The new frames offer three steering head angles in 28-, 30-, and 34-degree rakes, a “standard” and “high” ride height and “wide” or “narrow” swingarm, depending on model. With the parts commonality among eight new models (12 if you count the four 114ci variants), this will mean unprecedented parts and component interchangeability for a new level and ease of customization potential.
Below you’ll find various articles on this radical move by Harley-Davidson. There is a technical First Look by Kevin Cameron, a First Ride by Peter Egan following his brief test impression on all the new and old models back-to-back, Editor-in-Chief Mark Hoyer’s essay regarding the Death of the Dyna, and model overviews for each of the all-new cruisers in Harley-Davidson’s 2018 Softail line. The latter are grouped, “Foundational Standards,” “Modern Classics,” and “Revolutionary Design DNA,” by the Harley-Davidson design team, and so we present them here to demonstrate the thinking behind this new direction for The Motor Company.