By Dennis Chung
As we expected, the 2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard slots in as a no frills, “ready for customization” model. Priced at $13,599, the Softail Standard becomes the most affordable member of Harley-Davidson’s Softail lineup, coming a grand under the $14,599 Street Bob.
The Standard comes with a solo seat, a chopped rear fender, a 19-inch front wheel, and a 16-inch rear wheel. The front end includes clear-coated fork sliders, polished triple clamps and chromed headlight bezel. The chromed turn signals are mounted on the underside of the mini-ape handlebars. As with other Softails, the rear monoshock positions a preload-adjustable coil-over shock with emulsion technology under the seat. ABS is optional for $795.
As the CARB filings revealed, the Softail Standard is powered by Harley-Davidson’s Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin engine, which claims 110 lb-ft. of peak torque output. Harley-Davidson blacked out the engine’s air-cooling fins, which combines with the Vivid Black paint further provides contrast to the chrome bits. The Softail Standard is equipped with a two-into-two offset shotgun-style exhaust. The engine can also be upgraded with Screamin’ Eagle upgrades.
Harley-Davidson touts the Softail Standard as a blank canvas ripe for customization, but for those seeking inspiration, Harley has created four accessory packages to get started:
- The Day Tripper Custom Package ($1,409.95) adds a pillion seat with a detachable 21-inch sissy bar, passenger pegs and mounts, forward foot controls and a black leather swingarm bag.
- The Coastal Custom Package ($1,599.95) comes with a quarter fairing, black anodized aluminum handlebar with matching 5.5-inch riser, a Bevel two-up seat and passenger pegs, plus BMX-style foot pegs.
- The Touring Custom Package ($1,699.95) includes Sundowner two-up seat …read more