Harley Davidson FXST Softail Standard Anniversary

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Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard
Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard

Harley Davidson FXST Standard Anniversary

You want a bike with classic How do you choose? Steve The Toast how he ended up with a Harley

It was the summer of 2002. The small ads once again spread me. My finances had experienced a lift gave me the chance to buy a new bike.

I ‘new’ new, as in straight out of the The easiest way to decide what I was to short-list the features I need a bike, and a list of what I’d like if possible. not a fussy person per se, so the list was It must be black, it must be preferably V-twin or parallel be of very large capacity for cruising and be very comfy, as old.

In the also-rans, ease of would be good, too.

gives a surprisingly wide big BMWs, Guzzies, some Jap Yanks’ (which are very in their own right), Ducatis my favourite of that moment, Triumphs.

I’ve ridden of the above and owned a few, so pretty conversant with of their foibles. Cutting the from the chaff, I dropped the for reliability and maintenance reasons. not a big fan of BMWs so I short-listed a ‘re-engineered the new Bonnie, or a Harley.

OK, the re-engineered or classic. It’s almost to know what’s inside the only the vendor knows if been done properly, and can you someone you’ve never In my experience, Mulder’s watchword most things: trust So a nice Commando or an A10 was out of the question I cannot be bothered to rebuild it 25k after rough use.

At I’m honest to myself how the bike will be used).

nice people at On Yer Bike me a test ride on the new Bonnie as I owned five different Bonnies in my youth, I thought was a good place to start. a patriotic soul at heart. it didn’t take me very to see that the old magic was no longer for me at least. The bike feels too the motor is far too sanitised, which it feel more like a Honda CB450 than a Brit.

I was only out for half an hour, true, but I felt it was all too smooth, and gutless.

They also me a ride on a 900 triple. This was like it; a more planted more poke, and the whole was far better. I could go for one of these IF else appealed, with an to the exhaust to make it a better experience’. I do like to hear a from the silencer.

I don’t read the dials, but ride by This has probably come for the simple reason that of my early bikes didn’t working clocks. Ah, mis-spent

I next booked a ride on a The big twin, this is, now some I’ve owned two 1340s so I was pretty sure of what to

Low c-of-g, poor brakes, no clearance (on the softail model the shocks hidden under the and tons of vibes. But I like and it’s always fun to ride a bike. I duly arrived on the doorstep, they ran through the and, with the cheery that I was personally liable for the Ј500 of any damage, they me out to the bike.

It was a Night Train with the softail rear set-up, loud pipes, kit and a few nice styling details.

you ridden one before?’ asked the young man. I told him I having owned a new softail in 1990.

‘OK, well, got an hour, so off you go then’ he replied and walked off.

I fired it up and it down to a glass-shattering burble. into first, I pulled to the of the forecourt and waited for a gap. OK, no so I forced my way out and took off.

of my earlier bike came back — the long circle, the heavy gearbox, and the brakes.

Wait! These brakes worked! I was stunned, and as my hour I found I was leaving my braking and later. This is a heavy it’s no roundabout eater, and I the side-stand down a couple of on the exit of a few corners.

I treated it urging it up through the rev-range as I more familiar with it. It with loud noise, progress and my face split a huge grin as my hour to a close. I swung her into the almost positive of my next choice.

After a coffee or I manage to relax my facial enough to speak, and discuss My options included an anniversary which will hold its even better than a Harley. As we all know, the fan can get splattered at any necessitating the need to sell her things financial are overly (which is what happened time — doh!), so sounded like a good

I trolled off with many whizzing around my brain. evening, my good lady me that I was making the right (a very shrewd woman), but as I the anniversary model with an plate, I’d have to till March 03.

So a stopgap was as I’d got the blood lust to be out tarmac again. I spotted a Heritage Softail on a website; and low miles. I rounded up some and a friend to give me a lift to see it. It was a of accessories, with just every bolt-on known to

Alone, the bits must been worth four I do mean it had Everything. It looked a tart’s handbag, so I was certain be able to off-load it to some Owners Group wannabe my new one was ready.

This bike was

Handing over the money as I took it for a test ride. It like a slug. I have Norfolk Broads cruisers are more nimble. And, as it was a bike, the brakes were

20 minutes later, I did the deal and we it back down south.

The Handbag was running far too lean, not been jetted for the open properly. This was sorted away, and we settled into an alliance, I didn’t ask her to go anywhere too and she didn’t stop too quickly we got there. It seemed like a deal!

We chuffed around and I was back into the swing of riding in no time.

March 03 and so, severely looking forward to my new I popped the Heritage on a couple of RealClassic came up trumps and off she to a ‘private dealer’ and I got my money If I’d been willing to a bit longer for summer, I could easily made a grand on the but that would have breaking into savings to the new one. And my garage was at bursting anyway.

