Those with a soft spot for Harley-Davidson Softails will applaud the introduction of two new members to this popular model line for 2005—the Softail Springer Classic and this just-as-pretty-as-the-picture Softail Deluxe. Tear yourself away from the enticing Glacier White Pearl and Chopper Blue Pearl paint scheme for a second, and you’ll find plenty more about this motorcycle to love.Harley-Davidson has gotten that neo-nostalgia thing just right this time, with such touches as wide whitewalls on wire-laced wheels; long-barreled shotgun pipes; clean front light bars with bullet signals; new narrow, tapered floorboards; a chrome oil tank; a tombstone taillight; and a sculpted chrome headlight and nacelle. For 2005 all H-D models get reflector-optic headlights with a logo in the center.
This time-machine travels under the power of Harley’s Twin Cam 88B engine, which has been powder-coated in a wrinkle black finish and set off with chrome covers.With a relatively mild compression ratio of 8.9:1, torque is rated at a significant 85.0 ft lbs at 3,000 rpm. Other requisite H-D running gear includes a five-speed transmission and a clean, quiet carbon fiber belt final drive.Choose your Deluxe with the standard 40mm constant velocity carburetor or Harley’s Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection for an additional $400. To keep tabs on the bike’s performance, there’s even a nifty new speedometer with big retro-style digits.Broadening the FLSTN’s appeal even more is a long, low stance. The suspension was lowered to provide a height of just 24.5 inches for the quick-change one-up or two-up saddle. Additional amenities include a grab rail, a stylish integrated luggage rack, a user-friendly side stand, pull-back risers and handlebar, and fuel tank and fender emblems. Fill in your favorite color from a palette of four solids and a pair of two-tones, and you’ve got yourself one attractive custom cruiser right off the production line.www.harley-davidson.com2005 Harley-Davidson, FLSTN/FLSTNI Softail Deluxe Stats:
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!