The 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail continues the tradition of quality and style that has become synonymous within the legend of this iconic American cruiser. Available in no fewer than nine different sub-models for the 2006 product line, there is a Softail for every rider, from the entry-level Softail Standard, to the best-selling Fat Boy.
Each Harley-Davidson Softail model has distinctive stylistic differences, even though they share the same engine. For instance, the Standard, Deuce, and Night Train each has a streamlined look with thinner fenders, and narrower fuel tanks, whereas the other models in the family each features fuller fenders, and heftier body styles. Meanwhile, the Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic is the only model to come standard with a passenger backrest, leather hard-case saddlebags, and a windshield accessory. Other differences between the different models include the front fork configurations, which is to accommodate the different sizes of tires available. But of course, part of the allure of owning a Harley-Davidson is the fact that the company provides a seemingly endless variety of custom add-ons and options.
Unlike several of Harley-Davidson""s other cruisers, like the Dyna Glide and Road King models, the Softail""s engine is not installed using vibration-isolating rubber-mounted components. Instead, the Softail""s Twin-Cam 88 engine is rigid-mounted with dual counter balancers, to help keep vibration to a minimum.
The Harley-Davidson Softail gets its name from the fact that it features a hidden rear suspension system that helps absorb bumps. Since the suspension system is hidden horizontally along the axis of the bike and tucked under the transmission, the Softail is able to look like a hardtail, or rigid-frame bike.
The 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail is a bike that delivers uncompromised comfort, in a beautifully nostalgic package. Its long and low profile helps the bike hug the road, while its comfortably low seat height, pull-back risers, and handlebars provide riders of all sizes with a greater sense of control and confidence.
The Harley-Davidson Softail""s nine sub-models are each stunning in their own right. From the long-barreled shotgun exhaust pipes and bullet turn signals, to its retro-style instrumentation and superior fit and finish that stay true to the Harley tradition, the 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail fits perfectly within the iconic legacy of America""s most popular bike manufacturer.