We must say good by to the old Heritage Softail FLSTC, and say Hello to the new design FLHC Heritage!!! Gone are the acres of chrome (with the notable exception of the exhaust), silver studs, buckles, sissy bar and rear rack, replaced with a darker, sleeker look. The auxiliary driving lights resemble the shrouded headlights on WWII military vehicles…but the whole assembly is actually Harley’s modern Daymaker LED system. The redesigned “Heritage” logo on the front fender could’ve come off an early 1980s sports car…but just below it sits the chrome hub cover that evokes the drum brake of the 1949 Hydra-Glide. It is something different that turns heads not because of what it is, but what it isn’t. The the new locking, water-resistant saddlebags are much more touring friendly than before, with tops that hinge on the outside edge, making it easier to access the contents even with a duffel strapped to the seat.
This one has the new "Milwaukee- Eight", 107" engine and it has a noticeably louder bark than the old Twin Cam 103—and a sharper bite to match. Torque is up considerably; A Twin Cam 103-powered bike will make about 79 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and around 98 lb-ft of torque at 3,800. The new engine, by comparison, is good for 85 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and a stump-pulling 107.7 lb-ft of torque at 3,100 RPM. Also,the new Milwaukee-Eight is a wet sump design, there is no longer a hot oil reservoir directly under the Softail’s seat, and plenty of air flows past and through the engine. But power is nothing without control. Previous Softails have not been known for their handling performance. Hard-mounted to the frame, the dual-balanced Milwaukee-Eight now contributes to that increased overall frame stiffness, while magically transmitting satisfying vibes at idle and on acceleration, but once at cruising altitude (up to about 75 mph) it’s smooth and all-day comfortable. One ride on a twistier two-lane, it will become immediately apparent that Harley’s efforts to improve handling while maintaining the all-important Softail look was very successful. The other half of the handling equation is the new Showa suspension, It works well!!! If I said the 2018 Heritage Classic is Harley’s sport tourer, would you believe me? You need to stop in and take one for a ride to answer that one. I don’t mean to claim that the Heritage is an actual sport tourer, especially compared to today’s sophisticated, 160-horsepower, electronic suspension- and cornering equipped machines, but it is a lot better than the old generation Heritage. If you want the Big Twin experience and you still like having a little fun in the twisties, the relatively lightweight and newly flickable Heritage might be a better option than Harley’s bigger Touring models. he controls will be familiar to any Harley owner, with the addition of a switch that toggles through the options on the new LCD display incorporated into the traditional tank-mounted analog speedometer, which now includes a digital fuel gauge. Cruise control and ABS are standard.
Sometimes a little change is good, Stop in today to check it out!!! .
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2018 Harley-Davidson FLHC Heritage Softail Classic Video