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Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

Harley FLSTC Heritage Classic New Bike Review

there were Tour-Paks and trunks and hard saddlebags locking lids, there only soft saddlebags. You bags made from cows. They helped the traveling experience less of a and more of a convenient way to ride our over vast distances.

In the term bagger originally was a for bikes that actually leather saddlebags. Baggers easily identified in crowded lots or on the open road, just look for the saddlebags across their rear

Today’s enthusiasts have own perceptions of what constitutes a And while those people the meaning of bagger, their and life itself, my compadre and Joe Knezevic ( American Iron ) and I curious about the relevancy of baggers today. Do they exist?

After surveying the landscape, two models emerged the soft-bag world’s primordial Harley-Davidson’s tried-and-true Heritage Classic and Indian’s recent the Chief Vintage. And so, like the Ranger and Tonto, Joe and I saddled up to which leather-bagged bike our tastes. And while there is no bullet that we can use to declare a Joe and I aren’t bashful about our You can read Chief Joseph’s of the Indian Chief Vintage on 78; for now here’s my report of why I prefer the Softail Classic .

Recently, more than a few manufacturers have attached the Classic to various models. bikes might be classic in of their basic styling, but in there is nothing classic them at all. They’re all relying on a name to establish a

Not so with the Heritage Softail a model introduced in 1986 paid homage to the original Glide of 1949. Clearly, the Heritage befits the FLSTC, a model that’s remained in since the Reagan years, and its grows with each day as the Heritage Softail Classic to its long-standing heritage. It’s a classic for the ages.

Even the leading motorcycle at the time — that would be which met its demise a few years — acknowledged in the March 1986 that the new Heritage Softail was a model. The opening lines to the test stated: “Only could get away with The Heritage Classic says nothing’s really ever a concept of particular appeal to companies counting their since the dawn of motorcycling.”

as now, the Heritage Softail was one of a long-distance rider — a bagger, if you More recently, and in the course of the 20 years to be more precise, taken many a tour on Heritage Softails, and I’ve been disappointed. Even I prefer to travel light, ample storage room in reinforced soft bags, the passenger backrest offers a place to strap additional like bedrolls and foul-weather

Harley’s PA division also proprietary luggage racks adapt onto the backrest to most highway bags. If you run out of space on a Heritage Softail, are you just aren’t following the credo of packing light, and tight.

Chief Joseph tell you in his report that he has about sitting behind a when he rides. However, I a degree of satisfying solitude I position myself behind a of silence, and the Heritage’s clear bug lets me enjoy the view as the unfolds before me. And get this, Joe: the Heritage’s windscreen has famous detachable mounts so you can it off in seconds.

And no reservations required, so to the wind in your beard and the in your teeth.

But the real pleasure is simply the Heritage from point A to B. I can stretch my arms to the high-rise so that I remain relaxed and in and the footboards position me as if I’m sitting in my easy chair. And then the Heritage’s chair, or in this the seat: someone in Harleyland with my favorite seat, the passenger pad for 2011 so that it jabs into my lower

Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

For years the Heritage Softail’s seat combination was among the comfortable in the Milwaukee lineup, a gentle rise that a small backrest for me. Not so anymore, and the pad on the ’11 model dug into the small of my just enough to annoy me. to the Softail crew: go back to the seat.

While I’ve got the post-it pad out, I’ll pass another quick memo to the crew: don’t mess those staggered mufflers, sound perfect the way they I’m not a fan of especially loud exhaust but it’s also nice to more than a pathetic from stock pipes. In the of the Heritage, its old-school staggered produce a burble as a reminder why engines sound so pleasant, while accelerating from a

Everything else about the Heritage Softail Classic up to its past billing. The fuel-injected 96″ serves its power to the 200-series tire in smooth doses to the tried-and-proven balance shafts inside the cases, and the six-speed Drive transmission snicks into each gear. The brakes whoa the 730-pound without incident or spectacle, and the gas tank is

easily good for 200 between stops.

No doubt the Softail Classic’s old-school and amenities aren’t for everybody, but further reason why we have and chocolate ice cream. If you don’t one flavor, there’s always the to satisfy you. Me?

I’ll stick with the Classic. MB

Story as published in the / October issue of American Motorcycle Bagger .

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


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