By Dennis Chung
Harley-Davidson appears set to add another cruiser model to its lineup, with the addition of a new Softail Standard. This development comes to us thanks to an updated executive order from the California Air Resources Board which certifies a 1746cc 2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard, along with a Stage 1 upgrade.
We last saw a FXST Softail Standard in Harley’s 2007 lineup (pictured above), then powered by the 1584cc Twin Cam 96B engine. The new 2020 version will use the same Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine powering the non-“S” model Softails like the Street Bob and Softail Slim. The new FXST will get the modern Softail chassis, though if it follows with the previous Softail, expect a similar 21-inch wire-spoke front wheel.
A Softail Standard will be the second “Standard” model released in recent years, following the Electra Glide Standard announced nearly a year ago. Like the Electra Glide Standard, we expect the Softail Standard to be billed as a stripped-down, back-to-basics model, ripe for customization, putting it at the low end of the Softail pricing scale near the $16,599 Street Bob.
We’ll have to wait for the official announcement from Harley-Davidson for official pricing and details, possibly in a couple of weeks at Daytona Bike Week.
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