2016 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe – Test Ride and Review – South San Francisco

2016 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe - Test Ride and Review - South San Francisco

This is the brand new 2016 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe. I perform an indepth walk around, and explain the key features and the riding experience, and rev the engine to hear what it sounds like. I film this in the Industrial location of South San Francisco.

The 103 cubic engine is amazing, and pulls like train

Music – Hey Sailor Kevin Macleod

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  1. Hello SFR, you drove the old 103 and the new 107. Is it worth, to wait for the new motor in the Softtails (especially in the Deluxe) or the Dynas? Or is the feeling of the old 103 better, more organic? – Thank you, I like your reviews very much!!

  2. Thanks for the review. Sorry to be pedantic, but there is no such word a acclimitized. You proabably meant acclimated.

  3. I love the old Harley EVOS, single cam engine bikes………great design and the last of the true great Harleys, which were reliable and easy to rebuild. I don't like the Twinkies, with all their inherent problems. So, that is really the long and the short of it. The only truly great current, reliable, well-built Harley, today, in my opinion, are the XL1200 Sportsters, because they still use the EVO design on the engine, well-built, reliable…….

  4. Marc Magee: Listen to "him"…….the guy who tells it like it really is, not, how one wishes it could be. I notice you are not attacking the substance, of what is being brought out about the inherent weaknesses of TC engines………just "don't listen to him." he, he, LOL.

  5. this is the bike everyone is customizing right now in Texas.  saw some beautiful examples in Galveston recently.

  6. These Twinkies go through stators and starters a lot due to their locations on the bike, they receive the greatest amount of heat possible. To change out the starter, you have to remove the oil, and take off the oil tank assembly, just to get to the starter. The stator another critical part of the charging system, burns out often, cause it's located, inside the primary drive housing, enclosed within the magnetic rotor and up against the hottest part of the TWINKIE engine, where it catches all the heat of the already extremely hot, running, engine, due to an inadequate oil pump, which only puts out 3-8 psi, at idle and only about 35 psi when running on the open road. To change out a burned out stator, you have to completely take apart the left side primary, chain drive assembly, a big job for a small component. Really a bad design, but, makes HARLEY LOTS OF MONEY on repairs. Can't change out the starter or the stator on this bike, on the side of the road, for sure.

  7. From my limited knowledge of the Victory is that is a well engineered, powerful, lots of torque on the rear wheel, and torque is the name of the game in large cruisers, it's what moves one effortlessly down the highway. They use about 6 gaskets and O-rings to Harleys  some 85 gaskets and O-rings and seals, and as you know a seal, gasket or o-ring, either works or it doesn't, the more you have, the great chances are it will leak. Victory is American made, also. They place their starters and stators, as far away from a  hot engine as possible, unlike Harleys, which are placed on the hottest part of the bikes and so are changed more often.  Victory used METAL GEAR DRIVE instead of silent chain drives with those cheap PLASTIC tensioners. They use Gear Drive on both the primary side and the cam side of the engine. Superior engineering. Victory has a much larger oil pump to keep the engine running cool, Harley runs at about 3-8 psi at idle, thus a heat machine to fry your family jewels, versus Victory's very large oil pump  which pumps out a massive, 35 psi at idle, engine runs cooler. Heat is an engine destroyer. Victory also costs much less than Harley up-front costs. You be the judge of the better bike.

  8. Just know Harleys, the old EVOS, which were single cam engines, produced from 1984-1998, were the best, Harley engines, ever. Great bikes, well engineered for years of reliable service. Some years, in the mid 90s, one had to watch for bad castings on the crankcases, as they tended to crack. Bad foundry practices, but, for the most part easy to work on and re-buildable, not like the throw away TWINKIES.  Sportsters, XL1200, are the only Harley to buy, today, cause they are reliable and use the EVO motor design still.  Plenty of power and  good to go and produce that great Harley sound of yesterday.

