Harley-Davidson to launch the 2018 Softail range in India on October 12

Harley-Davidson to launch the 2018 Softail range in India on October 12

Words by Ganesh Murthy

Harley-Davidson will be bringing the MY18 Softail range to India and will be launching three models – the Heritage Classic, the Street Bob and the Fat Bob tomorrow. The Anniversary Fat Boy will be the fourth model of the line-up to come to India. However it is slated for a 2018 launch date.

With the new generation of Softails, Harley has merged their two existing ranges into one, putting a full stop to the Dyna family. The company has spent nearly three years developing the whole range and produced eight models off it. The idea is simple and straight-forward – a single chassis and single powertrain architecture to ply the new range.

The bikes will be powered by a reworked version of the Milwaukee Eight 107 engine, a 1,745cc air cooled fuel-injected big-bore V-twin power plant, producing a max torque of 114Nm at 6000rpm. The V-twin motor is mounted directly on to the chassis instead of rubber mounts, making the chassis stiffer than the previous generations. The oil cooler is put between the two downward pipes of the cradle and the height of the transmission has been slightly increased. There is a 114 version also available but that will not make it to India anytime soon.

Jehan rode these bikes in Spain a couple of weeks back. You can read what he has to say about it here.

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