2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim®

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The perfect blend of classic, raw bobber style and the power of a High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine. A modern ride with unmistakable old-iron attitude

The good old days are right now.

The Softail Slim® brings old-school style into a new era. The Hollywood bars, slim rear wheel, cat eye console and foot boards recall the early days of custom motorcycles. Yet, you also get thoroughly modern features like a High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine, hidden suspension and ABS brakes which make the Softail Slim motorcycle a modern classic.

Authentic Styling

  • "HOLLYWOOD" HANDLEBARS AND "CAT EYE" CONSOLE: A cutting-edge ride that's rich with Harley-Davidson history, the Softail Slim® model's old-iron soul comes alive right up front. Unique retro-inspired handlebars call back to the glory days of 1940s bobbers, while the gloss-black headlamp cover and the "Cat Eye" console with its retro speedo face add even more swing-era swagger.
  • ROUND AIR CLEANER COVER DESIGN: The job of feeding air to the combustion process is key to getting you down the road, so the air cleaner cover gets special treatment when Harley-Davidson Styling goes to work on a motorcycle. Take a look at the center of the Softail Slim® model and you see the pure nostalgia of a gloss-black retro round air cleaner cover. It adds a raw old-school look to the minimalist, blacked-out styling of the High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine. Modern power with old iron attitude.
  • HIDDEN REAR SHOCKS: If you want a comfortable bike but love that rigid-suspension look, you've come to the right bike. We've kept all the modern comforts where they belong—below the surface of a rad, vintage-looking bike. You get the classic lines of a vintage 'hardtail' frame with the horizontal rear shocks hidden in the guts. It's a signature rigid look, and you'll only find it on a Softail® model.
  • NARROW REAR PROFILE: The narrow rear tire and chopped fender with its integrated stop/turn/tail light and side-mounted license plate add up to a stripped-down profile that evokes the iconic, no-nonsense style of classic bobbers.

Comfort

  • LOW SOLO SEAT: The low-slung solo saddle matches the motorcycle's clean, back-to-basics attitude, setting you "in" the bike so you ride like you're a part of it and the open road ahead of you.
  • HALF MOON FOOT BOARDS: Cruise ahead with both feet in the past with this fresh twist on a classic design. The look may be vintage but the comfort is up-to-date: the chrome-plated steel surround and high durability raised rubber shapes are assembled to offer modern cast-in vibration isolation.

Handling

  • DUNLOP® TIRES: Whether you're crossing state lines or staying within city limits, you want sure contact with the road. The front end holds a premium touring tire with a three-ply polyester casing and two fiberglass belts. The back cruiser tire has an advanced tread pattern. Made from a specifically formulated compound, it delivers outstanding grip in wet or dry weather. And since they're from Dunlop®, you know you're wrapping your premium rollers in quality rubber.
  • FRONT BRAKE SYSTEM: The front brake system on the Softail® models delivers a 40 percent reduction in the amount of lever force required at peak braking. The handlebar master and front cylinders have been restyled. There's a 4-piston fixed caliper with 32 and 34 mm pistons, premium caliper piston coating to minimize initial displacement and a larger 300 mm rotor. It all adds up to more stopping power with less effort.
  • ENGINEERED FOR EASY HANDLING: The Softail Slim® motorcycle may come on heavy, but it's been designed to handle like a dream, with easy jiffy stand lift-off and great low-speed maneuverability, so you're always riding in control. And when it's time to stop, the low-slung saddle means your feet easily reach the road.

