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Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones

Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross 2008 Review

What’s old is new The more things change the they stay the same. The remains the same, etcetera,

I’m sure I’ve used adages and clichés before, but did they seem truer in of Harley-Davidson’s newest machine, the Bones.

Back in January of year, both father and Willie G. and Bill J. Davidson, on hand at the infamous Viper on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA, to literally, the latest addition to not the Softail line, but also to is something of a phantom line-up. snaky venue was the perfect and likely chosen for both its motif and equally dark for Harley to officially announce it calls Dark Customs.

shadowy figures are various from other model that all carry a common theme. The Dark Customs are: Sportster 1200 (XL1200N), Night Rod Special Dyna Street Bob (FXDB), Fat Bob Night Train (FXSTB) and the Bones (FLSTSB).

Most of the Customs eschew the gleam and of acres of chrome and flashy for black-finished parts like hand and foot controls, finish, headlamp nacelle, so on and so forth. If all those bits on a model aren’t blackened, as is the with the shinier Night or Dyna Street Bob, at a minimum those bikes darker, simpler colors, in a matte finish.

I enjoyed my time on one of the early to the Darks, the Nightster, when we it a little over a year well before the words Custom were ever The Cross Bones follows the pattern of dark, black everywhere.

The rear fender swingarm, oil tank, round air cover, old-skool half-moon floorboards, handlebars, mirrors, signals, tank-mounted speedo … lights, headlamp, front-end, front fender and laced steel wheels all a deep black luster. the only pieces that black are the gas cap, engine and dual slash-cut exhaust.

sets the Cross Bones from bikes in the Softail as well as some of the other Customs is its nod to the bike-bobbing past. ape-hanger rubber-mounted handlebars are an cue to the direction the bike’s styling is The front fender is minimal; it displays the chubby 5-inch 16-inch Dunlop D402

The rear fender follows as it gives plenty of exposure to the (7.8”) 17-inch tire, a D402.

‘Capping off post-war is a simple paint scheme tastefully accented with Von pinstriping.’

Should you purchase or a spin on this retro take note. Its adjustable tractor-style solo springer will have you starting and your trip all alone. one-man-band saddle leaves the fender …, accentuating its look. Furthering the bare and appearance out back is the pseudo look that Softails by using two horizontally-mounted shocks hide underneath the bike.

Rear suspension travel is in with most of the other at 4.3 inches, but the Bones’s front is a hair over an inch than the other models at 3.8 Capping off post-war styling is a paint scheme that’s accented with Von Dutch-style

I admire Harley-Davidson as a company for a of reasons. One reason being like BMW, the company is a alchemist, able to extract bike models all from one platform. The basic Softail is in place on the Cross Bones – for the front end. Powering new old bike is the same Twin Cam 96B every bike model with an F gets. The fuel-injected air-cooled 96ci Twin is mounted and counter-balanced – hence the B in its

The venerable workhorse is matted to a gearbox.

Expecting one thing, another

Years ago, before I could give two about motorcycles, I was more in bicycle racing. In one race I a great life lesson. the race started I sized up the – their gear and bikes the and greatest – and surmised that I was in doodoo.

Near races’ end I had passed at three-quarters of the field. Lesson? notions shouldn’t see the light of

In the case of the Cross Bones, I was about my suspicions that a simple front-end and seat be able to provide good quality and performance.

The solo sits 30 inches off the ground and is the comfy cruiser seat in my memory. It feels simply as if it had custom made and perfectly just for me. Neither freeway nor street miles had me fidgeting mild numbness or soreness. to be struck from my list of was what I thought would be discomfort and poor input from the mini apes.

To my I never felt stretched too far and only suffered discomfort arm pump while doing my impersonation of a spinnaker sail hammering down the freeway in of 80 mph. The rubber-mounted bars a good blend of comfort and

The vintage-inspired half-moon floor also have vibe-isolating courtesy of rubber tops, and a relaxing place to park boots. But, the combination of forward bias and a large size may create difficulty in your left foot out in a from under the heel-toe

That seat I like so is accented by a braided leather strap that visually it to a simplistic instrument console on the 5-gallon tank. The console is so in fact that the analog only reads in single and digits with a “MPH x 10” at the bottom. It’s inlayed a tiny LCD displaying time, tripmeter, odo, low fuel and oil The usual array of … blends inconspicuously into the only appearing when

As slick as the instrument package is, I note that while a full-face helmet I was forced to my head down to see the gauges, taking my eyes off the road for length of time.

Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones

Putting the Bones in its natural habitat of surface streets and fun canyon was the first place I realized I expected one thing from motorcycle and it gave me something

Shock and amazement! The big bobber rides like a dream. The fat and rear tire combo hinder steering or make the run wide in corners.

Mind the angles, though, as is the case any cruiser, ground clearance is an Holding a smooth continuous arc is belying the bike’s 737-lb wet weight. No small feat for example, that the Bones a full 55 pounds more the Night Train with etc.

Half expecting chassis in quicker transitioning corners, I was pleased that I experienced if any, movement in the frame. The front provided excellent over just about surface with the exception of (steep-angled) bumps. The simple and associated covered and chromed simply can’t react enough and with enough to soak up such imperfections.

it was sufficient.

Extended freeway may or may not be a chore depending on your rate of travel. Anything 80 mph or so can be work not only holding on the wind, but the classic springer end starts to resemble riding a jackhammer. Keep freeway reasonable and you’ll feel as as you look.

‘I would and look at it and think, “Man, is one good-looking Harley. I can’t of anything about it I’d want to The Cross Bones has become my new Harley-Davidson.’

Harley-Davidson may have back the hands of time in the Cross Bones, but not at the cost of progress in performance. This has a smooth, responsive ride in all but the reaches of the speedometer; the reliable Cam 96B is plenty torquey and smooth. The transmission isn’t the slickest but it engages with the reassuring that it’s proudly made.

The single-piston, single-rotor brake works well, but the rear brake works Throttle response is good, and the emanating from the custom-looking sounds like it just under the EPA’s radar, but an 32 mpg should keep the agency

More important than the Bones’ abilities is its obvious appeal. I often found passing the bike in the garage to get caught in its hypnotic pull. I stop and look at it and think, this is one good-looking Harley.

I think of anything about it I’d to change.” The Cross Bones has my new favorite Harley-Davidson.

Whether ready to relive your or are young and want a tie-in to days gone by, the Cross may be your fountain of youth. The of admission starts at $16,795; colors are Vivid Black, Pearl, Dark Blue Black Denim, Pewter and Dark Blue Denim.

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Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones
Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Cross Bones


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