels, and the wide tires certainly help attention to those hoops. At 16″ tire sizes remain much in check, too. No fat here, folks.

There you have it — timeless mixed with Harley’s current technology, and a heritage dates back to 1986. Heritage Softail Classic is a classic example of Harley-Davidson’s heritage. AIM

NEW BIKE REVIEW: By Gingerelli

As published in the September issue of American Iron .

Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic
Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

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