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Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline

Back to Black (Harley-Davidson FXS ABS)

Jun 15, 2013 By Silversurfers

know what works and stick to it.

Their extensive of chromed low riders and classic are all variations on an existing theme. The giants are experts at taking a formula and reworking it to reveal a new bike’. The new Blackline is no exception. the vintage styled Softail stick another feather in the heavily adorned hat.

But ridden it, I seriously doubt it.

The uses the tried and tested air 1584cc big twin and it is undeniably Harley have been twin cyclinder powerhouses the turn of the last century and a years of experience isn’t to be at. It looks the part too. The hardtail lines hide the rear shocks which supposed to) offer the kind of you want to feel, but not see. is typical Harley-Davidson quality you look.

Their claim that paint finish is twice as as the competition is believable when you your eye over the hand 18.9 litre tank and all the gleaming chrome has been in favour of a fuss-free look attitude.

The rear 144mm wraps around a black wheel and nestles beneath the rear fender. Up front, a 21 wheel pulls the raw look and even the ABS system is neatly Split drag bars and a speedo dial add yet more to the ‘slammed’ theme, which is all and dandy…if you’re willing to with a ‘slammed’ ride

There are a fair few bikes on the with unusable real-world But rather than worry losing my licence, I’m more about my back. And legs. And And neck.

I’m all for exploiting the Blackline’s torquey lump, but not if it means need physio for a week It’s incredibly uncomfortable. The are kicked out in front as you would but I’ve barely left the dealership and I’m already fidgeting and increasingly annoyed.

Pootling towards the highway at a law abiding pace, I just find a natural riding My legs feel oddly and I’m gripping the handlebars, either myself forwards or leaning trying to find a compromise, a sort of horizontal press up I push my bottom further to extend my legs.

Although my limbs feel instantly cramped, my …’s now resting on the lip of the seat and there’s a real that it’ll just over the shiny black

I know Harley don’t bikes with African in mind, but they do build for Americans don’t they? I to tuck my legs behind me to some of the pressure on my lower but there’s nowhere to rest my Concerned that I’ve holding up the traffic with my gymnastics, I attempt to sneak a glance in the mirrors, but need to my elbows to get a good view.

So far, I’m not exactly compatible the Blackline’s low slung, forward way-too-extreme and unadjustable riding

Moments later, a clear beckons so I open the throttle. And shut it again. The pressure the invisible hand of Nature is so hard against my chest I reluctantly slide into the lane and chug reservedly 120kph.

The Blackline is supposed to a serious attitude, but right I’m the one with the issues.

A woman in an is hogging the middle lane, so I do the thing and move out to pass her on her As the bike rides over the example of Belgian asphalt, my jars and I actually yelp out loud. Still, at least I have to go to the gym tonight.

My core muscles are working so I’ll probably have a six by sunset.

The Blackline is making me my whole philosophy on bikes. if it’s got two wheels and an engine, you fail to find the fun. But I’m struggling to find enough Not in the styling, not in the performance and not even in the But in the rideability.

It’s really, poor. At the cornering location, the tips into bends obediently with a little on the drag ‘bars. The raked out feels distant and lazy at but the handling isn’t too bad, it’s obviously restricted by the ground clearance.

Despite the wheelbase, slow speed U are surprisingly manageable and it’s the only time during the day I don’t feel like off the thing. The four piston ( front and rear) are on the spongy so you’d need to use both to get yourself out of a tight spot, Harley-Davidson’s advanced braking kicking in as a backup should you it. There is more technology in the free fob.

You can use the cylindrical key to lock the bike, but the fob and disarms the Blackline’s electronic system when you approach, or it. It works just fine, as the discovers when he tries to my wheels while I’m out of range. The somewhere in the bottom of my … so I stride back, thrusting my towards the general vicinity of the until it stops panicking.

I had many memorable rides on big twin motorcycles, but if the Blackline to be the first model that you rode, you would avoid the marque like the plague for of crippling yourself. It’s a but the Blackline is a bad example from an impressive manufacture.


Model: Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline ABS

Engine: cc Air- cooled, Twin cam V-twin

Power: n/a

Torque: @ 3250 rpm

Transmission: chain, 6

Dry Weight: 294 kg/ running weight 306 kg

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


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