Road test: 2007 Harley Davidson FXSTC Custom Softail Driving

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Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom

Road test: 2007 Davidson FXSTC Custom


Harley’s fascination the ’60s continues unabated. year saw the introduction of the company’s Bob, a Dyna Glide a semi-ape-hanger handlebar and a shorty

This year sees an more authentic retro-classic styling based on the famous America chopper that Fonda rode in Easy The FXSTC Custom is essentially a groomed in classic chopper The front fork is raked to a 21 degrees, the front spoked is a skinny 21-inch affair and the is a modern version of the “King and on which Jack Nicholson so perched.

Of course, there’s much to the Softail custom as well. The wheel wears a huge tire in deference to the current

The motor is Harley’s latest Twin Cam 96 — a model of decorum and And though the FXSTC may look as if it has the “hard tail” that all of the Easy Rider era sported, all Softails there are twin absorbers hidden underneath the to offer some degree of compliance.

In fact, the new Softail rides well. Normally, the two stunted underneath the frame offer a mediocre ride, but the Custom is measurably more comfortable the last Softail I rode. the larger rear tire some additional compliance.

the front fork, which, its gangly appearance, does a job of tracking over bumps.

The however, can’t mask the deliberately odd steering geometry. Any with a raked and extended end tends to fall into corners. Factor in the FXSTC’s rear tire combined the skinny front tire and steering can be awkward.

Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom

Above 50 kilometres an hour, the disappears, but be forewarned that take some practice.

same steering geometry the custom extraordinarily stable at speeds, however. Snick the new cruise-drive transmission into its top cog and this Softail comes its element, especially since the new has the engine spinning so smoothly.

are the only Harley Big Twins rigidly mounting the engine the frame rather than to prevent vibration. Original vibrated like a dentist’s at any speed above 100 km/h. the new taller gearing reducing revs, however, the Custom’s spot has been extended to 125 km/h and, even that speed, the new engine’s pistons reduce the vibration the rider through the pegs and

Those handlebars will limit the Softail Custom’s speed to that same 125 or so.

More comfortable than appear at legal highway the bars have your so high in the air that they your body into a when speeding along. to enjoy the countryside at your than to rip your arms their shoulder sockets to resist the immutable laws of

Even more than Harley is extending its lead in the of retro customs. Like the Bob, Fat Boy, Super and numerous other recent the Softail Custom should be a hit out of the box. That it also now has a powerful and sophisticated engine, not to a (finally) modern transmission, is icing on the cake.

Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom
Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom
Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom
Harley-Davidson FXSTC Softail Custom

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