The rush of acceleration never gets old. That instant when the light turns green, the throttle snaps open and torque slams the back tyre, is a moment motorcyclists crave. In 2016 Harley-Davidson gives riders more of that feeling with the launch of its most powerful line-up of cruiser models ever, including the new S Series Fat Boy® S and Softail Slim® S models powered by the fierce Screamin’ Eagle® Twin Cam 110™engine. That’s just the beginning of the torque-fest Harley-Davidson is offering cruiser riders – there’s more power and new features across the entire Softail® range in 2016.
“Our engineers will tell you one of the best predictors of motorcycle acceleration is the power-to-weight ratio,” said Adam Wright, Director of Marketing for Harley-Davidson Australia & New Zealand. “It’s something you can’t see on a dyno sheet, but you will feel it when you twist the throttle. We’ve put more power in our Big Twin cruisers for 2016, without adding weight, to deliver the performance riders are asking for.”
2016 S Series
It’s the classic hot-rod move – drop in a bigger motor. Make that the biggest motor. The Screamin’ Eagle® performance once reserved for Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO) models is now available in regular-production motorcycles for the first time ever. With styling inspired by cutting edge trends in custom motorcycle culture, the limited-edition Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S models feature the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110, an engine tuned to make up to 148 Nm/109 lb ft of torque. Restyled with minimal bright work, the new S Series models are built for riders who want to stand out on the toughest bike in town. Both the Fat Boy S and the Softail Slim S feature Harley-Davidson® electronic cruise control, ABS, and H-D® Factory Security System as standard equipment.
Softail Slim S
Classic, lean bobber style, from the clipped rear fender to the Hollywood handlebar, is the calling card of the Softail Slim® model. Now the S Series version ups the performance ante with a gloss-black Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 powertrain featuring the Screamin’ Eagle® Stage 1 high-flow intake and optimised jet-black over/under dual shotgun mufflers. Every speck of chrome has been replaced with gloss black paint. The Softail Slim S is offered in Vivid Black bodywork or the new Olive Gold Denim colour with military-inspired tank graphics.
“While the Olive Gold paint and star graphic are reminiscent of the WLA military models Harley-Davidson built during World War II, the Softail Slim S pays homage to the post-war chop-ups made from those bikes after the war,” said Adam Wright, Director of Marketing for Harley-Davidson Australia & New Zealand. “Those garage customs started the bobber era that continues to inspire our styling team today.”
The Softail Slim S is a rugged, no-nonsense bobber. The Softail® chassis mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame, but utilises rear suspension control provided by coil-over shock absorbers mounted horizontally and out of sight below the transmission. Combination stop/turn/tail lights keep the minimal rear fender clean. Period styling cues include a gloss black cat’s eye tank console with a retro speedometer face, half-moon rider footboards, a round air cleaner cover, and laced wheels with gloss black rims and hubs. The cover of the solo seat is stitched in a tuck-and-roll pattern.
Fat Boy S
Harley-Davidson stylists give the iconic Fat Boy® motorcycle a darker attitude in the S Series, designing a menacing look that matches the muscle of its Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, trimmed out for this application with a Screamin’ Eagle® Ventilator intake and optimised jet-black over/under dual shotgun mufflers.
“When we started styling the Fat Boy S we took it completely black, and then we pulled it back a little until our gut told us it was right,” said Wright. “We kept the highlights on the wheels and the tank badge, but this is still the darkest Fat Boy ever.”
The Fat Boy S rolls with fat-custom style, an attitude that starts with the bullet-hole aluminium disc wheels and is reinforced by the massive headlamp and nacelle, half-moon rider footboards and a classic 18.9 litre Fat Bob® fuel tank.
The Softail chassis mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame but utilises rear suspension control provided by coil-over shock absorbers mounted horizontally and out of sight below the transmission. Slammed suspension and a low-slung seat put the rider just 670 millimetres off the pavement. Colour choices are Vivid Black and Denim Black.
High Output Twin Cam 103™ Power for Softail
Harley-Davidson gives cruiser riders a dose of Project RUSHMORE performance by making the High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine standard in every 2016 Softail model (except the Softail Slim S and Fat Boy S). Tuned to deliver strong acceleration and passing power, the HO 103 engine is equipped with a high-flow airbox and camshaft that optimises bottom-end torque. The result is an improvement in performance a rider will feel every day.
Softail Cruise Control
For the first time ever, the convenience of Harley-Davidson electronic cruise control is standard equipment for select 2016 Softail models and available as a dealer-installed accessory for all other 2016 Softail models. To accommodate the cruise control system, all Softail models are equipped with electronic throttle control. Cruise control will be factory-installed on the Heritage Softail® Classic, Softail® Deluxe, Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S models, and offered through Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories for the Breakout®, Fat Boy®, Fat Boy Lo®, and Softail Slim® models.
Refreshed Heritage Softail Classic
Combining the look of a vintage dresser with smooth, modern Softail performance, the Heritage Softail Classic model combines classic cruiser attitude with modern touring comfort and amenities. In addition to its new High Output Twin Cam 103B powertrain and new electronic cruise control, the Heritage Softail receives refreshed styling for 2016.
“You can draw a straight styling line from the Hydra-Glide models of the 1950s to the new Heritage Softail,” said Wright. “The new bike looks more like the original, still nostalgic but with fewer studs on the saddlebags, seat and backrest, and a new tank badge.”
The leather saddlebags feature new conchos with red starburst inserts that match highlights in the seat skirt and tank badge. The saddlebags also have a new and improved internal support structure to maintain their shape. A new leather fuel tank panel matches the pattern of the backrest.
The Heritage Softail Classic retains its other popular features, including a passenger backrest, a full-coverage removable windshield with quick-release mounts, a deep FL-style front fender and chrome laced wheels with covered hubs. ABS is standard equipment.
The 2016 Heritage Softail Classic is available in the following colours: Solid Vivid Black, Superior Blue, Billet Silver and Olive Gold; Two-tone Crushed Ice Pearl/Frosted Teal Pearl and Amber Whiskey/Vivid Black; Custom Colour Purple Fire/Blackberry Smoke and Cosmic Blue Pearl.