2021 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard

The 2021 Harley Softail Standard represents the most minimal expression of the Softail platform, but it’s one you can easily customize into your own vision.

2021 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
2021 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
2021 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
2021 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
2021 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
2021 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard
2021 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard

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Riding the 2020 Harley Softail Standard

Long bikes that had as much visual presence as they did power. Past models as the Softail Deluxe, the Rocker, and. Who can forget. The Fat Boy were all about the look. A back seat was taken by performance to style . To be fair.

But conventional wisdom still held because low-slung stretched-out cruisers with gobs of chrome couldn’t possibly handle as well as. The Dynas of the day. That was then. Related: The 2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard Is Here With the advent of the new Softail line in 2018. The door was gone by conventional wisdom .

The Softail lineup is probably Harley’s most diverse series yet, packing everything from street-legal hot rods as the FXDR 114, to the rip-roaring Low Rider S, to the supremely comfy Heritage Classic touring cruiser. And though this even is the barest-bones, lowest-cost model Big Twin model . It served to confirm that Softails have thoroughly shaken off their past reputation in the handling and performance departments. Related: 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Street Bob Dyno The Softail Standard is by far the most benign-looking model in the 2020 Softail lineup. H-D has literally so avoided piling on any details to distract .

Harley’s genuinely pushing the blank canvas angle. Encouraging riders to add their own accessories to it. It’s an engine, fuel tank, and frame with a set of wheels basically . And only comes in Vivid Black. Related: 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Line: First Ride Review 16 covers both of those in black, but mechanically. , that means the superior Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine along with the stiff, stable Softail chassis to bomb on happily around . The engine is solid-mounted to the Standard’s Softail frame, which aids in chassis stiffness, and thanks to two internal counterbalancers. Vibe-free down low is remained by two internal counterbalancers . What’s more. Fueling is superior and the Mil-8 engine is user friendly. The larger story is the 99.37 pound-feet of torque, coming on early and peaking at 2,500 rpm. 500 rpm is ideal in most realistic world scenarios. Right will be felt by riders with a few miles under their belts trying to find a larger bike at home on the Standard .

A natural step from the Sportster series up . This is where the newer 'Tails also differ: they just feel less rangy and spread out. Anyone is allowed by the low seat to flat-foot it at a stoplight . The rider triangle fairly stocky is made by and the mid-mounts and mini-apes . The main benefits of that layout are superior control and leverage over the bike. That riding position can also be a bit compressed for anyone taller than 5-foot-10 but (optional) forward controls and a taller seat would help in that case. It’s on the heavy side still . The familiar tubular steel Softail chassis is the main driver behind the Standard’s planted feel and stability in turns. And the rigid-mounted powertrain dials in those qualities more only . The Standard was totally in its element. A decent amount was afforded by holding a true line with no wallowing and it of clearance . The 49mm fork has Showa’s dual bending valve technology and 5.1 inches of travel to smooth out bumps. But the unit occasionally gets overwhelmed on larger hits. Ride quality is very good on clean pavement even at high speeds. In keeping with its stripped-down bare-bones vibe.

The Standard dispenses with clunky gauges and tucks its display into the top handlebar clamp. And rpm - all in one handy spot. The Standard’s smooth 3.5-gallon tank is mindful of Sportster units from the past, but truthfully. The Standard, such its Street Bob brother, is more about cruising. And is even good for occasional scrapes through the canyons; the riding position and thinly padded seat only reinforce the fact because long stints on the highway aren’t this bike’s firm suit.( as configured.

Phrases blank canvas ” and easy to customize ” pop “ “ up a lot on Harley’s website when it mentions the Standard . Customize”a lot makes sense for a base-model bike. West Coast style is brought by the Coastal Custom Package in the form of a Softail Quarter Fairing . The Coastal Custom Package West Coast style black handlebar on a 5.5-inch-tall riser, a two-up seat, and BMX-style pegs. A low price and uncluttered styling make the Standard a good starting point for custom builds.

Softail vs. Sportster– Should You Buy?

Both Softail and Sportster are built in America, by Americans, according to strict Harley-Davidson® standards. Both using words such “ unique are described by people . ” But talk with any group of experienced Harley® owners and the Softail vs. Sportster debate will spark vehement debate for hours.

Softail vs. Sportster Looks

Things such storage capacity, infotainment, fuel tank size are compared by when people shop bikes, before they and other details . All their choices are considered by them and gravitate toward the one that’s most aesthetically pleasing . Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are some variations. Sportsters are more latest looking while Softails have more of a traditional look. , that’s an absolute however not . Fat Bob and FXDR are both aggressive-looking bikes. And Sportster’s 2020 Forty-Eight and Roadster both have more chrome and less blacked out machinery and traditional detailing.

Softail vs. Sportster Performance

A Softail Standard here are some of the 2020 model specs:

  2020 Sportster Iron 883 2020 Softail Standard
Engine Air-cooled, Evolution Milwaukee-Eight 107
Bore 3 in. 3.937 in.
Stroke 3.811 in. 4.374 in.
Displacement 53.9 cu in 107 cu in
Compression ratio 9:01 10.0:1
Engine Torque 53.8 ft-lb 110 ft-lb
Lean angle, right 27 28.5
Lean angle, left 28 28.5

But it's not again cut and dried . Softails have more motor. But Sportsters are lighter and more agile. There's a reason people race them.

Softail vs. Sportster Comfort & Convenience

His Super Glide was adapted by 1957 rider Bill Davis with a hidden back suspension system to make it more comfy . The design looked like a hardtail motorcycle but it was a lot easier on the spine. Manufacturing motorcycles were started by harley ® with his design in the 80s . The whole point was to make a bike that had a smoother ride. And Softail still delivers on that front. Or, the Touring Package comes with a quick-release windscreen, bigger saddlebags, a backrest pad, and other upgrades. Sportser also comes with a huge range of customizations and modifications to upgrade comfort and convenience.

2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard FXST Specifications

Price $13,599
Engine 1,746cc, 45-degree Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke 3.937 x 4.374 in.
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel Delivery Electronic Sequential Port fuel injection
Transmission/Final Drive 6-speed/belt
Measured Horsepower 72.74hp @ 4,980 rpm
Measured Torque 99.37 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm
Front Suspension 49mm telescopic fork w/ dual bending valve; 5.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension Coilover monoshock, changeable for preload; 3.4-in. travel
Front Brakes 4-piston fixed caliper, 300mm disc
Rear Brake 2-piston floating caliper, 292mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear Chrome, steel-laced; 19 x 2.5 in. / 16 x 3.0 in.
Tires, Front/Rear Dunlop bias blackwall; 110/90B-19 / 150/80B-16
Rake/Trail 30.0°/6.2 in.
Wheelbase 64.2 in.
Seat Height 26.8 in.
Claimed Wet Weight 650 lb.
Fuel Capacity 3.5 gal.

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