THE new Harley-Davidson Softail Standard offers the essential Harley-Davidson cruiser experience: a lean bobber profile steeped in attitude, the dynamic performance of the Harley-Davidson Softail chassis, and the unrelenting power of the Milwaukee-Eight V-Twin powertrain.
The contrast of black and bright components gives the Softail Standard a look that’s both classic and minimalist. Offered only with vivid black painted sheet metal, the Softail Standard is equipped with a solo seat that exposes the chopped rear fender, and a smooth, 13.2-litre fuel tank that reveals the frame and engine. The powertrain is styled to draw attention to the centre of the motorcycle, with an all-black Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine highlighted with polished rocker, primary and timer covers. Cylinder head fins are not highlighted. A centre-bolt, round air cleaner cover further exposes the engine. With chrome shields and mufflers, the 2-into-2 offset shotgun exhaust enhances the long, low profile of the Softail Standard.
The steel rims of the classic laced wheels (front 19-inch; rear 16-inch) are finished in brilliant chrome for dazzling style. The front-end features clear-coated fork sliders, polished triple-clamps, polished top clamp and riser, and chromed headlamp bezel and turn signals for additional contrast to the vivid black paint. The mini-ape handlebar puts riders of the Softail Standard in a fists-in-the-wind posture with instant attitude. A compact electronic instrument with digital display set in the handlebar riser keeps the front end clean and uncluttered.
A mid-year addition to the 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycle line priced at $21,495 AUD / $22,750 NZD, the Softail Standard model offers an attainable entry point to Harley-Davidson Big Twin ownership and is an ideal blank canvas for customisation. Whether a starting point for owners seeking attention-grabbing style, increased performance, or a look that amplifies their personality, Harley-Davidson has created four Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories packages designed specifically for the Softail Standard model.
Four Dedicated Accessory Packages
Day Tripper Custom Package: Combine classic bobber style with next-level versatility by adding a pillion and a 21-inch detachable sissy bar with pad so a passenger can come along for the ride. This package also includes passenger foot pegs and mounts, forward foot controls, and a black leather single-sided swingarm bag designed to hold essentials.
Coast Custom Package: Capture the elements of the performance-oriented, West Coast style. Components include a Softail quarter fairing, black anodised aluminium Moto Bar handlebar and matching 5.5-inch tall riser, a Bevel two-up seat and passenger foot pegs, and BMX-style foot pegs from the rugged 80GRITCollection.
Touring Custom Package: This package outfits the Softail Standard for the long haul, with a comfortable Sundowner two-up seat and passenger foot pegs, a 14-inch-high light smoke quick-release windshield, classic black detachable saddlebags, and a 14.5-inch detachable sissy bar and backrest pad.
Performance Custom Package: Amplify throttle response and mid-range acceleration with a Screamin’ Eagle Stage II Torque kit for the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine and a Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner to dial it in. Complete the package with a free-flowing Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Performance Air Cleaner and Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon mufflers for a deep-bass exhaust note. It’s a factory-engineered performance upgrade that retains the original equipment factory warranty when installed by an authorised Harley-Davidson dealer.
The Solid Softail Foundation
The Harley-Davidson Softail chassis give the Softail Standard model a solid foundation. The steel frame is optimised for stiffness and light weight. A rigid-mounted powertrain further enhances chassis stiffness. The Softail swingarm is designed to be stiff for dynamic handling and creates the look of a classic hardtail frame. Mono-shock rear suspension places a coil-over shock with emulsion technology out of sight and under the seat. Suspension pre-load adjustment is accomplished by simply removing the seat to gain access to the shock body, making it easy to dial in the ride and handling for rider weight. Dual bending valve front suspension responds quickly to inputs for enhanced braking and handling performance. Front and rear disc brakes offer confident stopping power.
The Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin engine delivers inspiring performance and the look, sound and feel that is classic Harley-Davidson. Dual counter-balancers reduce primary vibration at idle for improved rider comfort. Four valve cylinder heads provide ample airflow while advanced cylinder head design, dual knock sensors, and precision cooling allow a 10.0:1 compression ratio for strong torque output and acceleration. For the rider focused on performance this engine accepts Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Stage Upgrade kits.