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Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline

Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline Softail


February 20, 2011

the Softail source code

to basics—stripped down and ready to

New York, N.Y. Jan. north of the Holland Tunnel, in a far of New York City’s trendy neighborhood, sits a nondescript bar simply, Don Hill’s.

It was just 9:00 p.m.—quite early for the that never sleeps.

For Don Hill has been a fixture in the NYC music scene. He ran the Cat Club, a night spot just Union Square, from the to the early ’90s. Shortly the Cat Club closed, Don opened his own which is reminiscent of Max’s City, a punk rock in the ’80s, and that takes on same theme—a dimly slightly grungy place graffiti-style wall décor.

The dark interior combined Don Hill’s clientele—a young and hip it the perfect place for Harley-Davidson to its new FXS Blackline Softail, considering the the company is hoping to attract.

The was already quite crowded—after who could refuse an invitation to a open bar and catered buffet, not to the chance to mingle with H-D At 9:15, the doors were to non-media folks who’d reservations through a promotions (the invitation was plastered all the internet), furthering Harley’s aim of out to the non-riding public with the of converting them to life on two and more specifically, drawing into the Dark Custom

A tide of downtown hipsters in, creating a curious collage of the industry, the media, Goths, and fashionistas. Yet it all worked, in no small due to the bar’s bare-bones, unpretentious People mixed loudly and and celebrity DJ Paul Sevigny out tunes to complement the vibe.

After a promotional video Harley riders navigating the streets of New York City, G. and VP of Styling Ray Drea un­veiled the a dark vision in black powdercoat frame and swingarm, by the Twin Cam 96B motor and six-speed The powertrain features gloss powdercoat on the rocker box covers, outer primary cover and side cover; not to mention the clamps and fork lowers. Dark Custom does bits of shiny stuff in for contrast, such as the chrome cover, timing covers, air and over/under shotgun exhaust.

New split drag handlebars directly to the top triple clamp, and the rear fender sports lights in black housings. The end is lowered, and the seat height is 24 inches, making the Blackline the Harley ever. The fuel is a brand-new design with a …-cast trim panel the center.

Mounted on the triple-clamp are indicator and an analog speedometer that an LCD screen that displays a warning and indicates how many to empty.

Harley-Davidson FXS Blackline

After the reveal, called out, “Does want to raise some out there? This is the bike to do it Then the entire styling was called up on stage. Willie G. the mic and said, “I spend my waking with this team. We are all and we have a lot of gasoline running in our These motorcycles are the result of our and our knowledge of the Harley-Davidson brand all these years.

When you look at this certainly it’s brand but we never lost track of our You can call it a bobber, you can call it a you can call it a Blackline, which is it is. You know damned well a Harley-hyphen-Davidson.” Drea grabbed the mic and quipped, “I’ll tell you a secret. If you look really at our graphics, that hyphen is not a hyphen.

It’s actually type, and it’s really Fuckin’ Davidson.” Of course the comment drew a rousing from the crowd, as did all the other tossed out by the evening’s emcee.

The fills a gap in the 2011 Softail caused by the Softail Custom’s appearance in the 2010 model As Willie G. told Thunder . “This motorcycle is a back-to-basic When you think of the Softail, you go to the mid-’80s and that frame been morphed into so different designs—the Heritages, the Fat all these great motorcycles.

Then the bobber happened. The is really a throwback to early cut-down choppers. This that you’re gonna the Blackline, is pretty much of those early Harleys.

By I mean less is more. a simple Softail; 16” rear 21” front rim. If you look at the and all of the various bits and pieces, very simple. It emphasizes the

The fenders and sheet metal are down; they’re not overly Even the graphics are very I think it’s gonna very good appeal.”

Two color schemes are available—Vivid for $15,499, which is the lowest-priced in the 2011 lineup; and two-tone in Black Pearl/ Vivid or Sedona Orange/Vivid Black for

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