Founded in a small shed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Harley-Davidson® had humble beginnings. It was way back in 1903 that William S Harley, along with brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson established the now iconic motorcycle marque. As American as apple pie and the 4th of July, Harley-Davidson® cemented their place in American history by becoming the primary supplier of motorcycles to Uncle Sam for the Second World War. Known for their famous cruiser, the rumbling air-cooled V-Twin engines have been the soundtrack of rock and roll stories across Middle America for decades, and continue to be popular across the globe as the coolest way to ride.
In 2018, Harley-Davidson® Motorcycles UK celebrates the 115th Anniversary in style, with an exciting selection of models, offering special features and iconic styling to celebrate a triumphant 115 years of this iconic motorcycle brand.
New Softail Platform
For 2018, Harley-Davidson® has undertaken a complete redesign for the next generation heavyweight cruiser platform - which replaces the previous Softail™, Dyna™ and VRSC™ models.
These all-new Softail™ models feature an enhanced M8 powertrain, stiffer frame and all-new front and rear suspension for an improved control and overall ride quality. The new Softail™ has been on a diet too, coming in at 17kg lighter than its predecessor. Up-front, signature LED headlights look great and give greater vision at night, along with an ultra-convenient keyless ignition.
Harley-Davidson® were the first motorcycle company to introduce concealed rear suspension. Giving all of the appearance of the traditional fixed-frame models, the Softail™ incorporates added comfort without robbing anything from the overall aesthetic. The all-new Softail™ places the suspension directly under the seat rather than under the transmission, as with previous models giving an altogether smoother ride.
Two New Touring Models
The overall model-line up has been enhanced too, with two new ‘Touring’ models – the FLHXS Street Glide Special™ and the FLTRXS Road Glide Special™. These new models include a new 19” Talon front wheel design, as well as an 18” rear wheel, along with black finished to the A/C insert, mufflers, shields and inner fairing 1 BOOM (6.5”speakers and metal covers).
Three New CVOs (FLHTK™, FLTRX™, FLHX™)
Featuring 3 new models, which all feature the 117ci M8 engine and all come with unique CVO finishes such as Orange lower box covers, medallions, seat covers and exhaust shields. The new models will also come with the unique functionality of CVO; therefore, conveniences such as remote locking luggage, wireless headset interface module, full helmet communication system and LED lighting are included as standard.
The three variants will also have their own unique additions. For example, the FLHTK can be ordered with a striking 115th Anniversary paint scheme, along with heated dual control seat and handgrips and 17" front and 16" rear sliver contrast chrome wheels.
The FLTRX™ CVO models come with a custom two-piece seat, low profile engine guard and 21" front and 18" rear knockout wheels.
Finally, the FLHX™ uses a custom two-piece seat and 19" front and 18" rear talon wheels.
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