Having off-loaded the Saturday the first of March and off I went to collect the new pride and the FXST Softail Standard edition. Documents stuffed backpack, servicing requirements they brought her round and she sat crobbing to herself.

Crobbing, I you ask? Yup, I had a stage one kit to the carb to make up for the, free-er breathing pipes I had fitted, along with for my kids, plus pannier to keep my throw-overs out of the back

‘Keep her under 50 for 500 miles, you can take her up towards 60 as you head for the thousand — but don’t lug the

Ulp. The best way to deal this is to ride her all day for two weeks and get it and done with, as none of my would show me any mercy if we out for a ride. The gearchange was a little the brakes weren’t great off but all else was fine. A thousand later, I was finally allowed to opening her up a bit.

It was worth the wait. She responded to the with a good surge booming exhaust note, to the wide grin. By this the gearbox was positive if a little than a Jap, and the brakes had in nicely.

I was a happy little

And now — with over miles covered in all weathers in months, my honest opinion? having spent eleven and a grand on it, I’d be a twit if it ring my bell for me every I ride it, which fortunately it It’s great, hugely it feels fully planted on the despite crosswinds, passing or nuclear explosions, seams in the etc.

Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard
Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard

It’s only the I hate, but that’s because a self-confessed lazy git.

As to it takes to run it, the archetypal modern well, here’s a bit of info. Mainly oil and filter; tappets are ignition is electronic, so after the gearbox oil, belt there’s brake pads to and only a bit of greasing up to do. Doesn’t long, as you can imagine.

As to the belt they cost around Did I hear you say EEK? Well, on, and take this in: they are smooth, they should four years, and need only rarely. In that how many dirty, oily and sprocket sets will you as well as having to adjust and regularly? (As well as covering the of your bike and girlfriend lube… the only positive of chains!). Shaft drive?

have liked that, I It is my personal favourite.

Practicality? say 80% in the better weather, 10% max in the winter due to the needed to keep its looks fading. For touring, they are I have 40-litre throw-overs; I can get and sleeping bags on the front, a passenger and still have the to strap a rucksack to. As an ex-dispatch traffic filtering holds no for me, but I do have to watch the wide a bit.

I’ve clipped a few mirrors them, but somehow not been to tears about it. S’funny,

How does it perform? Well, no problems so far, it fires up on the first prod. During (with a really tight it turned in 45mpg, but since I’ve not noticed a tankful any less. The motor requires a time to warm up; I don’t until I feel some in the cylinders, and for the first 20 miles I it easy. You can tell easily it’s warmed through as it out considerably.

If you want a bike for shopping, look elsewhere!

cruise very nicely at 75, I held 85 around half of the but on my model you are hung out to dry. are some very useful H-D noticeably the Sport Glide, but not really what this all about. A-road blasting is my as the speeds are lower than and I get to run up and down the box and glory in the roar it

It’s a very satisfying in that respect.

Even the Softail weighs a bit but once even slowly (had to that word up), in it is easy and reliably planted. stable, at any speed. Top speed?

I had my softail (1990; 1340cc) up to 115 but this one’s only the heady heights of 90 so far. One it’ll get a whipping, but not until covered a bit more mileage. take a long time to be bedded in.

I bought the Softail to and enjoy it I do. I’ve had no faults or claims thus far. It with a factory-fitted alarm has functioned perfectly, as well as me a discount with the special deal Harley-Davidson have set up, so me just over 500 sovs mileage and green card And yes Officer, I have a poor with insurance companies…

Why buy Well, I was brought up on Brits, my post-moped bike was an Enfield 250 followed by a Norton Jubilee 250 500 Ariel, then five a 5TA chop and a Commando. Loved all. They epitomise bikes are to me.

All were loud, mostly and nearly all were black. wasn’t a current Brit I wanted, though the new 2-litre Triumph looks interesting for the

What I wanted, the Harley in spades, as well as being new a pretty tough motor And for my advancing years (and bones!) the seating position is I wouldn’t recommend an 883, too and gutless, but the big twins are great, styling you go for, be it custom, or the full-on in-your-face tourer all the toys.

If you like classic then I suggest you go test Uncle Sam’s big twin. I you will be pleasantly surprised. A that harks back to the of yore, much like the we grew up with, but tougher and There are plenty around just don’t expect to get a

They hold their value well, especially in the months. If going the secondhand do take some one who knows them with you and try to buy off-season, in December! Rusty ones be well below the normal and if you’re shrewd then buy one with all the necessary ‘upgrades’ and already fitted.

Just buy all the Harley merchandising junk seems to go with it!

Harey. Bike Substitute ?

Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard
Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard
Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard
Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard
Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard
Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard
Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard
Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard


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