All for Freedom, Freedom for All: Harley-Davidson’s Game Changing 2018 Softail Lineup

2018 Harley-Davidson Softails First Look.

Harley-Davidson launches a fully-transformed Softail® lineup powered by the Milwaukee-Eight™ Big-Twin engine

Fat Boy, Fat Bob, Street Bob, Low Rider, Heritage Classic, Deluxe, Slim, and Breakout announce a big return. Harley-Davidson launches a fully-transformed Softail lineup powered by the Milwaukee-Eight Big-Twin engine, delivering the most powerful, agile and responsive Big Twin Cruisers ever. The new 2018 line-up reflects Harley-Davidson’s plans to attract current riders and inspire new ones. The overall weight of the Softail models will drop as much as 35 pounds.

Part of the Motor Company’s commitment to launch 100 high-impact motorcycles by 2027, each new cruiser was redesigned from the ground-up and features the Milwaukee-Eight engine, an all-new frame and advanced technology to form a new foundation of style,comfort and performance.

The aggressively styled 2018 Softail models merge the hard-riding performance of the Dyna line with the unparalleled custom look of the Softail line. With stiffer and significantly lighter frames to harness the pulse-quickening torque of the new dual-counterbalanced Milwaukee-Eight 107 and 114 engines, each bike is faster, lighter and handles better than any Big Twin cruiser predecessor.

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New technology features on each model include Daymaker Signature LED Headlamps, an integrated USB charging port, improved electrical system charging, new instrumentation and fuel tanks.

The new Touring models included redesigns of the top-selling Street Glide Special and Road Glide Special models and three new top of
the line Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) models powered by the new 117ci Milwaukee-Eight engine, the most powerful ever offered by

To build excitement, the company partnered with celebrity and motorcycle enthusiasts around the world to be among the first to experience the new models. Each will reveal the new bikes to their fans with unboxing sessions across their social media channels. Check out #FreedomMachine to see who’s involved and what happens next.

The eight new Softail models include:

2018 Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Fat Boy 114

FAT BOY: Ripped and refined satin-chrome finishes deliver a bold, muscular styling statement showing off its powerful engine and new and improved ride and handling.

2018 Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Heritage Softail Classic 114

HERITAGE CLASSIC: Blacked-out styling of vintage 1950s Harley-Davidson models updated with a modern edge.

2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider

LOW RIDER: Inspired by ’70s-era custom choppers but lighter and faster with corner-carving handling unimaginable back in the day.


SOFTAIL SLIM: Pays homage to post-war custom bobbers with a narrow rear end, trimmed front fender, solo seat and minimal chrome.

2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe

DELUXE: Classic high-line showstopper glistens with bright chrome while delivering the ride of a seriously modern machine.

2018 Harley-Davidson Breakout 114

BREAKOUT: Takes long, lean muscle to a modern edge with more lean angle and agility.


2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114

FAT BOB: Asphalt-eating traction, pothole-devouring suspension, agile cornering and a blacked-out take-no-prisoners look.

2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Street Bob

STREET BOB: Youthful and rebellious, Street Bob is a stripped down, blacked-out bobber.