Motorcycle Review of the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

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Dave Hatch | Host 

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2016 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim Motorcycle Review

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The CBR1000RR, known in some countries as the Fireblade, is a 999 cc (61.0 cu in) liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder sport bike that was introduced by Honda in 2004 as the seventh-generation of the series of motorcycles that began with the CBR900RR in 1992.

Now, when it comes to this wide barred, low slung, soft tail cruiser the big US military style star badging may shout at you from across the parking lot – but when it comes to the new Harley-Davidson Soft tail slim – the star of this show can definitely be found about forty centimeters south of that five gallon gas tank. At the heart of this puppy is Harley’s air cooled, twin cam, CVO 103 power plant, making it the first regular production soft tail in Harley’s line up to sport their very special high performance power plant. That means one thousand seven hundred CCs delivering roughly 80 horsepower. In American errrr.. in Imperial, that translates into two very large four inch beer can sized pistons generating about 90 pounds of arm straightening torque. Combine that with a relatively light weight, around three hundred and twenty kilograms, and you’ll find yourself guaranteed, cracking the throttle for no darn reason at all. Rounding out the tale of the tape the slim sports a six speed tranny and belt final drive, plus there’s a pair of spoke wheels, single disc ABS assisted brakes, front and rear, and an incredibly low saddle and those half moon floor boards. And of course, the get noticed paint job. Sampling Harley-Davidson’s soft tail slim for us this week is the editor of motorcycle mojo, Glen Roberts.

 

“… the star of this show can definitely be found about forty centimeters south of that five gallon gas tank. At the heart of this puppy is Harley’s air cooled, twin cam, CVO 103 power plant, making it the first regular production soft tail in Harley’s line up to sport their very special high performance power plant.”

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