Harley-Davidson Softail Slim | First Ride

Making Weight

By Andrew Cherney/motorcycle Cruiser, Photography by Alfonse Palaima

The styling, fit and finish are typically excellent for Harley-Davidson, and there’s no question this bike will appeal to Boomers looking to recapture the past, as well as the younger, rougher set. I found it to be an engagingly pleasant ride.

There’s nothing particularly innovative about the Slim; it’s solidly built and attractive, but with an MSRP of $15,499 (in black), it’s also the least-expensive Softail. Harley-Davidson has made a good business out of re-imagining the past, and doing it very well.

Tech Spec

Evolution
Is it a bobbed Softail, or a Softail bobber?

Rivals
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Price$15,499
Engine typea-c 45-deg. V-twin
Valve trainOHV, 4v
Displacement1690cc
Bore x stroke98.4 x 111.1mm
Compression9.6:1
Fuel systemEFI
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Transmission6-speed
Claimed horsepowerna
Claimed torque98.7 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm
FrameTubular-steel double cradle
Front suspensionShowa 41mm fork
Rear suspensionTwin Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brakeBrembo four-piston caliper, 292mm disc, optional ABS
Rear brakeBrembo two-piston caliper, 292mm disc, optional ABS
Front tireMT90B-16 Dunlop D402F
Rear tireMU85B-16 Dunlop D402
Rake/trail31.0°/5.8 in.
Seat height25.9 in.
Wheelbase64.4 in.
Fuel capacity5.0 gal.
Claimed curb weight700 lbs.
ColorsBlack Denim, Ember Red Sunglo
AvailableNow
Warranty24 mo., unlimited mi.
ContactHarley-Davidson Motor Co.3700 W. Juneau Ave.Milwaukee, WI 53201414.343.4056 www.harley-davidson.com

Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars
Harley-Davidson re-imagines the past—imagine that!

By Andrew Cherney/motorcycle Cruiser
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