We here at the High Seas Rally are happy that 2021 is here and with it comes the new line of Harley-Davidson Softail model motorcycles. These cruisers combine modern power and technology with authentic American styling to offer a pure riding experience. The Softail models are the most popular Harley cruisers on the road today.
New for the 2021 Softail line, the Street Bob model receives a displacement upgrade with the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine in addition to its stripped-down styling and no-nonsense performance for a new model, Street Bob 114.
Also, new for the 2021 Softail models, the Fat Boy 114 model is restyled with lots of chrome. You’ll find eight Harley-Davidson Softail models ranging in style from classic to custom to gritty, and each is ready to roll the boulevard or chase backroad adventures.
The Softail chassis offers the look of a classic hardtail frame but is underpinned by modern suspension for a smooth ride. A single coil-over shock located between the frame and swingarm is out of view below the seat. The chassis design is optimized to reduce weight without sacrificing stiffness. The rigid-mounted Milwaukee-Eight V-Twin engine further stiffens the entire chassis and contributes to a platform that delivers strong acceleration and responsive handling and braking performance.
The Milwaukee-Eight V-Twin engine with its 45-degree cylinder angle maintains that classic Harley look and sound. Because it’s rigidly mounted in the frame, the engine is equipped with dual counter-balancers to cancel primary vibration at idle for improved rider and passenger comfort. Four-valve cylinder heads (two exhaust and two intake valves per head, eight total) promote airflow through the engine and contribute to power output, and dual spark plugs ensure more complete combustion to maximize power and efficiency. Advanced cylinder head design, dual knock sensors, and precision cooling allow a 10.0:1 compression ratio for strong torque output and acceleration, while a single camshaft helps reduce mechanical noise so a richer exhaust tone can predominate.
NEW Street Bob 114 Model
The Street Bob 114 model is a tough-looking bike that is built to be ridden hard. The lightest-weight Softail model equipped with a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, the Street Bob 114 is a quick-and-nimble ride with power to spare. It’s 9 percent quicker from 0-to-60 mph and is 13 percent quicker from 60-to-80 mph in fifth gear than the previous Street Bob model. This bike displays an authentic bobber attitude, from its mini-apehanger handlebars to the chopped rear fender. The digital riser gauge keeps the front end clean and uncluttered like the speedometer got stripped off and tossed on the workbench. The price leaves budget room for Screamin’ Eagle performance upgrades and further customization.
Refreshed Fat Boy 114 Model
With its steamroller stance, the Fat Boy model remains one of the most physically imposing motorcycles in the Harley stable. Refreshed styling for 2021 brightens its look as brilliant chrome replaces the satin chrome finish on the powertrain and exhaust, the front end, the rear fender struts and the console.
The essential Harley cruiser experience, the Standard offers a lean Bobber profile steeped in attitude. It comes in classic Vivid Black paint highlighted with gleaming chrome and polished finishes. The Standard is the most-attainable entry point to Harley-Davidson Big Twin you can buy.
Low Rider S
High bars and horsepower define this performance-first cruiser. Premium suspension components are tuned for aggressive riding stoked by the power of a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine. Styling cues are inspired by the coastal build scene.
A stripped-down, low-slung bobber brings old-school styling into the modern era with black steel laced wheels, tuck-and-roll seat cover, Hollywood handlebar, bobbed fenders.
Power, performance, and versatility sums up the Sport Glide. It’s an aggressive factory-custom cruiser outfitted with a detachable fairing and rigid clamshell saddlebags. This one is ideally suited for light touring, cruising or commuting.
Fat Bob 114
A burly street-eating muscle machine the Fat Bob offers inverted race-style forks, dual front disc brakes, 2-1-2 performance exhaust, Milwaukee-Eight 114 power in a cruiser that thinks it’s a sportbike.
All-American vintage style with modern performance, the Heritage Classic gives you locking vinyl-covered saddlebags, detachable windscreen, chrome steel laced wheels and front hub covers. You have your choice of a Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine with chrome styling or a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine with dark styling.
Note: The Low Rider, Deluxe and FXDR 114 models will not be produced for 2021 and the Breakout 114 will be available only in some international markets.