We first learned about the impending release of the 2020 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard thanks to the excellent sleuthing of MO’s News Editor, Dennis Chung, who dug the information out of the dark recesses of the CARB website. Only ten days later, Harley confirmed the Softail Standard, and now, as we take delivery of one for the full MO-review treatment, we thought you might like a little information about the newest member of the Softail family.
1. Least expensive Softail
With a $13,599 MSRP, the Standard is the lowest-priced member of the Softail family. That’s $1,000 less than the next closest Softail, the $14,599 Street Bob, but the numbers get closer if you opt for the $795 ABS package (and why wouldn’t you). For those of you who are counting, the king of the Softail family is the Fat Boy 114 at $20,599, a $7,000 difference!
2. Rides on the solid base of the Softail platform
Last seen in the 2007 model year, a lot has happened to Softails during its absence. First, in 2018, the Softail platform was completely revamped. The new chassis, which is a modular design to allow for differences between Softail models, is significantly stiffer than before. During the update, the shock was moved from below the engine to behind it, hidden in the frame. Powering the Standard is the Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin engine, an impressive mill that has been wowing MO testers since it was introduced. The changes all added up to a higher-performance, better cornering motorcycle – all of which are included in the Standard’s package.
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