American Motorcycle Dealer AMD 219 October 2017

™ R NOW IN OU 26 EA t R h Y T H E # 1 B U S I N E S S M A G A Z I N E F O R T H E A M E R I C A N V- T W I N A N D C U S T O M M O T O R C Y C L E PA R T S I N D U S T RY Harley launches eight new Softails, additional CVOs and Tourers, 115th anniversary specials and drops the Dyna and V-Rod lines escribed as a “Custom Revolution”, the 2018 ‘Gang of Eight’ Softails are no longer soft, featuring a stiffer, rigid mount chassis, refined standard fit 107” M-8 with a “dual, internally counter-balanced system” that is said to reduce engine vibration (and produce less intake and mechanical noise), a transition to Dyna style single monoshock rear suspension and the Showa cartridge style SDBV (Dual Bending Valve) technology in the front suspension, as seen in the 2017 Tourers. Described as merging “the hard riding performance of the Dyna line with the unparalleled custom look of the Softail line,” Harley claims the new Softails have been “designed under the largest product development project in company history.” “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 research and testing were put into the D RMOT TE complete ground-up design 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.” There’s no question that a redesigned swingarm and lighter, stiffer rigid mount frame (said to be 65 percent stiffer than the 2017 Softail frame, for lighter, stiffer rigid mount frame a 34 increase in overall chassis stiffness) with a 22 percent reduction in the number of welds and 50 percent reduction in component parts is a much needed nod to the increased power of the M-8 and contemporary riding and ownership expectations. Harley says it delivers “increased lean angles, sharper turn-in response, quicker acceleration, nimble flick- ability, lighter weight, and easier side stand lift-off,” which are improvements ‘Road Fever’ over previous Softail (and Dyna) models. In fact, there are two swingarms, one for narrow and one for wide rear tires. The wide chassis is 15 percent lighter (13 pounds) and the narrow chassis is 20 percent (18 pounds) lighter than the 2017 Softail frame – “the swingarm transfers rear wheel movement to the under-seat monoshock while maintaining the pure, classic lines of a hard tail frame.” The all-new front and rear suspension components are said to be calibrated to “match the dynamics of the new chassis, wheels and tires to enhance the comfort, control and performance of the 2018 Softail motorcycles. The new high-performance dual-bending valve front suspension delivers damping performance that is similar to a cartridge fork but with improved, more responsive damping characteristics. The suspension is optimized for both comfortable cruising and spirited riding with 130 mm of bump-devouring travel. Retuned and optimized rake and trail also enhance the motorcycles’ handling performance. Continues on page 6 >>> This is 'Road Fever', former AMD World Champion Don Cronin's 'Street Performance' class winner at last year's 'AMD' at ‘INTERMOT Customized’, Cologne - see pages 32/33 OCT 2017 ISSUE #219 MADISON 2017 PAGES 19 - 31 HARLEY 2018, PAGES 6-11 INDIAN CELEBRATES BURT MUNRO’S LEGACY AT BONNEVILLE