Leading intoits 115th Anniversary year, Harley-Davidson today launched five new Touring bikes and eight all-new SoftailBig-Twin cruiser models designed under the largest product development project in company history. Each new cruiser motorcycle was redesigned from the ground-up and features the Milwaukee-Eight engine, an all-new frame and advanced technology to form a new foundation of style, comfort and performance.
“The new Softail models are the result of the most extensive research and development program in the company’s history,” said Paul James, manager of product portfolio, Harley-Davidson. “Thousands of hours of testing were put into the complete redesign of these new cruisers. We focused on taking the total rider experience to a higher level, where authenticity, heritage and soul meet the modern edge of technology for a ride that must be felt to be believed.”
The aggressively styled 2018 Softail models merge the hard-riding performance of the Dyna line with the unparalleled custom look of the Softail line, interpreting Harley-Davidson’s history, authenticity and styling DNA through a modern lens. With stiffer and significantly lighter frames to harness the pulse-quickening torque of the new dual-counterbalanced Milwaukee-Eight 107 and 114 engines, each bike is faster, lighter and handles better than any Big Twin cruiser predecessor. New technology features on each model include Daymaker Signature LED Headlamps, an integrated USB charging port, improved electrical system charging, new instrumentation and fuel tanks.
“The new 2018 line-up reflects our mission to attract current riders and inspire new ones,” continued James. “These bikes were designed to celebrate the universal pursuit of independence, authenticity, individuality of riders, with innovations that deliver an unbeatable riding experience for them on the open road.”
2018 Softail Fat Boy
Ripped and refined satin-chrome finishes deliver a bold, muscular styling statement showing off its powerful engine and new and improved ride and handling.
2018 Softail Low Rider
Inspired by ‘70s-era custom choppers but lighter and faster with corner-carving handling unimaginable back in the day.
2018 Softail Slim
Pays homage to post-war custom bobbers with a narrow rear end, trimmed front fender, solo seat and minimal chrome. Weighs 35 pounds less than before and offers 5 more degrees of lean angle.
2018 Softail Deluxe
Classic high-line showstopper glistens with bright chrome while delivering the ride of a seriously modern machine. An uncluttered silhouette, new blade-shaped LED turn signals and tombstone brake light, re-shaped seat and optional “hold fast” attachable tour-pak bring it all together.
2018 Softail Breakout
Takes long, lean muscle to a modern edge with more lean angle and agility.
2018 Softail Fat Bob
Asphalt-eating traction, pothole-devouring suspension, agile cornering and a blacked-out take-no-prisoners look.
2018 Softail Street Bob
Youthful and rebellious, Street Bob is a stripped down blacked-out bobber.
2018 Softail Heritage Classic
Pure interpretation of the classic hydroglide. Blacked-out styling of vintage 1950s Harley-Davidson models updated with a modern edge.
The Revolution Continues For 2018 Touring Models.
The new Touring models include redesigns of the top-selling Street Glide Special, Road Glide Special and Road King Special models, plus three new top of the line CVO models powered by the new 117ci Milwaukee-Eight engine, the most powerful ever offered by Harley-Davidson.