Richards' design crew fought hard to keep the 2018 Softail Slim proportionally consistent with that 1950 FL and, in that respect, they succeeded. It's a clean look with the new LED front lamp, Hollywood bars, 16-inch wheels, new front end with tins removed, new triple trees, and downtubes. There aren't a lot of wires or cables hanging out. "We're great at cable hygiene, tucking things away so that the first thing you notice is the motor and powertrain," says Richards. "We fight to keep plastic off it and wires from in front of it." Chief Engineer Ben Wright says that the '18 model has more than four degrees of improvement in lean angle over the previous Slim. The difference is noticeable when testing both bikes back-to-back, but in a real-world street ride, clearance will likely still be a concern for some riders.