This cruiser is all about the retro-charm, being based on the original FXST Softail which was released in the post-war years. Lucky for lovers of Harley-Davidson bikes however, the Springer Softail has had a little upgrade and although the front forks are based on the original design, the rest of the bike has been given a facelift.
The springer forks make for a bouncy ride with riders reporting vibration being a major issue when out on this bike. The engine is 1340cc which makes it a little less impressive than some of the newer Harley-Davidson bikes with less power and torque but if you aren’t planning on taking any long journeys then you should find that the engine does the job sufficiently. The ride is comfortable and although the riding position doesn’t suit everyone, it is a classic feet-forward, low-seat offering which you generally find with this type of bike.
One of the great things about the Springer Softail is that it is essentially a blank canvas for those who want to customise their bike to their own personal taste. It doesn’t come with a lot of extras but it has been made to the high standard you would expect from a Harley-Davidson so you know that it will last the test of time and is worth the investment to tailor the bike to your needs.
What this bike lacks in technology, it makes up for in style and as with all Harley-Davidson bikes, it makes a statement wherever you go.
|Average fuel consumption||42 mpg|
|Submitted by:||Tim Lea||Review Date: November 2016||Comfort||Apart from the vibration|
|Ride Quality||Bit wallowing|
|Build Quality & Reliability||Bits fall off|
|Brake Rating||Doesn't go fast enough to worry|
|Pros Comments||Stylish but impractical|