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.
Is it a bobbed Softail, or a Softail bobber?
Harley-Davidson Street Bob, Victory High-Ball
|Engine type||a-c 45-deg. V-twin|
|Valve train||OHV, 4v|
|Bore x stroke||98.4 x 111.1mm|
|Claimed torque||98.7 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm|
|Frame||Tubular-steel double cradle|
|Front suspension||Showa 41mm fork|
|Rear suspension||Twin Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload|
|Front brake||Brembo four-piston caliper, 292mm disc, optional ABS|
|Rear brake||Brembo two-piston caliper, 292mm disc, optional ABS|
|Front tire||MT90B-16 Dunlop D402F|
|Rear tire||MU85B-16 Dunlop D402|
|Seat height||25.9 in.|
|Fuel capacity||5.0 gal.|
|Claimed curb weight||700 lbs.|
|Colors||Black Denim, Ember Red Sunglo|
|Warranty||24 mo., unlimited mi.|
|Contact||Harley-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!