Tuesday, January 25, 2022

2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107 (bike review)

Quintessentially Harley-Davidson best describes the 2021 Heritage Classic. This bike embodies everything that is great about the brand, with just a splash of new technology to give it a modern twist.

Dripping in chrome, the Heritage Classic has a real nostalgic aura, paying tribute to the foundations of what appeals to the Harley-Davidson enthusiast. The chrome package is an addition for 2021 and the blacked out version is still available as well.

The chrome package is where it’s at though. Matched perfectly against the sublime Billiard Teal duco, this bike is just simply cool. In fact the only thing that could make it any cooler would be a good old set of white wall tyres to truly accentuate that boulevard cruiser look.

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The 2021 Heritage Classic is that dream bike that, back in the day, you would pick up your girl and take her to the drive-in on. Everyone would stare with admiration for how mint the bike looked, as you rode by.

This however is where the bike fails for this particular reviewer, as he would park it straight in front of the picnic blanket and stare at it adoringly for the duration of the movie. There would be no chance of getting lucky or even scoring a second date.

2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107
2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107

Now back to the task at hand. Apart from its appealing looks, the Heritage Classic has to be one of the most versatile models in the Harley-Davidson 2021 catalogue.

Making the most of its underslung adjustable Softail suspension, the question must be asked, is this bike a true Softail cruiser or a touring model. The Heritage Classic is listed online as being a tourer and it is easy to see why, when looking over the bike.

The lockable saddlebags are the first hint, as well as the windscreen out front. There are floor boards and a big comfy Harley-Davidson seat, which makes the ride quiet plush. The Heritage Classic is also one of the only Softail models fitted with cruise control standard.

And when you hit the open road, these features are truly appreciated. The windscreen gives good protection from wind buffeting across the chest region too, although there is still a hint of head buffeting.

The lockable saddlebags will fit a back pack in each as long as they are not overpacked. There is not as much storage or luggage room as other touring models have, but if extra storage is required a sissy bar and rack can be easily added.

2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107
2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107

By adding a sissy bar, we suspect that this may be the most comfortable model for a pillion in the Softail range.

With a nice wide and plush pillion seat and a comfy place to rest your back, quickly stiffen the suspension via the easy to reach adjuster and cruising in comfort for both rider and pillion has been achieved.

Its not all old school character and charm with the Heritage Classic either. There are three sexy LED headlamps up front, a nice tacho with digital outputs and cruise control that makes eating up the freeway miles effortless.

Fitted standard with 18.9-litre fuel tank means you will not be stopping all the time for fuel either. On our travels we were averaging a tad over 300km per tank, which is pretty good for a bike that weighs in at 330kg in full running order.

It’s available with a 107 (as tested) or 114 cubic inch Milwaukee Eight powerplant, and while normally more is better, this isn’t the bike to throw into corners as hard as possible.

Although still capable, with a lean angle to the right of 27.3 degrees and 28.5 to the left, moderation is how this bike is best enjoyed.

2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107
2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107

The 107 produces 69kW (93HP) and 144Nm of torque, which is more than adequate for just cruising on the open road. Like most modern day Harleys, a better exhaust and upgraded air cleaner wouldn’t go astray.

These would help the motor breathe better and feel less restricted, as well as enhancing the exhaust note. The 2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107 is available in four colour variants as well.

You can choose from Vivid Black, Deadwood Green/Vivid Black, Midnight Crimson/Stone Washed White Pearl, and of course Billiard Teal. Ride away pricing for the 2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107 starts at $30,250.

That’s pretty good value, and offers some food for thought if you want a versatile cruiser that looks the goods.

Our test bike was provided by Harley-Davidson Australia. To find out more about the 2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107, contract your local Harley-Davidson dealer.

2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107
2021 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 107


Riding experience
Style and comfort
Braking and handling
Technology and connectivity
Overall bike performance
Value for money


Pros - sweet looking bike; represents good value; bridges gap between touring and softail ranges.
Cons - still needs a better exhaust and a sissy bar to complete the bike.
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is a motoring enthusiast, with a passion for two and four wheels. It's pretty much a given there'll be at least two motorbikes in his garage and he needs no excuses to hit the open road. Andrew grew up reading magazines like Street Machine and Heavy Duty and has a love for all things performance.


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