Motorcycle Types Cruiser 2005 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe & Springer | Déjà Vu All Over Again

2005 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe & Springer | Déjà Vu All Over Again

2005 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe & Springer | Déjà Vu All Over Again
2005 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer

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.

2005 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe
2005 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

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.

2005 Harley-Davidson, FLSTN/FLSTNI Softail Deluxe Stats:

  •  Engine: 88 cubic inch V-twin, air cooled
  •  Dry weight: 676 pounds
  •  Price: $16,795 – $17,380


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