SET to land in Australia mid-year, the Harley-Davidson Softail Standard is making a welcome return to the local range. The 2020 edition features a lean ‘bobber’ profile, with a tonne of attitude and dynamic performance.
Powered by an all-black Milwaukee-Eight V-Twin 107 engine, the Softail Standard’s power plant is the focus of the new look bike, with a polished rocker, primary and timer covers. The cylinder head fins are not highlighted to add to the look.
A center-bolt, round air cleaner cover further exposes the engine. With chrome shields and mufflers, the 2-into-2 offset shotgun exhaust enhances the long, low profile of the Softail Standard model.
To be priced at $21,495 plus on-roads, the Softail Standard model offers an attainable entry point to Harley-Davidson Big Twin ownership, and is an ideal blank canvas for customisation.
Featuring classic Vivid Black paint and highlighted with gleaming chrome and polished finishes, the Softail Standard model is a Harley-Davidson motorcycle presented in distilled form. It comes in just one colour, Vivid Black.
The contrast of black and bright components gives the motorcycle a look that’s both classic and minimalist. It’s equipped with a solo seat that exposes the chopped rear fender, and a smooth 13.2-litre fuel tank that reveals the frame and engine.
The steel rims of the classic laced wheels (front 19-inch, rear 16-inch) are finished in brilliant chrome for dazzling style. The front-end features clear-coated fork sliders, polished triple clamps, and a polished top clamp and riser.
There’s also a chromed headlamp bezel and turn signals for additional contrast to the Vivid Black paint. The mini-ape handlebar puts riders of the Softail Standard model in a fists-in-the-wind posture with instant attitude.
A compact electronic instrument with digital display set in the handlebar riser keeps the front end clean and uncluttered. Harley-Davidson has also created four custom accessories packages to suit the new bike.
These include the Day Tripper, Coast, Touring and Performance packages. Each one is designed with an individual set of additional components for riders wanting a specific focus for their Softail Standard.
The Day Tripper adds a pillion seat and a detachable sissy bar, passenger foot pegs and mounts, forward foot controls, and a black leather Single-Sided Swingarm Bag designed to hold essentials.
Coast includes Softail quarter fairing, black anodised aluminum moto bar handlebar and matching 5.5-inch tall riser, a bevel two-up seat and passenger foot pegs, and BMX-style foot pegs from the rugged 80GRIT collection.
Touring adds a comfortable Sundowner two-up seat and passenger foot pegs, a 14-inch light smoke quick-release windshield, classic black detachable saddlebags, and a 14.5-inch detachable sissy bar and backrest pad.
The Performance package amplifies throttle response and mid-range acceleration with a Screamin’ Eagle Stage II torque kit and a Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street tuner to dial it in.
Also included is a Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather performance air cleaner and Screamin’ Eagle Street cannon mufflers for a deep-bass exhaust note.