In 1986, the Harley-Davidson® Softail® Heritage pulled the company out of an economic slump and went on to become one of the most popular motorcycles to come out of the Harley-Davidson® factory. Even today, models from the Softail® family are among the most popular for Harley-Davidson® riders. So what makes them special? Here at Hellbender Harley-Davidson®, we thought we’d clear the air and tell you why.
We have the latest Softail® models in our showroom right now, so stop by our location in Marietta, Georgia to see for yourself. We proudly serve the areas of Sandy Springs, Macon, Atlanta, Roswell, and Douglasville, Georgia, as well as Birmingham, Alabama.
3 Decades of Style
While Softails have been on the market since the ‘80s, they haven’t stopped improving their look or their style. For the past three decades, Harley-Davidson® has worked overtime to make sure every new release is better than the last. The distinguishing factor on a Softail® bike is its hidden rear monoshock suspension. This means the Softail® looks like a classic motorcycle, without all the jarring movement of a classic motorcycle. It also means you can essentially style your bike however you want and not have to worry about interfering with your ride’s mechanics. Softails® are also famous for their counterbalanced engines, which minimizes the overall vibrations. Essentially, the Softail® family consists of models that are equal parts style and performance.
Comparing Softail to Other Families
While we love all the Harley-Davidson® models and families, there are certain undeniable truths when it comes to the Softail®. The Softail® has a much smoother shift and overall is easier to handle. This is due to the extra mile Harley-Davidson® takes to make the ride as clean as possible. And even though it’s a powerful motorcycle, the Softail® line is a more lightweight bike which means it’s easier to control and the braking works more efficiently and quickly. Perhaps it doesn’t shred through the pavement mile after mile like some of the hardcore Harley® cruisers, but it’ll get you where you need to go, no matter how far that may be.
With over three decades of experience and innovation, there are a number of models in the Softail® line. At eight models and counting, there are plenty of opportunities to find the perfect model to fit your needs. You might be interested in cruisers, in which case we’d suggest the Fat Boy® or Heritage. These models are built for style and powerful performance.
In fact, for the 115th anniversary, Harley-Davidson® has pulled out all the stops for their Softail® models. They’ve put in more hours of research and testing than ever before to give you the best upgrades. Softail® models even come with the all-new Milwaukee-Eight™ engine. The chassis is 35 pounds lighter for better acceleration, braking, and cornering. They’re an overall more powerful lineup with more control.
The Softail® family is consistently one of Harley-Davidson®’s most popular and beloved families on the market. Between the excellent styling and the superior handling, these bikes can’t be beat. Here at Hellbender Harley-Davidson®, we have some of the best and latest models of Softail® in our showroom, so stop by our Marietta, Georgia location today. We welcome all riders from the areas of Sandy Springs, Macon, Atlanta, Roswell, and Douglasville, Georgia, as well as Birmingham, Alabama.