Harley Davidson Softail Slim

Back in the 40’s servicemen returning after the war took old military Harleys® and stripped them back. They made several refinements, including chucking away the front fenders and ‘bobbing’ the rear ones. Hence the ‘Bobber’ was born. And here we are, more than 70 years later with a bike that maintains all that Bobber soul. But, while the Cat’s Eye console (first used in 1939) Hollywood bars, low-slung seat and half-moon footboards pay homage to its vintage roots, the 1690cc powerhouse that drives it owes its potency to today.

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Harley Davidson

The Softail Slim® represents the Harley- Davidson® Softail® motorcycle paired down to its essential elements in the style of custom bobbers of the 1950s, from its narrow rear end to its trimmed front fender, solo seat and minimal chrome. With the combination of a 23.8-inch seat height and rider footboards, the Softail Slim® comfortably fits a wide range of riders.

The Softail rear suspension mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame but offers the comfort of a modern suspension that is hidden under the chassis. The rigid powertrain allows tight packaging of the engine and frame and creates a solid connection between the rider and the power that moves the motorcycle.

-Rigid-mounted, air-cooled, 1690 cc Twin Cam 103B™ counter-balanced engine with Automatic Compression Release (ACR) rated at 97.4 ft. lbs. peak torque at 3000 rpm.
-6-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission
-Optional Smart Security System with proximitybased, hands-free security fob
-Optional Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

 

MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

NEW Braking system

– New handlebar master cylinder and front caliper
– New high-stiffness 4-piston fixed caliper with larger pistons and premium piston coating
– Larger 300 mm rotor with higher effective radius

NEW Easy reach side stand
NEW Paint color options including Custom color

• Powertrain finished in Black powdercoat with polished covers
• Hollywood handlebar with cross-brace
• Gloss Black, round air cleaner cover
• Black “cat’s eye” console holds electronic speedometer with retro-style face
• Chopped rear fender
• Chrome, over/under shotgun exhaust with slash-cut mufflers
• Classic 5.0-gallon Fat Bob® fuel tank
• Dunlop 16-inch (MT90B16) front and (MU85B16) rear tires
• Black, Steel Laced wheels
• Gloss black headlamp with chrome trim ring
• Half-moon footboards with retro-style foot control pads
• Trimmed FL front fender
• Side-mounted license plate
• Combination stop/tail/turn tail lights
• Solo seat with black tuck-and-roll vinyl cover
• Forged rear fender supports are finished in Gloss Black powdercoat
• Gloss Black “horseshoe” oil tank

 

 

Source: Harley Davidson

Technical Specifications Harley Davidson Softail Slim
Engine
Type Twin Cam 103B - Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder
Displacement 1690 cc
Bore x Stroke 98,4 mm x 111,1 mm
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Maximum Power 58 KW (78,86 HP) @ 5250RPM
Maximum Torque 132 NM (13,46 KGF.M) @ 3000RPM
Cooling System AIR-COOLED
Lubrication System Pressurized, dry-sump
Fuel Supply System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Starter System Electric (1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement)
Transmission Type 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Final Transmission System Belt Drive (32/66 ratio)
Clutch Type Multi-plate, wet
Chassis
Frame Mild steel tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast, and forged junctions; forged fender supports; MIG welded / Swingarm: Mild steel, round tube sections, forged junctions; MIG welded
Caster Angle 32,1°
Trail 147 mm
Front Suspension Front Forks 41.3 mm telescopic, “beer can” covers
Front Wheel Travel 130 mm
Rear Suspension Hidden, horizontal-mounted, coil-over
Rear Wheel Travel 109 mm
Front Break Solid, uniform expansion rotor, 300 mm x 5 mm / 4-piston caliper
Rear Break Solid, uniform expansion rotor, 292 mm x 5,8 mm / 2-piston caliper
Front Tyre 16”/Dunlop D402F MT90B16
Rear Tyre 16”/Dunlop D402 MU85B16
Dimensions
Overall Length 2350 mm
Overall Width 990 mm
Overall Height 1100 mm
Seat Height 650 mm
Wheelbase 1635 mm
Min. ground clearance 115 mm
Kerb Weight 318 kg
Fuel Capacity 18,9 Liters

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