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The Harley-Davidson Softail® Slim will mark the return of the ‘Bobber’ to Australian Shores

Harley-Davidson Australia will unleash the stripped down style of the bobber back into Australia with the release of the Softail® Slim on 1 September this year.

The Softail® Slim is a mix of Harley-Davidson past and present. The focal point is the powerful, high performance engine that has been designed with state of the art engineering. The rear of the bike has been scaled down to keep the motor as the focus, giving this bike that old school Harley-Davidson look with a simple minimalistic design. Most importantly, it has the attitude that riders and fans have come to expect of Harley-Davidson.

Adam Wright, Marketing Director at Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand explains:
“The sleek Softail® Slim has the power of a 1690 cc Twin Cam 103B engine on a narrow Softail® frame; add this to the unique chassis and low seat height and you get a smoothness and fluidity that ensures the ultimate ride.”

The bobber look is achieved by incorporating the narrow frame of the 1940s with a range of period styled features such as a horseshoe oil tank, retro half moon footboards, retro speedo face, Hollywood handlebars and black steel laced wheels.

“The combination of power on a narrow chassis ensures a bike that has character and attitude,” added Adam.

The Softail® Slim will be available to purchase from September with a Ride Away price of $26,995. For those keen to test it before then visit your local dealerships from the end of April to view the Softail® Slim test bikes.
Key features of the 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail® Slim™ include:

  • Rigid-mounted, air-cooled, 1690 cc Twin Cam 103B™ counter-balanced engine with Automatic Compression Release (ACR) rated at 98.7 ft. lbs. peak torque at 3000 rpm
  • Powertrain is finished in Black powdercoat with polished covers
  • 6-Speed Cruise Drive® Transmission
  • Chrome, over/under shotgun exhaust with slash cut mufflers
  • Gloss Black round air cleaner cover
  • Classic 5.0-gallon Fat Bob® fuel tank
  • Black “cat’s eye” console holds electronic speedometer with retro-style face
  • Dunlop® 16-inch (MT90B16) front and rear (MU85B16) tires
  • Black, Steel Laced wheels
  • Hollywood handlebar with cross-brace
  • Gloss black headlamp with chrome trim ring
  • Gloss black nacelle with punched louvers
  • Half-moon footboards with retro-style foot control pads
  • Chopped rear fender exposes rear tire
  • Trimmed FL front fender
  • Side-mounted license plate bracket
  • Combination stop/tail/turn tail lights
  • Solo seat with black tuck-and-roll vinyl cover
  • Forged rear fender supports are finished in Gloss Black powdercoat
  • Gloss black “horseshoe” oil tank
  • Paint color choices include Vivid Black, Black Denim, and Ember Red Sunglo
  • Security Package Option (factory-installed option) includes: Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise.

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April 29, 2012

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