The 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim in the most accessible motorcycle in the Softail line. It has the lowest price, and a seat that is low and narrow.
One of the cost-cutting methods is that it’s the only Softail that doesn’t have ABS standard, but otherwise has the chassis and High Output Twin Cam 103B motor that you expect.Chrome is on display, though there are plenty of black accents. The bobbed fenders sit over traditional laced 16-inch wheels, and the high profile tires make city riding smoother. Other nice touches include a handlebar crossbrace and a kickstand that’s easy to deploy while on the bike.Read our Harley-Davidson Softail Slim Review.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim Specs:
Motor: High Output Twin Cam 103B; pushrod, 2vpc
Bore x stroke: 3.87” x 4.374”
Displacement: 103 cubic inches
Maximum torque: 103 ft/lbs @ 4000 rpm
Compression ratio: 9.6:1
Fuel system: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Lubrication: Dry sump
Clutch: Hydraulically actuated assist-and-slip
Primary drive: Chain
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Mild tubular steel w/ rectangular backbone
Front suspension: Non-adjustable 41mm forks; 5.1 inches of travel
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!