  9. You are welcome. Just stating facts. Also, the location of the starter and alternator(stator) charging system components make them fail at a higher rate than many Metric bikes, as the starter is located right behind the rear cylinder, which runs hotter than the front cylinder, thus catching all the heat from the rear cylinder, shortening the starter/solenoid life. And on 99–05, models, one has to change the starter by completely disassembling the left side primary drive train and removing the inner primary and outer primary drive system, drive chain and all. On 06-to present on has to drain all the oil from the oil tank and remove the oil tank, just to get to the starter to change it out.Also, the stator is located on all H0 TWINKIES, on the hottest part of the engine, on the left side, primary drive side, right up against the lowest part of the hot, crankcase, thus ensuring a short-lived stator/rotor life, so, get ready to change those components out often, if one puts miles on their bikes and doesn't  just let them sit in the garage to say he's a Harley biker. Lots of guys, don't ride their HD, much, believe it or not. To change out an alternator/rotor, the primary drive outer/inner cover, drive train, has to be removed to get to this critical component of the charging system. Also, the primary drive train chain has a PLASTIC tensioner that must be change out also as soon as it shows wear marks and usually must be changed out around 30k miles.  In my opinion, the only reliable built HD, today, is the XL1200 SPORTSTER, not a big TWIN CAM bike. The Sporty still uses the reliable EVOLUTION ENGINE DESIGN, for many years of riding pleasure, albeit, in a smaller package, than the Big TWINKIES. Great bike and the rubber mounted engines since 03, much less vibration, than previous, Sportys which used to rattle your teeth. Great, well made bikes. With the real HD sound of the great EVO motors, which were produced on the big Twins, from 1984-1998. Better to look for an old EVOLUTION ENGINE SINGLE CAM, BIG TWIN, at 1340 cc (80 CID), than the Twinkies, as they used no PLASTIC components to drive and operate the single cam and oil pump, used solid METAL GEAR DRIVES, and had bolted together flywheels to stay in true.

  10. This guy is a shill for H-D, cause he never mentioned the FATALLY FLAWED DESIGN of the TWIN CAM ENGINE.  This engine has a pressed together flywheel, and nothing is holding the two halves of the flywheel. Unlike all previous, single cam H-D, engines, which had a crank pin bolt and nut torqued to hold the flywheel in true, this flywheel, WILLL COME out of true, very soon. The flywheel will scissor and will soon, exceed the max run-out on the sprocket and pinion shafts, of 0.001" or less tolerance, and as the two shafts, wobble more and more out of true, as soon as it hits 0.003' of run out , damage to the shaft bearings, bushings, cam support plate bearings, cam shaft bearings, etc., will begin and eventual CATASTROHIC ENGINE FAILURE WILL OCCUR. Only solution is upon buying this bike new, one has to tear the engine down and take the flywheel to a performance specialty shop and have the flywheel, dynamically, trued, balance, plug the Welch plugs, and weld the two halves together, after achieving 0.001" or less of run out on both the primary drive shaft and pinion shaft. There are more ways to crater this engine. Most Harley buyers are unaware that TWIN CAM ENGINES, have two silent chain drives, one to operate the oil pump, and one to operate the two camshafts. Both silent chain drives have PLASTIC, tensioners, rubbing against a METAL chain and were designed to wear out and to be periodically replaced. However, Harley, fails to disclose in the owners manual or in the Service Manual, at what mileage interval the inspection of both PLASTIC tensioners, must be made. They must be replaced when wear exceeds 3/32" of wear or 50% of the thickness of the small tensioner. Failure to change out the tensioners, will lead to their breaking apart inside the engine and then one has METAL TO METAL CONTACT on the chain drives and the small metal shavings produced, will be inducted into the oil pump, crankcase and cylinders, and IMMEDIATE, CATASTROPHIC ENGINE FAILURE WILL OCCUR. All older H-D single cam engines, ran their oil pumps and cam shaft with solid METAL GEAR DRIVE COMPONENTS. But on the TWIN CAM ENGINES, HARLEY WENT CHEAP to create plenty of parts sales and service dept. business, changing out these tensioners. Also, All TWINKIES run very hot, due to an inadequate oil pump, which only pumps out 3-8psi of oil pressure at idle and only about 35 psi, under load, at cruising speeds, unlike most Metric V Twins of comparable, size and displacement, which idle at 35 or higher psi. and thus run much cooler engines than the TWINKIES.  There are many more problems due to the extreme high output of heat of this engines. CHECK OUT MANY YOU TUBE VIDEOS POSTED BY DISGRUNTLED HARLEY OWNERS OF TWINKIES AND THEIR PROBLEMS.CAVEAT EMPTOR-LET THE BUYER BEWARE!

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