Of all the Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the Deluxe is the stateliest. With deep-valanced fenders, whitewall tires, wire-spoke wheels, triple LED headlights, LED tombstone brake light, floorboards, and plenty of chrome, the 2018 Harley-Davidson Deluxe is as classy as it gets.The great news for the latest Deluxe is that it gets the all-new Softail chassis that is stiffer for much-improved handling.
Further improving the ride, the 2018 Harley-Davidson Deluxe features new suspension, including the Showa Dual Bending Valve fork.If that’s not enough, the Deluxe is powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 powerplant that puts out an aggressive 109 ft/lbs of torque at 3000 rpm. That means power is always on tap, whether you are barging your way through town, doing battle in urban freeway traffic, or on an enticing rural road.While the Deluxe has always been about styling, the 2018 Harley-Davidson Deluxe is now about performance and handling, without losing a bit of its great looks.Read our 2018 Harley-Davidson Deluxe Review.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2018 Harley-Davidson Deluxe Specs
Type: Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin
Bore x stroke: 3.937” x 4.374”
Maximum torque: 109 ft/lbs @ 3000 rpm
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Valve train: Single-cam; 4 vpc
Cooling: Air and oil
Primary drive: Chain
Final drive: Belt
Front suspension: Non-adjustable Showa fork
Rear suspension: Spring-preload adjustable shock
Wheels: Chrome steel-laced
Front tire: 130/90-16; Harley-Davidson Dunlop D402F
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!