Iconic Engine

  • HIGH OUTPUT TWIN CAM 103B™ ENGINE: The knowledge of what makes an engine truly move a rider runs deep at The Motor Company, and it was put to good use when we created the High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine. We sweated bullets perfecting every cubic inch, pushing design and technology forward. And we did it all without compromising one bit of Harley-Davidson's unique styling. Evolved, yet carrying on the legacy of the Flathead, Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead, Evolution® and Twin Cam 88™ and Twin Cam 96® engines that came before. The performance and durability are a direct result of the untold miles logged on the V-Twin since 1909 and the proud heritage that comes from a century's worth of commitment to life on two wheels.
  • PURE HARLEY-DAVIDSON STYLING: Feast your eyes on the High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine and there's no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you won't find from any other motorcycle company. Medium gray engine with black powder-coated cylinders and cylinder heads are topped off with polished rocker covers and an old school round air cleaner cover for a tough vintage Harley-Davidson attitude. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine makes an ironclad statement about holding on to what's right and staying true to what satisfies.
  • HIGH OUTPUT TWIN CAM 103B™ ENGINE POWER: Asking riders if they’d like more power is like asking them “Would you like more beer in the pitcher?” when they've reached the end of a long day tearing up the roads. Everybody wants it, and the High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine is 103 cubic inches of Harley-Davidson V-Twin you can rely on to deliver it. The airbox increases intake airflow and the cam optimizes phase and duration. The result: better low-end torque and faster 60 to 80 mph 5th gear roll-on to get you around that 18-wheeler. In other words, it gets you motivated in a hurry. In the tradition of the legendary Harley iron that came before it, the High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine is once again raising the bar for the feeling an engine delivers to the rider. There’s a reason we’re called the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Once you send some fuel to this engine, you’ll have no doubt whose it is.
  • HIGH OUTPUT TWIN CAM 103B™ ENGINE INNOVATION: Fire up the High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine and feel the low-end torque unleashed. Thanks to the lightweight piston design, delivery of the added power is more refined than ever. Then put your foot on the shifter and feel how the engine and 6-Speed Cruise Drive® Transmission were designed to work together. Six speeds. A strong driveline and strong internal parts. Low routine maintenance. And a low cruising rpm that couldn't feel better.
  • 6-SPEED CRUISE DRIVE® TRANSMISSION: You want a ride that rumbles—not begs for mercy—when you lean on it a little. The 6-Speed Cruise Drive® transmission provides smooth, quiet shifting and reduces engine speed on the highway, so you get a better match between engine turnover and road speed. It's a rare ride when a bike responds like this, and a low growl goes a long way when you're opening up the road ahead.

Pricing

  • California Emissions Fee - $200

General Information

Manufacturer Harley-Davidson
Model Year 2017
Model Softail Slim®
Model Code SOFTAILSLIM
Color Black Denim

Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Brakes

Front - 4-piston

Rear - 2 piston

Wheels Front / Rear - Black Steel Laced
Tires

Front - MT90B16 72H

Rear - MU85B16 77H

Dimensions

Length 92.3 in.
Weight

As Shipped - 677 lb.

In Running Order - 706 lb.

Ground Clearance 4.9 in.
Wheelbase 64.4 in.
Seat Height

Laden - 23.8 in.

Unladen - 28.2 in.

Electrical

Lighting High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, security system (optional), 6-speed, low fuel warnings, ABS (optional)

Engine

Engine Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103B™
Displacement 103.1 cu in. (1,689.50 cc)
Bore x Stroke 3.87 x 4.374 in.
Torque 102.5 ft-lb @3,000 rpm
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Fuel Capacity 5 gal.
MPG Rating Combined City / Hwy - 42 mpg
Exhaust Chrome, over / under shotgun exhaust with dual mufflers
Gear Ratio

Overall

1st - 9.311

2nd - 6.454

3rd - 4.793

4th - 3.882

5th - 3.307

6th - 2.79

Operational

Oil Capacity 3.5 qt. (with filter)
Primary Drive Chain, 34 / 46 ratio
Rake 32.1
Trail 5.8 in.
Instrumentation Tank-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, RPM/gear display, fuel gauge with low fuel warning light and countdown feature, low oil pressure indicator light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, 6-speed indicator light

Other

Additional Colors Vivid Black, Iron Red Denim, Olive Gold, Charcoal Denim/Black Denim